Description: The Criminal Justice Club is run by its student members, and advised by Professor Jane Tucker. The club 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's chapter is Sigma Tau Omicron. The Association's objectives are:
to improve criminal justice through educational activities
to foster professionalism in law enforcement personnel and agencies
to promote professional, academic and public awareness of criminal justice issues
to encourage the establishment and expansion of higher education and professionalism in criminal justice
to provide a unified voice for professionals and students 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 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.