The Honor Society was established in 2010 on the campuses of St. John's University in New York. It inducted its first members in 2011 and has had an induction class every year since then. The Founding Director, Associate Professor Jeffrey P. Grossmann, serves as the current Executive National Director, and oversees the primary operations of the Society. In an open letter to the industry, Professor Grossmann stated that "together with your support, we will position the Society as the leading resource in academic achievement recognition in the fields of homeland security, intelligence, emergency management, and all protective studies".
The Core Values of the Society are excellence, knowledge, ethics, and peace.
Our motto is ex scientia pax which means "out of knowledge comes peace". As an association which represents homeland security, intelligence, and protective security academic disciplines, this has special meaning. With an ultimate goal of peace and safety for all, the protective security profession must utilize knowledge as a primary tool for the accomplishment of this objective. The Society recognizes this commitment and the dedication of those individuals achieving academic and professional excellence.
OSS or Omicron Sigma Sigma is our Greek name.
The Society was created for two reasons. First, over the past several years, a few honor organizations have expanded their scope to include “homeland security” as a secondary discipline (included in some other primary academic field of study). They recognized a gap in "coverage" and sought to fit our growing discipline into their existing model. Although this is an admirable gesture, the fact remains that these organizations were not formed with a focus on homeland security as a dedicated discipline, and as a result, were not properly representing our cause. The Order of the Sword & Shield was created with our specific and unique interests in mind, and remains dedicated to the homeland security, intelligence, emergency management, and protective security disciplines, solely.
Second, we wanted to create a mechanism to allow our best and brightest students to unite, not only from an "academic achievement" standpoint, but from a "service" perspective as well. Giving back to our communities remains a key driver in our operational model. All of our members, chapters, and employees (our entire Society family) are encouraged to volunteer in some form of service-related activity. Again, these ideals did not fit well within other honor organizations. We place a high value on service. Service from a homeland security perspective. We felt then, and still do today, that our academic discipline requires a specific and dedicated honor society. After all, a dedicated honor society is an important part of the formula which makes our discipline a true academic field of study.
Please read ourBy-Laws for a more complete organizational description.
Ex Scientia Pax - "Out of Knowledge comes Peace"
Jeffrey P. Grossmann, JD
Executive National Director
Director of Operations,
Ambassador of Ceremony
Willy Gomez, MS
Headquarters and Mailing Address:
Prof. Jeffrey P. Grossmann, JD
Bent Hall, Room 268
St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
For General Inquires:
For Matters of Urgency:
Prof. Jeffrey P. Grossmann, JD
2014 volunteer staff hard at work, Donald and Sam.