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The Institute for Family Violence Studies in Florida State University’s College of Social Work has partnered with the Center for Public Safety Innovation at St. Petersburg College to create a Spanish-language version of an online training program to prevent domestic violence in the homes of law enforcement officers.

siteThe Spanish-language online training went live March 17 and is free to all law enforcement agencies in Puerto Rico.

The new training is based on the curriculum offered in the National Prevention Toolkit on Officer-Involved Domestic Violence, a first-of-its-kind national initiative that was developed by Florida State researchers and launched in 2013 with funding from the Verizon Foundation.

“Our research tells us that officers in Puerto Rico, like all officers in the United States, need information about civilian domestic violence as well as information about keeping their own families free of the crime,” said Karen Oehme, director of the Institute for Family Violence Studies (IFVS).

SPC’s Center for Public Safety Innovation (CPSI) contacted IFVS to offer funding to support the translation of the existing online course in Spanish. CPSI receives funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to develop and deliver law enforcement training on a variety of topics, including community policing, ethics and domestic violence.

“When CPSI staff saw the National Domestic Violence Prevention Toolkit created by IFVS available online, we knew it would be another beneficial training resource for the law enforcement community in Puerto Rico, especially if it could be offered in Spanish,” said Eileen LaHaie, CPSI executive director. “This excellent tool will help us provide communities with information about preventing a terrible tragedy — the crime of domestic violence in the homes of officers who are hired to prevent crime.”

Staff from both the FSU institute and the SPC center saw the value in partnering to offer the training, according to LaHaie and Oehme.

“We are pleased to provide a Spanish-language version of the training,” Oehme said. “CPSI is committed to working in Puerto Rico and hired the staff needed to create a mirror-image in Spanish.”

The centerpiece of the National Prevention Toolkit is the online training, which is based on a Florida pilot prevention program that was launched in 2009. It uses a prevention-focused curriculum as the cornerstone of a multifaceted approach to educating criminal justice officers on how to prevent domestic violence in their own relationships.

The toolkit emphasizes healthy relationships and provides tips on how to support a professional workplace environment that promotes zero tolerance for officers’ domestic violence, Oehme said. The training provides interactive information about the dynamics, impact and signs of officer-involved domestic violence; new officer training through case scenarios; and video messages from fellow officers. Additional Spanish-language material will be added throughout the spring.

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All St. Petersburg College campuses will celebrate African-American History Month with events and awards ceremonies throughout February.


Angie Shaghaghi

Among the highlights will be an appearance by Tarpon Springs native Angie Shaghaghi, a successful entrepreneur who has appeared on a number of Food Network shows, including Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen and Hey, Can You Cook?

She will be the keynote speaker at the north county Mac J. Williams Excellence Awards at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium. The Mac J. Williams awards honor outstanding high school students.

Shaghaghi runs a business called Creative Cooks, which teaches cooking classes to children in public/private after-school programs, community centers, nursing facilities and homes.

Other highlights include:

  • African-American History Month Quad Event, all day, Feb. 13, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus
  • Jump Start Your African-American Genealogy, 1 p.m. Feb. 13, Clearwater Campus
  • Munch & Learn: Race & Ethnicity: Perceptions, Prejudice 7 Power, 12:30 p.m., Feb. 18, Seminole Campus
  • Taste of Soul, noon, Feb. 19, Tarpon Springs Campus
  • The Rhetoric of Dr. Martin Luther King, 12:30 p.m., Feb. 19, Clearwater Campus
  • Poetry Slam, 5:30 p.m., Feb. 19, Clearwater Campus
  • South county Mac J. Williams Excellence Awards, 7 p.m., Feb. 24, Palladium
  • Soul Food Festival, noon, Feb. 25, SPC Midtown
  • Black Trivia Competition, 6 p.m. Feb. 25, Clearwater Campus
  • Soul Food Festival, noon and 4 p.m., Feb. 26, SPC Downtown

For complete listings, see www.spcollege.edu/aahm.

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The Westcare Foundation and the St. Petersburg College Center for Public Safety Innovation present nationally renowned experts, speakers and authors Edward Tick, Ph.D, and Kate Dahlstedt, MA, LMHC, for a workshop titled “Effective Approaches for Skilled Helpers Working with Veterans.”

The day-long session will explore the emotional, moral and spiritual wounds of veterans, their families and community. Trainers will also focus on understanding and healing from post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual trauma.

The workshop is from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, at the Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg.

Attendance is free, but registration is required by Wednesday, Jan. 22. To register, email Mary.Coburn@westcare.com.

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Two firefighters with the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District, one who started his career through St. Petersburg College, received commendation medals from the Sons of the American Revolution earlier this month, TBNweekly.com reported.

Lt. Matthew Carpenter, firefighter/EMT, and Robert Williams, firefighter/paramedic, received the awards. Williams began his career in emergency services by attending SPC’s paramedic program and now serves as a field preceptor for EMT and paramedic students at the college, according to the article.

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The St. Petersburg College Allstate Center will host a collegewide Master Your Capstone Project on Thursday, Oct. 24, 6-8:30 p.m. in lab rooms 101 and 102. The seminar is open to all students who need to complete a capstone project regardless of their program enrollment.

A capstone project is a mandatory graduation requirement for many SPC students and may seem overwhelming. This seminar will be presented by library staff and faculty. It includes information about research methods, source evaluation, citation help and assistance in tackling the literature review. The seminar will end with a question-and-answer session.

Seating is limited. To RSVP, send an email to Carol Rasor no later than Wednesday, Oct. 23. Parking will be available in the back student lot. Students are encouraged to bring a jacket or sweater as the computer labs can be quite chilly.

For more information, call or email Betty Jo Gaston at 727-341-7179.

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The Center for Public Safety Innovation at St. Petersburg College will present a seminar on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, the Castle Doctrine and the legal responsibilities of using a firearm.

The half-day seminar, from noon to 4 p.m. or from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 9, is open to the public, law enforcement officers and others who carry a gun. It will be at the Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg.

The training will examine Florida law, case law and the importance of knowing licensing requirements when carrying a concealed firearm.

The seminar presenter, Attorney Chip Purcell, will share his knowledge and expertise of these laws. He is a graduate of Oklahoma City University, College of Law. He is a practicing attorney in the State of Oklahoma and the State of Florida. He is a member of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Western District of Oklahoma and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Purcell is a former prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office in Tampa and has lectured on constitutional law, criminal trial procedure and construction lien laws in Florida. He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the Hillsborough County Trial Lawyers Association. He has served as a board member for state and local charities.

The seminar cost is $59. To register online, sign in or create a profile, then select the class under the category Public Safety, Criminal Justice In-service. Questions: Contact Mary Weingart at weingart.mary@spcollege.edu or 727-341-4500.

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The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area and the Broadwater Civic Association will host a forum at St. Petersburg College’s Allstate Center where residents can meet the mayoral and council candidates, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The event takes place on Sept. 11 starting at 7 p.m.

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St. Petersburg College’s Allstate Center is part of discussion looking at redevelopment along a section of one of the major arteries leading to the Sunshine Skyway bridge.

Business owners, leaders from surrounding neighborhoods and others have met to launch an effort to revitalize a 1.5-mile stretch of 34th Street between 30th and 54th avenues S, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The Allstate Center has been listed as one of the area’s assets, according to the article.

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fire_036St. Petersburg College was ranked No. 14 among the 67 Most Affordable Fire Science Degree Programs by Fire Science Online. The program, one of more than 900 colleges in the U.S. that offers a fire science program, has a tuition rate of $2,324.

“We built our list to help future firemen and women locate high quality yet affordable degree programs,” said Matt Davis, Managing Director of Communications and Partnerships at Fire Science Online, a top resource for free information about fire science, firefighting and other first responder education and careers. “We understand that with tuition rates rising steadily, it’s important for students to find reasonably priced programs that will open doors to paying careers.”

Schools on the list of the Most Affordable Fire Science Degree Programs had to meet a number of criteria to be chosen. The limiting factors included:

  • Colleges with average annual tuition below $10,000 only, according to IPEDS
  • Must have at least 5,000 active students enrolled
  • Must be a four-year, degree-granting institution
  • Fully accredited schools only
  • Public and Private schools included
  • U.S. colleges only

To date, SPC’s Fire Science program has had a total enrollment of 43,534. The Fire Science Technology associate degree transfers to the Public Safety Administration Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

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The Tampa Bay Times reported on a pilot program at St. Petersburg College that provides new firefighters with intensive training and help getting their first jobs.

Program participants, in addition to classroom training, intern with four departments in Pinellas County, the article stated. It enables them to experience firsthand what life as a firefighter is all about. Thought to be the only of its kind in Florida, the program took about a year to create. The first students have just entered it.

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