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The tragic shooting in Oregon serves as a sobering reminder that safety and security is both our individual and collective responsibility, and each of us contributes in important ways.

Over the weekend, the FBI and ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) notified all area colleges and universities of social media posts directing threats of violence at an institution of higher learning near Philadelphia on Monday, October 5. While there is no threat against a specific college or university, the advisory reminds us we must vigorously monitor our surroundings and work together to keep the city safe.

The College’s Department of Safety and Security has increased security and is working with the Philadelphia Police Department to increase patrols on the College’s Main Campus and the West, Northwest and Northeast Regional Centers.

Please report suspicious activity to security at (215)751-8111 or call extension 5555 from a College phone. Call 911 to report any active threat to law enforcement.

Center Faculty

Thomas J. Doyle, M.S., associate professor of Justice, holds an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Saint Joseph's University, a B.A. in Criminal Justice from LaSalle University and an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice from Community College of Philadelphia. While serving as a part-time faculty member from 1990–1996, he was a full-time commander with the Philadelphia Police Department, where he last served as the commanding officer of the Major Crimes Unit in 1994. He has also served as the director of security and safety for Rouse-Philadelphia, Inc. and as a member of the U.S. Attorney's Task Force on Antiviolence for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Police Commissioner's Strategic Planning Committee and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Task Force on Family Violence. In addition to being the recipient of the first annual Community College of Philadelphia Alumni Award, Doyle has served as an adjunct professor at Delaware County Community College and Alvernia University and has graduated from the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management for Police at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He also serves as a consultant to SHL, Inc., a firm that specializes in the preparation of entrance and promotional examinations for police professionals.

Dave Freeman, J.D., assistant professor of Social Science, holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of New Jersey and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University. He has served as a legal aid attorney, a prosecutor and a public defender. As a private attorney, he represented individual, corporate and governmental bodies before federal and state courts. He has served as a volunteer attorney for the Bucks County Legal Aid Society and Community Legal Services. He has represented clients for the Volunteers for the Indigent program and has also represented numerous children in the ALEC (A Lawyer for Every Child) program. Freeman has also served as a volunteer attorney for the Disability Law Clinic.

Kathleen Smith, J.D., professor of Paralegal Studies, first joined the College in 1996 as an adjunct faculty member while practicing law full time and became a member of the full-time faculty in 1998. Smith received her B.A. (cum laude) in History from the College of the Holy Cross and her J.D. from Antioch University.