Homeland Security and Public Safety Building Dedication

John S. Pistole, administrator of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), was  the keynote speaker at the dedication of Vincennes University’s Homeland Security and Public Safety.

Pistole oversees a 60,000-strong workforce, the security operations of more than 450 federalized airports throughout the U.S., the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), and the security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines.

A graduate of Anderson University and the Indiana University School of Law/Indianapolis, Pistole came to TSA as a 26-year veteran of the FBI with extensive national security and counterterrorism experience.  After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, he was put in charge of the FBI’s greatly expanded counterterrorism program, eventually becoming the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence. In 2004 Pistole was named Deputy Director for the FBI.

VU Homeland Security and Public Safety Building

Following a $2 million renovation, the Homeland Security and Public Safety Building features one of the best forensics labs in the state featuring the latest crime-fighting technology, a second lab for emergency medical services training, an emergency response command center, classrooms, and space for faculty and administrative personnel.  The additional space and arrangement of facilities allows for sophisticated simulation of conditions students will face in the field.

In addition to VU’s baccalaureate program in Homeland Security and Public Safety, the facility is also home to seven associate degree programs in Law Enforcement, Conservation Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science and Safety Technology, Loss Prevention, Paralegal, and Emergency Management and Planning.

Anna Miller, chair of the VU Law and Safety Department, says that bringing all of the programs together in one facility is beneficial since emergency responders must work closely together in the field.  With more than 500 students, Miller says the eight programs in the building are some of the largest and fastest growing programs at VU.  She says that employment prospects for graduates are diverse and in demand by a variety of public and private employers.