Justin DeCecca, MJA
Mr. DeCecca is an associate professor within the department of criminal justice. Mr. DeCecca recently retired from the Kentucky State Police to become a fulltime faculty member at UC. Mr. DeCecca started his career in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff and eventually became an officer for Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement. Mr. DeCecca also served in the United States Navy Reserve as a Master-at-Arms, a division of the Navy Military Police, in Iceland during the final stages of the US Naval Air station base closure.
Mr. DeCecca has extensive training and experience in highway criminal interdiction. He has been involved in multiple bulk drug, currency and stolen merchandise seizures. Mr. DeCecca was awarded a meritorious achievement medal from the state of Kentucky for his seizure of 27 pounds of cocaine located in a hidden compartment in a commercial vehicle. The seizure of narcotics had an estimated street value of over 1 million dollars. This was one of the largest seizures of cocaine deriving from a traffic stop in Kentucky’s history.
Mr. DeCecca received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Tiffin University and received his master’s degree in justice administration from Norwich University. Mr. DeCecca’s advanced training includes, accident reconstruction, advanced drug interdiction techniques, canine handling and training, homeland security and terrorism training. Other qualifications that enhance his teaching experience include: hazardous material inspection and convoy training, criminal investigation and crime scene analysis, firearms and tactical training, advanced commercial vehicle safety regulations and inspection training, multicultural issues and Middle Eastern customs training. Since becoming a law enforcement officer in 1997, Mr. DeCecca has received over 1400 hours of in-service and annual training by state, federal and private law enforcement agencies.