ACJA (AOJ Club)
Mission Statement: The purpose of ACJA/LAE/GXX is to promote and enhance the members' knowledge of the criminal justice field by providing educational activities and networking opportunities.
GROSSMONT COLLEGE Chapter Gamma Chi Chi, (GXX) of the American Criminal Justice Association, Lambda Alpha Epsilon
The club meetings are currently TBD. Please note meetings may be changed or canceled with short notice.
Parking permits are not required on Friday nights, after 4:00PM, and all guests / students should park in Lot 5 / parking garage, in student spaces. All staff spaces are enforced. Please be sure to arrive early. Out of respect for our guest speakers, please do not arrive late to the meetings.
Grossmont College's AOJ Department has a chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association's Lambda Alpha Epsilon. This is a national organization that was founded by August Vollmer in 1937. Its purpose is to foster creative thinking, establish professional networks that may help with future employment, to help promote higher standards of educational attainment among public safety members.
Membership is $45 to join initially, with annual dues. This pays for the full year and includes the National dues and other club benefits. Members must be AOJ majors. Applications are available in the AOJ office, room 100-106, at the club meetings or online at the grand chapter link below.
LAE members go on field trips, such as the Medical Examiner's Office and other law enforcement agencies. As a member, you can run for office and be a part of the decision- making process. Club members also get advanced notice of job announcements, when available and can request a LAE medal upon graduation (request must be made via email, so check emails often, and be sure to renew your membership if needed). Several of our members have gone on to careers in law enforcement, corrections, and forensics.
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to the Grand Chapter: http://www.acjalae.org/
Sergeant at Arms:
Advisors: Sharon Sampson, AOJ Faculty
LAE National Organization Please Note: Applications that are downloaded need to be processed at Grossmont College. LAE is not active during June, July and August. Please do not submit applications to the AOJ office until the first meeting in September. Membership renewals are not processed at the college, only through the national chapter. Please make sure all personal information is updated through the national chapter to ensure your renewal notice is delivered to you.
Students should be aware that prior felony or any misdemeanor or felony domestic violence convictions, and some psychological holds, are disqualifying. TROs (Temporary Restraining Orders) can also be a disqualifier. Prior substance abuse (including marijuana) and other disqualifiers may apply in specific positions related to law enforcement or forensics.
The emblem of Lambda Alpha Epsilon consists of a hexagon upon which is inscribed three Greek letters, Lambda, Alpha and Epsilon, a web, a star and a pair of scales. Each of these figures has a particular significance for us in the field of criminal justice.
The Greek letter "Lambda" is the first letter of the Greek word "Lambano" which means "to detect and apprehend". "Alpha" is the first letter of the Greek word "Anakrinen" meaning "to adjudicate". "Epsilon" is the letter of the Greek word "Exorthoun" which translated means "to rehabilitate". The three letters taken together are representative of the primary functions of criminal justice systems everywhere; to detect, to adjudicate, to rehabilitate.
The star is representative of the light of knowledge. The validity of the adage "Knowledge is Power" becomes more apparent each day. Now, more than ever, those of us who are committed to the criminal justice system appreciate that only by acquisition and dissemination of knowledge can we hope to perform an adequate service to our communities. In our oath we obligate ourselves to be both a teacher and a student of the art and science of criminal justice. Let this star Constantly remind us of our dedication to the pursuit of knowledge.
The web symbolizes the great complexity of criminal activity. The edges of this web are anchored to our national boundaries from state to state, and city to city. The web has a second significance: for criminal justice agents. It accentuates the multitude of agencies dedicated to cope with this massive dilemma. Each act of agency cooperation helps eliminate a strand in the web of crime making it progressively easier to deal with this enormous social problem.
Traditionally, scales are emblematic of justice. As criminal justice agents, we are committed to deal with our respective tasks honestly, truthfully, and without prejudice. The evidence of our skill is the ability to consummate our tasks with the highest degree of professional integrity.
As criminal justice agents, we are charged to detect, to apprehend, to prosecute, to adjudicate, and to rehabilitate criminal offenders whenever and wherever they come before the system. As members of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, we know that these objectives can best be achieved through the just administration of the art and science of the criminal justice system.