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New criminal justice professor brings real-world experience in public service, jail administration

By: Liberty University News Service

As enrollment in Liberty University’s criminal justice program continues to rise, the school has welcomed a new face to its teaching roster this fall.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Major Amanda Trent has brought her strong background of real-world law enforcement and corrections experience to the classroom. She has served in multiple law enforcement roles, including as deputy sheriff for the Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office; a lieutenant in a professional standards unit, where she investigated deaths, complaints and other incidents; and as a division commander and certified jail manager for the Western Virginia Regional Jail in the city of Salem.

The transition to the classroom is a natural fit, she said.

“Throughout my 24-year career in public safety, I have taken every opportunity to instruct, whether it be in the training academy, professional conferences, community, church or basic academy,” she said. “I feel like that love of educating and passion for teaching has always been God-given and more importantly, a way to edify Christ.”

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