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Student Profile: Eboni Phillips, '16, B.A./M.A. Justice Studies

Morristown, N.J. (February 29, 2016) – Eboni Phillips, '16, a full-time justice studies major, received the Distinguished Chapter Member Award from the National Organization of Black Women in Law Enforcement (NOBWLE) on February 27, 2016. She also received an award from the College of Saint Elizabeth Police Studies Institute as an Outstanding Officer during the 2nd Annual Black History Month Awards Celebration on February 12, 2016.

"Eboni is an outstanding student," commends Dr. James Ford, associate professor of Justice Studies. "She is motivated to learn and brings her experience to the program."

Phillips was raised in both St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) and New York. In 2002, she joined the United States Immigration Services, now known as the United States Customs and Border Protection. She currently lives on Staten Island, N.Y.

She graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Academy and was stationed at JFK Internal Airport. While there she trained other officers in inadmissibility functions in processing cases which is directly related to the immigration function. When the Department of Homeland Security was created, Phillips was sent to Washington, D.C. due to her expertise in Immigration Law.

In 2008, Phillips was promoted as one of two enforcement supervisors at Newark Liberty Airport. Here she performed a number of duties, including supervisor of the criminal enforcement unit which is responsible for the apprehension of suspects and preparation of all cases subject to federal prosecution. She is a content expert in airport and seaport operations and conducted training for airport personnel.

Because of her expansive knowledge and expertise, she was detailed to the Office of Training and Development in Washington, D.C. where she became the team leader in a creating career development program for officers. As part of this function, she interviews and determines the suitability of candidates for Customs and Border Protection jobs.

Dedicated to the future of law enforcement, Phillips supervises the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Law Enforcement Explorer Program for young people ages 14 to 21.

"Wanting to get to the next management level, I reviewed my resume," Phillips notes. "Although I had great work experience and training, the higher education area was incomplete. A friend kept pushing me to finish my degree, but with a very full plate I felt I couldn't take it on. My friend had Dr. Ford call me to explain the BA/MA program at CSE. He also sent me the printed information. It took a few months before I decided I was ready."

Phillips anticipates graduating from CSE in May 2016 with her bachelor's degree in justice studies and is scheduled to graduate in May 2017 with her master's in justice administration and public service.

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