Albertus Magnus College will host its ninth annual Criminal Justice Camp for rising high school juniors and seniors on Wednesday, June 27, on its New Haven campus. This free one-day camp, collaboratively organized by the Office of Admission, Coordinator of Criminal Justice Programs Dr. Jay Lawrie, and several local law enforcement agencies, is geared to high school classes of 2019 and 2020 who are interested in the criminal justice field.
New this year, the Connecticut Department of Correction Tactical Operations Unit will discuss the special training and equipment that is used in preparation for deployment during emergency situations. Various tactical maneuvers and crowd control will be part of the demonstration. Back by popular demand: a hands-on session focused on DNA testing organized by Dr. Mark Barreuther, professor of biology and chair, department of biology, chemistry and mathematics. Students will perform simple tests using their own DNA. The student teams this year will also attend sessions in crime scene evaluation, the K-9 program, and eyewitness testimonials. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about police and military support services with the addition of military field equipment, seat belt crash simulator, bomb-retrieving robot and vintage police cars.
An overview of possible career paths paired with in-person testimonials will give students a strong sense of where a degree in criminal justice can lead them. Presenters work in a variety of sectors such as the Special Victims Unit, State Police Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement. This year, current graduate students will also be in attendance to explain the advantages of pursuing higher degrees in the field. There is an opportunity to talk one-on-one with presenters and ask questions during the lunchtime session.
Information is available at albertus.edu/cjcamp. The free camp is limited to 100 participants. Search for #AlbertusCJCamp on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter for Criminal Justice Camp updates and announcements.