By Joshua Miller
Photo and Images Editor
Joining about 90 students attending colleges along the West Coast, LBCC administration of justice students won 13 awards at a conference in Rancho Cordova east of Sacramento from Nov. 5-7.
The event also included representatives from Boise State, Fresno State, Grand Canyon University, Cal State Stanislaus, Irvine Valley College, Sacramento State and San Jose State.
Part-time teacher Ric Clough and Public Services Department chair Michael Biggs accompanied the students on the trip to the American Criminal Justice Association Region 1 Fall Conference.
The conference included learning sessions as well as written-knowledge tests in criminal law, corrections, juvenile justice, police management, a crime-scene investigation competition and a physical agility test.
Clough said, “The trip to Sacramento could not have gone better. I must commend our students. They were a great group and bonded well together during our 4-day trip. Everyone had a good time competing against chapters from other colleges and universities, while making new friends at the same time.”
The students’ group, Sigma Pi, won several awards.
The lower division awards include Justin De Leon, who took first place in LAE knowledge, Abraham Soto, who gained third in physical agility in the 25-and-under men’s division, and Destinie Hernandez, who captured third in LAE knowledge as well as third place in crime scene investigation.
De Leon, Herbert Hurtado and Erik Casarrubias placed second in crime-scene investigation.
In the professional division, winners were Clough, who was first in corrections and third in criminal law, and Biggs, who placed first in criminal law, first in juvenile law, second in police management and third in LAE knowledge.
In addition, the students were recognized as the top school for receiving the Spirit Award, which is given to the most involved and contributive chapter.
The group is planning for a national conference in March.