Inaugural Battle of the Badges

Battle of the Badges


On July 19-20, 2019, Anna Maria College hosted the inaugural Battle of the Badges, a hands-on educational program designed for students interested in public safety as a profession. Participants came from all over New England to learn about criminal justice, fire science, and emergency management – from experts in local, state, and federal-level agencies.


In addition to presentations by Joseph Early, the Worcester County District Attorney; Katherine Wilson, Supervisory Deputy, U.S. Marshal; Neal Mullane, District Chief of the Boston Fire Department; and Michael Nockunas, Retired Master Sergeant of the

Battle of the Badges Certificates

Program participants received certificates
completion from Anna Maria College

Connecticut State Police; students were provided with in depth demonstrations and lectures from many aspects of public safety including:


  • Violent Fugitive Apprehension and Role of Tactical Medics
  • SWAT Demonstration
  • Interactive Crime Scene Display
  • Canine Use in Fire and Explosive Investigation
  • Use of Drones in Public Safety
  • Boston Fire Fighting Equipment
  • Cyber Crimes
  • Forensic Criminology
  • Worcester Police K-9 Deployment


Battle of the Badges was a free educational program held on Anna Maria’s campus. Participants received unique instruction, meals and accommodations, and time for social activities, including kick ball, a bonfire, and the chance to compete in the first annual Battle of the Badges Dodge Ball Tournament. The 2019 Tournament winner was TEAM BLUE.


Click on the following links to view the news coverage of the program and photo album.

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