Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program provides students with an education based in a liberal arts core and interdisciplinary criminal justice curriculum. The criminal justice aspect focuses on law, law enforcement, and corrections. It examines legal systems, the impact of crime, the criminal justice system’s role, and organization and techniques of applied criminal justice through a group of program and specialized elective courses, as well as a program of internship and independent study.

The program prepares students for continuing education in the field, as well as careers in the major institutions of criminal justice and law enforcement on a local, state and federal level. It also acquaints students with the growing career opportunities in the private security and investigation industries.

Criminal Justice Program Highlights

State Police K-9 Demonstration of Search and Resuce Techniques

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Guest Speaker Presentation, Mr. Anthony Cacace on Public Corruption and Financial Crimes


Mr. Anthony Cacace, retired Special Agent, Internal Revenue Service and Special Agent/Accountant, New Jersey State Commission of Investigation, spoke to students about the history of public corruption, the means and methods used to facilitate financial crimes, and the investigative tools employed to combat these types of crimes.

Guest Speaker Presentation, Evidence Collection Featuring Agent Gene Lanzillo

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Special Agent Gene Lanzillo, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Evidence Response Team in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, spoke to RCBC students regarding evidence collection. Agent Lanzillo’s team deploys to crime scenes around the world and is responsible for documenting the scene and collecting and preserving evidence to be used in criminal prosecutions. During Agent Lanzillo’s visit, students learned the basics of latent fingerprints and lifting techniques, the casting of footprints left at the scene, the use of alternate light sources to fluoresce and identify potential evidence.

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Guest Speaker Presentation, Bomb Investigation Techniques Featuring James McGinty

Retired Lieutenant James McGinty, Philadelphia Police Department, is a bomb and explosives expert and discussed the various techniques used in the investigation of bomb making and the subsequent crime scene.

Live Demonstration by RCBC Professor, Alan Hart, on the Polygraph

Rowan College at Burlington County's Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Alan Hart, was asked to give a presentation on the polygraph for the Third Judicial Circuit Federal Defender's Conference on May 1, 2015 at the Philadelphia Courthouse. The presentation covered the uses of the polygraph in the criminal justice system, overview of its history, legal aspects, operation, and a live demonstration.

Guest Speaker Presentation Featuring Special Agent Eugene Lanzillo

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Special Agent Eugene Lanzillo, Senior Team Leader, Evidence Response Team, FBI, Philadelphia Division, presented RCBC students on how to document a crime scene through scientific examination of evidence. He discussed the various methods used to collect evidence and the importance of a systematic process for the collection and processing of evidence. Special Lanzillo also demonstrated how to dust for fingerprints and lift shoe prints.

Mock Crime Scene Sketching Activity

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Students from Rowan College at Burlington County's Criminal Investigations class participated in a mock crime scene sketching activity. Led by RCBC Lecturer and Program Coordinator, Deb Dreisbach, students learned how to identify evidence and objects at the mock crime scene, then created a rough draft, and later a final crime scene sketch.

For more information about the Criminal Justice Program, please contact:

Joe Rizzo
Criminal Justice Program, Coordinator
(609) 894-9311. ext. 2343