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Criminal Justice and Intelligence Success Stories

Meet our Criminal Justice and Intelligence Studies Alumni and Students

In the profiles below, meet undergraduate and graduate alumni and students from our programs in criminal justice, intelligence and national security, forensic science, criminal justice administration and global security and intelligence. These alumni and students talk about why they chose Point Park University and how earning or pursuing a degree is helping them reach their career goals.

Undergraduate

Pictured is Barbara Arroyo, an investigator for the City of Pittsburgh, who earned her B.S. in intelligence and national security and her M.S. in criminal justice administration, both from Point Park. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Barbara Arroyo

B.S. in Intelligence and National Security, 2010
M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, 2011
Investigator, City of Pittsburgh Office of Municipal Investigations

"The criminal justice and intelligence studies professors were very professional, responsive and hands-on with their students, which I really appreciated. They were critical but in a good way. If you were slacking, they would call you out on it. They knew my classmates and I on an individual basis and pushed each one of us to do our very best."

 

Pictured is intelligence and national security alumnus Jeff Gurski.

Jeffrey Gurski

B.S. in Intelligence and National Security, 2012
Working within the National Intelligence Community

"When I came upon the intelligence and national security program at Point Park and looked at the courses I needed to take, I was sold. It was the only way I would leave the Marines and go to school. I have a deep passion for the field."

"The intelligence and national security program is very unique in that our professors have such a deep background working in the intelligence community. Students are not only learning book material but can learn and absorb information and scenarios that our professors have gone through in their careers as intelligence professionals."

Pictured is criminal justice alumna Taneka Davis. Davis is working as a adult probation officer in Arizona. | Photo submitted by Davis.

Taneka Davis

B.S. in Criminal Justice, 2010
Adult Probation Officer, The Judicial Branch of Arizona - Maricopa County

"I enjoyed the talented professors at Point Park and how they were willing to help you with projects and took on a true hands-on approach. They were very nurturing so you never felt like you were just a number in a classroom."

"Point Park is a really phenomenal school. Life has not been easy for me but my experiences have built my character. Many of the classes at Point Park have been therapeutic and have helped me with where I want to go in the future."

 

Graduate

Pictured is Natasha Williams, an M.A. in global security and intelligence student and intern for Mylan, Inc. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Natasha Williams

M.A. in Global Security and Intelligence
Expected Graduation: December 2014
Global Security Intern, Mylan, Inc.

"I chose graduate school at Point Park for several reasons. The global security and intelligence program is different from the usual criminal justice or criminology graduate programs. Point Park is one of the only universities that has a graduate major in intelligence and global security. Also, the idea of a one-year graduate program was very appealing to me and of course the location of Point Park's campus in Downtown Pittsburgh was a great benefit as well."

 

Pictured is criminal justice accelerated and criminal justice administration alumnus Chris Ingram.

Chris Ingram

B.S. in Criminal Justice (accelerated program), 2006
M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, 2007
Director of the Extended Care Division, Gateway Rehab

"Earning a bachelor's and master's degree from Point Park has helped me with career advancement.  I have also been able to apply the administrative skills I learned in class in my role as director of the Extended Care Division."

"Overall, I enjoyed the learning process and interaction with my peers and professors.  I would encourage anyone wanting a career in criminal justice to look at Point Park University."

Pictured is criminal justice administration alumna  and Assistant Chief of Pittsburgh Police Maurita Bryant.

Maurita Byrant

M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, 2007
Assistant Chief, City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

Bryant oversees the City of Pittsburgh's police operations branch, with six commanders and 579 officers under her charge, including the SWAT unit. She also was appointed president National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

"When I look back on my life and think of things that happened or situations where I could have really gone down the wrong path, I feel something led me on the right path. I think I was meant to be a police officer.”

Pictured is criminal justice administration alumnus Daniel Meinert.

Daniel Meinert

M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration, 2007
Securities Investigator, Pennsylvania Securities Commission, Division of Enforcement, Litigation, and Compliance

"When I retired as lieutenant/district commander, I wanted to continue working and believed a master’s degree would make me stand out from other applicants. I chose Point Park’s accelerated criminal justice administration program because it was offered every Saturday and I could complete it in one year.  Also, I knew graduates before me who really enjoyed the program."

"If you want to position yourself for career advancement, I highly recommend a graduate degree in this field. Having a master's degree has opened many opportunities for me and given me the ability to be more selective when it came time to choose a new career."