Criminal Justice Club
The Criminal Justice Club began its 26th year of operation at RWC this Fall 2013. Professor Kirby Trask is providing assistance as the Club Advisor this academic year. Our club officers this year are Matthew Hohler and Derek Holmes. Plans are underway for the annual CJ Urban Experience to New York City in Spring 2014. The planned agenda for this trip include a visit to Riker’s Island and tour to view the New York City Correctional Facilities, going to the New York City Police Department Headquarters, visiting the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and sitting in on criminal trials, visiting and touring John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and riding along with the NYPD during the evening hours. All CJ, ECI, and Forensic Science majors are welcome to go on this trip. Interested students should contact Professor Trask, Professor Concordia, or any one of the Club Officers to indicate their interest in participating in this trip. Specifics regarding an itinerary and costs for the trip will be covered at a future CJ Club Meeting. Stay tuned! Be looking for emails announcing future club meetings, which will feature guest speakers and other programs of interest to our students.
Self-Study of the Criminal Justice Department
Professor Hallman completed a Self-Study of the Criminal Justice Program during the spring and early summer of 2012. Input from alumni and current students was included in this
self-study. This was a prelude to a full program evaluation, which was accomplished during the summer of 2012. Dr. Debra Heath-Thornton, Dean of the Campolo Graduate School at Eastern University in Philadelphia, made a visit to campus in late June and submitted her full report this past August. The full review of the Criminal Justice Program at Roberts was very successful and will lead to the development of a strategic plan for Criminal Justice to be completed by the spring of 2013. The program received high marks for its commitment to Restorative Justice and other program hallmarks which include field and integrative writing experiences. Our students are highly praised by our internship supervisors and agencies, such as The Town of Gates Police Department, have hired several of our recent
alumni who served as interns.
Conditioning for Law Enforcement
The Criminal Justice Program’s Conditioning for Law Enforcement class began in the Fall of 2012. The class begins with a diagnostic physical fitness test. The test included as many correct push-ups and sit-ups a student can perform in one minute, as well as a one-and-a-half mile run. To pass, students must perform a specific number of push-ups and sit-ups, as well as complete the run, within a specific period of time based upon one’s age and gender. You may ask, “why a physical conditioning class?” Approximately fifty percent of all individuals who pass the written civil service exam for law enforcement fail the physical fitness portion of the exam. This class was born out of the belief that the criminal justice program does not want any of its students to be in the fifty percent that fail.
Finally, other than a diagnostic test, what does the class do when it meets? The class meets Mondays and Wednesdays for physical conditioning and students work out on their own two additional days each week. After doing rotations, stretches, and exercises in an extended rectangular formation, the class participates in an aerobic run for the final twenty minutes of class. Another diagnostic test is administered mid-semester and a final test at the end of the semester. Students writing civil service exams who advance to the physical fitness portion of the process will benefit immediately. The criminal justice program hopes all other students will establish fitness habits that will keep them out of the fifty percent who fail the physical fitness portion of the exam.
Accelerated Degree Completion Program
In conjunction with the Department of Adult and Professional Studies, the Criminal Justice Department provided an advisory role in working to develop an Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Program entitled Criminal Justice Administration. The program targets in-service police officers, correctional officers, and other employees of criminal justice agencies who have already completed a two year Associates Degree. Modeled after the OM Program, this degree completion program should attract many current police officers and others seeking to complete their Bachelor’s Degrees, which would give them promotional opportunities with the departments they serve. Dean Stan Pelkey and Professor Penny Cannon from Adult and Professional Studies provided leadership to this project while Professor Trask and Professor Concordia assisted with recommendations on course offerings, content, and the hiring of adjuncts.