Saint Leo, One of the Top Criminal Justice Universities, Brings Instruction Directly to Law Enforcement

May 08, 2012

Making the transition from being a police officer patrolling the streets to an administrator managing others requires skills that are not necessarily learned on the job. As one of the top criminal justice universities, Saint Leo fills this void by offering a command school program for law enforcement personnel.

Saint Leo understands that emergencies are a part of life, especially in this field, which is why it brings these classes to the local law enforcement agencies. Not only does this make it convenient, but it also helps keep the program affordable since participants do not incur travel, lodging, or meals costs.

The next session will be held at the Manatee county sheriff's department in May. The Command School includes six courses that are offered over two semesters for either undergraduate or graduate credit hours. This program began in 2005 and has been offered in sheriff's departments of over 13 counties in Florida.

The courses offered in the spring semester include; legal issues in criminal justice administration, critical incidents in criminal justice and leadership applications.

In the fall, the following classes are offered; organization and administration, organizational design and function and media relations and ethical issues in criminal justice.

The instructors all have extensive experience:

  • Dr. Robert Diemer, professor of criminal justice, served the State of Florida as chief of criminal investigations for the Department of Environmental Protection before he joined Saint Leo's faculty. He also served as state coordinator for the Florida Sheriff's Association Task Force, detective sergeant for the Narcotic Bureau, and patrol officer and administrative supervisor for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Dr. Diemer brings to this committee more than 27 years of experience in theory as well as practice in the field of law of criminal justice.
  • Peter R. Wubbenhorst, Esq., an associate professor at Saint Leo University, retired as a supervisory special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 2002, after 22 years of service. For the last 11 years, he was the chief division counsel for the FBI Tampa Division, where he was actively involved in every facet of the FBI’s jurisdiction, including complex terrorism investigations
  • Dr. Eloy Nuñez is an associate professor at Saint Leo with over 26 years of experience. In his last 10 years in the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), he served as the commander of the emergency operations unit, which consisted of the bomb squad, the critical incident management unit, and the departmental chemical agent coordinator. Dr. Nuñez co-chaired an explosive ordnance (EOD) committee for the Southeast Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force, and he has considerable experience in the counterterrorism and homeland security field.
  • William “Jack” Jordan has been a law enforcement officer for over 38 years. He was an enforcement officer in the U. S. Air Force and served overseas in Taiwan, National China in the 70's, assigned to a local Chinese army unit. Mr. Jordan served as a reserve officer with the St. Petersburg Florida Police Department for two years before he left to join the Clearwater Police. He was employed as an officer in Clearwater and was a traffic homicide investigator.
  • Brian Kensel, a retired FBI special agent has spent two decades teaching law enforcement officers how to survive, both physically, and professionally. He spent his career working on violent crimes and organized crimes squads and as a sniper, a tactical medic, and a team leader on several FBI SWAT teams. He also has twenty years of experience as a firearms and defensive tactics instructor, and helped develop the FBI's program for officer survival techniques. He has also developed a nationally recognized program to teach command staff the techniques needed to excel in encounters with the news media. The course combines his law enforcement experience with that of his previous profession as a broadcast reporter for CBS and NBC television affiliates.

A formal dinner and graduation ceremony will be held at Saint Leo's main campus at the conclusion of the program. Graduates of the program are encouraged to see if the course work can be used to satisfy the training requirement of the Criminal Justice Standards Training Council in Florida.

As one of the top criminal justice universities, Saint Leo knows the importance of having access to current information. They provide law enforcement officers who complete this Command School with a variety of ways to continue their education such as attending classes online, at the school's regional centers or by attending the week-long special topic course offers that are held at various sites throughout the country. Saint Leo has been educating those interested in law enforcement for over 40 years, offering a bachelors in criminal justice degree as well as a master's program.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo ranks as one of the top universities in the south, according to U.S. News & World Report's “America’s Best Colleges” list. Saint Leo's traditional liberal arts campus, located 30 miles north of Tampa, educates more than 1,900 students. Total enrollment across its campus, continuing education centers, and online programs exceeds 15,000. Among the oldest Catholic universities in Florida, Saint Leo is one of the nation's 10 leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military, and is a nationally recognized leader in online education.