The threat of Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVE) is real, and unfortunately, not an unfamiliar term to Colorado Bureau of Investigation Director Mike Rankin.
Criminal Justice students at Johnson & Wales University’s Denver Campus recently had the opportunity to learn from Rankin the critical components of investigating and preventing terrorism in Colorado. The event was the second talk at JWU Denver co-sponsored by the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab’s (CELL) 365 Briefing Series and JWU’s Criminal Justice program.
In his talk, Rankin discussed the threat of HVEs/lone wolfs, cyber security — both threats and what agencies are doing to address them, and community/police relationships — how to foster stronger relationships with communities and address the attacks on law enforcement.
PICTURED L TO R:KARA HOOFNAGLE, NANCY MALDONADO ’17, KENNI WOODMAN-HORTON ’19, MELANIE PEARLMAN, MIKE RANKIN, TYLER TRESER ’18, TREVOR KEY ’19, KATELYN PETERS ’20, DENVER CAMPUS PRESIDENT RICHARD WISCOTT
“Criminal Justice is a swiftly evolving field, both in terms of the kinds of threats we’re faced with, and the ways that we address them,” said Criminal Justice program lead professor Kara Hoofnagle, PhD. “Providing our students the opportunity to learn about these critical issues facing law enforcement from Director Rankin helps provide them the practical context and necessary knowledge they would not receive from a textbook.”
“We are privileged to once again partner with Johnson & Wales to educate students on today’s critical security issues,” said Melanie Pearlman, executive director of the CELL. “Our 365 Briefing Series gives students the opportunity to interact with leaders in the fields of criminal justice, national security, foreign policy and homeland security in order to ultimately address real-life threats and challenges and have a positive impact on our communities.”