Louis Caprino Chair, Homeland Security & Public Safety

Louis J. Caprino, Jr., CPP, CFIO, CHS-V, brings 29 years of service in the Federal Bureau of Investigation to his assignment as chair of Vincennes University’s Homeland Security and Public Safety program. Caprino was formally assigned in Los Angeles, Calif. where he was in charge the largest white collar crime and cybercrime divisions in the FBI.  He had oversight of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which included task force officers representing the LAPD, LA County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, the LA County District Attorney’s Office, The Bureau of Customs and Immigration Enforcement and the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigation. He had oversight of all special mission/critical incident response groups, including the Evidence Response Team, the Hazardous Material Response Team, the Underwater Search Evidence Response Team, the Rapid Deployment Tea, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Crisis Negotiation Team, the Special Agent Bomb Techs, and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT).  Caprino is one of fewer than 20 FBI Special Agents who have the distinction of being FBI Certified Intelligence Officers (FCIO).  In addition, Caprino is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP).

 Caprino’s FBI assignments included service in New York, Indianapolis, and FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C. From 1998-2003, Caprino served as the FBI’s Legal Attache and was accredited to the U.S. Embassies in Canberra, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand; Suva, Fiji; and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. While assigned overseas, Caprino worked closely with members of the embassy country teams on assignments involving all of the FBI’s investigative programs including violent crime, white collar crime, cybercrime, counterterrorism and counterintelligence. In addition, Caprino was assigned on a temporary basis as the Legal Attache in the U.S. Embassy in Singapore and had oversight of FBI investigations in Singapore, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and Burnei.   

Caprino holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta and a Masters of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Prior to joining the FBI, Caprino taught Secondary Education Spanish at the Three Village School District on Long Island New York and was a member of the Suffolk Count Auxiliary Police.

Louis J. Caprino, Jr., CPP, CFIO, CHS-V
FBI Special Agent- Retired (1978-2007)
Associate Professor

Program Chair for Homeland Security and Public Safety
Department Chair for Law and Safety
Vincennes University
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Vincennes, Indiana, 47591
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The Mission of the Vincennes Homeland Security Program is to educate students on national security, terrorism, crisis and emergency management, and corporate loss prevention through excellence and innovation in education and research taught by highly experienced homeland professionals.

The opportunities in this rapidly expanding field traverse many sectors, including law enforcement; public health; information analysis; infrastructure protection; chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear countermeasures; border and transportation security; emergency preparedness and response and other interesting and rewarding careers. 

Students in the Homeland Security program usually have an associate degree in law enforcement, conservation law enforcement, loss prevention, fire science, emergency management, or emergency medical services, and are looking to take the next step in pursuing their careers.

Homeland Security and Public Safety 7000, B.S.

A bachelor's degree in Homeland Security will qualify you for positions in the federal government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and the Drug Enforcement Agency are just a few agencies that require four year degrees. The Homeland Security program at Vincennes University is a four-year bachelor’s degree that students may now enroll in as freshmen.

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