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Timothy Roufa

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You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Tuesday May 27, 2014
What sorts of jobs are available for criminal justice and criminology majors? How much money can you earn in a criminology career? What should you major in to find a criminal justice job? And what about careers in forensic science?

You can get answers to all of those questions and more on our frequently asked questions page.

Learn everything you need to know about landing an exciting and rewarding career, including why you should consider criminal justice and criminology careers to begin with.

Criminal Justice Jobs for the Great Outdoors

Monday May 26, 2014
The thaw is on, and summer is just around the corner. That means it's time to head outdoors and enjoy all that nature has to offer. How great would it be to work where you play? Fortunately for you, there are several criminology and criminal justice career options for folks who love the great outdoors.

Protect our parks as a member of the park police. Preserve our aquatic resources and keep our waters safe as a marine patrol officer. Educate your community on conservation practices and laws as a wildlife officer.

No matter your passion or interest, you can find a career that's right for you in criminal justice and criminology.

Honoring Our Fallen Servicemen on Memorial Day

Sunday May 25, 2014
Fallen NJ Marine Returns HomeWhile police officers and other criminal justice professionals know a thing or two about sacrifice, few know more than our soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen serving in the United States Military.

On this Memorial Day, we honor those men and women who died in service to their county, and in service to us. On this Memorial Day, we are once again reminded that our freedom is not free, but comes at a great cost, one we are most fortunate and humbled to have others so willing to pay in our stead.

We thank our fallen heroes, and we grieve with their families. Let us remain ever vigilant in our remembrance, that their sacrifices are never forgotten.

Image Courtesy NYC Marines/Flickr Creative Commons

A Little Bit About the Officer Down Memorial page

Wednesday May 21, 2014
Last week, police officers remembered their fallen heroes and recognized those survivors they left behind during National Police Week.

Unfortunately, officers are lost throughout the year, and even one line of duty death is 1 too many.

One very prominent way the law enforcement community continues to honor their own is through the Officer Down Memorial Page, which was founded in 1996.

The OMDP is a true testament of what the Thin Blue Line of law enforcement is really all about. Visit the page sometime and learn more about how to support fallen LEO's.

National Police Week 2014 Honors Fallen Officers and Their Familes

Monday May 12, 2014
This week marks National Police Week in Washington, D.C. TPD Sgt. Dale Green RememberedEach May, police officers from all around the United States converge on the nation's capital city to honor their fallen brothers and sisters. This is what real professional courtesy is all about.

The week features different events each day, beginning with the candlelight vigil on Sunday night. It culminates with the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Thursday - National Peace Officers' Memorial Day - and finally a fun Friday night at the ballpark when the Washington Nationals host the Nationals' Police Memorial Night.

The purpose of all the activities is to call attention to and memorialize the officers who have been killed in the line of duty, and the families they left behind.

Whatever you're doing this week, please take a moment to think about the fallen officers and their families, and recall the sacrifice they've made and the pain they must feel.

Image courtesy Elvert Barnes via Creative Commons

SWAT's Up?

Saturday May 10, 2014
Call them SWAT, TRT, SOG, SRT, ERU or any of a number of other acronyms. SWAT Team Whatever you call them, know this: when they show up, they mean business. Within law enforcement agencies, the Special Weapons And Tactics teams around the world are ready to respond to some of the most dangerous situations you can imagine.

SWAT team members handle hostage rescues, active shooters, dignitary protection, warrant service and any other situation that requires their unique skill sets, but it takes a high level of physical and mental toughness that not every person, let alone every police officer, has.

Image Courtesy Secret Ireland via Creative Commons

What's The One Thing Cops Hate More Than Anything Else?

Sunday May 4, 2014
Thin Blue LineA while back, I shared a list of 10 things cops really hate. Some of them are funny, but some are deadly serious. One of the most serious to make that list were motorists who fail to move over for emergency vehicles on the shoulder.

Why do cops hate this so much? Because failing to move over, or not paying attention while on the road, can cause a crash that can and will kill a police officer as fast as any bullet. On May 4, 2014, one motorist did just that.

Details have not been released, but what is known is that a State Trooper, a tow truck driver and a pedestrian are all dead as a result of a tragic accident that occurred while the trooper and the tow truck driver were clearing a previous crash scene.

It's no secret that law enforcement careers are dangerous, but there are some tragedies for which there are no words. Police train to deal with threats, both known and unknown. Unfortunately, tragedies like this one go to show that the times in which police officers and other emergency workers are truly safe are very few and far between, indeed.

Want to know what cops really hate, more than anything else? It's simple. We hate saying good bye to one of own.

History of Criminology Demonstrates Changing Views on Justice

Monday April 21, 2014
The question of how best to reduce crime and ensure that justice is served is one that has puzzled humanity since the very beginnings of society. Interestingly, over the millennia, two prominent systems have vied for accepptance, one ancient and one much more recent.

In the early history of criminology, crimes were viewed as affronts against individuals, families or communities. To fix the imbalance that crime caused, laws such as those found in the Code of Hammurabi called for criminals to make amends somehow. Granted those amends were often brutal, such as losing a hand for stealing, but this early notion of restorative justice emphasized the plight of the victim.

In the more modern history of criminology, the state took a more prominent role in dispensing justice, and introduced the idea that crime was an offense to society as a whole, not just the aggrieved individual. Through the introduction of the notion of retributive justice, the response to crime placed an emphasis on punishment rather than restoration.

Which system is better? That remains up for debate, and likely will for a long time to come.

New: Frequently Asked Questions About Careers in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Friday April 18, 2014
You've got lots of questions about careers in criminology and criminal justice, and we have lots of answers. Now, we've put the answers to the most-asked question all in one place.

If you want to find out what you need to know about jobs in criminal justice, criminology and forensic science, be sure to start with our new Frequently Asked Questions About Criminology and Criminal Justice Careers section.

We'll continue to work on getting you the most helpful tips and advice for the job hunt, so check back often to find the information you need to earn the success you want.

Hard Lessons Learned on the Job Hunt

Sunday April 13, 2014
A long, long time ago, when I was in high school, I decided I wanted a new job. Suit and Tie I'd heard that our local grocer chain was a good employer. They offered decent pay and even company stock if you worked for them long enough. In short, much like the careers I write about now, it was a great opportunity, and I wanted in.

I showed up one day to pick up a job application (there was no such thing as "online"). I was wearing torn jeans and a Metallica t-shirt with a menacing skull prominently featured on the front. Not the most professional attire by any stretch.

My plan was to grab an application, take it home, and bring it back, this time dressed sharply in slacks and a shirt and tie. What I didn't know was that this particular company required you to fill out your application on the spot and watch an orientation video before hand.

Though I had every intention of making a good first impression when I returned my application, I completely neglected to consider the impression I might make when I picked up the application. As you can probably already guess, I didn't get the job. I didn't even get an interview.

Years later, I still see people looking for jobs, dressed not unlike I was so long ago. Often, they're oblivious to the need to present a professional image in every step of the job search, including when you first inquire about applying.

Don't make the same mistakes I did. Learn how to remake your image, dress for success and make every interaction you have with employers count. Show them that you are the person they want working for them. Good luck!

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