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Thomas Nguyen, Associate Dean Public Safety Education
Building 22, Room 121
954-201-4594Call: 954-201-4594
Andrew Smalling, Program Manager Criminal Justice and ROTC
Building 22, Room 126
954-201-6798Call: 954-201-6803
Vacant, Executive Assistant
Building 22, Room 112

Benjamin Botero, Faculty - Criminal Justice

Building 22, Room 124
Patrick McDonald, Faculty - Criminal Justice
Building 22, Room 125
Laura Pazarena, Faculty- Criminal Justice
Building 22, Room 120

Vacant, Army ROTC Advisor
Building 22, Room 123

Associates Degrees

Public Safety College Degree Programs:

The Broward College Institute of Public Safety offers college degrees or certificates in two areas: Criminal Justice and Fire Science.
Browse through our associate degree programs, all of which are taught at the Institute of Public Safety on Central Campus in Davie.



Broward College Public Safety Degree Information​

Criminal Justice
Students in classroom.The Criminal Justice Associate of Science Program prepares you to work in the exciting field of law enforcement. Our instructors have all worked in the field and include police chiefs, detectives, judges and lawyers.
Degree programs include:
Criminal Justice Emphasis
Receive a well-rounded education in law enforcement. Courses include criminal law, juvenile justice, corrections, terrorism and domestic security and emergency management.
Polygraph Emphasis
Learn to detect deception. The Polygraph track features courses on how to structure polygraph interviews and interrogation questions, and how to analyze charts and test results.
Crime Scene Technology Emphasis
The Crime Scene track teaches you how to conduct crime scene investigations (CSI). Training is offered in crime scene techniques, forensic photography and visual documentation, and criminal evidence and court procedure.
All three tracks share the same core curriculum, some of which include:
·         Constitutional Law (police powers)
·         Psychology or Sociology
·         Basic Speech Communications or Public Speaking
Each track requires 64 credits total, including the core curriculum, for an associate degree.
Several specialty courses are taught in our Crime Laboratory giving you valuable hands-on experience. A co-op program allows you to do internships with local law enforcement and social service agencies.
Our program gets you ready for a variety of jobs, including:
·         Police officer
·         Deputy sheriff
·         Polygraph specialist
·         US Customs inspector
·         Crime scene technician
·         State police/state trooper
·         Corrections officer (jail/prison)
·         Community/police service aide
·         US Immigration and Naturalization inspector
Criminal Justice Degrees & Certificate
Fire Science Technology
Fire Science 3 Fire Science 6 Fire Science 7

The Fire Science Degree and Technical Certificate programs are in teach out and will terminate after Spring Term 20192.

Effective June, 2017, no new students may declare Fire Science as a degree or certificate of study.

The Fire Science Technology Associate of Science Program is designed for current fire service or fire protection-related professionals to improve their technical competencies and to prepare them for career advancement by qualifying them for Fire Service state certification exams. The program provides options for concentrated study including:
·         Fire Officer
·         Fire Investigator
·         Fire Inspector
Courses are offered in a series of required three- credit courses that prepare students for State Fire Officer I, Municipal Fire Inspector I, or Fire Investigator I certification.
Students may also choose to do the Broward College certificate program, Fire Science Management Certificate.  This certificate is composed of 5 classes (15 credits).  These five classes may be applied to the AS degree in Fire Science.

If you are not a firefighter and would like to become one, before taking our program you should get your EMT and Paramedic certifications (available at Broward College, 954-201-6290, ) and complete a state certified Fire Academy, such as the Broward Fire Academy (754-321-1300). The EMT certificate and Fire Academy (Basic Firefighter) certificate are required before you can be hired as a firefighter in Broward County.  Also, most newly hired firefighters also have the Paramedic certificate. 
Fire Science Degree & Certificate

 Fire Service Links

Florida State Fire College
Bureau of Fire Standards and Training
Division of State Fire Marshal
11655 NW Gainesville Road
Ocala, Florida 34482-1486
Florida Atlantic University at Davie
2912 College Avenue
Davie, Florida 33314
Dr. Cliff McCue
National Fire Protection Association
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, Massachusetts, 02169-7471
International Association of Fire Fighters
1750 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006
International Association of Fire Chiefs
4025 Fair Ridge Drive
Fairfax, Virginia  22033
Fire Inspectors Association of Broward County, Florida
Fire Inspectors Association of Broward County
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