Representatives of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois will be at Lindenwood University-Belleville Thursday as part of national Community Policing Week. In September, President Barack Obama designated Oct. 2-8 Community Policing Week as a time for law enforcement, elected officials, members of the community to seek ways to build better relationships.
“This is a rare opportunity to have this kind of access to representatives of the Attorney General’s Office,” said Hon. Annette Eckert, assistant professor and recruiter in the Criminal Justice program. “When the president of the United States deems a subject important enough to dedicate a week to it, I think it’s important people interested in criminal justice come listen to the message. It’s really going to be an invaluable experience.”
Representatives of the Attorney General’s Office will be sitting in on classes in the Criminal Justice program to discuss the topic of community policing and to answer the questions of students.
The courses are Dr. Thomas Trice’s Policing class from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in room M310 and Dr. Shauntey James’ Criminology course from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. in M205.
Everyone is welcome to attend the classes.
Starting at 12:15 p.m., the Attorney General’s Office staff members will move to the Alan Dixon Center to conduct a job fair during which they’ll discuss federal employment opportunities.
“Everyone in the Criminal Justice Division should come to the job fair and be prepared to do some networking,” Eckert said. “It’s not just for attorneys. There are so many other positions, including administration and other things to talk about—a lot of good jobs.”