Public Safety Management Program

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.

  • Mission Statement
  • Vision Statement
  • Delivery Model
  • Objectives
  • Faculty

The Public Safety Management curriculum is structured to develop public safety professionals capable of meeting the constant changes they will encounter in their respective workplaces. This 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 socioeconomic backgrounds. The faculty and staff are committed to 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 and teaching and role modeling determine the expectations we have for our students: respecting others, seeking knowledge actively, and utilizing the skills and foundations necessary 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 will need to deal successfully and effectively with cultural diversity in the workplace. The program seeks to prepare graduates who are able to use their knowledge and skills to effect 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 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:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories in public safety management and the ability to apply such theories in public safety settings;
  • Examine the historical and contemporary implications of terrorism from its multi-dimensional conceptual nature to an urban perspective with a global vision;
  • Identify the interactions of the public safety providers and the communities they serve;
  • Analyze and categorize the historical, economic, psychological, legal, social, and political forces that influence human behavior and their effects on society;
  • Formulate an understanding of the basic concepts, theories, principles, and laws that affect public safety and homeland security;
  • 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; and
  • 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.
Michelle McCartney. Ed.D.
Michelle McCartney. Ed.D.

Department Chair Criminal Justice and Public Safety Programs
Room 401
(219) 473-4298


Michael Genova, J.D.
Michael McCafferty, J.D.
Michelle McCartney. Ed.D.
David J. Plebanski, Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty

John Chojnacki, M.S.
Jack Cory, Ed.D
George Devereux, M.P.A.
Terry Ferrari, M.B.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.

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Program Details

  • Courses
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Research Links

PSM 307 Public Safety Environment & Organizations
3 hours
The course will explore 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.

PSM 311 Terrorism: The Public Safety Response
3 hours
This class will examine 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.

PSM 323 Public Safety Management
3 hours
Provided will be a review, analysis, and synthesis of the various approaches to public safety management. Particular emphasis will be placed on operational considerations, administrative staff functions, human resource management, collective bargaining, and proactive management techniques.

PSM 325 Introduction to Research of Public Safety Issues
3 hours
This course assists students to develop the ability to utilize applied research techniques in public safety settings. Emphasis will be placed on problem identification, the collection and analysis of primary data, and the writing of research reports. A research paper on a selected topic will be required.

PSM 333 Leadership & Crisis Management
3 hours
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.

PSM 343 Investigative & Crime Scene Management
3 hours
This course explains the importance and legal significance of evidence protection and processing, evidentiary admissibility and overall crime scene management. The course demonstrates how the investigative process works,beginning with crime scene preservation, case preparation and finally courtroom presentation. It also examines various techniques used during criminal investigations, such as photography, interviewing, evidence handling, scene reconstruction and how each applies to specific types of crimes.

PSM 353 Identity & Financial Crime Management
3 hours
The course is intended to introduce students to basic applications of identity and financial investigative techniques, which are designed to detect and resolve criminal activity. Instruction focuses on the financial investigative approach, an approach that identifies and uncovers the movement of money and documentation during the course of investigating finance-based crimes.

PSM 407 Resource Allocation
3 hours
Various theories of resource allocation in Public Safety will be introduced. 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.

PSM 410 Criminal Procedure & Constitutional Law
3 hours
This course is designed to address the legal issues in public safety management. Emphasis is placed the bill or rights, particularly the 4th amendment (probable cause, arrest, search and seizure, 5th amendment (privilege against self – incrimination, due process of law), 6th amendment (right to counsel), police use of force, executive branch authority, legislative authority and judicial review.

PSM 417 Public Safety Laws & Methods
3 hours
This 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 best practice methods and indicators to reduce the incidence and liability exposures related to such.

PSM 425 Ethics in Public Safety
3 hours
The 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 on pressing issues in our contemporary society and to challenge his/her own personal beliefs and the social context from which these beliefs occur.

PSM 435 Contemporary Issues in Public Safety
3 hours
Students are exposed to contemporary issues in public safety lead by guest experts. This lecture forum and simulated exercises will enable the student to apply and critically examine the theories, methods and behaviors discussed during the core curriculum.

PSM 444 Focus Paper
3 hours
Students will prepare and present a project on a topic in Public Safety Management integrating the knowledge, skills and abilities developed in the core curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on the synthesis and application of learning.

PSM 455 Professional Development: Strategy & Policy In Public Safety Management
3 hours
This course is designed to apply knowledge and skills 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 in order to respond to problems and issues in public safety settings.

  • 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:
    English Composition
    College Math
    Speech (Competency Evaluation available; contact Academic Advisor for details)
    Social Science
    Computer Literacy (Competency Evaluation available; contact Academic Advisor for details)

  • Earn a total of at least 120 college credit hours.

Experiential Learning

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.

Professional Organizations

Statistics and Data Sources

Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois Criminal Justice Agencies

Federal Criminal Justice Agencies

International Criminal Justice

Non-Governmental Organizations

Criminal Justice References

Other Public Safety Research Links

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