Alvernia Criminal Justice program endorsed by North Coventry chief of police
As chief of police for North Coventry Township Police Department in Pennsylvania, Chief Robert Schurr is responsible for his entire department’s safety, well-being and actions. As an adjunct faculty member of Alvernia University’s Criminal Justice program, Schurr makes it his responsibility to steer his students toward success.
Chief Schurr, an Alvernia criminal justice alumni, says that the biggest challenge for criminal justice students is understanding what it takes to get into law enforcement and that students should strive to be at the top of their class.
“I tell my students to always set goals for themselves. If it’s your goal to get into law enforcement, set yourself up to get yourself a job. Once you are on the job, set more goals. Where do you want to be at five and 10 years?
For committed students, success will likely follow. Alvernia’s criminal justice program offers some of the best training the area, according to Chief Schurr.
“Alvernia uses faculty members who have a ton of practical experience — faculty members who are on the job now or who have been for their entire careers. These are not instructors teaching from a book. These are instructors who have lived that life. It’s very impressive and sets Alvernia apart from other schools.”
Schurr spoke fondly of some of the memorable professors he had at Alvernia, “They really encouraged me to get my masters. It’s made me a better police administrator for sure.”
Chief Schurr, who has 24 years of law enforcement experience, teaches Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice at Alvernia, a course focused on diversity issues that law enforcement professionals face.
“It’s a great class, I’m excited. We talk about the day-to-day law enforcement functions and how we interact with our communities, specifically how we interact with different races, cultures, ethnicities and religions. And how we build positive bonds with our communities and how law enforcement is perceived by them.”