By Patricia Casstevens, Director, IACP Foundation
n continuation of its dedication to the professional development needs of law enforcement command staff, the IACP Foundation is pleased to announce the results of its nationwide application process for three full scholarships to Grantham University, one of the oldest, private, accredited online degree granting universities. The scholarships, valued at a total of $108,000, will cover tuition costs, required textbooks, software, and fees for the recipients to earn their undergraduate or graduate degrees.
“The Foundation is proud to honor and support our active law enforcement officers who pursue higher education and work to advance their leadership and management skills,” said Foundation Chair Mark A. Marshall, newly elected sheriff of the county of Isle of Wight, Virginia. “Through this partnership with Grantham University, the Foundation is able to pay tribute to a diverse representation of tomorrow’s leaders in professional policing.”
Scholarship Recipients Celebrating Women in Law Enforcement Scholarship: Captain Inez M. Gonzalez, Newark, New Jersey, Police Department. In celebration of the critical role of women in law enforcement, and particularly in leadership capabilities, the Women in Law Enforcement Scholarship recognizes one outstanding female officer. Captain Gonzalez began her law enforcement career as a recruit for the Rutgers University Police Department in Newark in August 1988. In October 1989, Captain Gonzalez joined the Newark Police Department and has served in every precinct in the city, rising to the rank of captain in April 2006 and becoming the first Latina police captain in Newark’s history. Captain Gonzalez has commanded the Special Victims Unit, the Safe City Task Force, the 5th Precinct, the Office of Internal Affairs, the Communications Division, and the Prisoner Processing Division and is currently the commander of the Inspectional Services Division.
For the last 23 years, Captain Gonzalez has devoted much of her spare time to community service, having received a number of resolutions and proclamations from the Office of the Mayor, the Office of the Essex County Executive, and the New Jersey State Assembly. In April 2011, Captain Gonzalez was recognized by the National Association of Professional Women for excellence and dedication within her profession.
Honoring Veterans: The Combat Veterans in Law Enforcement Scholarship: Deputy Jeff Bamberg, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Columbiana, Alabama. The Combat Veterans in Law Enforcement Scholarship honors the contribution that veterans have made to the safety and the security of the United States. This scholarship is awarded to an active law enforcement officer who has served in the military and has received an honorable discharge or who is currently serving in a reserve status.
Deputy Bamberg has served with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office since March 2008 as a patrol deputy. Prior to joining the sheriff’s office, he proudly served in the United States Army Reserve for 12 years and was deployed for two combat tours—one to Afghanistan and one to Iraq. During his time in the field, Deputy Bamberg earned numerous commendations including the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service during his deployment to Afghanistan.
Deputy Bamberg hopes to become a field training officer at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and use his education to continue advancing his career in professional policing. He is currently a logistics officer, holds the rank of captain in the United States Army Reserve, and plans to continue serving in the military for another 10–15 years with the goal of retiring as a colonel. Deputy Bamberg holds a bachelor of arts in criminal justice from the University of Alabama, and, with this scholarship, he plans to pursue his master of business administration at Grantham University.
Strengthening the United States: The IACP Scholarship: Deputy Chief Michael Booker, Rockford, Illinois, Police Department. In honor of all law enforcement officers’ service to U.S. national, state, local, and tribal communities, this general scholarship is awarded to one active duty law enforcement officer who has shown exceptional initiative in advancing his or her education and career.
Deputy Chief Booker is a 28-year member of the Rockford, Illinois, Police Department, currently serving as deputy chief of field services. During his career, Deputy Chief Booker has served as a patrol officer, a traffic investigator, a detective, a detective sergeant, and a lieutenant. He has been instrumental in implementing several evidence-based programs for the Rockford Police Department including Weed and Seed, the Drug Market Initiative Strategy, and a seasonal crime reduction initiative based on the Indianapolis, Indiana, Gun Reduction Strategy.
Deputy Chief Booker has participated in presentations of research of the Drug Market Initiative Strategy with the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, and he also serves as an advisor to the Bureau of Justice Assistance in Washington, D.C. Deputy Chief Booker is a graduate of the 200th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He received an associate’s of applied science degree in police science from Rock Valley College in Rockford and a bachelor of arts in criminal justice management from Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he currently serves as a member of the Criminal Justice Department’s advisory board. With this scholarship, Deputy Chief Booker will be pursuing a master’s degree.
With these scholarships, the IACP Foundation and Grantham University look forward to offering the most committed law enforcement officers the opportunity to advance their education and their careers, in turn bringing new ideas and expertise to homeland security and the protection of U.S. communities. ■
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Please cite as:
Patricia Casstevens, "Foundation Furthers Educational Pursuits of Law Enforcement Leaders" IACP Foundation, The Police Chief 79 (February 2012): 10–11.