New Orleans Needs Criminal Justice Professionals, Says

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Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans residents now face a rash of murders in a city that has always seen some of the highest violent crime rates in the nation. The new rise underscores the need for additional, well-trained law enforcement personnel, according to, an education resource for career-minded students (

A New Year crime spree in New Orleans and a nationwide increase in violent crime for 2006 underlines the need for trained law enforcement personnel. According to, a one-stop online education tool for campus-based and online degree programs, now is an optimum time for students interested in law enforcement to attend school and earn a criminal justice degree (

In the first two weeks of 2007 nine people were murdered in New Orleans. On January 11, thousands of residents marched on city hall, demanding increased police protection. Mayor Ray Nagin told marchers that additional street patrols and traffic checkpoints would be instituted immediately.

According to the Associated Press, New Orleans saw 161 murders in 2006, raising the murder rate measured by FBI crime statistics officials to more than five times the national average. In releasing the 2006 Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report last month, the FBI said law enforcement agencies across the nation reported an increase of 3.7 percent in violent crime over 2005. In Washington, D.C, police added newly trained law enforcement officers, instituted $8 million for overtime pay, and installed surveillance cameras to help fight crime.

"New Orleans is going to need a lot of help rebuilding the community and keeping its people safe, now and in the future," said Renee Silver, spokesperson. Silver added that a criminal justice degree often provides a basic foundation for professionals who want to move into careers other than police work. "With increased needs across the board in homeland security, border enforcement and cyber-crime prevention, today's law enforcement career-track programs are really attracting students." ( allows prospective criminal justice majors to search for associate, bachelor and graduate degree programs by career specialization or location.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that law enforcement job applicants with formal college training in criminal justice will find the best job opportunities, particularly in major cities with high crime rates. Other professional options for law enforcement grads include working for U.S. Border Patrol, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and The Department of Homeland Security. is a one-stop education resource for online and campus degree programs. Students can easily research career-track programs in Business, Accounting, Marketing, Technology, Management, Education, Nursing and more.


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