Morristown, N.J. (March 17, 2017) – Two CSE students, Detective Lieutenant Scott Bartell and Detective Sergeant Brian Ford, were promoted to these positions for the Florham Park Police Department (FPPD) this semester.
"The criminal justice program at CSE is great for those already in law enforcement or those looking to get into law enforcement," says Bartell. "There's a lot of online classes so it's very convenient for us with scheduling issues."
Immediately after graduating high school in 1993, Bartell joined the FFPD as a dispatcher. Since then he's served as a patrol officer, detective, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) officer and even supervised the community policing bureau. Despite his success, Bartell decided to study at CSE because it has a "highly regarded justice program" and he needed a college degree to further his career.
Ford, a fourth-generation law enforcement officer, chose CSE because of our small, friendly atmosphere and knowledgeable professors.
He says, "A lot of Officers find it very beneficial to learn about our job from current or former law enforcement, and this school offers many courses taught by many of those great people."
In 2001, Ford began his career as a dispatcher, transferred to the detective bureau, was a member of the emergency response team and was recently promoted to detective sergeant. In 2016, he graduated with a bachelor's in criminal justice and will get his master's in justice administration and public service later this year.
"The ability to earn credits toward my bachelor's and master's simultaneously is great," says Ford.
Current police officers, with years of practical experience, highly recommend studying criminal justice at CSE because of our flexible, comprehensive and realistic courses. But, as Ford says, "Not everyone wants to be a police officer and you don't have to be. The variety of jobs in the [criminal justice] system are limitless."
Whether you're interested in becoming a police officer, a state officer, a prosecutor, a federal agent or working in another factor of law enforcement, studying criminal justice at CSE is right for you.
Just listen to Bartell's advice, "It's a great program, it's a great school, and we highly recommend it."