Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice Faculty

Amber CiccantiJoseph Rizzo

Mr. Rizzo has served as the President of the New Jersey Association of Criminal Justice Educators and is a true expert in the field of Corrections. He has spent over 30 years working, consulting and teaching in the public and private sector.

Mr. Rizzo is a very popular and extremely knowledgeable professor and has taught at numerous institutions of higher learning throughout New Jersey. He has also created, and currently teaches, a course in Community Corrections.



Amber CiccantiDr. Amber L. Ciccanti

Dr. Ciccanti has been with RCBC since 2004 and has served as an adjunct instructor, distance learning course designer and currently as full-time faculty. Dr. Ciccanti most often teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice, Police Operations and Procedures, Criminal Investigation, Criminalistics and Criminal Justice program courses for the 3+1 program.

Dr. Ciccanti also served as a police officer with the Willingboro Police Department for over 21 years. During her tenure with the police department, she served as a patrol officer, detective and sergeant. Her accolades include receiving a Lifesaving Award, being named Detective of the Year four times, successfully clearing two homicide cases, carrying a fellow officer who had been shot to safety and transporting him to the hospital, and recovering a kidnapped child, who had been missing for eight years. The Lifetime movie “Little Girl Lost; the Delimar Vera Story” is based on that case. Additionally, she taught tactical handcuffing and self-defense at multiple police academies for over 18 years.

Educationally, Doctor Ciccanti started at Rowan College at Burlington County earning an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, then a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Justice from Rowan University, a Master’s Degree in Criminology from Saint Joseph’s University and finally, a Doctorate Degree in Business with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Northcentral University in 2012.


Amanda DevaultAmanda Devault

Ms. Devault was a Cumberland County Police Defender and is currently a self-employed practicing attorney specializing in Criminal and Child Welfare cases.

She teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice at Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC).




Walt MillerWalt Miller


Mr. Walt Miller is a Captain with the Evesham Township Police Department. As a Captain, he is the Division Commander overseeing the Agency's Operation's Division, consisting of the Patrol Bureau and the Investigative Bureau. He is a 19-year law enforcement veteran, who began his career in February 1997 with the Amtrak Police Department, assigned to the Philadelphia Field Office.  

Captain Miller was assigned to various positions within the Evesham Township Police Department from Patrolman, Narcotics Investigator with the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police, Detective, Detective Sergeant and Lieutenant assigned to the Patrol, Investigative, Administrative and Support Services Bureaus prior to assuming the position of Captain in October 2013.

Captain Miller holds a bachelor's degree in law/justice from Rowan University and a master's degree in administrative science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  

Captain Miller has taught many courses as an Adjunct Professor at Rowan College of Burlington County, including Intro to Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigations, Police Operations, and Intro to Private Security.

Captain Miller has previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Camden County College, teaching for their criminal justice program. 


Stephen SawyerStephen Sawyer

Stephen Sawyer is a 25-year retired Police Sergeant with the Eastampton Township Police Department. His duties and responsibilities included supervising and evaluating Patrolmen and Special Police Officers under his authority. Additionally, he served as a Training Unit Supervisor, Emergency Management Police Liaison, and New Jersey Police Training Commission Instructor. His professional experiences also include assignments in the Detective Bureau, administration and a county-related task force. Furthermore, he is a Certified Emergency Medical Technician and Certified Fire Investigator.

During his career, Mr. Sawyer has received a number of honors and awards including Eastampton Township Police Officer of the Year, two Life Saving Awards, as well as several administrative commendations and letters of appreciation for police-related activities. He was also a student speaker at Central Michigan University’s graduation ceremony in 2009.

Mr. Sawyer has been an Adjunct Professor at Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) since 2010 and teaches Police Operations and Procedures. He is also currently an instructor at Camden County Police Academy.