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PRESS RELEASE FROM Midwest Conference on 21st Century Policing

Oct. 8, 2015

Groundbreaking conference brings together community, police and elected officials for police reform in the Midwest

President Obama’s 21st Century Task Force Recommendation Report
is the blueprint for shaping the way forward

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Midwestern police departments and the communities they serve can be leaders in a new way forward in policing in America, implementing the vision outlined in the recommendations of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing released earlier this year. That was the message at a conference at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on Oct. 7, during which police leaders, community leaders and elected officials conferred about increasing police-community trust in an age of police crisis, particularly in neighborhoods of color or socioeconomic disadvantage.

Including the public, over 300 people attended the conference, the first conference of its kind that has taken seriously the community and police engagement necessary to implement President Obama’s policy vision. The conference is the kick-off for what the university is helping to build: a cooperative, networked support system for changing policing in the Midwest.

The conference serves as a model that other regions and communities can follow. Conference organizers, UW-Platteville Professor Nino Amato, and retired Madison, Wis., Police Chief David Couper, saw the recommendations as an opportunity for Midwestern local police agencies to be on the cutting edge of implementation concerns, taking more abstract calls for a “guardian mindset” to the level of the culture and reality of daily police and community work in the Midwest and beyond. See more...


The Department of Criminal Justice currently offers students the choice between two majors, two minors, and three emphases. Students may choose to declare either a criminal justice major or a forensic investigation major. For those who choose the criminal justice major, they may also choose an emphasis to accompany the major. The emphases to choose from include: law enforcement, corrections, or forensic investigation. Non-criminal justice or non-forensic investigation majors may choose either a criminal justice minor or a forensic investigation minor to accompany whichever major they are currently pursuing outside of the Department of Criminal Justice. More info...


The criminal justice faculty have a wide range of academic and criminal justice experience to enable them to offer a diverse and meaningful educational experience.  The criminal justice department is large enough to ensure personal contact between student and faculty. For a full listing of faculty, see our faculty and staff page.

criminal justice career day

Career Day is an annual event sponsored by the Criminal Justice Association. Representatives from local, state, federal and privalte security agencies will be in attendance. Career Day is open to all students and faculty who are looking for career opportunities or contacts with hiring agencies. High school students are invited to attend as well to learn more about the different career opportunities in the criminal justice field. More info...


The usual requirement for employment in a crime lab to analyze physical evidence is a Bachelor of Science in chemistry although a Bachelor of Science in biology is sometimes useful. The departments of chemistry/physics, biology and criminal justice cooperate to prepare qualified students to be crime laboratory analysts.

  • Forensic Investigation Crime Scene House (FICSH)
    Built specifically for forensic investigation, this completely furnished house provides students with realistic interior crime scenes. It is a unique opportunity to transition from the classroom to the crime scene.
  • Forensic Investigation Research Facility
    Located adjacent to the FICSH, the FIRF is approximately 1.5 acres of fenced land upon which students are able to conduct mock crime scene practicals. It is a working research facility to gather and analyze data on the effects of time and weather on the decomposition rate of remains, specifically hog carcasses.
  • Forensic Investigation Laboratory
    This classroom contains state of the art equipment to train students in forensic investigation techniques such as an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

Information about facilities

For more information or questions about criminal justice facilities, contact:

Dr. Pat Solar
Director of Facilities
Tel: 608.342.1622

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