Honoring the service...and those who serve: Rowan to host Law & Justice Day
It will be a day to showcase the work of law enforcement professionals—and to honor those in the field who have dedicated their lives to serve others—during Rowan University’s third annual Law and Justice Day on Wednesday, April 3, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the football team’s practice field.
In addition to K-9 unit, bomb squad and SWAT team demonstrations, the day also will include a ceremony to honor two retired police officers who served on security detail in 1967 during the historic summit between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin at Hollybush on Rowan’s campus (http://www.rowan.edu/hollybush/history.html).
During the summit, held at the height of the Cold War, Johnson and Kosygin spent more than seven hours discussing the ways and means to head off nuclear war. The talks were successful.
During Law & Justice Day, retired New Jersey State Police Detective Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Taylor Sr. of Deptford and retired Pitman Police Chief Jack McEnery will be honored for their work during the summit to protect the leaders of two of the world’s superpowers.
The ceremony honoring Taylor and McEnery is expected to begin at approximately 10:15 a.m.
Law & Justice Day kicks off at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony featuring an address by Glassboro Police Department Sgt. Daniel Eliason. During the ceremony, students will honor the memory of Washington Township K-9 Officer Bach, and his handler, Officer Mike Conti. The two worked together for eight years before Bach passed away from cancer in January.
K-9 unit demonstrations begin at 11 a.m. and will be followed by SWAT/ERT/LPR demonstrations at noon.
The day ends with a bomb squad demonstration at 12:30 p.m. and a vehicular homicide reenactment at 1:15 p.m.
Law & Justice Day is sponsored by Alpha Phi Sigma, the Law & Justice Studies honor society, and Rowan’s Department of Public Safety. Altogether, 10 local law enforcement agencies will participate in the day.
“The students wanted a day that would showcase the exciting aspects of law enforcement careers,” says Law & Justice Studies Professor Natalie Schell-Busey.
“The event is important because it facilitates real-world connections between students and future career prospects. It also educates students about some of the more complicated and interesting facets of these careers.”