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Greek Law Enforcement Officials to Pursue Masters Degrees at John Jay through Niarchos Foundation Grant

New York, NY, August 26, 2008 – Through a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, four Greek Law Enforcement Officials will begin graduate studies this fall at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  The grant awarded to John Jay’s Center for International Human Rights will support a master’s level scholarship program for mid-career Greek law enforcement officials.

The four students, selected by the Center for Security Studies (KE.ME.A.), will begin their prospective programs this fall. Maria Eftyhiakou and Konstantinos Ziogas from the Greek Fire Service have been accepted to the masters program in protection management. They will be joined by Konstantinos Kavrakis and Nikolaos Petropoulos from the Greek Police who were accepted to the masters program in criminal justice.

“We are very excited to welcome the first group of officers to the program and hope that they have a fruitful and enjoyable experience at John Jay. This would not have been possible without the generous grant from the Niarchos Foundation,” said Professor George Andreopoulos, Director of the Center for International Human Rights.

The scholarship program for Greek law enforcement officials is part of a partnership between the College and the Center for Security Studies (KE.ME.A) at the Greek Ministry of the Interior on “Policing Across Borders:  Strengthening the Role of Law Enforcement in Global Governance.”  The grant will cover the tuition/fees, accommodations and living expenses for four law enforcement officials from Greece that have been accepted to the College’s graduate programs.

The project was made possible through an earlier grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.  It has enabled law enforcement officers from Greece and the wider Balkan region to examine key challenges confronting the law enforcement community in dealing with three key transnational threats: terrorism, drug trafficking, and human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNFoundation.org), an international philanthropic organization, supports charitable activities in four primary areas: arts and culture, education, health and medicine, and social welfare.  The Foundation, governed by its Board of Directors, makes grants to not-for-profit organizations throughout the world.  In addition, the Foundation maintains a major commitment to supporting programs in Greece through the guidance of a locally based advisory committee.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice: An international leader in educating for justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations.  In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/.