Criminal Justice offers crime scene training
Waxahachie, Texas — April 11, 2013 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University's (SAGU) Criminal Justice program enhances students' academic experience by teaching how to properly process crime scenes in professor Bruce Stayments's Criminal Investigations course. Through the course lab, SAGU students learn how to collect, preserve, package, transport, and document physical evidence left at a crime scene.
SAGU professor Bruce Stayments explained, "Criminal justice is a hands-on, people-oriented opportunity. It is necessary to give the students a realistic look and experience at what we are talking about in the theoretical. Hands-on learning is vital in criminal justice, and I think it is one of the best ways to learn."
SAGU's Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students with basic foundations, concepts, theories and skills in criminal justice and apply them in live demonstrations and situations. The program incorporates a Christian perspective while learning articulate skills that departments demand.
Criminal Justice student Jose Hernandez said, "Being in a Christian environment is an added bonus — the professors really care about your education and future. Professor Stayments is great at what he does and his experience and wisdom is so helpful. The demonstrations we conduct help tremendously in understanding the classroom material."
In Stayments's four years at SAGU, the program has doubled in size and regularly partners with the Waxahachie community by networking with different law enforcement agencies, correctional institutes, victim service organizations, and probation offices.
Stayments continued, "The network we have established substantiates the program. Practitioners become involved with our program by hiring interns and future employees. The longer we are here, the more connected we are with the community."
SAGU has partnered with the Texas State Police, the Ellis County Probation Department, Arlington Police Department, Ellis County Sheriffs Department, Waxahachie Police Department and more.
Stayments has over 25 years of law enforcement experience, and 17 years supervisory experience including Chief of Police prior to SAGU. He taught for 20 years at University of Pennsylvania at Mansfield and Elmira College (Elmira, New York). He is also a former death investigator for New York's Chemung County Medical Examiner’s Program.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927 and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.