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11-12-2011


UC Professor Returns from Israel

 


Professor DeCecca with an exploded rocket fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip. Behind him are over 150 rockets they have recovered in the last 2 years.

Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) Associate Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Department Justin DeCecca returned from a training course in Israel this past week.Professor DeCecca received a Summer Immersion grant which allows faculty to receive specialized training in their respected field that they would not normally have the chance to attend.

Professor DeCecca and eight other Criminal Justice Professionals from around the United States went on a 5 day training tour of Israel. The training began in Jerusalem and took Professor DeCecca to the Northern Border with Lebanon, to the Southern Border, the West Bank, and the Gaza strip.

The training served several purposes. “We met with members of the Israeli Police, Border Police, Bomb squad and Israeli Defense force and they walked us through areas that have been hit by terrorists, suicide bombers or terrorist rockets,” stated DeCecca. “In the past 10 years, Israel has had over 12,000 rockets fired into its country from surrounding borders.”

The training also took them to a small town community center, an elementary school, and an emergency center that often handles the victims of attacks. On each stop, members of the Israeli community met with the group and discussed what problems they have had and how they dealt with the never ending shelling and attacks from across the border. This training allowed them to go to sights that the general public is not normally allowed to go as they were often escorted by the Israeli Border Police.

Homeland Security and Anti Terrorism training were the main reasons that Professor DeCecca attended this training. “There is no organization that deals with terrorism in the world that is better equipped and trained than the Israeli Military and Police,” DeCecca said.

“Training with them is a once in a lifetime event, and not many universities can say that there professors have trained with the Israeli Defense Force,” said DeCecca.

Professor DeCecca plans to use what he has learned to supplement the Department Of Criminal Justice’s degree programs. The department now offers a Homeland Security class, and they are preparing to offer a Masters Degree in Justice Administration with a Homeland Security specialty in August of 2012.

“The United States needs to understand, that it is not only the police and militaries duty to prevent crime and terrorism, but it’s also the communities’ responsibility,” said DeCecca. “Everyone must be aware of their environment, and when something is not normal, that’s when bad things tend to happen. Israeli relies on intelligence gathering and strong support from the communities to prevent terrorist attacks.”

Professor DeCecca will be lecturing on campus about his trip, and has a faculty colloquium planed in February. “Besides the outstanding training I received, I have made friends and contacts with Homeland Security Officials in Washington DC, Detectives in New York, not to mention all the contacts from Israel I now have from this unique opportunity.”

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of student; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master's degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.