Teachers. Instructors. Professors. Whatever their title may be; they are the individuals responsible for imparting knowledge, skill and ability. In an era of increased online instruction, there is still a central role to be played by instructors in traditional classroom settings.

One way to do this is through Protective Service Programs at secondary schools that focus on security, criminal justice, emergency management and related disciplines. Foundational knowledge and skill development early in one’s career is a good thing, and these programs give students a head start on their careers while also providing employers with a recruiting opportunity.

I also see a shift in criminal justice programs towards social justice. Texts and courses are more likely to focus on gender issues and victimology than on law enforcement or investigation. If criminal justice was not aligned with security in the past; it may be moving even farther away. Security industry leaders should be alarmed at this, as the lion’s share of career protection professionals come from criminal justice programs.

Professional certification is another component in gaining a presence on college campuses. Entry level personnel attain the CPO designation then move on to the Certified in Security Supervision and Management process. From there they can become Certified Protection Professionals. Academicians may be able to follow a similar path.

Professional certifications can also fill a void when one does not have the often requisite PhD to teach college. A faculty member with a Masters degree may be able to complete a certification, be promoted in rank and/or receive tenure. Either scenario helps to develop qualified faculty who can be role models for students.