[Brent Satterfield, Criminal Justice Instructor]
Mr. Brent Satterfield holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from Jacksonville State University. He received his Bachelors degree in Law Enforcement in 1987 also from Jacksonville State. Mr. Satterfield began his law enforcement career in 1985 working as a student dispatcher at the University. Later he made officer and attended the 77th session of the Northeast Alabama Police Academy. He later moved up the ranks within the department to become Sergeant serving as third in command. He supervised the evening shift which was comprised of sworn law enforcement officers and resident life security officers. He was directly responsible for 20 to 25 personnel.
In 1992, Mr. Satterfield moved back home, Dekalb County, Alabama, and took the job as Police Officer at Fort Payne Police Department. He worked there less than a year before accepting the Director of Public Safety position at Snead State Community College located in Boaz, AL. Mr. Satterfield continues to work as a part-time officer at Fort Payne Police Department.
Mr. Satterfield began his teaching career in 1990 at Jacksonville State University. He taught Introduction to Criminal Justice and Introduction to Law Enforcement as an adjunct instructor while still serving as Police Sergeant at the Police Department.
One of Mr. Satterfield’s duties at Snead State was to also teach and oversee the Criminal Justice courses there. He taught a wide variety of subjects to include all the introduction classes and advanced classes such as Criminalistics, Criminology, Criminal Evidence, Juvenile Justice, Police Supervision and Security.
Mr. Satterfield was at Snead College for ten years until he decided to expand his home farm operation and become self-employed. Being self-employed, Mr. Satterfield was given the opportunity to offer Criminal Justice classes during the day at Northeast Alabama Community College. Since beginning the day program at Northeast in 2004 there has been a three-fold increase in declared majors in Criminal Justice at the college. In the fall of 2005 Mr. Satterfield began teaching on-line courses for Northeast College and those classes have increased in number each year as well.
In the Fall 2006, Northeast Community College began offering In-service training for local law enforcement officers. These courses give officers needing Continued Education Units (CEUs) a low cost, local option to getting their state mandated training. It is hoped that these type classes will continue to be offered on a regular basis.
Mr. Satterfield is expecting even greater things to come in the future at Northeast College. In 2008 Mr. Satterfield was employed full-time by Northeast as the Criminal Justice Instructor and Advisor. Beginning Fall 2009 the Criminal Justice program will be giving CRJ students the option of seeking a Transfer degree (A.S.), a Two-year degree (A.A.S.), or a Certificate in Law Enforcement! Northeast is currently offering eight courses in Criminal Justice with more expected to be added when these new programs are implemented.
“I am very excited about the future of law enforcement in this area. I look forward to meeting anyone interested in either entering this field or those wanting to advice in the law enforcement occupation. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance to you with your degree and College choices.”