Area Police Officers Earn Degrees

Posted: November 8, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

Twenty police officers in Prince William County and the City of Manassas are adding a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice to their professional credentials by participating in the Administration of Justice Cohort Program, a joint initiative between the police departments, the Administration of Justice Program, and the Office of Continuing Professional Education at the Prince William Campus.

Participants meet admission requirements of the university as full-time, degree-seeking students and complete a course a month by attending classes two nights a week from September through June. The first graduates recently received their degrees, and the remaining officers graduate in December.

Stephen Mastrofski, director of the Administration of Justice Program, says, “We are delighted to play a part in bringing liberal arts education to area police officers, and we are very pleased that the county encouraged us to begin this popular program.”

The program began in Prince William County in September 1998 as a result of negotiations between the police departments and George Mason to offer law enforcement officers a convenient, nontraditional approach toward completing their bachelor’s degrees. The police departments recruited students from their ranks and provided classroom space at the Prince William County Public Safety Academy in Nokesville, and the university designed a curriculum that provides officers with courses needed to fulfill degree requirements while meeting the unique scheduling demands faced by the officers.

“It is exciting to see that law enforcement values education as part of its professionalism,” says Catherine Hoover, continuing professional education director at the Prince William Campus, who was instrumental in getting the program under way.

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