Matt Kemp Credits Mercer for "Basic Training"
All the while, Kemp felt that his lack of a college education impeded his full professional development. Mercer, "a school close to home with a good Criminal Justice program, was the perfect fit," Kemp said. He went back to basics, taking a couple of courses, but was interrupted when he was reactivated to serve with the 78th Division, known as the "Jersey Lightning," to train the Kuwati National Troops during Desert Storm. Upon returning home, Kemp went to work as a patrol officer for the West Windsor Police Department and again picked up his course load at Mercer.
"I learned good study habits and had great instructors," said Kemp. "Dr. Peter Horne, head of the Criminal Justice program, always had good advice. He was tough but very supportive. Dr. Robin Schore in the English Department was tough. I'm not a big reader. He encouraged me to read and write. He had a fantastic sense of detail. I enjoyed his classes."
Kemp graduated from Mercer in May 2006 with an A.S. in Criminal Justice. Learning about Fairleigh Dickinson's combined degree program, which enables students to earn credit towards a master's degree while completing their bachelor's degree, he enrolled there. Today, he is just nine credits away from receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies with a concentration in leadership management. He plans to go on to earn a master's in Administrative Science at the university.
résumé will also feature another achievement: serving as
a member of the Operation Cease Fire/Trenton Shooting Response Team. "Our
mission has been to respond and aggressively investigate all crimes involving
guns. I am really using everything I've learned in college and the Police
Academy and my advanced training over the years. Although this is a temporary
assignment, it has given me an unbelievable experience that I will not
get at any training school," Kemp said.
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