University of New Haven students in the American Criminal Justice Association: Psi Omega chapter held their 1st Annual Police Appreciation Luncheon in response to a Facebook group Whole Truth Project’s event “National Tell a Police Officer ‘Thank You’ Day”. The event was held on Saturday, Sept. 15, on campus and included UNH’s own University of New Haven Police Department, West Haven Police Department, and even Amtrak Police.
The purpose of this luncheon was to invite local law enforcement that assist the UNH students frequently in ensuring their safety when travelling to and from their destinations. Students were seated at tables with one law enforcement officer per table to engage in motivating conversations about careers in the near future.
Many times, law enforcement goes unnoticed for their commitment, dedication and service to the community, and the criminal justice students at UNH thought it was time to show their appreciation. Lunch was donated by local businesses to show their support and give thanks to law enforcement as well.
Ryan Irons, the UNH Team Leader for this event, said, “We wanted to thank the police officers on behalf of the cities and towns, but more specifically the students because the relationship between young adults and police officers sometimes creates misunderstandings, and this was a great way to show them our appreciation.”
The ACJA appreciated West Haven’s Mayor Picard for stopping by and showing his appreciation as well. They would also like to acknowledge the many local business that donated food to make this event successful; P&M, and Nica’s in New Haven; Roly Poly in Orange; Corso’s Deli, and Subway in West Haven.
The Psi Omega Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA), covers a broad range of interests in the criminal justice field Their goal is to improve criminal justice through educational activities, promote professional, academic and public awareness of criminal justice issues, and promote high standards of ethical conduct, professional training and higher education within the criminal justice field.