Latrobe Police Chief Enrolls in Master's Degree in Criminology Program

by Public Relations | Jul 14, 2017

July 12, 2017

Bruce Antkowiak and Latrobe Police Chief James Bumar

City of Latrobe Police Chief James R. Bumar was welcomed as a new graduate student at Saint Vincent College by Bruce Antkowiak, professor of law and chair of the Department of Criminology.

Bumar will begin classes this fall in Saint Vincent College’s new master of science degree program in criminology.

Serving as an officer of the Latrobe Police Department for 34 years and the last seven as chief, Bumar said he wants to learn more about current police theories to be prepared to teach criminology.

“Police work has changed so much over the years,” he commented. “I am interested in doing some teaching after I retire from the department in a few years. Saint Vincent has excellent teachers and an excellent program that will prepare me be an effective teacher and researcher.”

Bumar graduated from Saint Vincent in 1995 with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and a minor in criminology. He became a police officer at the age of 21 and completed his degree while working full time.

Bumar has spent his life in service to others both in his work and in his personal pursuits. An active member of Saint Vincent Basilica Parish, he has participated in the Christ Life Series as a scripture leader and has volunteered for missionary service in Haiti. He plans to continue to serve in Appalachia. He and his wife, Debra, live in Unity Township. They have two sons, Brett and Blake, both of Latrobe.

The Saint Vincent College master of science degree program, which can be completed in one year, is a broad-based, 30-credit curriculum designed to address current issues, policies and theories in the criminal justice system.

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Photo: Bruce Antkowiak, left, congratulates City of Latrobe Police Chief James R. Bumar on his enrollment in the Saint Vincent College master of science degree program in criminology.

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