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Criminal Justice Student Highlight

Public Safety Officer, Jesus Terson

Office Brewer

Jesus Terson came to Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) as a student in September 2007, because it was affordable and convenient. He chose to major in Criminal Justice, as he had a desire to work in law enforcement. Prior to coming to RCBC, he did not believe he was prepared academically to enroll at a four-year institution, but his classes and professors at RCBC helped him to succeed academically.

Mr. Terson graduated from RCBC in August 2011 with an associate degree in criminal justice and immediately transferred to Stockton University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in May 2013. In March 2015, Mr. Terson received his master’s degree in human services counseling at Liberty University.

Mr. Terson began working as a Student Officer with the Public Safety Department at RCBC in October 2010 and was promoted to a full-time officer in July 2013. He was promoted to Sergeant within Public Safety in January 2015. Mr. Terson believes RCBC set a path for him to achieve his educational goals, which in turn helped him move into a leadership position in Public Safety.   Looking forward, Mr. Terson would like to use his background in counseling and work for the New Jersey Division of Children and Families.


Police Office, Deborah Brewer

Office BrewerDeborah Brewer, an RCBC ’06 graduate with a degree in criminal justice, says Rowan College at Burlington County has helped her in many ways, including preparing her for her dream career as a police officer with the Mount Holly Police Department.

“I’ve always wanted to be a police officer ever since I was a little girl,” said Brewer. “When I was growing up, I always looked up to the police officers in my community and I wanted to be just like them.”

After high school, Brewer was looking for colleges close to home that could help her attain her professional goals. 

“RCBC, which was then BCC, was well-known and highly-recommended by so many police officers. The professors are all well-established within the community and well connected,” she explained.

To this day, she remains in contact with the RCBC Criminal Justice Program Coordinator Dr. Alan Hart. She credits some of her current success to his open-door policy and willingness to help students. She credits Dr. Hart’s Organized Crime course as the most valuable class she ever experienced. The course included a study-abroad component that took Brewer and her classmates to Italy for ten days.

“We were treated like royalty by the Policia. They provided us with escorts through the city,” recalled Brewer. “We went to a mob museum in Sicily, visited the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, and took an overnight ferry from Palermo to Rome—words cannot even begin to describe how much I took from this trip. It is something I would have never experienced if it were not for RCBC.”

In 2007, Brewer was hired as a police officer with the Mount Holly Police Department. Since then, she has become the first female officer in the department to earn the specialty position of firearms instructor and also currently holds the position of field training officer, which trains new recruits in the department. She recently returned to RCBC to speak to students about her career in law enforcement.

“I like that this career is not the typical nine to five job and every day is different than the last,” she said. “Most importantly, I am able to give back to my community and help keep it safe.” 

Brewer currently lives in Westampton with her husband, Andrew Brewer, who is a police sergeant with the Westampton Police Department, as well as a former RCBC student. She is looking into furthering her career through RCBC’s Rowan University partnership that would enable her to take courses online with a 15 percent tuition discount.