Saint Leo Students Pursuing Homeland Security Online Degree Offered Unique Study Abroad Option

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Seven-day global security workshop in Tel Aviv provides detailed case studies.

It’s not often that the words ‘online degree’ and ‘study abroad’ are used in the same sentence. This June, however, students in the homeland security online degree program, plus others interested in topics such as critical incident management or criminal justice, will have the opportunity to travel to Israel and study counter terrorist topics.

Saint Leo’s Global Security Workshop takes place in Tel Aviv, June 22 to 30, 2012. Early registration is recommended since enrollment is limited to 40 people.

Tel Aviv, the Perfect Classroom for Security Instruction
This is the third time Saint Leo University has offered this course in Israel, a country with decades of experience protecting their citizens from various atrocities. The unnerving reality of constant terrorism threats, such as suicide bombings and car ambushes, makes tightened security in Tel Aviv the norm.

Israeli experts will present case studies teaching how to protect citizens in various locations. One of the guest lecturers includes Samuel Bashan, who served in the Israel Defense Forces and in the General Security Service (GSS) for over 20 years. An expert in bomb security and preventive countermeasures, he has trained thousands of Israeli security officers. Bashan will give a presentation on suicide terror and Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED). Other Israeli experts will discuss Krav Maga (Israeli martial arts), protecting dignitaries against terrorism and other pertinent topics.

Itinerary Features Location Visits and Lectures
The workshop has been designed to cover five critical areas: public safety at large-scale events such as shopping and retail establishments; transportation, including ports, airports, trains and bus stations; critical infrastructure; schools and government buildings.

Visits to Ashkelon Ruttenberg Power Station, Bank Hapoalim, the Azriely Complex, Jerusalem University, the Old City and the assassination site of Prime Minster Rabin are included in the trip.

Students will also meet Mordecai Dzikansky, a retired New York Police Department detective who spent 4 years stationed in Israel, gathering intelligence and relaying key information back to the NYPD. He’s the author of two books, including his memoir: Terrorist Cop: The NYPD's Jewish Cop Who Traveled the World to Stop Terrorists.

Workshop Designed for Students and Working Professionals
While initially created for the students in Saint Leo’s homeland security online degree program, law enforcement professionals have attended this workshop in the past – and are invited to attend this year. Given the complex and ever-changing dynamics of counter terrorism, the up-to-date knowledge is beneficial to anyone involved with homeland security.

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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