Criminal Justice Department

West Chester University

Criminal Justice Department
200A Ruby Jones Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2647
Mary Brewster, Ph.D., Department Chair

Criminal Justice Club - ΣΤΟ

  • Paul Iffrig, Tylor Moore, and Jason Singer were awarded 3rd place in the Team Firearms Upper Division Competition.
  • Paul Iffrig, senior and President of Sigma Tau Omicron receives an award at the National Meeting of the American Criminal Justice Association.
  • Members of Sigma Tau Omicron pose for a photo at the National Meeting of the American Criminal Justice Association Awards Banquet.


The Criminal Justice Club is run by student members, and advised by Dr. Jane M. Tucker. The club is a chapter of the National American Criminal Justice Association - Lambda Alpha Epsilon. The Greek letters mean the following:

  • Lambda "to detect and apprehend"
  • Alpha "to adjudicate"
  • Epsilon "to rehabilitate"

Each participating University is awarded a charter, and its own letters. West Chester' chapter is Sigma Tau Omicron. The Association's objectives are:

  • to improve criminal justice through educational activities
  • to foster professionalism in law enforcement personnel and agencies
  • to promote professional, academic and public awareness of criminal justice issues
  • to encourage the establishment and expansion of higher education and professionalism in criminal justice
  • to provide a unified voice for professionals and students in
    criminal justice
  • to promote high standards of ethical conduct, professional training
    and higher education in the criminal justice field.

Sigma Tau Omicron, the West Chester chapter, sponsors guest speakers from professional agencies several times each semester. The speakers not only provide information about contemporary issues in the field, but address employment and practicum opportunities as well. In addition, the club arranges field trips to professional agencies, and engages in several community service projects. Each year, students from the Club travel to the regional and national conferences. These conferences provide information on leading issues in the field, offer the opportunity for exchange and networking on a national level, and provide competitions in diverse areas as law, juvenile justice, corrections, crime scene reconstruction, physical agility and marksmanship. West Chester's chapter routinely receives awards in these areas, and has won the coveted Spirit Award several times.  Dr. Chris Przemieniecki serves as faculty advisor for the Criminal Justice Club.

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Students & Alum

  • “West Chester University's Criminal Justice Department gave me the skills and confidence I needed in order to perform as a Police Officer. The courses, practicum, professors and staff were each an integral part of the preparation I needed to help me gain full time employment in the criminal justice field.” - Officer Nathan P. Kutz, Badge #8306, Ocean City Police Department, Maryland

  • "The West Chester University Criminal Justice Department delivers an uncompromising level of excellence and dedication, providing students with the edge needed to compete in today's difficult job market." - Paul Iffrig (Class of 2013) and President of the Criminal Justice Club

  • Brandon Oyama (Class of 2014) is a junior at WCU. He transfered to WCU from Green River Community College in Washington State and is a member of the Men's Tennis Team. He is looking forward to completing his practicum this summer with the Pierce County Juvenile Court in his home state. Brandon states, "WCU was a good choice for me. The faculty are helpful, the courses are interesting and relevant to my future occupation."

  • Mary-Elizabeth Keeney (Class of 2013) is the current president of the Criminal Justice Honor Society and a Fast-Track student. Mary-Elizabeth completed her practicum with the Department of Homeland Security and is looking forward to graduating with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. As a Fast-Track student, she will earn her Master's Degree in 2014.