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Law and Justice Day a success

Date: October 7, 2010


A helicopter lands, a car crashes, the SWAT team shows up and the bomb squad is coming. This isn't a scene from the latest action movie, it's Law and Justice Day at Rowan University. Students decided to organize a rare event that would bring together some of the most intriguing components of law enforcement.

The first annual Law and Justice Day was held on Thursday, October 7th on the Intramural field.  Alpha Phi Sigma, the law and justice honor society, co-sponsored the event with Rowan's Department of Public Safety. One of the main goals of the event was to show the campus community the different opportunities that are available with a degree in law and justice studies. 

 Some of the police agencies that participated included the N.J. State Forest Fire Service, Gloucester County Special Weapons & Tactics Team, Gloucester County Sheriff's Department, Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, Gloucester County Emerald Society and police departments from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Students were able to witness live demonstrations from these groups and interact with the law enforcement officials who carry out these tactics in the real world.

The daylong event was open to the Rowan and outside community. At 9 a.m., the NJSP Pipes and Drums Band and music student, Jessica Rose Cohn started the day followed by Senator Fred Madden, a Rowan alumnus, gave the opening remarks. A series of demonstrations given by a K-9 unit, SWAT team, bomb unit and forensic unit followed.

The last demonstration was a crash investigation analysis of a mock vehicular homicide.  Investigators explained how different aspects of the crime scene are used to determine the cause of the accident. Math, physics and engineering help investigators by providing information about speed, road surface and other factors that impact the crash.    

This event was dedicated to the memory of the recently deceased K-9s Rocky, who served in Mantua Township's K-9 unit, and Brixx, who served in Clayton's K-9 unit.

Alpha Phi Sigma thanks Officer Michael Funk from the Rowan public safety department for all of his help in putting this event together.