POWELL, Wyo. - Area high school students interested in a criminal justice career are encouraged to attend Northwest College’s first-ever Criminal Justice Camp June 14-17 on campus.
“The camp is designed to help students age 15-18 get a feel for careers in the criminal justice field, from law enforcement, parole/probation, to legal and other specialties,” NWC Instructor of Criminal Justice Lou McPhail said. “Our focus is on student participation, so campers will be divided into small groups that will be assigned camp counselors who are criminal justice majors at Northwest.”
The premiere session is sponsored by the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police and the Northwest College Foundation. In addition, local law enforcement agencies will help ensure training effectiveness.
Throughout the week, participants will investigate a mock murder and be trained in investigation techniques by real detectives, McPhail explained. The week culminates with each group solving the murder and explaining their investigative techniques.
“Campers will take part in many ‘real-world’ training scenarios, such as a nighttime fugitive search using state-of-the-art night vision goggles,” McPhail added. “There’s also actual firearms training using law enforcement ‘simunitions.’”
Activities and competitions are planned, including a voluntary standard law enforcement physical fitness test administered by officers.
Cost of the weeklong camp is $150, which includes accommodations in campus residence halls and three meals a day provided by NWC’s food service company.
Registration is 9-9:30 a.m. on Monday, June 14, in the Fagerberg Building on Seventh St.