Southeast to Celebrate Criminal Justice Week April 24-25

CJ Week 2018

Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate the criminal justice field with a variety of activities and guest speakers during Criminal Justice Week April 24-25.

The Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology will host demonstrations, a Q&A panel, and an agency appreciation banquet as part of the festivities. Local agencies including the Cape Girardeau Police Department and Missouri Highway Patrol will provide the University community and students with interactive and educational opportunities to learn about the criminal justice field and careers.

“The events during Criminal Justice Week provide an opportunity to showcase both the work of local and regional practitioners as well as issues they grapple with when protecting the local, state, regional, national and even international communities,” said Dr. Karl Kunkel, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology. “The line-up offers a tremendous learning opportunity as the campus engages with the community. In particular, our students get insight into the work these agencies perform on a daily basis. I see this as an excellent opportunity for students considering careers in the criminal justice field.”

Agencies expected to participate in Criminal Justice Week at Southeast include the United States Marshals Service, Cape Girardeau Police Department, Memphis Police Department, Missouri Department of Corrections, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and the Cape Girardeau County Crime Victims Advocacy Office.

Upcoming events include the following:

April 24: Demonstration Day

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Kent Library: Cape Girardeau Police Department will be present with the Recruiting Division, Special Response Team, K9 Unit, and Crime Scene Equipment Trailer. The Memphis Police Department will also be present with their Recruiting Division, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be on site with their Recruiting Division and Crime Lab Division. This event is open to all students, faculty and staff.

April 25: Q&A Panel

  • At 5 p.m. on the third floor of the University Center, there will be a Question and Answer panel featuring Southeast graduates, including FBI Special Agent Brian Ritter, Probation Officer Kelly Summers of the 32nd Judicial Circuit and Federal Magistrate Judge Abbie Crites-Leoni. This event is open to all students, faculty and staff.
  • At 6:15 p.m. on the third floor of the University Center there will be an Agency Appreciation Banquet. Due to limited seating, this event is reserved for criminal justice, social work and sociology majors.

For more information, please contact Laura Krieger at