Alan Sciarrillo

Major: Criminal Justice

Volunteer Accomplishments

  • Centenary College Community Plunge 2013 – Warren Haven Nursing Home
  • Community Action Reaches Everyone – Edison, NJ

Educational Accomplishments 

  • Graduated from Saint Joseph High School, Metuchen, NJ


I am currently involved in a few different things at Centenary College. I am a member of the Sociology and Criminal Justice Club, a pitcher on the Cyclones Baseball team, and a Presidential Scholar. Being selected as a Presidential Scholar is a great honor. The unique opportunities that I have been given in my first semester have served as great learning experiences. In November 2013, I was invited to spend a day touring the Mount Olive Police Headquarters and the Morris County Police Academy with my advisor, Professor Linne, and Mr. Justice Anthony Aduhene-Benieh, a Police Superintendent visiting from Ghana. This experience, along with many others, prepares me for my future career in the law enforcement field. Centenary College will help me achieve my goals of acquiring a strong education, continuing my baseball career, and in the future, becoming an agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

About Me

I have two favorite quotes.

Detective Sergeant Sanchez of the Mt. Olive Police Department used the first quote in my Academic Foundations Class. He quoted Seneca by saying, “Luck is where the crossroads of opportunity and preparation meet.”  From this, it is easy to see that there is no such thing as just being lucky. When you work hard enough, an opportunity may arise, and you will be ready.

The second quote actually came from one of the first staff members I met at Centenary College in the winter of my senior year in high school. While sitting in a meeting room, Devon Vialva said “If not now, then when?” I printed out a picture of this quote and it hangs in my dorm as a reminder to do as much good as I can, while I can. 

Research Project

Criminal Justice Study in West Africa

Alan and mentors. (click image to enlarge)

Alan Sciarrillo had the extraordinary opportunity in his first Centenary semester to study West African criminal justice systems and African Peacekeeping missions in war-torn areas of the continent. Additionally, Alan assisted with the scheduled visit and daily itinerary of a police commander from the Republic of Ghana.  In preparation for the visit, Alan researched the history and development of criminal justice systems in Africa. He also researched Al-Shabaab, the Al-Qaeda affiliated militant group which is actively involved in terrorist activities in Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda.

The international guest, Mr. Justice Anthony Aduhene Benieh (Superintendent in the Ghana Police Service), is currently assigned to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).  Superintendent Benieh traveled to the United States in November 2013 to attend a seminar at the US Institute for Peace in Washington, DC.   His trip from Somalia was made possible through the financial support of Associate Professors of Criminal Justice Christopher Linne and Norman Cetuk. In May 2013, both professors met Aduhene Benieh in Ghana during a professional development trip focusing on African criminal justice systems.  

On November 18, Aduhene Benieh gave a presentation to the Centenary College community discussing the role of African Union Peacekeeping Police Officers and the challenges faced when rebuilding a war-torn country. On November 19, he visited Dr. Shane Fitzpatrick’s “Model NATO” class to discuss global concerns emanating from Africa.  

Alan also accompanied Aduhene Benieh and his criminal justice professors to the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, the Morris County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and the Mount Olive Township Police Department for scheduled tours.

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