Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Join us for the annual celebration honoring students, alumni and leaders in criminal justice.
Flag Pole outside Criminal Justice Center
The College of Criminal Justice will recognize outstanding students, alumni, supporters and service during Honors Day on April 24.
The full day of events includes the Leadership Luncheon to honor an outstanding alumnus and a community supporter as well as student organizations and leaders; the Sundial Ceremony to recognize professionals who have lost their lives in the line of duty; and the Honors Convocation, which presents scholarships and awards to undergraduate and graduate students at the College.
The event recognizes leaders in research and student organizations at the College, including Alpha Phi Sigma, Crime Victim Services Association, Graduate Student Organization, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, Phi Alpha Delta and the Society of Forensic Science. It also honors a graduate of the College who is outstanding in their professional field and an individual or organization that provides invaluable assistance to the Criminal Justice Center to achieve its legislative mandate.
This year’s honorees include Distinguished Alumnus, Phoenix Police Chief Daniel V. Garcia (‘78), and Defensor Pacem Victoria Camp, former Deputy Director for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA.).
Phoenix Chief Daniel V. GarciaGarcia became Chief of the Phoenix Police Department, the sixth largest city in the country, in 2012. He leads a force of more than 3,000 officers and 700 support staff. Before joining the Phoenix Police Department, he spent 34 years with the Dallas Police Department, serving in nearly every area of operations, including patrol, airport police, detective, firearms instructor, homeland security, traffic, internal affairs and personnel, detention services, and the legal unit.
Chief Garcia has brought “policing with a purpose” to the City of Phoenix. This concept stands for nurturing and protecting democracy, ensuring justice, offering a spirit of service, providing fundamental fairness, and protecting the community from harm. Chief Garcia believes these are the ethical foundations for law enforcement. He also is committed to the Nobility of Policing. He knows that the community holds law enforcement in high regard and with that comes the responsibility for all law enforcement officers to maintain a high ethical standard.
Victoria Camp, former Deputy Director of TAASA.Camp served as a member of the Crime Victims’ Institute Advisory Board since 2010 and led several major campaigns at TAASA, including an adult entertainment fee to fund sexual assault programs and services and the development of legislation to eliminate the backlog of untested rape kits in police evidence room. At TAASA, she served as a tireless advocate for sexual assault survivors and was involved with public policy initiatives, special projects and day-to-day operations.
Camp spearheaded a legislative effort to create a statewide Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault, and although the bill did not pass, the effort produced a number of research projects, presentations and grant proposals by the Crime Victims Institute to address the issue in the state, including a statewide training on Title IX and Campus Sexual Assault. Her efforts have helped CVI gain a reputation as a leading research authority on the topic.
The solemn ceremony is held annually at the main entrance to the Criminal Justice Center to recognize criminal justice professionals who have fallen in the line of duty. In addition to reflections about their service to mankind, the day includes an ROTC honor guard, music by students from the School of Music and yellow roses placed in remembrance by student and College leaders. The public is invited to attend the ceremony at 1:30 p.m.
The day will culminate with the Honors Convocation, where the College recognizes its outstanding students with family and friends. A total of 102 scholarships will be awarded to students by representatives of the organizations or individuals who generously donated the funds for education. In addition, the College will pay tribute to 159 students named to the President’s List for maintaining a 4.0 average and 400 students named to the Dean’s List for maintaining a 3.5 grade point average while taking at least 12 credits during the Fall 2013 semester.