As Keiser University continues to honor first responders, it pays tribute to University Director of Security and Safety Greg Richter and West Palm Beach campus instructor Bruce Hannan.
Inspired to enter the profession by his father and grandfather, Richter, a third-generation law enforcement leader, is thankful to contribute to the field by also serving as a part-time instructor for Keiser’s Criminal Justice and Forensics programs.
Hannan also grew up in a law enforcement family and finds value in sharing his real-world experience with students. ‘Life experiences bring real-world dynamics to the classroom and combined with theoretical components enable students to gain a full understanding of the profession,” said the former officer who was particularly influenced by his uncle, a police department lieutenant in Boston, Massachusetts
When asked what he’d advise to those considering a profession in the field, Richter shared that it’s important to earn a degree while also embracing volunteer activities. “The degree will provide incredible insights and also make candidates more qualified, while volunteerism will deliver even more knowledge of the job and highlight skills and strengths. Also, it’s important that prospective law enforcement candidates keep their background record spotless,” said Richter whose 35-year law enforcement career spans experience with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Metro Dade Police and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
“During these challenging times, it’s important to remain focused on the long-term law enforcement career by preparing for opportunities to grow within the field. Also, seek out a mentor for encouragement and review of goals,” added Hannan.
Keiser University’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice provides preparation in many areas of the criminal justice system. Topics include but are not limited to deviant behavior, forensics, law enforcement and investigation, victimology, private security, corrections and juvenile justice, and how components work together and are governed by our laws, the Supreme Court and the U.S. Constitution. This exploration of the American criminal justice system culminates with an emphasis on research, analysis, and the future of the system.
Keiser University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Investigations (Investigations Concentration) prepares students with competencies in the collection, preservation, and analysis of physical evidence for presentation in legal proceedings. The program provides students with the skills required to recognize relevant scientific information discoverable through forensic analysis of various types of physical evidence. Oral and written communications regarding the results of investigations and forensic analysis are also emphasized.