Berkeley College Justice Studies Students Learn from Real-World Experience


THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

Contact:  Ilene Greenfield
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Students from the Berkeley College Justice Studies program recently went on an evening field trip to the White Plains police and fire practice grounds.  There they observed demonstrations by specially trained police officers of a felony car stop, an apartment building assault, and canine-officer team searches. The event became an eye-opening real-world learning experience for the Police Administration class.

“Seeing the amount of skill and discipline the officers had in the demonstration was very interesting to me,” said Tiffani Donegan, Berkeley College student.  “Being part of a SWAT team takes a lot of discipline to plan and execute missions.”

The demonstrations were arranged by Berkeley College instructor David Chong, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety in White Plains, NY. As the drama unfolded, officers described the background scenarios, decision-making rationale, and objective of each assignment.

“I was amazed to find out that the training never stops,” said student Yeama Charley. “There is a lot more to police officers than just a gun and a badge. There are different fields and different training an individual goes through to be trusted with protection of society.”

“In every situation the officers’ primary concern is maintaining or restoring safety for the public as well as the officers and offenders,” said Commissioner Chong.  “Using their specialized training and experience and staying in close communication with one another, well-trained officers must assess, decide and act – sometimes in split seconds – according to an organized plan they have established to address that particular situation.  All this occurs while keeping foremost in their minds the safety of all involved.”

A leader in business education for 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls nearly 9,000 students — including more than 800 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has four New York locations — Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, Brooklyn, and White Plains. And in New Jersey there are four locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark.  Berkeley College Online also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The Website address is

Photo Caption:  Berkeley College Justice Studies students listen to an officer during a real-life learning experience arranged by their Police Administration course instructor, David Chong, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety in White Plains, NY.

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