By Adrian Carlos |Staff Writer|
Shots being fired and stress levels rising, sirens screaming, walking into a bullet-eaten house or maybe cautiously escorting an inmate to court. These are just a few of the things the Criminal Justice Club (CJC) members may experience in their future careers.
The club is a resourceful, hands-on group of students who are involved with community service on campus and throughout the Inland Empire.
They are committed to helping and assisting anyone interested in finding the information they seek about the field of criminal justice.
According to club president Gina Adame, the clubs roster is around 120 students and is still growing.
Deborah Parsons is a criminal justice professor and the club’s advisor.
Parsons won faculty advisor of the year for her devotion, dedication and hard work to the criminal justice program.
“The Criminal Justice Club isn’t just a social club,” said Parsons. “The club is more of a learning club, full of resources.“
Last year they had multiple field trips to places such as Chino prison, Glen Helen rehabilitation center, San Bernardino’s coroner’s office and even Alcatraz.
It only cost $7 to join per quarter or $20 for the whole fiscal school year.
How do they put together so many in depth field trips?
The club does fundraising and currently sells T-shirts. But only those who wish to participate in the field trips are required to fundraise.
They’re also efficient at arranging guest speakers so the members can hear first hand about the jobs they are going to apply for after school.
The club has hosted speakers from the FBI and even DEA.
Just this quarter, the club has had three separate speakers.
Both Scott Roberts and Landen Davis are public defenders for San Bernardino County.
They came in and took time to explain to students how to take the right steps and fulfill the requirements of their job.
More recently, the club hosted Steve Johnson, forensic scientist and crime lab director for San Bernardino County.
Johnson explained a few of his personal experiences and gave information on how to become a criminologist.
He also gave a few examples of the different avenues one might take to achieve such a position.
Every spring, the club hosts an annual career day where more than 40 criminal justice agencies participate, including local, state and federal agencies.
The career day is an excellent way to meet with and gain first-hand experience with the departments they will most likely be working with.
This goes for the departments who are meeting their prospective employees.
CJC officer, Joshua Harvey said he loves the connections he has made through networking within the club.
Adame says, “It’s important to join in order to improve networking skills and build strong ties with local agencies, explore other types of criminal justice related careers and to connect with like-minded students to create a support system.”
Not only criminal justice students may join, all are welcome, and currently there are students from various different majors in the club because of how eager they are to inform everyone.
If you’re interested in joining, they meet once a month and you can find more information on their website at Orgsync.com.