Participants in the new University of Wisconsin Women in Criminal Justice (UW-WICJ) Mentoring Program attended a hands-on Law Enforcement Experience event last week, in Madison, Wisconsin. Sponsored by the City of Madison Police Department and Madison Community Policing Foundation, the event offered the student mentees and their mentors opportunities to participate in law enforcement scenarios together.
Initiated by UW-Platteville Advisor Beth Tremelling, the UW-WICJ is a collaboration between UW-Platteville’s Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, the Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation and the UW-Madison Center for Law, Society, and Justice. The program – which is the first women-focused criminal justice mentoring program at UW-Platteville – kicked off last fall with a speed mentoring event that paired mentors and mentees, who have been meeting throughout the year.
Yesterday’s event offered the opportunity for mentors and mentees to meet in person and experience the four hands-on stations, which included tactics training, a virtual reality active shooter reenactment, crime scene scenario, and mental health presentation.
The event ended with a Criminal Justice and Social Sciences Career Fair, which included 13 organizations.
For more information about the UW-WICJ Mentoring Program, visit www.uwplatt.edu/uw-wicj-mentoring-program.
About the UW-Platteville Criminal Justice program
UW-Platteville was the first institution of higher education in Wisconsin to grant the Baccalaureate Degree in Criminal Justice. Since its creation in 1966, the department has been recognized by criminal justice agencies across the nation for the excellence of its academic programs and professional accomplishments of graduates. UW-Platteville offers both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, as well as online Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Criminal Justice Management, Criminal Justice Theory and Victim Offender Services. UW-Platteville also offers a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Investigation. For more information, visit www.uwplatt.edu/department/criminal-justice-and-social-sciences.