Mario Honoré serves the country as a Special Agent for the United States Department of Homeland Security as well as one of the lead instructors at the University of Phoenix in the Criminal Justice program. He helped develop the curriculum and teaches both bachelor and master level courses.

(Photo Courtesy of Mario Honoré)

(Photo Courtesy of Mario Honoré)

With an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, Honoré decided to pursue a career to serve and work in the criminal justice profession. Honoré was a state trooper for the Nevada Highway Patrol for eight years and an agent for the Nevada State Gaming Control Board for four years before joining the Department of Homeland Security after 9/11 in 2001.

“My training included spending four years as a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Explorer while attending school, which helped me get my start with the Highway Patrol. I credit the Metro explorer program for training me to prepare for a law enforcement career along with my degrees. I am celebrating more than 30 years in this profession,” Honoré said.

“I tell my students that law enforcement and other professions are looking for qualified graduates. The market is becoming more competitive where not only do employers want a bachelor degree, but many now require a master’s degree to promote within their organizations,” he explained. “What I have learned is that about 40 percent of the (law enforcement) agencies across the country now, and the numbers are growing, require an associate’s degree before you can apply to a police department.

“Many of my students are cops who are trying to get promoted within their agency and are actively pursuing their master’s degree. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department requires a bachelor’s degree to apply to become a lieutenant and requires a master’s degree to apply to become a captain.” According to Honoré, a doctorate degree is needed to teach or conduct research.

He is proud to be part of a profession to protect the country, its citizens and help those in need.

Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on


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