TONKAWA – The Criminal Justice Society at Northern Oklahoma College recently attended and competed in the American Criminal Justice Association Regional Conference and Competition in Fort Worth, Texas.
Because of the generosity of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma Endowment grant through the NOC foundation, NOC was able to take 10 students fully funded to the event.
Students participating include Kayla Green, Brett Ward, Tonkawa; Nicole Politis, Tonkawa; Autumn Posey, Ponca City; Yudith Ramirez, Enid; Joseph Milligan, Tonkawa; Kenneth Brittain, Blackwell; Richard LaRue, Fairfax; Zach Hutson, Ponca City; Ashley Gonzales, Enid; Luke Kroll; Covington-Douglas.
The Tonkawa and Enid campus organization joined the American Criminal Justice Association last semester after it was discovered that Northern Oklahoma College had been a member and won a lot of competitions in the 1990s. This was NOC’s first conference and competition since that time.
Students competed in wide variety of Criminal Justice related events to include Crime Scene Investigation, Physical Agility Testing and Knowledge Exams on Criminal Law, Juvenile Justice, Police Procedure and Corrections.
Chapter advisor Troy Cochran said he was very proud of his group that competed.
“We were the only Oklahoma school at the competition and came back with 14 medals from 1st place to 3rd place and a few team trophies,” Cochran said. “The Executive Board of the Regional Conference was so impressed by our first competition that they officially asked that our group host the 2020 Regional Competition in Oklahoma.”
Cochran added that besides the competition, they were able to tour the Fort Worth Police Department Training facility which included a state of the art mock village which included areas like a street, bank, restaurant and even a school hallway and classrooms.
“We got to observe and meet with Fort Worth PD swat and a K-9,” he said. “The students were very excited to explore downtown Fort Worth and network with fellow students and colleges from multiple states. Overall it was a great time and a great success for our students representing Northern Oklahoma College and the Criminal Justice Society. We look forward to the next competition in San Antonio, Texas.”
Kenneth Brittain, 3rd Place Crime Scene Investigation Team, 3rd Place Physical Agility Male 26-35.
Joseph Milligan, 1st Place Crime Scene Investigation Team, 2nd Place Physical Agility Male 25 and Under.
Nicole Politis, 1st Place Juvenile Justice Knowledge Exam, 3rd Place Criminal Law Knowledge Exam, 3rd Place Crime Scene Investigation Team.
Brett Ward, 1st Place Crime Scene Investigation Team .
Kayla Green-Pro Division, 1st Place Physical Agility Female 26-35.
Richard LaRue, 2nd Place Physical Agility Male 26-35 , 3rd Place Crime Scene Investigation Team.
Autumn Posey, 1st Place Crime Scene Investigation Team.
Troy Cochran, Chapter Advisor, 2nd Place Juvenile Justice Knowledge Exam Pro Division, 3rd Place Criminal Law Knowledge Exam Pro Division.