About Us – John Jay

Founded in 1964, John Jay College serves as a major center for research in criminal justice. law enforcement, forensic sciences and as a major training facility for local, state, federal, international public safety agencies and public service organizations.

Its ethnically and culturally diverse student population, in excess of 9500, includes 25 percent who are members of the uniformed criminal justice and fire service agencies. The majority of the students are civilian preprofessionals who plan careers in public service or already are employed in public service.

The professors and senior staff at John Jay represent a unique assemblage of talented and experienced professionals who are at the very top of their fields. The Lloyd George Sealy Library is the leading criminal justice research library in the United States.

The College hosts major conferences attracting national and world leaders to discuss crime, drug abuse, public policy, and violence and to develop meaningful solutions to these problems. Through its continuing education, seminars and alumni network, the College maintains close relations with law enforcement and fire service officials at the local, state and national levels. In addition, the College maintains close relationships with major corporate and institutional security and safety directors.

With a renewed national focus on crime and violence, John Jay College is committed to playing a major role in determining how these challenges are met as we approach the twenty-first century.

Its Department of Public Management, which houses its programs in public administration, fire science and economics is distinguished within the College. Its Master of Public Administration Program, with a concentration in Criminal Justice Policy, was ranked first in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its most recent ratings. Its Master of Science Program in Protection Management is taught by the same core faculty and includes a concentration in Emergency Management.