Southwestern's criminal justice program offers MANY opportunities for students to hear from professionals in the field and visit departments and agencies. During the 2019-20 academic year, the program had more than 30 guest speakers and heard from 11 state agencies outside of Iowa! The criminal justice program has partnerships with numerous agencies. 

Guest Speakers:


  • Conservation Officer Corey Carlton (Iowa DNR)
  • Terry Cowman (Iowa DCI)
  • Captain Robert Johnson (Iowa MVE)
  • Lew Jordan (Army CID)
  • Chief Paul Van Meer (Creston Police)
  • Tim Kenyon (Union County Attorney)


  • Special Agent Wayne Brosam (Iowa Fire Marshal Division)
  • Leslie Sticht & Dana Wahlberg (Minnesota ECN)
  • Lisa Jeanes (Decatur County Attorney)
  • Jeff Wright (Iowa State Public Defender)
  • Iowa National Guard
  • Anthony Ferguson Jr. ( Victims Rights Coordinator, Iowa Attorney Generals Office)
  • Special Agent Russell Smith (Iowa BNSF Police)
  • Trooper Nathan Elwood (Iowa State Patrol)
  • Chris Judge (Dept of Homeland Security)


  • Ben Anders (Presentence investigator 5th Judicial district)


  • Iowa DNE Special Agent Sean McCullough
  • Greater Regional Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners


  • Deputy Little (Madison County Sheriff’s Office)
  • Officer Mike Wood (Winterset Police)
  • Officer Rumley DARE Officer ( Osceola Police Department)


  • Kito Bess (Chief Probation Officer, Minnesota)
  • Deputy Little & Officer Wood ( Madison County Sheriff & Winterset Police Department)
  • Trooper Flaherty & Sgt Taylor (Iowa State Patrol)
  • B. Bales (Intelligence community)
  • Sheriff James Mendrick (DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois)


  • Chief Jill Lees (Indiana University- Bloomington Police Department)
  • Trooper First Class Kelly Grant (Connecticut State Police)
  • Mike Ferjak (Former Special agent with the Iowa Attorney Generals Office Human Trafficking task force)
  • Trooper Aaron Allen (Pennsylvania State Police)
  • Special Agent Michelle Stevenson (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
  • Natalie Ammons (Georgia Bureau of Investigation)
  • Deputy Chief Carrie Jacobs (Iowa State University Police)
  • Nelly Miles (Georgia Bureau of Investigation)
  • Troopers Garcia & Francis (NY State Police)
  • Ted Golden (Drug Enforcement Administration)


  • Trooper Bush (Kansas Highway Patrol)
  • Deputy Jessy Bailey (King County Sheriff Office, Washington)
  • Assistant Director Art Rabon (5th Judicial District of Iowa)


  • Sgt Schumann (Illinois State Police)
  • Trooper Flick (Nebraska State Police)
  • Mike Lang (retired prison administrator)
  • Investigator Washington (Maryland State Police)

Work Site Visits:

  • Des Moines Police Department
  • Iowa DPS HQ
  • Camp Dodge
  • Iowa Supreme Court
  • Ankeny Police Department HQ
  • Office of the State Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Missouri State Highway Patrol