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Thursday 26 February 2015

Criminology students take a peak into US law enforcement

Here, Southampton Solent Business School reminisce on a recent trip taken by 20 of their students.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go behind the scenes and meet the people behind the American criminal justice system?

20 incredibly lucky students on our Criminology course, got the opportunity to go to America for a week and meet the people behind the US law enforcement.

Students going behind the scenes of the US Criminal Justice System

Southampton Solent Business School Staff took the students to: Washington DC, New Jersey and New York for exclusive behind the scenes access to give students the opportunity to compare and contrast how things are run in the United States in comparison to England.

Their journey started with four days in DC with an incredible tour inside United States congress; access to such facilities is usually impossible, unless granted through the senator.

Students were then taken to:

  • the International Crime Museum,
  • FBI Museum,
  • the International Spy Museum, and
  • the National Cyber Security Institute.

NCSI held a fantastic specialised event for the students including guest speaker presentations and Q&A session from:

  • US department of Homeland security,
  • New Jersey State Police,
  • the Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA),
  • Federal Air Marshal Service,
  • Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and
  • finally from Security Evaluations and Solutions Group.

The next leg of the trip took them to Sea Girt, New Jersey to visit New Jersey’s State Police Training Academy.

Day one involved the students observing the new recruits military style training programme including: stop and search cars, physical education tests and a variety of mock scenarios.

Day two took everyone to New Jersey State Police Headquarters and Regional Operations Intelligence Centre. The centre is the location for analysis regarding crime and potential major disasters throughout New Jersey and the rest of the State. Dr Simon Fox, Senior Lecturer in Criminology says, “The experience reminded me of NASA – very new and extremely high tech”.

Finally, the arrival to New York, enabled students to have their own police officer give them a guided, all access tour of the 9/11 memorial.