Criminal Justice Department
West Chester University
Criminal Justice Department
College of Business and Public Management
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Mary Brewster, Ph.D., Department Chair
The Criminal Justice Club is run by student members, and advised by Dr. Jane M. Tucker. The club is a chapter of the National American Criminal Justice Association - Lambda Alpha Epsilon. The Greek letters mean the following:
Each participating University is awarded a charter, and its own letters. West Chester' chapter is Sigma Tau Omicron. The Association's objectives are:
Sigma Tau Omicron, the West Chester chapter, sponsors guest speakers from professional agencies several times each semester. The speakers not only provide information about contemporary issues in the field, but address employment and practicum opportunities as well. In addition, the club arranges field trips to professional agencies, and engages in several community service projects. Each year, students from the Club travel to the regional and national conferences. These conferences provide information on leading issues in the field, offer the opportunity for exchange and networking on a national level, and provide competitions in diverse areas as law, juvenile justice, corrections, crime scene reconstruction, physical agility and marksmanship. West Chester's chapter routinely receives awards in these areas, and has won the coveted Spirit Award several times. Dr. Chris Przemieniecki serves as faculty advisor for the Criminal Justice Club.
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“West Chester University's Criminal Justice Department gave me the skills and confidence I needed in order to perform as a Police Officer. The courses, practicum, professors and staff were each an integral part of the preparation I needed to help me gain full time employment in the criminal justice field.” - Officer Nathan P. Kutz, Badge #8306, Ocean City Police Department, Maryland
"The West Chester University Criminal Justice Department delivers an uncompromising level of excellence and dedication, providing students with the edge needed to compete in today's difficult job market." - Paul Iffrig (Class of 2013) and President of the Criminal Justice Club
Brandon Oyama (Class of 2014) is a junior at WCU. He transfered to WCU from Green River Community College in Washington State and is a member of the Men's Tennis Team. He is looking forward to completing his practicum this summer with the Pierce County Juvenile Court in his home state. Brandon states, "WCU was a good choice for me. The faculty are helpful, the courses are interesting and relevant to my future occupation."
Mary-Elizabeth Keeney (Class of 2013) is the current president of the Criminal Justice Honor Society and a Fast-Track student. Mary-Elizabeth completed her practicum with the Department of Homeland Security and is looking forward to graduating with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. As a Fast-Track student, she will earn her Master's Degree in 2014.