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B-CU’s Criminal Justice Association Partners with Volusia County Sheriff’s Office


Students, Community and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Come Together for the

First“Fighting Back Against Fraud” Seminar 

B-CU’s Criminal Justice Association welcomed Sheriff Michael J. Chitwood of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and his Criminal Investigation Division, directed by Assistant Commander, Lieutenant Brian Henderson for their first community program, “Fighting Back Against Fraud,” seminar. Criminal Justice Instructor and Advisor, Dr. Latreace Flynt, coordinated the event in partnership with Sergeant Benyamin Yisrael, of the Volusia County Sherriff’s Office (VSCO) and B-CU Alumni. “Our goal was to partner with VCSO to educate the community on important issues in hopes of preventing them from becoming victims,” stated Dr. Flynt.

Sergeant Patrick Leahy and Detective Julian Elmazi from the Sheriff’s Office presented information on fraudulent crimes, and credit card theft to approximately 50 community members in attendance. Students also gathered for the event to learn more about the agency. “We also wanted to provide our students with employment and/or internships opportunities, which we accomplished both today,” Dr. Flynt added. Members of the Criminal Justice Association led by Khaliaah Johnson, President, also engaged in the information provided during the local seminar.  “We look forward to partnering with the VCSO again and inviting them to speak with other students and partners in criminal justice,” Johnson stated.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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