Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

The Southwestern Community College criminal justice classes hosted a number of guest speakers this past week.

Terry Cowman, associate director of intelligence for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation,  visited the investigation class. Cowman talked about the Department of Public Safety and a previous case he closed. The case was a great example of investigation, information gathering, dealing with witnesses, etc.

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Published September 27, 2019 10:06 am

As part of a Criminal Justice Club fundraiser, SWCC criminal justice students delivered customized teddy bears to local police departments this week for use when comforting young victims of crime or tragedy. 

The criminal justice program had been accepting monetary donations since October for this fundraiser.

PHOTO ABOVE: Creston police officer Mitch Pashek and Sgt. Jared Auten pose with two of the donated bears.

PHOTO BELOW: SWCC criminal justice students ready to deliver the bears.

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Published December 16, 2020 4:16 pm

Southwestern Community College's criminal justice program welcomed guest speakers Alex Murphy and Nicci Gregg to class on Oct. 14, 2021, to teach students about child welfare. Murphy is a social worker 3, while Gregg is a supervisor with the Department of Human Services.

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Published October 20, 2021 8:54 am

On Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, Kattie Lewis, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Red Oak Center coordinator, & Diogenes Ayala, SWCC criminal justice instructor, attended the fourth annual National Night Out in Red Oak at Fountain Square Park, from 6-8 p.m. 

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Published August 8, 2019 9:11 am

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. 

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Published June 25, 2020 9:24 am

During this time of social distancing, guest speakers may not physically be standing in a classroom of students, but with the technology offered through video conferencing, Dio Ayala, SWCC criminal justice instructor, is featuring speakers from across the nation. Today's guest speaker for Ayala's patrol procedures course was Jill Lees, the chief of police for the Indiana University Police Department.

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Published April 7, 2020 3:56 pm

The SWCC criminal justice program recently presented to the iJAG program in Red Oak.

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Published April 1, 2022 12:07 pm

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) criminal justice majors heard and learned from those working in the profession during the first two weeks of classes. 

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Published September 6, 2019 9:04 am

Students from Southwestern Community College's criminal justice program went on a work site visit to the Des Moines metro area.

First up, students visited the State of Iowa Supreme Court, where they were able to tour the court rooms including the Iowa Supreme Courtroom. A few students viewed a live hearing in the court appeals.

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Published March 5, 2020 10:43 am

Sept. 9-13, 2019, was a busy week for Southwestern Community College's (SWCC's) criminal justice program. The students heard from a number of speakers and the week included a workplace visit to the Des Moines Police Department and the Iowa Department of Public Safety. 

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Published September 23, 2019 9:52 am

Paula Ebersole, assistant special agent in charge for the Omaha field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was a guest speaker in SWCC's criminal justice classes on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2020. Ebersole discussed cases, talked about career opportunities within the FBI, and answered student questions.

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Published November 2, 2020 8:55 am

Jeff Wright, the public defender for the state of Iowa, was on campus Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, to speak with students in the criminal law and introduction to criminal justice classes.

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Published October 10, 2019 9:38 am

The criminal justice department is hosting two state troopers from the Kansas Highway Patrol on the Creston campus on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The state troopers will be in the Student Center to visit with students and educate them about a career with the state patrol from noon to 1 p.m. They will be guest speakers in the criminal justice courses during the morning hours.

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Published September 14, 2020 10:48 am

Tim Kenyon, the Union County attorney, has been in contact with Dio Ayala, SWCC criminal justice instructor, regarding a potential ongoing internship opportunity for SWCC students who major in criminal justice. 

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Published September 11, 2020 3:00 pm

Southwestern Community College's criminal justice program (@swcciowacj) is one the educational institutions piloting the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) & The Department of Homeland Security Cyber-Infrastructure Security Agency Cybersecurity Fundamentals Curriculum.

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Published October 17, 2019 4:34 pm

Diogenes "Dio" Ayala, Southwestern Community College criminal justice instructor, of Winterset, graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Citizens Academy program on Oct. 14, 2020.

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Published October 28, 2020 1:13 pm

CRESTON — Diogenes (Dio) Ayala, lead instructor for Southwestern Community College’s criminal justice program, was selected to the FBI Citizens Academy.

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Published May 7, 2020 2:39 pm

Evidence students in the SWCC Criminal Justice program met with Captain Wayne Matthews of the Texas Rangers over video conferencing on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

The Texas Rangers, a division of the Texas Department of Public Safety, were created in 1823, and will celebrate 200 years of service for the citizens of Texas in 2023.

"This kind of partnership in education is important for students to understand the different agencies that protect the public throughout the United States," said Dio Ayala, director of SWCC's Criminal Justice program.

Captain Matthews talked to students about the importance of evidence collection at a crime scene.

According to Matthews, the most important asset you have at a scene is “patience, don’t rush processing a scene take your time.”

A  methodical process helps make sure that nothing is missed. Rangers carry a crime scene kit with them at all times so they can process a scene without having to call in additional resources. This also depends on the scene; if additional help is needed, Rangers can call in for assistance.

Students were able to ask many questions about the history of the agency, uniforms worn, which includes a Western Style Cowboy hat, white conservative shirt, tie, slacks, western boots, western belt, and a Texas Ranger badge pinned above the left shirt pocket.

The relentless pursuit of fugitives by Rangers is a tradition for over 200 years.  Meeting with Captain Matthews was very informative for students and we look forward to talking with him in the future.

How do you become a Texas Ranger? The following is from the Texas Ranger website:

“Each applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America, in excellent physical condition, and have an outstanding record of at least eight (8) years experience with a bona fide law enforcement agency, engaged principally in the investigation of major crimes. The applicant must be currently employed with the Texas Department of Public Safety, in the position of a commissioned officer with the rank of at least Trooper II.”

Follow Southwestern's Criminal Justice program on social media for more updates. The CJ program is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as swcciowacj.

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Published April 16, 2020 11:13 am

During 2020, Southwestern Community College’s criminal justice program partnered with the Union County attorney’s office to create a unique internship opportunity for the college’s criminal justice students. The collaboration began following a discussion between Diogenes Ayala, Southwestern criminal justice instructor, and Tim Kenyon, Union County attorney.

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Published October 23, 2020 10:20 am