Faculty / Joseph Alkus

My teaching at Temple University comes as a second career after spending nearly 30 years in law enforcement, the majority of which was spent in the federal government.  I worked for over 27 years as a special agent in the U.S. Customs Service and its successor agency, the Department of Homeland Security.  I conducted investigations into drug smuggling conspiracies, international money laundering, fraudulent entry of merchandise and export enforcement of critical technology and munitions laws.  I also served as the Chief of State for the U.S. National Central Bureau of Interpol, the international police organization, as a founding member of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, (FinCEN) and numerous liaison positions in the federal sector. 


I have taught at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia, where I taught case development skills, managing undercover investigations and confidential source development.  I have also taught export control courses in conjunction with the U.S. government’s national security and counter proliferation programs at various locations overseas.


Since coming to Temple, I have been teaching organized crime, white collar crime, the law enforcement and criminal justice introductory courses as well as the writing intensive course in critical issues in law enforcement.  In addition, I conduct career-oriented workshops on résumé preparation, navigating the federal job market, and interviewing for federal sector jobs.