SCF Criminal Justice Program Lauds Law Enforcement

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 9, 2018) — The Criminal Justice Program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) took time to recognize law enforcement officers and their agencies on Tuesday, Jan. 9 as part of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

The Criminal Justice Program at SCF includes areas of study on police administration, criminology, criminal evidence investigation, juvenile delinquency and rehabilitation. Greg Arnold, program director, served in various roles in law enforcement after he graduated from college, including with a police department, a sheriff’s office and a state attorney’s office. Nearly every adjunct professor at SCF either has served in or is employed full-time in law enforcement.

“The college is proud to see so many SCF graduates become successful in law enforcement careers,” Arnold said, adding many have gone on to become leaders and administrators with their agencies. “It’s nice to see a lot of our graduates become successful in their departments.”

As part of the curriculum, Arnold brings in guest speakers from various agencies, including Fish and Wildlife, Probation and Parole, the Sheriff’s Office and police departments, and arranges tours of the Manatee County jail.  As program director he makes sure to invite graduates back to speak to the students about their role in law enforcement.

“A lot of the speakers are former students and they talk about the positive influences the school had on how they looked at their jobs,” Arnold said. “It’s more effective for students when they realize these speakers were sitting in their seats at one time.”

For information, visit or call Arnold at 941-752-5500. 

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