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Al Sweeney is a senior lecturer in Criminal Justice with a specialty field of law enforcement. Al has been a visiting lecturer for over 30 years at Curry College and has been on the faculty since 1995. In addition to his teaching here at Curry, Al is the Associate Director of Public Safety at Northeastern University and a former Boston Police Captain for over 34 years. Captain Sweeney holds several academic degrees beginning with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, a Masters in Public Administration from Northeastern University and a Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice from Curry College. Prior to his teaching at Curry, Al was a lecturer at Northeastern University in law enforcement.
Captain Sweeney brings a vast background in urban policing and a national reputation in Community Policing. Al served 34 years with the Boston Police Department having been promoted to every rank from Patrol Officer to Superintendent. Al was appointed commanding officer of the Boston Police Academy on three occasions in his career. In this capacity, he was responsible for the training and development of thousands of new officers as well as the development of extensive in-service programs for career officers. Al has been a certified instructor for the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council since its inception in the late 1970's. In addition, Captain Sweeney has worked under contract for the International County and City Managers Association providing training and workshops as well as tailored developmental programs for city, county and municipal agencies throughout the United States and Europe. He has traveled from Kotzabue Alaska to Douglas Arizona, from Portland Maine to Gresham Oregon and over seas to Germany and Italy training officers and officials from mayors to officers.