The Public Safety Management (PSM) program has an interdisciplinary focus that prepares students to assume supervisory and leadership positions within the broad arena of public safety. The curriculum emphasizes theory and practice while teaching students to think critically about public safety issues from local through global perspectives. The course work exposes students to the essential elements of public safety:
- Public safety environment and organizations
- Public safety management
- Public safety laws and methods
- Leadership and crisis management
- Investigative and crime scene management
- Identity and financial crime management
- Criminal procedure and constitutional law
- Terrorism as concept and tactic
Overall, the curriculum has a strong theoretical focus, providing students with an understanding of the underlying concepts, theories, principles, and laws that affect societal systems, public policy, constitutional rights, and human behavior.
The Public Safety Management curriculum is structured in an accelerated format to develop public safety professionals capable of meeting the constant changes they will encounter in their respective workplaces. It is a competency-based education program that prepares students to become able communicators, critical and synthetic thinkers, and life-long learners. The program embraces and promotes diversity in all areas, respecting diverse academic levels, faith traditions, and social-economic backgrounds. The faculty and staff are committed to the innovative education of the whole person, keeping in focus each student as a returning adult who contributes unique experience and knowledge. The faculty and staff’s methodology, teaching, and role modeling determine the expectations we have for our students: respecting others, seeking knowledge actively, and utilizing the skills and foundations needed for effective management in public safety settings
The mosaic of the United States is continually influenced and shaped by the cultural, ethnic, and religious make-up of its citizens and the implications this has for social justice in a democracy. The Public Safety Management professional needs to deal successfully and effectively with cultural diversity in the workplace. The program seeks to prepare graduates who are able to use their knowledge, skills, and abilities to promote positive transformation in public safety as well as the broader community. The program strives to prepare graduates who are able to:
- Employ management skills that reflect knowledge of and the ability to respond to public policy needs, political implications, and culturally diverse populations;
- Use management skills to engender innovative leadership in the public safety community;
- Engage in ethical analysis and implement a commitment to social justice, societal safety, and personal freedom; and
- Serve as models of public safety in the broader community.
The Public Safety Management program has the following features:
- The program utilizes a cohort model formed of learning groups of approximately 15 students
- Meets once a week for four hours
- Consists of 14 classes; each class lasts six weeks*
- Can be completed in 24 months
- Is taught by instructors who are professionals in their field
- Leads to a bachelor of science degree
- Offers a set tuition throughout
The PSM program is designed to prepare the student to:
- Identify the roles and recognize the interactions of various public safety providers within the context of the communities they serve;
- Examine the historical and contemporary implications of terrorism from an urban perspective, recognizing its multidimensional nature and global reach;
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories in public safety management and the ability to apply such theories in a public safety setting;
- Analyze and categorize the historical, economic, psychological, legal, social, and political forces that influence human behavior and their effects on society;
- Design a personal and professional philosophy that reflects an ethical obligation to social justice and contributes to self-growth, respect for others, and professional commitment;
- Formulate solutions utilizing an understanding of the basic concepts, theories, principles, and laws that affect public safety and homeland security;
- Assess the impact of critical thinking skills, written and oral communication skills, and technological competencies on the public safety realm in conjunction with the student’s career and personal philosophy.
Public Safety Director
Michael Genova, J.D.
David J. Plebanski, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.
John Chojnacki, M.S.
Jack Cory, Ed.D
George Devereux, M.P.A.
Robert Johnson, M.A.
Steven Kovacik, III, M.S.
Matthew Lipman, M.S.
James Mackert, M.S.
Daniel McGuire, Ed.D.
Thomas McMahon, M.S.
Joseph J. Moseley II, M.B.A.
Leo Panepinto, M.S.
JoCathy Roberts, M.S.
Raymond Schweitzer, M.P.A.
Richard Wedgbury, M.S.
- PSM 325 Introduction to Research of Public Safety Issues
- PSM 309 Dimensions of Wellness
- PSM 310 Multiculural and Diverse Populations
- PSM 311 Terrorism: The Public Safety Perspective
- PSM 307 Public Safety Environment and Organizations
- PSM 323 Public Safety Management
- PSM 333 Leadership and Crisis Management
- PSM 425 Ethics in Public Safety
- PSM 353 Identity and Financial Crimes
- PSM 407 Resource Allocation
- PSM 420 Security Administration
- PSM 430 Legal Issues in Public Safety Management
- PSM 435 Contemporary Issues in Public Safety
- PSM 455 Professional Development: Strategy and Policy in Public Safety Management
PSM 325. Introduction to Research of Public Safety Issues
This course is designed to assist students in developing their ability to write clearly, effectively, and properly. The focus will be on written communication as a professional skill, with extensive practice. Emphasis will be placed on identifying problems, collecting and analyzing primary data, and writing a formatted research paper on a topic related to public safety.
PSM 309. Dynamic Dimensions of Wellness
This course focuses on an organization’s most valuable resource – its people. Public Safety is a high-stress environment, taking its toll on the people who perform oftentimes thankless jobs; draining them of their energy and motivation and significantly affecting their health. Individuals need ways to reduce stress, build resilience, develop their emotional intelligence, and enhance their communication skills. Leaders need to model good behavior and self-care practices if they expect their employees to do the same. Students will be exposed to and practice several different techniques to improve their personal well-being.
PSM 310. Multicultural and Diverse Populations
This course takes a comprehensive look at the key issues in Public Safety relative to cultural awareness, prejudice, racial profiling workplace diversity, and cross-cultural communication. Topics focus on the various components of multicultural communities, including race, ethnicity, and immigrants; the homeless, the mentally ill, the disabled, and the LGBTQ populations. Public Safety professionals will be stimulated to a higher level of insight and awareness into some of the contemporary concerns of society using current texts and multimedia sources.
PSM 311. Terrorism: The Public Safety Perspective
This course examines the key concepts and implications of terrorism. This includes historical, group and contemporary orientations and threats derived from such. Explanations and theories on the causes and sources of terrorism along with various counter-measures and security methodologies will also be presented and discussed. Prerequisite: PSM 325, PSM 309, PSM 310
PSM 307. Public Safety Environment and Organizations
This course explores various organizations involved in the provision of public safety services, such as police and fire agencies, private security firms, and emergency management providers. Emphasis will be placed on the challenges from terrorism and natural disasters, response strategies and decision making related to public safety, and organizational and security strategies raised in a diverse society.
Prerequisite: PSM 325, PSM 309, PSM 310, PSM 311
PSM 323. Public Safety Management
This course provides a review, analysis, and synthesis of the various approaches to public safety management. Emphasis will be placed on operational considerations, administrative staff functions, human resource management, collective bargaining, and proactive management techniques.
Prerequisite: PSM 325, PSM 309, PSM 310, PSM 311, PSM 307
PSM 333. Leadership and Crisis Management
This course examines the theories and practices of strategic and operational planning for crisis and emergency management. Students will learn and practice decision making during crisis events and situations. They will be able to differentiate between decision making in a crisis environment and a normal work environment. Emphasis will be placed on the emergent leadership model versus the designated leadership model. Students will explore ways to coordinate public safety response with private security entities as well as governmental agencies.
Prerequisite: PSM 325, PSM 309, PSM 310, PSM 311, PSM 307, PSM 323
PSM 425. Ethics in Public Safety
This course defines the responsibilities of public safety providers, and the moral and ethical dilemmas faced by these officials. The class will enable the student to think critically and constructively about pressing issues in contemporary society and to challenge their own personal beliefs and the social context from which these beliefs occur.
Prerequisite: PSM 323, PSM 333
PSM 353. Identify and Financial Crimes
This course is intended to introduce students to basic applications of identity and financial investigative techniques, which are designed to detect, resolve, and prevent criminal activity. Instruction focuses on the financial investigative approach, an approach that identifies and uncovers the movement of money and documentation during investigating finance-based crimes.
Prerequisite: PSM 323, PSM 333, PSM 425
PSM 407. Resource Allocation
This course introduces various theories of resource allocation in Public Safety. Students will apply resource allocation models to specific operational areas, in a simulated urban environment. Models for the allocation of personnel and shift scheduling will be incorporated in the course, including how public safety administrators schedule time and budgets, as well as how to improve response times and productivity.
Prerequisite: PSM 323, PSM 333, PSM 425, PSM 353
PSM 420. Security Administration
This course is designed to address current security threats facing the modern world, and how preventative programs are designed to meet these threats. The course will introduce the complexities of establishing, licensing, and administering a security agency. Students will be exposed to the requirements, laws, and regulatory issues in establishing the various types of security agencies. The role of various governmental and regulatory agencies will be discussed as it pertains to the training and employment of personnel. Various physical security concepts and security equipment applications will be examined. The aim is to reduce and prevent losses in public institutions and private corporations. This course will prepare the student for possible employment in the realm of security.
Prerequisite: PSM 323, PSM 333, PSM 425, PSM 353, PSM 407
PSM 430. Legal Issues in Public Safety Management
The course addresses the role of Constitutional law in Public Safety. Some topics include police use of force, executive branch authority, legislative authority and judicial review. In addition, the course will provide an overview of civil laws related to crime, misconduct, and terrorism. This entails tort laws, sexual harassment, workplace violence, terrorism cases and statutes along with related indicators and best practice methods to reduce the incidence and liability exposures related to such.
Prerequisite: PSM 323, PSM 333, PSM 425, PSM 353, PSM 407, PSM 420
PSM 435. Contemporary Issues in Public Safety
This course will expose students to contemporary issues in public safety using contemporary situations, materials, and texts. Students will apply and critically examine the theories, methods and behaviors discussed during the core curriculum.
Prerequisite: PSM 323, PSM 333, PSM 425, PSM 353, PSM 407, PSM 420, PSM 430
PSM 455. Professional Development: Strategy and Policy in Public Safety Management
This course is designed to apply knowledge, skills, and abilities developed in the core curriculum. Utilizing a case study approach, students will apply critical thinking techniques, problem solving and decision making methods, and leadership strategies to respond to problems and issues in public safety settings.
Prerequisite: This is the final course in the program. All preceding courses must be completed before taking this course.
- Successfully complete all 14 courses in the Degree Completion Programs with a GPA of 2.0 or above.
- Fulfill all requirements including having a minimum of 52 accredited traditional credit hours. The 52 credit hours can either be transferred in or completed as part of your Calumet College program and must include each of the following areas:
Speech (Competency Evaluation available; contact Academic Advisor for details)
Computer Literacy (Competency Evaluation available; contact Academic Advisor for details)
- Earn a total of at least 120 college credit hours.
Calumet College of St. Joseph recognizes that learning can take place outside of the traditional classroom setting. Accordingly, students may earn college credit by examination and/ or the submission of a detailed experiential learning portfolio. A maximum of thirty semester hours of credit may be earned through the submission of an experiential learning portfolio. In total, a student may not earn more than forty-five semester hours of academic credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree through a combination of examinations and the experiential learning portfolio. Refer to the Alternative Credit section of the catalog for more information.
A Second Bachelor' s Degree
Students who hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution may earn a second Bachelor' s degree. Students will be individually advised concerning this option.
Statistics and Data Sources
- Bureau of Justice Statistics
- Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
- FBI Uniform Crime Reports
- National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
- Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research
- Crime Trends
- Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois Criminal Justice Agencies
- Chicago Police Department
- Illinois State Police
- Illinois Department of Corrections
- Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts
Federal Criminal Justice Agencies
- Bureau of Prisons
- National Institute of Corrections
- Federal Bureau of Invesigation
- U.S. Supreme Court
- National Institute of Justice
International Criminal Justice
- United National Crime and Justice Information Network
- Federal Bureau of Invesigation
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Council of State Governments
- National Center for State Courts
- National Conference of State Legislatures
- Urban Institute
- Sentencing Project
- Vera Institute of Justice
Criminal Justice References
Other Public Safety Research Links
- http://www.lris.com/ - resource for public sector labor and personnel issues