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Two female LEOs talk about the benefits of online education

Police One
May 16, 2013

There are numerous outstanding online education options out there, such as California Southern University, Columbia Southern University, DeVry University, Walden University, and University of Phoenix to name just a few. For this article, a friend of mine at American Military University, helped me connect with two AMU students — Lieutenant Barbara Barrist and Lieutenant Debbie Ingram how — to learn how online education has allowed them to balance their police career and educational endeavors.

Lt. Barbara Barrist has spent 24 years with the Los Angeles Police Department. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Homeland Security program at American Military University, a 100 percent online university offering more than 80 degree programs. Barrist began work on her Master’s degree in September of 2011 and is expecting to graduate at the end of this year. When she first decided to go back to school, she considered returning to the state college where she had taken classes years before.

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About American Public University System

American Public University System, recipient of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and five-time recipient of the OLC Effective Practice Award, offers more than 200 online degree and certificate programs through American Military University and American Public University. More than 70,000 alumni worldwide have benefited from APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability, and flexibility in pursuing and earning degrees in such areas as business, information technology, and security and global studies. For further information, visit

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