Mercy College Students Learn from NYPD Bomb Squad

NYPD Bomb squad presentation

To the excitement of Mercy students, faculty and staff, members of the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Bomb Squad visited the College’s Dobbs Ferry Campus to conduct a presentation about their specialized vocation. The visit was organized by Mercy’s Criminal Justice Program to inform students about a rewarding career path in law enforcement and educate the Mercy Community about the tools and techniques used by this vital public service.

Mercy College Assistant Adjunct Professor Antonio J. Cruz, a retired New York City police lieutenant, coordinated the visit. “It's important to expose students in Mercy’s Criminal Justice Program to different facets of law enforcement as they will be our future practitioners and professionals,” said Cruz.

Approximately 40 Mercy students attended the presentation, which included an overview of the history of the bomb squad, how the members work as a team, and how they ensure each other’s safety and the constituents they serve. As a bonus, they brought with them one of the squad’s most important assets: an explosives detection dog named Socha.

Mercy student attendees Jackelyn Rosales ’24 and Adilene Santiago ’23 reported gaining valuable insights into the responsibilities of bomb squad members. They were inspired by the members’ passion for their roles and enthusiasm for educating others about their profession.

To learn more about Mercy’s Criminal Justice Program, which is comprised of experienced faulty with diverse backgrounds in criminal justice, please click here.