Judy Amorski began teaching as an adjunct at TCNJ in the Criminology department in 2011. She has experience in both large and small firms, including employment firms, large insurance defense firm, personal injury, and general practice firms. Ms. Amorski graduated from TCNJ in 1994. She majored in Law & Justice with a special concentration on the New Jersey corrections system, juvenile justice, and psychology. While at TCNJ she interned at Saint Joseph’s Halfway House in Trenton New Jersey. Before graduating she was accepted into the Bridgewater at Oxford Honors Program and attended Wadham College, Oxford University, in England, studying Human Rights and International Law. The credits completed her degree at TCNJ and she went on to study Law at Rutgers-Newark. Ms. Amorski opened her own general practice law firm in Freehold New Jersey upon graduation. Ms. Amorski prefers to handle criminal matters that deal directly with defendants’ rights, however her firm also handles all general practice areas. She also serves as conflict public defender for two local municipal courts.
Claudia Joy Demitro
Claudia Joy Demitro currently serves as a Deputy Attorney General in the Appellate Bureau of the Division of Criminal Justice, where she argues before the Appellate Division and the Supreme Court, and participates in a number of criminal justice policy projects for the Division. Currently, she is involved in the Attorney General’s implementation and coordination of Criminal Justice Reform across the state. She graduated magna cum laude from both The College of New Jersey (with a B.A. in History and Secondary Education) and the Drexel University School of Law, and was an editor of the Drexel Law Review. Following law school, she clerked on the Superior Court for the Hon. Stephanie M. Wauters, J.S.C. in Ocean County, and then on the Appellate Division for the Hon. Michael A. Guadagno, J.A.D. She is a Police Training Commission certified instructor, often teaches on the Fourth Amendment to officers and prosecutors, as well as students.
HON. FREDERICK P. DEVESA
Judge DeVesa obtained a BA from Rutgers University and a JD Cum Laude from Seton Hall School of Law. While pursuing his education, Judge DeVesa was employed by the Newark Police Department where he received several commendations as a police officer and a detective. Upon graduating from law school, Judge DeVesa was appointed an Assistant Prosecutor in the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office where he investigated and prosecuted major cases as a member of the Anti‑Corruption Unit and the Trial Section.
In 1977, Judge DeVesa began employment as a Deputy Attorney General with the Division of Criminal Justice and was assigned to the investigation and prosecution of white- collar crimes. Thereafter, he held various positions with the Attorney General’s Office, including Chief of the Police Bureau, Counsel to the Police Training Commission, Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the State Grand Jury, and First Assistant Attorney General. In 1993 and 1994, he served as Acting Attorney General for New Jersey. During his tenure at the Attorney General’s Office, Judge DeVesa was instrumental in developing several criminal justice training courses, numerous legislative initiatives and model law enforcement policies. He has been recognized and received awards from several organizations for his contributions to law enforcement.
In 1996, Judge DeVesa was appointed to the N.J. Superior Court and was later selected by the Chief Justice as the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Courts in Middlesex County. In that capacity, he conducted many hi-profile criminal trials including State v Melanie McGuire, the “Suitcase Murder” trial that was nationally televised on Court TV. As a member of the Conference of N.J. Presiding Judges, Judge DeVesa also participated in the development of model policies and “best practices” for New Jersey Criminal Courts.
Throughout his career, Judge DeVesa has regularly volunteered for teaching and sharing his experience with law students, attorneys and judges. For many years, he served on the Adjunct Faculty at Seton Hall Law School where he developed and taught a course on the N.J. Code of Criminal Justice. He also taught Criminal Law at the former Trenton State College and Middlesex County College. In recent years, Judge DeVesa has served on the faculty of the New Jersey Judicial College and has been a frequent lecturer on Criminal Law and Practice for the N.J. Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the N.J. State Bar Association and Middlesex County Bar Association.
Steven C. Gerding
On October 1, 2011, after 29 years of service, Steven retired as a Lieutenant from the Toms River Police Department, having received over 40 awards, letters, and decorations, including the VFW Police Officer of the Year Award, for service to the Township of Toms River. In that capacity he functioned as a Patrol Division Watch Commander, Department Training Officer, Internal Affairs Investigator, Emergency Services Unit Assistant Commander, and temporary assignments in the Detective Bureau, as well as a variety of other duties to the Department of over 250 members. As the Watch Commander, Steven was the initial point of contact to the media regarding critical breaking information. He was also involved in developing a number of programs that significantly impacted the organizational culture of the department such as the Field Training Officer Program and associated train-the-trainer curricula, the Performance Appraisal Program, the tactical standards for dealing with hostage situations, critical incident management policy, and critical infrastructure vulnerability assessments. Steven was also a Networks Officer (similar to DARE), teaching fifth grade drug and alcohol prevention curriculum for 10 years.
On May 1, 2011, Steven also retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force Reserve after 30 years of service, having received over 20 awards and decorations, including the Reserve Officer of the Year Award. In that role, he served as a Special Agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations with federal law enforcement credentials holding a Top Secret/SCI security clearance. Steven initially enlisted as an airman in the New Jersey Air National Guard where he started as a Security Policeman, was later commissioned as an Intelligence Officer, and ultimately was selected for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations in the reserves. On November 1, 2007, Steven successfully defended his doctoral dissertation for the degree of Ph.D. His dissertation focus was An Analysis of the Relationship Between Higher Education and Police Misconduct in the New Jersey State Police.
In his career in the Air Force, Steven has had many diverse assignments as well. For example, he has held leadership roles at the Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy (DCITA) in Linthicum, Maryland and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. While mobilized after 9-11 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle, Steven was the Detachment Commander in The Republic of Tajikistan in support of the counterintelligence for force protection mission. There, he worked with foreign government officials up to the cabinet level, non-government officials, foreign nationals, diverse military forces from numerous countries, as well as U.S. embassy personnel, both military and civilian. These interactions in the counterintelligence arena required the highest level of security for all classified information and investigations. Upon returning from overseas, Steven was assigned as a Team Chief at the Global Terrorism Watch, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. There he synthesized all incoming information of terrorism related activity worldwide with the daily Presidential threat brief and organized, prepared, and delivered briefings to the appropriate levels of command. Steven was subsequently selected by the Commander of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations to be the command representative at the Air Force Crisis Action Team, the Pentagon. In that capacity, he provided daily briefings to general officers on counterintelligence, anti-terrorism, and force protection initiatives from the first day of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Steven was also the command’s representative for the Air Force Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for potential attacks to the National Capital Region. He was ultimately tasked to write the Continuity of Operations and Management Plan for the transition to stand down the Crisis Action Team. “A true leader, he performed four different positions in four different locations while mobilized” (USAF Meritorious Service Medal, January 8, 2005).
Steven has been teaching at the college and police academy levels for over 25 years. He is currently a full-time, tenure track faculty member at Ocean County College, having served as an adjunct professor for both Ocean County College and The College of New Jersey for the previous 10 years.
Steven received an Associate in Science Degree from Ocean County College, majoring in Criminal Justice; a Bachelor of Science Degree from Trenton State College (The College of New Jersey), majoring in Criminal Justice, double minoring in Psychology and Sociology, and Law and Justice Alumni Chapter Award winner; a Master of Arts Degree from Seton Hall University, majoring in Education Administration and Supervision and Kappa Delta Pi inductee; a Certification from Seton Hall University in Leadership and Management: and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Seton Hall University, majoring in Higher Education. Steven is also a graduate of the USAF Air University, Air Command and Staff College.
COLLEGE LEVEL COURSES TAUGHT
CRI 340 – International Terrorism
CRI 200 – Policing Civil Societies
CRI 300 – Crimes and Offenses
CRI 353 – Advanced Criminology: Race and Crime
CRI 350 – Advanced Criminology: Juvenile Delinquency and Justice
CRIM 151 – Police Organization and Administration
CRIM 152 – Introduction to Law Enforcement
HLSC 170 — Introduction to Homeland Security
POLICE ACADEMY AND IN-SERIVE COURSES TAUGHT
Domestic Violence – Basic Police Training Course
Methods of Instruction – Advanced Police Training Course to certify police instructors
Use of Force
PR-24 Side Handle Baton
Supervisor / Field Training Officer Program
Internal Affairs for Supervisors
Field Training Officer Program
Supervisor / Field Training Officer Development
Advanced Agency Training
Family Orientation Program
Performance Appraisal Program
An Introduction to Terrorism and Homeland Security in America
How to Interact with the Police: A Citizen’s Guide to Positive Police-Community Relations
Gerding, S. C. (2008). An analysis of the relationship between higher education and police misconduct in the New Jersey State Police. Doctoral dissertation, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.
Gerding, S. C. (2004, September/October). Borne leadership: Straight out of the gate. Global Reliance, 30 (5).
Gerding, S. C. (1998, August 21). OSI warns McGuire of photography scam. Airtides, p. 12.
Gerding, S. C. (1994) Field training officer program (three books). Toms River Police Department, Toms River, NJ.
David S. Leonardis
David S. Leonardis is the Chief of the Outreach & Special Projects Bureau within the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness (OHSP). He is responsible for overseeing the Bureau, which focuses on forming partnerships with public- and private-sector venues that are soft targets for a terrorist attack. Those responsibilities include networking to share information and provide resources that will assist the private sector in being better prepared and more secure. As a result of the Bureau’s efforts, New Jersey has developed statewide outreach programs with major shopping malls, sports/entertainment venues, hotels, casinos, bus operators, the trucking industry, limousine and taxi services, car rental agencies, airports and faith-based groups. The Bureau also networks with NJ military and correctional institutions.
For his outreach efforts, Mr. Leonardis received the 2011 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award from the NJ Retail Merchants Association and the NJ Food Council, the Peace Island Institute Law Enforcement Award in 2012, and the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Public Outreach in 2013.
Before joining OHSP in 2006, Mr. Leonardis was the Chairman of the Domestic Security Preparedness Planning Group, a part of the Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force, under the Office of the Attorney General. The Planning Group was responsible for developing homeland security plans for New Jersey.
He served 30 years with the New Jersey State Police before retiring at the rank of Captain, and was the Executive Officer of the Investigations Section. During his career with the State Police, Mr. Leonardis was cited for his work involving terrorism-related cases that received national attention: the Brinks Armored Car robbery in Nyack, New York, where four police officers and security guards were killed by members of the Weather Underground and the Black Liberation Army. He was also cited for his work on the investigation into the killing of New Jersey State Trooper Philip Lamonaco. The probe found that Trooper Lamonaco was killed at the hands of the United Freedom Front, a domestic terrorist group. Members of the United Freedom Front were wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a series of bombings and bank robberies that occurred before and after the murder of Trooper Lamonaco. All members of the group were captured in what turned out to be the largest manhunt since the Lindbergh kidnapping.
During his tenure at the State Police, Mr. Leonardis also served as the Commandant of the New Jersey State Police Training Academy, where he received the “Team/Partnership Achievement Award” from Acting Governor Donald DiFrancesco. He also received a meritorious award from the Superintendent of State Police and the “Employee Recognition Award” from Attorney General John Farmer for his work in re‑engineering the Academy’s curriculum and in-service training program. He was cited by the federal monitors overseeing the Consent Decree on Racial Profiling for his part in designing a plan to develop a positive organizational culture and structure.
Mr. Leonardis received a B.S. from William Paterson College and a Master’s Degree in General Education from Seton Hall University. Prior to joining the faculty at The College of New Jersey, he was an adjunct instructor for Seton Hall University’s Education and Human Resource Departments.
Dr. David Letcher
Dr. David Letcher taught at The College of New Jersey for 47 years and retired in July 2015. He received his B.S. degree from Rutgers * The State University, his M.Sc. degree from the University of Nebraska and his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University where he majored in agricultural meteorology with a minor in biometrics (statistics applied to agricultural science.)
Upon arrival at TCNJ in 1968 he joined the physics department in which he taught meteorology, climatology and environmental science.
During the mid 1970s the college administration initiated a program to infuse technology and computers into the curriculum, which resulted in the creation of a faculty/administrative position called The Coordinator of Academic Computing. Dr. Letcher was asked to assume that role in 1978. He accepted that responsibility and worked in that position until 1987. That year a faculty position in management information systems became available in TCNJ’s school of business. He applied and was accepted into that position at that time.
Dr. Letcher taught database management, computer programming (advanced COBOL, C++, visual basic), and web-based scripting languages during part of his time in the school of business but from 2005 until 2015 he taught ECO 231 and MGT 235, two second-level applied business statistics courses which include the study of regression and experimental design and time-series modeling. Dr. Letcher’s 231 students employed the SAS system for their data analysis while his 235 students utilized the SPSS system.