Southeast to Celebrate Criminal Justice Week April 3-5


Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate the criminal justice field with a variety of activities and guest speakers during Criminal Justice Week April 3-5.

The Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology will host guest speakers, demonstrations and an agency appreciation banquet to provide the University community and students interactive and educational opportunities to learn about the criminal justice field and careers.

“These events help raise awareness of the good work of our local and regional criminal justice agencies,” said Dr. Jeremy Ball, professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology. “The agency representatives and speakers also bring real-world practical experiences and knowledge to share with the University community and allow Southeast students to learn about the various career options available.”

Agencies expected to participate in Criminal Justice Week at Southeast include the Southeast Missouri Law Enforcement Academy, the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the Early Prevention Impacts Community (EPIC) Coalition, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab, 32nd Judicial Circuit Treatment Court Program, and the Southeast Correctional Center in Missouri.

Upcoming events include the following:

April 3: Demonstration Day

9 a.m.-noon, Parker Field: The Cape Girardeau Police Department will conduct several demonstrations, including experience with beer goggles, police canines from the K-9 unit, and their Special Response Team (SRT), a highly trained tactical unit designed for deployment during high-risk incidents. The Southeast Missouri Law Enforcement Academy also will present a TASER demonstration.

2-4 p.m., Brandt Hall of Music: The Cape Girardeau Police Department’s mobile crime lab will be parked in front of Brandt Hall of Music to showcase its capabilities and tools. The University community may tour the lab. In addition, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab will have mock crime scenes set up on the third floor of Brandt Hall for participants to investigate with the assistance of a crime lab technician.

April 4: Guest Presentations, Glenn Auditorium, Dempster Hall

10-11 a.m.: Representatives from EPIC Pals will speak about their animal program to support substance abuse treatment.

1-2 p.m.: Representatives from the 32nd Judicial Circuit Treatment Court Program will present information about their drug court program. Presenters will include the district coordinator as well as successful graduates of the program.

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Jason Lewis, warden of Southeast Correctional Center in Missouri, will present “Current Events in Corrections,” and speak about recent policy changes affecting inmates in Missouri.

April 5: Q&A Panel and Agency Appreciation Banquet, Show Me Center, North and Center Meeting Rooms

4:30 p.m.: Q&A panel with Chief Wes Blair of the Cape Girardeau Police Department; Mary Ann Castillo, victim advocate with the 32nd Judicial Circuit Court; Abbie Crites-Leoni, U.S. Magistrate Judge; and George Lombardi, former director of the Missouri Department of Corrections. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Carl Kinnison, director of Southeast’s Law Enforcement Academy and instructor of criminal justice.

5:30 p.m.: An Agency Appreciation Banquet will be held to honor local and regional criminal justice agencies. This event is a great opportunity for students to dine and network with agencies across the criminal justice fields.