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TODAY: International Potluck at Brooklyn Park Campus

LECJThe Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Club (LECJ) celebrates Thanksgiving early by inviting students and the university community to attend their International Potluck Day. The event is today, Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 3:45 p.m. in Room 212 of the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center, 9110 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park

Attendees are invited to bring a culture-specific dish to share. This is an opportunity to celebrate and learn the culture and heritage of each student.

For questions, contact Thomas Walek, club president, at 612-817-5947 or Kangshing Yang, club secretary, at 651-428-1802.

The LECJ is a student organization dedicated to promoting issue and topics relating to law enforcement and criminal justice as well as enhancing the ability of organization members to connect with persons in the field, networking with colleagues and hosting great events to build pertinent skills.

Community Forum #2: Radicalization and Terrorism

Students, staff and community members are invited to the second in a series of four community forums on critical issues in criminal justice and related disciplines.

Radicalization and Terrorism: Implications for our Dynamic and Diverse Communities” takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4–5:30 p.m. in Room 112 of the Law Enforcement Criminal Justice and Education Center, 9110 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park.

Metropolitan State Interim President Devinder Malhotra introduces the forum, which features the following distinguished panelists:

  • Kyle Loven, supervisory special agent, FBI Minneapolis
  • Jon Olson, retired U.S. Navy commander
  • Ilhan Omar, senior policy aide to Minneapolis City Council member Andrew Johnson
  • Imam Hassan Mohamud, Minnesota’s Da’way Institute
  • Hal Pickett, client services director, Headway Emotional Health Services

In a recent article for CNN, James Densley, School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (SLC) assistant professor, asserts:

Terror intervention, like gang intervention, needs an emphasis not on the traditional “hot spots” for radicalization, but rather the “hot people” most deeply embedded in extremist networks. This is important. The old “hot spot” approach to gang suppression alienated communities of color by reinforcing the “us versus them” mentality that forced many people into gangs in the first place.

This forum explores some of these ideas in detail.

For more information, contact SLC Assistant Professors Raj Sethuraju (nadarajan.sethuraju@metrostate.edu) or Jill Peterson (jill.peterson@metrostate.edu).

 

Ferguson Forum update

A team led by SLC Assistant Professors Raj Sethuraju, Jill Peterson and Densley partnered with several university and community groups to create the community forum series. The series was successfully launched on Sept. 24 with a forum that drew an estimated 80 students, faculty, staff and community members to discuss events in Ferguson, Mo. in the wake of the fatal shooting by police of unarmed civilian Michael Brown.

The robust, multidimensional exchange resulted in a policy brief that includes actionable items for changes in police departments, law enforcement training and cultural conditioning. The planning team thanks assistant professors and librarians Martha Hardy and Alex Sonsteby for compiling a broad range of resources related to the Ferguson events.

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The community forums are organized by Metropolitan State’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and are co-sponsored by the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Hennepin Technical College, Metropolitan State Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Student Club, FBI Minneapolis Citizens Academy Alumni Association and the American Democracy Project.

Law Enforcement student group “kicks” off the new year

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The Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Club (LECJC) “kicks” off the school year with a friendly game of kickball! All students are invited to join in the fun on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 3:45–6 p.m. in the parking lot at the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Center, 9110 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park. Pizza and beverages are provided.

Community forum #1: Ferguson discussion

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Students, staff and community members are invited to the first in a series of four community forums on critical issues in criminal justice and related disciplines.

“Discussing the Events in Ferguson and Its Impact on our Discipline” is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. in Room 112 of the Law Enforcement Criminal Justice and Education Center, 9110 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park. This is a community forum to discuss the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and its implications for academic disciplines. Food and parking are provided.

The event features panelists Tim Gannon, Brooklyn Center commander; John Harrington, Metro Transit police chief; Russ Balenger, Amicus consultant; Mel Reeves, community organizer; and Jillian Peterson, Metropolitan State assistant professor. The forum is moderated by Jason Sole, Metropolitan State community faculty member, and Jariland Spence, Center for Healing, Justice and Peace.

A bibliography of related resources will be made available to faculty who would like to incorporate discussion about issues raised by Ferguson into their classrooms.

This community forum is organized by Metropolitan State’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and is co-sponsored by the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, Hennepin County Technical College School of Law Enforcement, Metropolitan State Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Student Club, and the American Democracy Project.

For more information, contact Raj Sethuraju, assistant professor, at nadarajan.sethuraju@metrostate.edu or 763-657-3750.

Saint Paul Campus advising for law enforcement and criminal justice students

Beginning this fall semester, the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (SLC) offers limited academic advising hours at Saint Paul Campus.   An SLC advisor is available most Wednesday afternoons, from 1–4 p.m. in Founders Hall, Room 136.

SLC students are encouraged to schedule an advising appointment by contacting the SLC Advising Center at 763-657-3749 or slcadvising@metrostate.edu. While walk-in appointments may be accepted, schedule permitting, SLC students are encouraged to schedule an appointment to ensure advisor availability.