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The Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute grapples with some of the most intriguing and powerful issues facing our justice system, nation and world. We offer ten associate of applied science degrees and four certificates in majors such as cybercrime, criminal justice, juvenile justice, social justice, forensics, intelligence analytics, border security, police academy and more. Our distinguished faculty includes federal law enforcement and correctional administrators, police officers, attorneys and judges – all dedicated to providing a sound academic foundation for those pursuing a four-year degree as well as comprehensive job training for those ready to enter a career.

As a full-fledged Police Entrance-Level Academy certified by the Maryland Police Training Commission, we provide an array of tactical training by certified tactical police instructors. We also offer specialized training through our Command Center, equipped with digital fingerprinting, forensic equipment and surveillance cameras. Upon completion at the academy, recruit officers receive a 42-college credit certificate and are eligible for immediate hire by any local law enforcement agency in Maryland.

If you are a professional already working in the criminal justice or homeland security field, we work diligently to support you, too, by offering advanced education and training. In addition, through our Engaged Scholarship Initiatives, professionals and students alike can attend a variety of public forums featuring experts discussing current issues. These events include the annual Immigration Awareness Month and the annual Crime, Violence and Mental Illness Conference.


Institute students may pursue either a 60-credit Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree or a certificate of up to 40 credits in one of the following majors:

Faculty and Staff


Tyrone Powers, director
CALT 208

Full-time Faculty

Arnold Keith Adkins, assistant professor
CALT 254

Leslie Parker Blyther, assistant professor/program coordinator
CALT 210

Reynaldo Evangelista, associate professor/police academy coordinator
CALT 212

David Hammel, assistant professor
CALT 252

Anika Ingram, professor
CALT 252

Joseph Johnson
CALT 212

Adil Qaiyumi, assistant professor
CALT 252

Darian Senn-Carter, assistant professor
CALT 254


Drema J. Marks, office manager

Resources for Students

Aspiring Leadership Academy

Are you looking for an opportunity to discover your talents and skills, or perhaps to clarify your academic and career goals? The Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute’s Aspiring Leaders Academy is a structured program lasting a full term. It provides mentoring, activities and meaningful interaction between students and faculty.

Learn more about the Aspiring Leadership Academy.

Criminal Justice Student Association

Students majoring in law enforcement and criminal justice are encouraged to join the Institute’s Criminal Justice Student Association. Membership offers exciting exploration into the field beyond the classroom. Students take trips, host charitable fundraisers, learn about leadership in the field and how to work effectively with others.

For information students should contact the coordinator:

David Hammel, professor
Homeland Security & Criminal Justice Institute
CALT Building 208

Crime, Violence & Mental Illness Conference

This annual conference offers an array of training and workshops, highlighting the interface between the crime, violence and mental illness. Trainings and workshops explore current events from terrorism to crisis intervention for mentally ill suspects. It offers best practices by law enforcement, corrections practitioners; juvenile justice administrators and mental health professionals.

For more information, contact Leslie Parker Blyther at or 410-777-1159.

Immigration Awareness Month

This five-day event held within the month of April – highlights the many contributions of American immigrants and focuses on the current issues and laws surrounding immigration.

For information, contact Adil Qaiyumi at or 410-777-7063.

Engaged Scholarship Forum

Guest lecturers present to students and community members free of charge.

For information contact Leslie Parker Blyther at or 410-777-1159.