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U.S. Supreme Court Police Officers Meet With Criminal Justice, Intel, Forensic Science Majors

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pictured are U.S. Supreme Court police officers Stephen Smith and Charletta Mosely. | Photo by Gracey Evans

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Police Officers Stephen Smith and Charletta Mosley visited campus March 16 to discuss the professional work they do and meet with students from Point Park University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Intelligence Studies.

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Smith and Mosley talked about their unwavering commitment to ensuring the integrity of the constitutional mission of the Supreme Court.

They also discussed the variety of positions available within this federal law enforcement agency — from dignitary protection and uniformed physical security to threat assessment units and background investigators.

“I decided to go to the presentation to learn more about what Supreme Court Police do and to consider this as a possible career choice after graduation,” said Jared Ross, a freshman criminal justice major from Greensburg Salem High School in Greensburg, Pa.

The event was coordinated by Richard Linzer, J.D., associate professor of criminal justice and director of the M.S. in criminal justice administration graduate program.

“The U.S. Supreme Court Police contacted Point Park University to offer career opportunities for our students. They sought out both our undergraduate and graduate students based on our reputation for providing quality education,” Linzer explained. 

"The U.S. Supreme Court Police contacted Point Park University to offer career opportunities for our students. They sought out both our undergraduate and graduate students based on our reputation for providing quality education."

-- Richard Linzer, J.D., associate professor of criminal justice


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"Point Park has an excellent criminal justice program. The professors at Point Park care so much about your future and will do anything in their power to help you succeed."

-- Brianna Trainer


“The recruiting officers said that Point Park was the only school visit they were making on this trip. They currently employ a Point Park graduate and are pleased with the level of professionalism he exhibits,” he added.

Smith and Mosley highlighted the various training opportunities and benefits offered to those who work for the U.S. Supreme Court Police.

“Having the amazing opportunity to sit in on a presentation like this as well as meet one-on-one with the officers allowed me to attain a greater understanding of the job," explained Hannah Stawski, a freshman intelligence and national security from Penn Hills Senior High School in Penn Hills, Pa. 

"It was really awesome how they emphasized the importance of being teachable and that you get training directly from them. They also hit on key benefits that young adults often forget about like retirement plans," Stawski added.

Following the presentation, several students met individually with the officers to begin the application process.

Brianna Trainer, a sophomore criminal justice student from Washington High School in Washington, Pa., said the officers’ visit sparked her interest in working for this agency.

“I am now really considering a position with the U.S. Supreme Court Police because it brings together my love for both law enforcement and legal studies,” Trainer said.

“We look forward to additional agencies visiting Point Park and recruiting our students,” said Linzer, who also mentioned the Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Control Enforcement section will be visiting several Point Park criminal justice classes in the near future to discuss job opportunities.

Trainer added: “Point Park has an excellent criminal justice program. The professors at Point Park care so much about your future and will do anything in their power to help you succeed.”

Photos by Gracey Evans, sophomore photojournalism major

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