Summer Institute: Criminal Justice

College Credit(s): 1

In the Criminal Justice and the Christian Worldview at the Bryan College Summer Institute, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the different components of the criminal justice system, including discussion of crime scene investigation, forensics, patrol, and security;
  • Explore the biblical foundations of law and justice;
  • Discuss the dynamic tensions between police and the communities they serve;
  • Practice some of the techniques used in arrests (handcuffing, search, etc.) and other law enforcement procedures;
  • Practice crime scene investigation techniques in one of our simulated crime scenes.

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Criminal Justice Feature
Professor John Sterling

Professor John SterlingJohn Sterling currently serves Bryan College, Dayton TN, as the Coordinator of the Criminal Justice program. He is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Government. He has 13 years of Law Enforcement experience including patrol, investigations, and SWAT, and Homeland Security. He is a former U.S. Army Infantry Captain, and has served in Central America (including Panama, and Guatemala) and Europe (Germany) performing counter-terror operations. He has served with the 5/19th Special Forces and the 3/87th INF, and the 220th Military Police Company. He recently received an honorable discharge as a Major in the Tennessee State Guard.

After graduating law school at age 49, Dr. Sterling served with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in Chesapeake VA, as a prosecutor. Following the 9/11 attack, he was invited to teach law enforcement and counter-terrorism for the Governor’s Crime Commission, Academy of Counter-Terrorism, in North Carolina, and subsequently had the privilege of serving as the first Regional Coordinator for East Tennessee’s Office of Homeland Security.

Professor Sterling has a Bachelor’s degree from Regis College in Denver Colorado in Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Regent University in Virginia Beach, and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from The Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach. He has hundreds of hours of specialized training in Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Intelligence, Human Intelligence Operations (HUMINT), Special Weapons and Tactics, Jungle Operations, Personal Protection, and other military and law enforcement training. Prof. Sterling has published articles in magazines and law reviews, and is currently working on a book on the evolution of citizenship rights and duties. He has acted in two television shows that aired on the
Discovery Channel. He played an FBI agent in an episode of The FBI Files, and he played a San Francisco police detective in The Boneyard, the two-hour pilot movie pilot for the series The Prosecutors.

Dr. and Mrs. Sterling enjoy hobbies include gardening, and building Hot Rods (’27 T-Bucket, ’39 Plymouth, ’59 GMC Pick Up, 65 El Camino, and a ’72 Corvette). They currently make their home in Meigs County TN.

Contact Information:
Office: Bryan College, Mercer 236 (a)
Cell Phone: (865) 640-7737