Criminal Justice Student Club

CJ Student Club

Criminal Justice Student Club visiting the Omaha FBI Field Office.

Our club is a student organization that promotes professionalism and career development. We sponsor field trips each semester to such places as:

  • The Nebraska Penitentiary
  • Lincoln Correctional Center
  • Leavenworth Kansas Federal Prison
  • The military prison at Fort Leavenworth
  • The Norton, Kansas prison
  • Nebraska Center for Women
  • Ride-a-longs with the Omaha Police Department
  • Ride-a-longs with the Kearney Police Department
  • Ride-a-longs with the Buffalo County Sheriff's Department
  • The Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island
  • The State Patrol Headquarters
  • The State Patrol Forensics Laboratory
  • Boys Town in Omaha
  • The Drug Rehabilitation Treatment Center

Monthly meetings are held the first and fourth Tuesdays of each month on campus in room 2210 in Warner Hall.  Guests from the various criminal justice disciplines are invited to speak. Past speakers have included probation and parole officers, juvenile counselors, prosecution and defense attorneys, chief law enforcement officers, wardens and correctional officers, sheriffs and deputies, state patrol officers, undercover narcotic agents, and FBI and DEA Agents.  Other presentations include classes on martial arts, self defense, and emergency management.

Any student with an interest in the field of criminal justice is eligible to belong to the club. Dues are currently $10 for the school year (two semesters). We are one of the largest and most active clubs on campus. Club officers are elected yearly and plan meetings and events. Socials are held at the beginning and end of each semester. We hope you can join us. Notices of the first meeting will be presented in the various Criminal Justice Classes or feel free to contact the Club Advisor, Assistant Professor Gary Smith, at smithgg@unk.edu. We are also on Facebook, just search for “Criminal Justice Club – University of Nebraska at Kearney.”