Criminal Justice

Webber International University’s Criminal Justice Management Program, through their Chapter Alpha Omego Rho, is sponsoring the Region Five Conference for the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) which is going to be held at the Park Inn by Radisson Resort, Kissimmee, Florida 3011 Maingate Ln. The Region Five ACJA states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and South Carolina.  The dates of the ACJA Conference are from October 23rd-26th. The purpose of the ACJA is to improve criminal justice through educational activities, foster professionalism in law enforcement personnel and agencies, promote awareness of criminal justice issues, encourage professional training in criminal justice, and establish a unified voice for professionals and students of criminal justice. At the conference, law enforcement personnel and students are assessed in firearms, physical agility test (PAT), crime scene investigation, and scholastic testing. Participants may select events to compete and register with the ACJA, Region Five at: http://www.acjalae.org/PdfFiles/R5_Reg_Fm.pdf.

Registration for the firearms and crime scene division will also be on Thursday, October 23rd from 10:00am-7:00pm at the Park Inn and a social event is scheduled at 8:00pm at the main pool. On Friday, October 24th from 8:00am-11:00am Webber’s Criminal Justice Management Program Chair, Dr. Peter Barone will be presenting a workshop on “In the Line of Duty: Officer Involved Shootings” at the Park Inn Conference Center. A law enforcement job fair will also be held on Friday afternoon from 1:00pm- 6:00pm at the resort. During this time the scholastic testing will also take place and the ACJA opening banquet will commence at 7:00pm on Friday, October 24th.

Firearms and physical agility assessments will begin on Saturday, October 25th. A meeting will be held that morning from 7:00am-7:30am to discuss the safety of the assessments and the firearms competition will begin off-site from 8:00am-12:00noon and the physical agility assessments will be on-site from 8:00am-12:00noon. Crime scene competitions will begin at 8:00am on Saturday, October 25th and end at 6:00pm. The overall scoring for each event will be completed on Saturday evening. On Sunday, October 26th there will be an ACJA Region Five Business Meeting from 8:00am-10:00am. Finally, the ACJA 2014 Regional Awards Banquet will be from 11:00am-2:00pm on Sunday, October 26th at the Park Inn by Radisson Resort.

Webber will have ten Criminal Justice Management majoring students representing the Chapter Alpha Omego Rho at the ACJA Region Five Conference. These students will be selling t-shirts, organizing 50/50 raffles, assisting with registration, and facilitating the physical agility testing. Since Webber is hosting the Conference students are ineligible to compete due to ACJA regulations. However, Webber students that are members of the ACJA Chapter are currently fundraising to attend a conference that will be hosted in Nashville, Tennessee in Spring 2015. Students are currently selling candy, sodas, and t-shirts to fundraise for the upcoming event.

During the week of March 23 – 27, 2015 the members of the Alpha Omega Rho chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association from Webber International University’s Criminal Justice Program traveled to Nashville Tennessee to compete in the American Criminal Justice Association’s National Conference and competition. This conference had well over 500 students and professionals attending and competing in the various events. The students in attendance from WIU were, Cody Stepp, Catherine Floyd, Meghan Williams, Jessika Hester, Gabriella Gonzales and Ben Botteron, all competed in the physical agility competition, the crime scene competition and several scholastic exams such as criminal law, corrections and juvenile delinquency. The students attended the opening banquet and several meetings and training sessions to include a lecture by Dr. Bass the well know Forensic Anthropologist known for his work with cadavers and creator of the body farm where various aspects of cadaver decomposition is observed and used for assisting law enforcement with death investigation cases. They also attended a lecture presented by Dr. Peter A. Barone, the Chair of the Webber International University Criminal Justice program, in his area of expertise pertaining to Officer Involved Shooting cases. The students are now preparing for the American Criminal Justice Association Region V conference and competition which is going to be held in Huntsville Alabama during the second week of October 2015.

On April 1, 2015 Webber International University hosted the Annual Business Luncheon. The Criminal Justice Management Program had two chiefs and one sergeant present. Chief Giddens from Lakeland Police Department; Chief Bird from Haines City Police Department and Sergeant Vanblarcom from Lake Wales Police Department were in attendance. The CJM program had its’ Chair Dr. Peter A. Barone in attendance with several students, Cody Stepp, Cat Floyd, Ben Botteron, Meghan Williams, Gabriella Gonzales and Bethany Forsythe. The students had the opportunity to discuss current law enforcement issues with the chiefs and also be advised as to what the law enforcement community is looking for in its potential candidates for police positions now and in the future. This was a very successful event for the Law Enforcement professionals, the students, the Chair of the program and the university.

On April 8, 2015 22 members of Webber International University’s Criminal Justice Management Program departed WIU for the Highlands County Court House located some 40 miles away in downtown Sebring Florida. The purpose of this trip was for the Chair of the Criminal Justice Management Program, Dr. Peter A. Barone, to have his students be present in a live court room during First Appearance, Arraignments, Violation of Probation Hearings, Pleas and Sentencing procedures. The students were present for all of these legal proceedings and then upon completion of the court docket County Court Judge Anthony Ritenour spent 45 minutes speaking to the students regarding the processes and procedures they had been present for and then conducted a question and answer period. At the end of the session the judge took a picture with the WIU CJM students. The students then were taken on a tour of the entire court house which lasted about 40 minutes. After a lunch the students were taken to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office where they were taken a very detailed tour of the county jail which began with a short information session by Captain Blackman and Major Booker. The tour lasted approximately two hours. After the tour of the jail, Dr. Barone, still a part time deputy sheriff with the sheriff’s office took the students on a tour of the other parts of the sheriff’s office’s headquarter to include the personnel section, the inmate medical section, the warrants section, and the communications section. The students were able to put a face and a real life encounter to what they learn in the classrooms from their very well qualified cadre of professors. It was a consensus that the entire trip, to include lunch was a great success and there are more trips similar to this one being planned for next semester.

On April 9, 2015 the Criminal Justice Program of Webber International University hosted its’ second Annual Law Enforcement and Military Career Day on campus in the Yentes Center. The Chair of the CJM program Dr. Peter A. Barone and his students worked together for the past several months obtaining the agreement of several law enforcement agencies and several branches of the military to be present for this important career event. There were a large number of agencies and several branches of the military represented and a good number of students kept the flow of participants and questions moving during the event. Agencies came from Hillsborough County, Polk County and the surrounding areas. Several students filled out applications for law enforcement agencies and several made appointments with the military services to attend testing and information sessions pertaining to possible active and reserve positons.  The event was very successful and Dr. Barone is looking forward to next years’ event.

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