October 10, 2018

Criminal justice students learn about investigation techniques

UW-Superior students plus all law enforcement professionals who participated in the C.A.R.T. training.

UW-Superior students plus all law enforcement professionals who participated in the C.A.R.T. training.

Local, state and federal law enforcement/rescue agencies from the region participated in the event

Experiential learning is a key part of the legal studies and criminal justice program at UW-Superior. Eight students had the chance to engage in exactly this when they were participants and actors in the recent CART (Child Abduction Response Team) exercise on October 2. Local, state and federal law enforcement and rescue agencies from the region participated in the event.  

The UW-Superior Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) hosted a team of student actors and participants. The annual exercise is an applied role play that allows area law enforcement agencies to collaborate and practice in-field skills in responding effectively to a child abduction situation. Each student participant received a professional certificate for completing this in-field experience.

Criminal Justice students who participated in the C.A.R.T exercise

“It was a great experience for them working with our regional law enforcement and rescue partners,” said Steve Steblay, advisor for the CJSA and senior lecturer in criminal justice at UW-Superior. “Each of our students received praise for a job well done.”  

Steblay, a 30-plus years of experience law enforcement officer in the region, explained that CART exercises are important practice sessions for regional law enforcement agencies to hone their skills for the awful possibility of a real child abduction in the region – these kinds of exercises ensure that officers remain honed and ready no matter what for quick response to save a child.

“This CART exercise was a great learning experience for our UWS students and it built relationships with our community and regional law enforcement partners,” he said.

UW-Superior students plus all law enforcement professionals who participated in the C.A.R.T. training.

UW-Superior students plus all law enforcement professionals who participated in the C.A.R.T. training.

The Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) is a student organization for those interested in learning more about the criminal justice system and its work and is open to all students who share this interest. The organization sponsors guest speakers and engages in community service events such as the CART (Child Abduction Response Team) exercise.

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