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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.


Majors

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

Director

Karen Cook, interim director
410-777-7370
kcook@aacc.edu

Full-time Faculty

Arnold Keith Adkins, assistant professor
CALT 254
410-777-7329

Leslie Parker Blyther, assistant professor/program coordinator
CALT 210
410-777-1159

Reynaldo Evangelista, associate professor/police academy coordinator
CALT 212
410-777-1209

David Hammel, assistant professor
CALT 252
410-777-7319

Anika Ingram, J.D., professor
CALT 252
410-777-2182

Joseph Johnson
CALT 212
410-777-7127

Tyrone Powers
CALT 208
410-777-7496

Adil Qaiyumi, J.D., assistant professor
CALT 252
410-777-1483

Darian Senn-Carter, assistant professor
CALT 254
410-777-7281

Staff

Drema J. Marks, office manager
CALT 208A
410-777-7063
djmarks@aacc.edu

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, and 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 and Criminal Justice Institute
CALT Building 208
410-777-7063
dmhammel@aacc.edu 

Crime, Violence & Mental Illness Conference

This annual conference offers an array of training and workshops highlighting the interface among 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.

Event Notice: We apologize that the 5th Annual Crime, Violence, and Mental Illness Conference originally scheduled for June 7, 2019, at Anne Arundel Community College has been CANCELED. If you have already registered for the conference, you will receive a refund of your registration fee shortly. Please watch for updates on future conferences and events hosted by the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute.

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 aqaiyumi@aacc.edu 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 lpblyther@aacc.edu or 410-777-1159.

Questions?