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Loyola offers deep discount to local police seeking criminal justice degrees

Loyola press release - October 22, 2008

Loyola University New Orleans’ Department of Criminal Justice, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the New Orleans Police Department have partnered to give officers pursuing bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice a 60 percent discounted rate on course fees.

The program, which began for JPSO officers in January 2008, is designed to provide police officers an opportunity to earn college degrees to enhance their personal lives, their profession, and the community. NOPD officers begin participation in this program in January 2009, and applications are currently being taken.

Loyola’s criminal justice program provides a multidisciplinary study of the structure, administration, and dynamics of the criminal justice system. It is firmly grounded in the liberal arts, emphasizing strong writing skills, developing skills for critical analysis, and providing exposure in the humanities and the social sciences. In addition to the basics of the criminal justice curriculum, Loyola’s program concentrates on educating the whole student in the Jesuit tradition, with special attention to community service and social justice.

Capt. Tim Scanlan of the JPSO, an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Loyola, Sheriff Newell Normand, and Dr. William Thornton, Jr., chairman of the department of criminal justice, worked together to create the original collaboration with JPSO. The university approved the discount to enhance its involvement in addressing the New Orleans community’s social needs. Thornton worked with NOPD Police Chief Warren Riley to extend the discount to NOPD officers.

“The joint program between Loyola and the JPSO is very much in line with the university’s commitment to collaborate with community agencies,” Thornton said. “The department of criminal justice’s faculty looks forward to providing enhanced opportunities for law enforcement officers to obtain bachelor’s degrees.”

“Police officers need higher education for the good of the profession and the department,” Riley said. “Better educated individuals make for superior police officers, and the NOPD supports those officers who seek to obtain college degrees with a variety of incentives including pay and promotions.”

Riley also noted providing education to prospective NOPD recruits will help in recruiting quality candidates to New Orleans.

In addition to benefits officers receive from the program, traditional undergraduate students benefit from the real-life experiences of law professionals discussed during classes.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Catherine Koppel in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at ckoppel@loyno.edu or 504-861-5448.