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January 30, 2013

Guest speakers share their knowledge and experience with criminal justice students


criminal justice studentsStudents in the Criminal Justice department at Cowley College have had some unique learning experiences already this semester. Several guest instructors have lent their knowledge and experience to the education of the criminal justice students. These instructors include Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Rob Istas, Winfield Police Detective Shawn Love, and members of the Cowley County Tracking Team. 

Members of the Cowley County Tracking Team have offered their experience as guest instructors for students in the Criminal Investigation II class as students study missing person investigations.  The Cowley County Tracking team is a team of certified and professional trackers whose mission is to serve law enforcement. The Cowley County Trackers were formed in 2003. The team currently consists of 16 members including, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and citizen volunteers. The team has been highly instrumental in the clearance of many local cases and regional cases.

Ron Cannon and Jon Cannon, coordinators for the team, have been assisting the criminal investigations class at Cowley College. Students have been learning how tracking can be instrumental in many types of investigations, including missing persons, robbery, homicide and suicide. Students have been instructed into changing the way they see things so they can look for “sign” which is tacking language for evidence of human passage. In addition students are learning how to start a missing person investigation and teamwork among agencies. The tracking training will culminate in students having to use the techniques being taught and apply it to scenario based training.

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Rob Istas has also been serving as a guest instructor. Trooper Istas has over 15 years of law enforcement experience and is a state recognized expert in the topic of DUI and SFST (Standardized Field Sobriety Training) and he is a Drug Recognition Expert. Trooper Istas has been instructing the sophomore class on DUI detection and testing and is also conducting a class on drug impairment. It has been very beneficial to the students to learn from someone who is a recognized expert in the field.

In addition to the classes already mentioned, Detective Shawn Love with the Winfield Police Department has been instructing the freshman class on self-defense and they are currently earning their national certification with the ASP expandable baton. Detective Love also has over 15 years of law enforcement experience and in addition to his role as detective he serves as the self-defense instructor for the Winfield Police Department. He is a certified ASP instructor and instructor of Controlled F.O.R.C.E. training. He also is an instructor in Tae Kwon Do in Winfield.