The upcoming academic year will mark the third year that Lindenwood University-Belleville criminal justice students will have the opportunity to intern with the 375th Security Forces Squadron, a U.S. Air Force police organization located on Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
“Our first student to complete this internship, Jade Lawson, did so in December 2016, and it was through her work and dedication to her internship that the 375th (Security Forces Squadron) saw the kind of students Lindenwood Belleville produces,” said Judge (Ret.) Annette Eckert, Lindenwood University-Belleville criminal justice instructor. “From there, the 375th has agreed to not only increase the number of interns we place in their organization but also continue this relationship.”
The partnership began under Lt. Col. Andrew C. Resch, who was recently honored for his 25 years and 6 months of service to the United States Army and Air Force at his retirement ceremony.
During the internship, students are exposed to the roles and responsibilities of a military police organization, including the physical protection of personnel, equipment, buildings, and military aircraft on a military installation; military police training tactics; and the execution of military law enforcement activities, including vehicle patrols, controlling access to secure facilities, and investigating criminal activity.
Now under the direction of Lt. Col. Yon Dugger, the partnership between the two organizations will continue to benefit both the university and the squadron, Eckert said.
“We’re extremely proud of the students who have participated in this internship; they paved the way for future students,” said Eckert. “We’re also very grateful that the 375th has committed to partnering this year again for even more opportunities.”
Lindenwood criminal justice students who completed the internship in addition to Lawson, who is from Antioch, Calif., include Jorge Loza, Colorado Springs Colo.; Zachary Thompson,Thornton, Ill.; Shelby Basham, San Diego, Calif.; Shalawn Ellison, Centerville, Ill.; and Brett Melloch, San Ramon, Calif.