Misericordia University presents free public program about opioid crisis

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DALLAS TWP. – The Government, Law and National Security Program at Misericordia University is presenting the free public program, “The State of Law Enforcement,’’ with guest speakers Det. Bernard J. Schaffer and Lt. Robert S. Meditz from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 218-219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall.

The Government, Law and National Security Program prepares students to enter the expanding national security workforce within the government and private sector. Students achieve an integrated knowledge of political science, legal studies, behavioral science, management, history and national security studies focused on the deterrence, detection and mitigation of domestic and international threats to public safety.

The special program will address the opioid crisis, catch-and-release policy, community policing, effective and ineffective laws, and policing trends.

“Our Government, Law and National Security Program is very focused on exposing students to a bevy of career opportunities in the field,” said Rebecca Padot, Ph.D., M.G.A./M.P.A., assistant professor of history and government, “whether it be a detective or police lieutenant as this event showcases, or nonprofit program management, political campaigns, consulting, or federal and state government.’’

Schaffer is an author and veteran police detective with the Criminal Investigative Division of the Warrington Township Police Department in southeastern Pennsylvania. His most recent book, “The Thief of All Light,’’ was published in 2018 by Kensington Publications. The psychological thriller takes a glimpse into the criminal mind.

Meditz is a 28-year veteran of the Warrington Township Police Department. The department’s first D.A.R.E. officer, he is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Command Institute and Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

For more information about the Government, Law and National Security Program at Misericordia University, call 570-674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu/government.

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