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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 the world. We offer 11 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 annual events include Immigration Awareness Month and the 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:

Faculty and Staff


Leslie Parker-Blyther, interim director


Full-time Faculty

Arnold Keith Adkins, associate professor
CALT 254

Leslie Parker Blyther, assistant professor
CALT 210

Reynaldo Evangelista, Ph.D., professor
CALT 212

David Hammel, assistant professor/police academy commander and coordinator
CALT 246

Anika Ingram, J.D., professor
CALT 252

Joseph Johnson, associate professor
CALT 212

Adil Qaiyumi, J.D., assistant professor
CALT 252

Darian Senn-Carter, Ph.D., associate professor
CALT 254


Drema J. Marks, assistant

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 within the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute are encouraged to join the Criminal Justice Student Association. Membership offers exciting opportunities for exploration into the field beyond the classroom.

Criminal Justice Association - Interest Form


For information students should contact the coordinators:

Darian Senn-Carter, Ed.D.

Reynaldo Evangelista, Ph.D.



Crime, Violence & Mental Illness Conference

This annual conference offers an array of training and workshops highlighting the interface among crime, violence and mental illness. Training 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.


Immigration Awareness Month

Each April, AACC participates in Immigration Awareness Month by highlighting the many important contributions of American immigrants, and by focusing on current issues and laws surrounding immigration. All events are free and open to the public.

For information contact Adil Qaiyumi at or 410-777-1483.

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.


Course Notice

We've deleted various “cross-listed” designators that have been associated with several courses and those courses will now be listed with one subject code only.

For example, Business Law 1 could previously be taken as BPA 253 or LGS 253. LGS 253 is now the only subject code designator for that course. Find out if your subject code has changed.

Course Designator Changes