Criminal Justice Career Day draws 75 agencies

March 10, 2016
Criminal Justice Career Day

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Approximately 350 students and 75 tri-state agencies from all areas of criminal justice attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s 43rd annual Criminal Justice Career Day on March 8 in Robert I. Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall.

The Criminal Justice Career Day, sponsored by the UW-Platteville Criminal Justice Association, is an annual event open to all students and faculty who are looking for career opportunities or contacts with hiring agencies in the criminal justice and forensic investigation fields. Neighboring universities with criminal justice programs were invited to attend as well.

Representatives from local, state and federal levels of criminal justice agencies provided expertise and recruitment in their fields. Some of the larger agencies included: the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Division of Criminal Investigation/State of Wisconsin Department of Justice and Wisconsin State Crime Lab.

Guest speaker Chris Polzer, lecturer at UW-Platteville and drug treatment specialist with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Oxford, Wisconsin, spoke about hostage and crisis negotiation.

Dr. Patrick Solar, assistant professor of criminal justice at UW-Platteville and retired police chief, interviewed Michael Bell Sr., whose son was fatally shot in 2004 while he was handcuffed by a police officer. The officer who shot Bell’s son was cleared of any wrongdoing by the same police department. Bell led the first in the nation effort to change the law in Wisconsin. The law now requires agencies to employ external investigators in police deadly force cases.

“One comment that stood out came from a representative of U.S. Border Patrol who told me, ‘I’ve been to hundreds of these types of events, and I can honestly say this was the best group of students I have ever encountered. They were prepared, well dressed and very professional. You’re doing something right.’”

                              –Dr. Staci Strobl

“I talked to many of our agency representatives at the career fair and heard overwhelmingly positive remarks about the fair’s organization and format and about the quality of the students who they interacted with at their booths,” said Dr. Staci Strobl, associate professor of criminal justice and chair of the department of criminal justice at UW-Platteville. “One comment that stood out came from a representative of U.S. Border Patrol who told me, ‘I’ve been to hundreds of these types of events, and I can honestly say this was the best group of students I have ever encountered. They were prepared, well dressed and very professional. You’re doing something right.’”

“The Criminal Justice Association’s Career Day is such an impressive event,” said Dr. Amy Nemmetz, assistant professor of criminal justice at UW-Platteville. “Criminal justice, forensic and related agencies from the tri-state take time out of their busy schedules to talk to students about career opportunities, internships and qualities they hope to see in future employees.”

“Students often have some reservations about interviewing with agencies, so this event provides students with a sneak peak of the agencies and a chance to work on their responses to possible future interview questions,” said Nemmetz. “We help students prepare by gathering sample agency inquiry questions and inviting the Academic Career and Advising Center team to provide tips. It’s truly a win-win for students and the agencies in attendance.”

Clayton Ottman, a junior criminal justice major from Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin and member of UW-Platteville’s Criminal Justice Association, helped organize the event this year and last year. Last year, approximately 300 people and 63 agencies attended the Criminal Justice Career Day. For more information, contact the Criminal Justice Association at uwpcja@gmail.com.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The Criminal Justice Career Day aligns with the priorities of providing an outstanding education and enriching the tri-states.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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