FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2017, 8:00 a.m., CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College, Marketing and Communications, 402-872-2429
Peru, Nebraska– Eight Peru State students participated in the 2017 National American Criminal Justice Association / Lambda Alpha Epsilon Conference in Austin, Texas from March 26 to March 31. The theme for this year’s conference was the problem of Human Trafficking.
The students were accompanied by Danny Hayes, instructor of criminal justice, and Dr. Amber Mahan, assistant professor of criminal justice; both serve as advisors for Peru State’s chapter of ACJA / LAE, Kappa Omicron Rho. LAE is a national criminal justice honor’s society.
Mahan said, “Being involved with this organization allows the students a realistic view as what is to come when choosing a career in the criminal justice field.”
Those who participated at the ACJA / LAE Conference worked with experts from the Texas Attorney General’s Office and Traffick911 who are working to end human trafficking. Triffick911 is a Texas-based non-profit organization working to free American youth from sex trafficking through prevention, identification and empowerment.
Participants also heard from current Austin Police Chief Brian Manley who addressed many of the challenges facing law enforcement today. Chief Manley has been with the Austin Police Department since 1990 and during this time he has served in and supervised many areas including Patrol, Narcotics, Child Abuse, Homicide, Highway Enforcement, Internal Affairs, Special Operations & Homeland Security, and Recruiting & Training.
Samantha Carlson, vice president of Kappa Omicron Rho, said, “The conference and being a part of LAE allows me to make connections within the organization that will assist me in the future.”
Attendees also had a chance to participate in written examinations (criminal law, police management, juvenile justice, corrections and LAE knowledge), a crime scene investigation, firearms and physical agility competition. The participants were split into three categories: 1) a lower division for students with under 70 credit hours; 2) a upper division for students with over 70 credit hours; 3) and a professional division. Those who placed within the top three in their category were recognized and received a trophy.
Peru State College participants earned six national trophies this year including three first place trophies in the professional division. Peru State’s Chapter, Kappa Omicron Rho, placed fifth nationally for number of trophy points earned.
Hailey Bouwens of Lincoln won second place in the lower student division for the Police Management examination. Bouwens is majoring in criminal justice and psychology.
Dr. Amber Mahan won first place in the Physical Agility competition for women between the ages of 26 and 35.
Danny Hayes took first place in the Physical Agility competition for men over age 36, first place in the examination for Lambda Alpha Epsilon Knowledge and second place in the examination on Corrections. Hayes has a history of regional and national awards in these areas including another national first place award in Physical Agility from 2015.