Building Bridges: The Future of Law Enforcement
By: Randy B. Nelson, Ph.D., Program Director
B-CU Criminal Justice Administration Graduate Program
Pictured: B-CU undergraduate and graduate level students along with two B-CU alumni currently serving as law enforcement professionals with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (Deputy BJ Atkins) and Highlands County Sheriff’s Office (Deputy Tevin Toney).
On Thursday, March 28, 2019, Dr. Randy Nelson, Program Director of the Criminal Justice Administration Graduate program at B-CU, Dr. Kideste Yusef, Department Chair of Justice & Political Studies, and Dr. Felecia Dix-Richardson, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at FAMU, hosted the third annual HBCU Law Enforcement Career Symposium and Luncheon at Florida A&M University.
The event is a collaborative effort of Florida HBCUs to increase diversity in the law enforcement profession. More than 100 students and 17 agencies participated in the forum. Marshall Silvester Dawson of Florida Supreme Court delivered the keynote during the luncheon. A group of undergraduate and graduate level criminal justice students traveled to Tallahassee to participate in the event.
In spring 2018, B-CU hosted the symposium with 25 law enforcement agencies from across Florida and more than 300 B-CU students.
Over the past three years, more than $35,000 in revenue through law enforcement registrations, which provide opportunities for criminal justice students to attend national and state conferences, as well as local community forums aimed at increasing public safety and empowering the community.
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About Bethune Cookman University:
Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000. For more information, visit www.cookman.edu