Saint Leo University’s Bachelors in Criminal Justice Students Offered Special Course on Criminal Gangs in the U.S.

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Four-Day Course Features Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Sergio Sanz as Guest Lecturer

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), there are approximately 1.4 million members of criminally active gangs in the country. Exactly how are law enforcement officers dealing with the destructive impact these gangs have on society? That’s one of the questions to be answered at Saint Leo University, April 30 to May 3, 2012. Students pursuing a bachelors in criminal justice degree, law enforcement professionals interested in obtaining a certificate of completion and criminal justice students studying online are all invited to enroll in this course.

The Criminal Gangs in the United States course is presented through Saint Leo University's Institute for Excellence in Criminal Justice Administration and is coordinated by associate professor Barry Glover.

Law Enforcement Experts Contribute Their Expertise
Dismantling the threat illegal gangs bring to communities throughout the country requires the effort of local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies. That’s why top experts from various segments of the law enforcement field have been tapped to share their knowledge with the students who enroll in this course.

Retired supervisory special FBI agent Sergio Sanz is the featured presenter. Agent Sanz has over 21 years of experience with the FBI and has supervised and directed joint task forces throughout the country. As a law enforcement instructor for over 14 years and a crisis/hostage negotiator for more than 11 years, he brings a wealth of experience to the classroom. His extensive experience includes the investigations of terrorism, bomb threats, violet crimes, organized crime and criminal gangs.

Additional guest speakers include Robert O’Neill, the U.S. attorney for the middle district of Florida, William Bechtold the warden of Coleman Federal Prison, the largest maximum security prison in America, and other experts in the field.

Course Covers All Major Gangs in America
The U.S. Department of Justice identifies three principal groups of gangs: national street gangs, prison gangs and outlaw motorcycle club gangs. This course will devote one entire day to each group plus one day will cover the five most active gangs in Florida.

After completion of the course, students will know the specific characteristics of each type of gang, recognize their identifiable symbols, be familiar with Florida and federal anti-gang laws and understand the importance of gang intelligence.

Four-Day Format Convenient for All Students
All students, whether they are working towards a bachelors in criminal justice, a certificate, or a graduate degree can take this course. On the last day of instruction, students will take a final exam and then have the summer to complete the additional research papers, articles for publication and active learning projects necessary to receive the appropriate credit.

The course is also ideal for law enforcement professionals looking for up-to-date information on criminal gangs. A certificate can be earned for course completion. For students who do not live close to the campus or are pursuing a criminal justice degree online or a masters of criminal justice online and would like to take this course, discounted rates have been arranged at the Microtel Hotel in Zephyrhills and the Hampton in Dade City.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo ranks as one of the top universities in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” list. Saint Leo’s traditional liberal arts campus, located 30 miles north of Tampa, educates more than 1,900 students. Total enrollment across its campus, continuing education centers, and online programs exceeds 15,000. Among the oldest Catholic universities in Florida, Saint Leo is one of the nation's 10 leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military, and is a nationally recognized leader in online education.

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