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The Homeland Security & Criminal Justice Institute is comprised of experts in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice, jurisprudence, and homeland security. You will receive instruction and professional training from some of the most qualified and renowned attorneys, judges, police officers, federal law enforcement, and correctional administrators in the state. In our seminars and lectures, our Institute experts will engage you in some of the most intriguing and most powerful issues and events in the nation about our justice system, and systems throughout the world. Routinely, the Institute sponsors forums, seminars, conferences and professional training available to the public and practitioners throughout the Washington Metropolitan area.   


Institute students may pursue either a 60-credit Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree or a certificate of up to 40 credits in one of the following majors:

Faculty and Staff


Tyrone Powers, director
CALT 208

Full-time Faculty

Arnold Keith Adkins, assistant professor
CALT 254

Leslie Parker Blyther, assistant professor/program coordinator
CALT 210

Reynaldo Evangelista, associate professor/police academy coordinator
CALT 212

David Hammel, assistant professor
CALT 252

Anika Ingram, professor
CALT 252

Joseph Johnson
CALT 212

Adil Qaiyumi, assistant professor
CALT 252

Darian Senn-Carter, assistant professor
CALT 254


Drema J. Marks, office manager

Resources for Students

Aspiring Leadership Academy

The Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute’s Aspiring Leaders Academy invites students to experience an opportunity that will help you discover your talents and skills; as well as clarify your academic and career goals.

The Academy is a semester long, structured program, providing mentoring in a variety of methods including orientation, traditional and group mentoring, team mentoring, peer mentoring, e-mentoring and an achievement banquet. These and other activities facilitate positive and meaningful interactions between you and your professors. Outcomes include career plans, educational aspirations, satisfaction with college, intellectual development, personal development, academic achievement and college persistence.

Students are a part of a three-student cohort – all of whom share a common interest in criminal justice or homeland security. Each mentee is assigned one faculty member. At the start of the semester, mentees and mentors will attend together, an orientation program. Mentees and mentors will meet throughout the semester to discuss personal goals; academic progress; explore career options and opportunities; and to build character and leadership skills. As you grow, you and your fellow-mentees will complete an Engaged Learning Project under the direction of your faculty mentor.

To be an Aspiring Leader, you must:

  • Be officially enrolled at Anne Arundel Community College.
  • Major in Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice; or Homeland Security.
  • Have taken at least 3 credits in your selected program.
  • Completed an Aspiring Leaders Academy application.

To obtain an application, contact:

Professor Darian Senn- Carter, ALA coordinator           
101 College Parkway – CALT 208
Arnold, Maryland 21012 

Criminal Justice Student Association

Students majoring in law enforcement and criminal justice are encouraged to join the Institute’s Criminal Justice Student Association. Membership offers exciting exploration into the field beyond the classroom. Students take trips, host charitable fundraisers, learn about leadership in the field and how to work effectively with others.

For information students should contact the coordinator:

David Hammel, professor
Homeland Security & Criminal Justice Institute
CALT Building 208

Crime, Violence & Mental Illness Conference - June 8, 2017

This annual conference offers an array of training and workshops, highlighting the interface between the crime, violence and mental illness. Trainings and workshops explore current events from terrorism to crisis intervention for mentally ill suspects. It offers best practices by law enforcement, corrections practitioners; juvenile justice administrators and mental health professionals.

For more information, contact Leslie Parker Blyther at or 410-777-1159.

Immigration Awareness Month - April 2017

This five day event spans over the month of April – highlighting the many contributions made by American immigrants; and discussing current issues and laws surrounding immigration.

For more information, contact Adil Qaiyumi at or 410-777-7063.

Engaged Scholarship Forums

Engaged Scholarship forums bring the actual practitioner to our students and to the public. It expands the theories and concepts learned in class and makes them real – showing students how they apply in the field. These forums are usually short in nature – about 2-4 hours long. They are routinely open to the public and are free.

For information contact Leslie Parker Blyther at or 410-777-1159.