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Police officer standing in front of cruiser, facing a crowd of people
Over the past year, the law enforcement community has experienced what can be described as a pendulum effect in terms of triumph and disaster. At the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, first responders were widely recognized for their hard work and dedication in the face of the global pandemic.
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Man being arrested and read his Miranda rights
In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled to overturn Miranda’s conviction on the grounds that he had been denied his rights. It was in this ruling that Chief Justice Earl Warren outlined a procedure to be used by police officers to guarantee that all those detained are aware of their rights protected under the...
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Demonstrator leads crowd with bulhorn
Gary Potter, Ph.D., professor emeritus, appeared on the CBS News program “Sunday Morning” in a segment about the relationship between law enforcement and the African American community in the United States. Potter, who is known for his research on crime and the history of policing, provided insight on the connection between the development of our...
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US Capitol Building
As Black Lives Matter protests continue across the United States, law enforcement agencies are reviewing their policies. They are establishing police task forces, and discussing guidelines on dozens, if not hundreds of issues, including use of force, body cameras and whistleblower protections. In Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed, the city council took a bold...
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Top 10 Online Law Enforcement Programs
Criminal Justice Degree Hub has named Eastern Kentucky University’s police studies degree no. 6 on their list of Top 10 Online Law Enforcement Degree Programs. Universities were evaluated on reputation, cost and graduates’ expected salary.
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Best College Reviews Editor's Choice: Top Online Associate's Degrees Badge
Eastern Kentucky University’s online associates degree in police studies is ranked among the best criminal justice degree programs for 2018 as rated by BestCollegeReviews.org.
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Smiling police officer stands next to cruiser
An article on NPR’s website last fall entitled “Ferguson in the Classroom: How One College Took Up Race and Policing This Semester” (Errin Whack, Nov 9, 2015) caught my attention.  Several years ago, Dr. Victor Kappeler, former Criminal Justice Department Chair and current Dean of CJS, asked me to design a new course offering on...
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Police cruiser patrols the street
"Policing requires street smarts, but there are many times I need to look beyond the more obvious answers. Having the degree makes you think,” said Officer Dan Delaney. Delaney, who earned a bachelor’s degree in police studies through EKU Online in 2013, currently works for the city of Newport, Kentucky. He notices the difference his...
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Police cruiser patrols the street
In 2015, the Journal of Criminal Justice Education published the most comprehensive on law enforcement and higher education to date. One major finding was that police officers with college degrees are less likely to use force against citizens.
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Police cruiser patrols the street
August 11th marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Watts Rebellion, which continued until August 17th, 1965.  Similar revolts took place in several major American cities over the next couple of years including Chicago, Detroit and Newark. Set off by police violence and racism the nation would not see civil disorder on this...
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