Frederick H. Bealefeld III, former Baltimore City Police Commissioner who retired last summer after 31 years on the city’s force, will now be sharing his life-long experience and knowledge of policing and public safety with the students of Stevenson University’s criminal justice program, the University announced today.
Commissioner Bealefeld will serve as a full-time Distinguished Professional in Criminal Justice and Instructor on the Stevenson faculty. He will teach, develop advanced coursework for undergraduates, and establish internship opportunities for the University’s criminal justice majors. Additionally, notes Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., President of Stevenson University, “We are especially looking forward to drawing on his expertise to assist us in developing a Center for Criminal Justice at Stevenson.”
“I am excited to be working with students to help them connect the knowledge they receive in the classroom with real-world experiences that prepare them for careers in law enforcement and public safety,” said Bealefeld. “In today’s competitive workforce, it is so vitally important to give students a skills and character advantage in the job marketplace. This is the heart of Stevenson’s career development mission and one that I am fully dedicated to, as well.”
“We have been fortunate to know and work closely with Fred over the past several years, and out of this relationship evolved an interest to become further engaged with our criminal justice program,” said Jim Salvucci, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Stevenson. “He has served as a guest lecturer and in 2012 accompanied Stevenson representatives to South Africa where we have established a summer study abroad field placement trip for our students. His professional know-how and associations will help our students develop stronger paths to careers in criminal justice.”
Bealefeld joined the Baltimore City Police Department as a cadet in 1981 and served in almost all operational units of the department, including patrol, narcotics, and homicide before being appointed Police Commissioner in November 2007. During his tenure as Commissioner, he is credited with reducing homicides and violent crime in Baltimore City to the lowest levels since the 1970s. His focus included campaigns to stem gun violence and the flood of illegal guns into the city and to improve community relations with the police force. He has been active locally and nationally on policing and public safety policy through associations such as International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council.
Stevenson’s traditional bachelor’s program in criminal justice—which was launched in fall 2010—currently enrolls more than 250 students and is based in the University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult accelerated degrees at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills. Stevenson has been recognized as one of America’s “Up-and-Comer” universities in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report college rankings.
For more information, visit www.stevenson.edu.