Barton Community College’s Criminal Justice Team, Sigma Phi Omega chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, won trophies in four divisions of the Region III LAE American Criminal Justice Association national competition Oct. 15-17 in Overland Park.
Results of Barton’s performance in the competition are as follows:
Juvenile Justice (academic), Lower Division: second place – Jocelyn West, Larned.
Physical Agility, Women’s Division: third place in 26-35 age category, Jocelyn West, Larned.
Crime Scene Investigation, Lower Division: first place, Barton’s Team 1 – Mel Rose, Ellinwood; Brandi West, Salamanca, N.Y.; Heather McLemore, Medicine Lodge.
Crime Scene Investigation, Professional Division: second place, Barton’s Team 2 – Criminal Justice instructor/coordinator Randy Smith, Great Bend, and two of his students, Jocelyn West, Larned, and Tabitha Dunn, Great Bend, placed in Crime Scene Investigation, Professional Division.
In Crime Scene Investigation, the students played the role of first responder in the scenario for the report of an open door. They were judged on paperwork neatness and appearance, narrative report, evidence report clarity and presentation, evidence lab requests, photos taken and follow-up steps taken, with 200 points possible in overall crime scene analysis.
Academic tests included criminal law, police management, LAE knowledge, juvenile justice and corrections. In the physical agility course competition, each individual competitor started in the patrol car and got out on the command of go. The competitor would run from the car around some cones, down a hill, going under one wood fence, then turn and run up the hill, going under the wood fence, then hurdle a 4-foot fence. After clearing the fence, the competitor would run over a set of stairs and proceed to drag a 150-pound dummy 10 feet to the finish line.
The Barton students were told by several ACJA sponsors that their chapter was best represented in both dress and professionalism throughout the conference.
For more information about Barton’s Criminal Justice Program, contact Smith, 620-792-9299.