Annual Delaney Dinner held at Mount St. Mary's
December 10, 2016
The 13th annual Delaney Dinner and Lecture Series hosted by the Criminal Justice Student Association was held at Mount St. Mary’s University, in Emmitsburg, on Oct. 26.
The event invites prominent members of the criminal justice/intelligence/fire communities to the campus.
The Mount’s CJSA hosts this event with the objective of encouraging knowledge, proficiency, efficiency and ethical standards of the criminal justice/intelligence/fire professions. This year’s lecture series theme was “Protecting, Preparing and Responding to Disasters and Attacks,” with Kathleen Fox, assistant administrator, National Preparedness directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency, as the keynote speaker.
The event began with a dinner attended by more than 60 regional law enforcement officers, friends of the CJSA, faculty and CJSA members. During the dinner, the CJSA inducted Frederick Police Officer First Class Michael A. Figgins into the Mount’s Order of St. Michael for his work with at-risk youths in Frederick. The Order of St. Michael was created to maintain a close bond with alumni who enter into the field of criminal justice.
The CJSA honored Figgins for the performance of his current duty, providing hope, guidance and love to children in Frederick as Police Activities League coordinator. The Frederick PAL Center facilitates the improvement of communities by providing a safe and productive refuge for at-risk youths and enhances the image of police officers as role models for these children.
The night’s festivities moved to Knott Auditorium, where Fox delivered an informative talk on how FEMA, in conjunction with state, local and federal law enforcement and other first responders, react to disasters both natural and manmade. She said FEMA’s responses to disasters were increasing because the number of declared disasters in the United States has risen steadily since the 1950s. This, she said, illustrated the effects of climate change and terrorist incidents. She continued by adding that terrorist attacks have advanced from complex planned attacks to homegrown extremism and radicalization to cyber warfare. Fox detailed that FEMA has developed several multi-faceted strategies to both be proactive and reactive to these attacks.
The evening was capped with Fox’s meeting with CJSA members at the Mount Café. During this casual meeting, Fox provided advice about employment opportunities, not only with FEMA, but other government positions. She also gave students advice on managing the stresses of public safety positions with that of one’s family life.
Photo: During the October 26 Delaney Dinner and lecture, Officer Michael Figgins, PAL coordinator, was honored for his work with PAL. From left are Alexis Sutton, CJSA treasurer; Figgins; Justin Noel, CJSA co-program manager, Order of St. Michael; and Joseph J. Vince Jr., professor. Figgins was inducted into the Mount St. Mary's University Order of St. Michael.