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 Student Association is run by student members, and advised by Dr. Chris Przemieniecki. CJSA is a chapter of the National American Criminal Justice Association - Lambda Alpha Epsilon. The Greek letters mean the following:
- Lambda "to detect and apprehend"
- Alpha "to adjudicate"
- Epsilon "to rehabilitate"
Each participating University is awarded a charter, and its own letters. West Chester University's Chapter is Sigma Tau Omicron. The Association's objectives are:
to encourage the establishment and expansion of higher education and professionalism in criminal justice
to promote high standards of ethical conduct, professional training and higher education in the criminal justice field.
Sigma Tau Omicron, the West Chester University 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 CJSA travel to the regional and national conferences. These conferences provide information on leading issues in the field and offer the opportunity for networking on a national level. Additionally, students may participate in competitions with students from other colleges and universities in diverse areas such as law, juvenile justice, corrections, crime scene reconstruction, physical agility and marksmanship. CJSA routinely receives awards in these areas and has won the coveted Spirit Award several times. Dr. Chris Przemieniecki serves as faculty advisor for the Sigma Tau Omicron.
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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) transferred to WCU from Green River Community College in Washington State and was a member of the Men's Tennis Team. He completed his practicum with the Pierce County Juvenile Court in his home state of Washington. 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) served as the first president of Nu Beta, a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice Honor Society). She completed her practicum with the Department of Homeland Security.