Master of Science Criminal Justice/Criminology
St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia , PA
Master of Education Candidate
Temple University Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice
Desales University, Center Valley PA
Pennnsylvania Municipal Police Officer Educationand & Training
Allentown Police Academy, Allentown PA
A lifelong Bethlehem resident, Van worked on the Bethlehem Police Department.
Van retired after 21+ years as a Detective Sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Unit.
He served as a School Resource Officer for Liberty High School and East Hills Middle School , as well as a Drug Elimination Officer for the Bethlehem Housing Authority.
Van earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from DeSales University,, a Master’s in Criminology from St. Joseph’s University, and is currently enrolled in a Master of Education program at Temple University.
Currently Van is an adjunct professor at DeSales University, teaching to high school students at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute.
Van will bring integrity, fairness, compassion, diversity and impartiality to the bench, and will be fair-minded, reasonable and prudent in service to his community.
Van will continue working hard for all people, while respecting the Constitution of Pennsylvania as a community leader.
Courtroom Defense Strategies and Tactics
Basic Criminal Investigation
Domestic Violence /Sexual Assault
Developing an Appreciation for Cultural Diversity
Advanced Interview an Interrogation
Child Sexual Exploitation Investigation
Identifying Deceptive Behavior
Affiliations & Memberships
Member, Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honor Society)
Member, Alpha Epsilon Lambda (National Graduate Student Honor Society
Middle Atlantic -Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement (MAGLOCLEAN)
National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO)
Community Service with Northeast Ministries, Boys & Girls Club, Lehigh Valley Habitat for Humanity, Pennsylvania State Police Troop M Cadet Camp, City of Bethlehem Junior Police Academy and the City of Bethlehem Citizens Academy
City of Bethlehem Police Department Unit Citation
City of Bethlehem Police Department Letter of Commendation Act 120, Municipal Police Education and Training Current Act 235235, Lethal Weapons Training
Basic Life Support- First Responder -First Aid Certified Instructor
National Incident Management System
MOAB- Methods of Aggressive Behavior Certified
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