EASTERN Instructor Spotlight: Mark Zaslavsky

Mark Zaslavsky began as the Protective Services Instructor at Eastern Center for Arts and PRT Instructor Mark ZaslavskyTechnology (EASTERN) in August 2016.  Protective Services at EASTERN is a multi-disciplined program developed in consultation with a countywide advisory committee of law enforcement, fire science, security professionals and post-secondary institutions.  Curriculum includes foundations in criminal justice, firefighting, EMS and security systems.  Detailed instruction is provided on leadership, criminal, motor vehicle crash and fire investigation, first responders, security systems, terrorism, firefighting, hazardous materials, and emergency communications.  The program establishes a baseline for higher education leading to careers in law enforcement, firefighting, security, corrections and investigation.

Mr. Zaslavsky’s interest in a Protective Services career originated in high school.  Upon high school graduation, he entered college and graduated with a major in criminal justice and as an Army ROTC distinguished military graduate. Mr. Zaslavsky served four and a half years on active duty as Platoon Leader for the 82nd Airborne Division, Logistics Officer for the 2nd Infantry Division in S. Korea, and as Assistant Operations Officer for the 759th Military Police Battalion.  Leaving active duty, he served in various assignments including Chief of Medical Operations, Battalion Commander and Special Operations Officer.  He was mobilized into the U.S. Army from 2005-2009 serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  He received a great deal of recognition throughout his military career, such as the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.  He retired from the Army/Army Reserves with 35 years 8 months of service.

While in the Army Reserve, he was also a police officer, criminal investigator and detective. He retired from his police career in 2012 with 26 years of service.  While a police officer/investigator/detective, he performed various duties and received specialized training in many areas, such as traffic crash investigation, field sobriety testing with Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus certification, homicide investigation, crime scene investigation and forensics, financial crimes investigation, fire investigation, environmental crimes,  organized crime, computer crime investigation, crime scene photography, HAZMAT, NIMS 300/800, incident command and narcotics investigation.  Immediately after the September 11 attacks he served with the FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force at the World Trade Center as a forensic detective.

Mr. Zaslavsky has his Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Hartford, his Bachelor of Science for Criminal Justice at the College of New Jersey, and his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from LaSalle University.

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