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:
David Hammel, assistant professor/police academy commander and coordinator
Anika Ingram, J.D., professor
Drema J. Marks, assistant
The following scholarships are available for students in the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute. For information visit the AACC Scholarships page.
Established by the Annapolis City Lodge #1 Fraternal Order of Police, this scholarship provides support for students pursuing a degree in law enforcement and criminal justice.
Established in memory of Cpl. Thomas P. Connelly III, this scholarship provides support to students pursuing certification in the AACC Police Academy.
This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Jason Schwenz, a member of the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's office who was killed in the line of duty in 2001. It provides assistance for eligible students who are pursuing studies in law enforcement and criminal justice.
The Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Inc. (MLEO) is a statewide fraternal organization that was established in Baltimore during the 1930s. The goal of the MLEO Scholarship program is to help provide funding to college students who are seeking a career in law enforcement.
John N. Dempsey was a District of Columbia police officer from 1951 to 1977, and retired as a lieutenant. This scholarship was created by his daughter, Debra Dempsey, to honor his dedicated service and long career to assist students pursuing a career as a police officer.
The Warren B. Duckett Jr. Scholarship was established to provide assistance for students pursuing studies in either social service or criminal justice.
The Pallas Foundation aims to foster the education and professional development of emerging leaders from traditionally under-represented groups in global and national security. The Pallas Foundation works to enhance the development of leadership across different national security private and public organizations through education and special events. To advance this goal in our region, the Pallas Foundation established this scholarship.
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 among students and faculty.
Join AACC’s Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Association!
Students within the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute are encouraged to join the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Student Association. Membership offers exciting opportunities for exploration into the field beyond the classroom.
For information contact:
Darian Senn-Carter, Ed.D.
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.
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.
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Guest lecturers present to students and community members free of charge.
For information contact Darian Senn-Carter, Ed.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-777-7281.
Careers Center, Room 316
Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute students are welcome to visit the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute Resource Center.
The Resource Center includes:
For information about the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Resource Center or to borrow resources, contact:
Careers Center, Room 232
Students can elect to complete an internship with one of the hundreds of local companies in the AACC internship database. Employers look favorably on potential employees who have experience in the field and those potential employees whose experience exceeds what can be learned in the classroom.
Internships are an integral part of the learning, exploration and professional growth process for our students. Completing an internship is a great opportunity to:
"My internship at the Annapolis Police Department was an amazing opportunity. I received a warm welcome and immediately felt comfortable. Everyone was extremely eager to respond to all of my questions and provided me with knowledge on what it's like to work in this field."
- Alyssa Rakowski (Read more about Alyssa's internship experience.)
Are you looking for career and academic guidance, testing strategies, motivation or ways to make great study habits?
The Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute’s Coach and Tutor program can help with these things and much more! Students are eligible to receive an Apple iPad or Surface Pro for the term.
Your tutors are here to offer you guidance and tips on forming better study habits, improved note-taking, organizing your notes, better test-taking strategies or acing that research paper. The best part: they are specialists in the fields of criminal justice and homeland security.
Not sure what field you want to go into? Have you thought about your path to a university? Need some help with preparing for an interview, or just improving ways to communicate with your professor? Are you in the military or a veteran and need some more guidance?
Reach out to an engagement coach for some direction. They will help you think it through!
The Meade Expo is a collaborative endeavor between Meade High School and the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute at Anne Arundel Community College. The Glen Burnie Expo is a collaborative endeavor between Glen Burnie High School and the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute at Anne Arundel Community College.
Both expos are fully committed to helping young people build character, expand their knowledge and successfully earn careers in homeland security and criminal justice.
Are you a high-achieving student who wants to excel in a diverse, interdisciplinary learning environment?
Check out the AACC Honors program! The Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute offers the following honors options:
Focused on collaboration, critical thinking, effective communication and ethical leadership, the Honors program can help you achieve academic rigor while still allowing flexibility for qualified students in all majors to receive recognition for their achievements.
As an AACC Honors student, you can: