Red Cross Mass Casualty Certificates Awarded to ECPI Students and Faculty

Several ECPI University students in Virginia Beach completed the Red Cross Mass Casualty Certification Training on August 19. Disaster response training courses are open to the public but are designed primarily for those individuals wishing to begin or continue training for the local Disaster Action Team (DAT) or the National Disaster Services Human Resources (DSHR) System. The purpose is to provide information about ways participants can help their community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters. The Mass Casualty Disaster course is designed to prepare employees and volunteers to plan for and respond to mass casualty disasters.

Nine students from Homeland Security, three students studying criminal justice and two faculty members received the certification.

Danny Roggers: Real Student. Real Story.

We hear so many great success stories from our students and graduates. We wanted to share one that appeared on the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) YouTube page. APSCU is a voluntary membership organization of accredited, private, postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities that provide career-specific educational programs.

Thanks for sharing your story Danny.

Brooke Schaefer: Real Student. Real Story.

We hear so many great success stories from our students and graduates. We wanted to share one that appeared on the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) YouTube page. APSCU is a voluntary membership organization of accredited, private, postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities that provide career-specific educational programs.

Brooke shares her story as a student in criminal justice.

Today’s FBI: An Inside Look for Criminal Justice Students

A group of 40 students, graduates and staff from ECPI University’s Virginia Beach, Online, Newport News, Richmond Moorefield and Richmond Innsbrook campuses attentively absorbed the FBI’s Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) at the Virginia Beach campus on June 3. The event was organized with the assistance of the FBI Norfolk Division’s Community Outreach Specialist and Associate Dean of Criminal Justice, Ife Alexander-Caines. The CREST covered topics such as: recruitment, cyber-crime, terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, white collar crime, the FBI’s community outreach programs and the changing face of the FBI.

Vanessa Torres, the Community Outreach/Media Specialist for Norfolk’s FBI, spoke to the group about the Norfolk Division’s Community Outreach Program and some of the FBI’s initiatives. The CREST Program helps adults learn about the mission, goals, history and internal workings of the FBI. Community outreach for the FBI shifted after 9/11 to be more targeted to adults and businesses to raise terrorism awareness. “It is an effort to build trust and collaboration in the community,” said Torres. “The public became the eyes and ears of the FBI.”

Special Agent in Charge, Alex Turner has been with the FBI for 26 years and has experienced the evolving role the agency plays. Today the FBI employs 33,000 people with a presence in every continent around the world. “The FBI is physically in 70 countries covering 200 countries,” explained Turner. “This expansion happened after 9/11.”

The FBI investigates:

•     Counterterrorism
•     Foreign Counterintelligence
•     Cyber Crime
•     Public Corruption
•     Major Thefts/Violent Crimes
•     White Collar Crime
•     Civil Rights

Turner addressed television programs like CSI and Bones and how they do not properly represent the FBI. Jokingly he stated “I’d be taller with more hair” as the room erupted in laughter. The FBI today is threat-based and intelligence driven sharing information across all agencies.

From left to right: Vanessa Torres, Community Outreach/ Media Specialist; Ife Alexander-Caines , Associate Dean of Criminal Justice; Alex Turner, Special Agent in Charge; Melanie Hayes, Administrative Specialist and Willie Session, Assistant Special Agent in Charge.

ECPI University faculty member, Ife Alexander-Caines worked with the FBI to put this program together. “I believe this event makes a positive statement about our university and the community element that exists within the School of Criminal Justice,” said Ife regarding the attendance and support.

Manassas Uses a Scenario Straight from the Headlines for Discovery Day

The idea for a creative Discovery Day came from headlines from across the country: bank tellers stealing customer’s information and internal employees’ granting access for thievery. There seems to be enough material for a Hollywood movie or a great way for guests of ECPI University and MCI in Manassas, Virginia, to witness the skills learned upon enrollment in one of the university’s programs.

Guests to the campus on April 16 were briefed on the back-ground of the situation in the form of a video and a newspaper article. The scenario played out like this:

Two suspects were taken into custody from a bank headquarters. After entering the building with a valid security code, the suspects allegedly proceeded to the company’s intelligence center where silent alarms were activated. The mail room supervisor at the headquarters reportedly used her access information to get into the building. The second suspect, a male, is currently being treated for a heart attack. After the suspects were detained, he began experiencing chest pain and was taken to the hospital. ADT security systems received the trespassing alert; police were notified immediately. Upon arrival, police officers found the two suspects in the intelligence center. In a panic, the female attempted to flee the building but was brought into custody within moments. The male did not resist arrest. While police are unsure of the exact motive, the two suspects appear to have stolen account and demographic information from 2,000+ bank customers. The bank’s security team and local authorities are currently assessing their security breach.
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