Rowan to Announce New Gun Tracing Project at Law & Justice Career DayMarch 31, 2005
A new joint Rowan University/Atlantic City Police Department gun tracing research project will take center stage on Tuesday, April 5, at the University?s annual Law & Justice Career Day. According to Rowan Law & Justice Internship Coordinator Dr. Stanley B. Yeldell, the project could help Atlantic City Police and other law enforcement agencies use existing case information to reduce gun-related crimes.
?This project has national implications,? Yeldell said. ?We?re attempting to trace the histories of guns used in Atlantic City crimes to determine where the weapons are coming from and eventually ending up. In the process, we?re hoping patterns emerge, allowing for informed decision making by law enforcement divisions. To our knowledge, no other agency has taken quite the same approach, so we could be breaking new ground here.?
Rowan law and justice majors Matthew Gelman, Frank Shultz and Gilbert Gonzalez are working on the project with Yeldell and Law & Justice Department Chair Dr. Allan Jiao. Because Rowan student interns are conducting most of the research, Yeldell said the Law & Justice Career Day is the perfect forum in which to discuss the project publicly for the first time.
?Both the research project and the Career Day event will provide opportunities for students to explore careers available in criminal justice fields,? he said. ?There is no better way for students to investigate the possibilities than to interact with professionals who are already working in the fields they hope to enter.?
Sponsored by Rowan?s Gamma Chi Law & Justice Society and Victim Awareness Organization, Career Day will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the Rowan Student Center. New Jersey State Sen. Fred Madden (D-4) will serve as keynote speaker and representatives from county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as private security firms and law schools scheduled attend include:
? U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
? New Jersey State Police
? Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland county probation offices
? Seton Hall Law School
? Volunteers of America, Inc.
? Atlantic Security Investigators
For more information on the gun tracing research project or the Law & Justice Career Day, contact Law & Justice Internship Coordinator Dr. Stanley Yeldell at 856-256-4500, x3537.