SOU’s Criminology and Criminal Justice students will get plenty of hands-on training, and representatives from a variety of law enforcement agencies will be on campus to present workshops when the university’s Criminology Club hosts its yearly Lock-In event on Friday.
The 18th annual event will draw on the expertise of agencies including the Ashland and Medford police departments, Oregon State Police, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County District Attorney’s Office and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. The Lock-In will begin at 11 a.m. and wrap up at 7 p.m.
A large police presence will be visible primarily in and around Taylor Hall and the Stevenson Union. All officers, including SWAT members, will be in uniform or will visibly display their badges.
Simulation notices will be posted on the buildings, along the perimeter of the area and in each room where a simulation is held. Explorer Scouts from the Medford Police Department will be stationed near SWAT vehicles to ensure safety and answer questions from passers-by.
Officers will present workshops on topics such as felony traffic stops, active shooter scenarios, the use of drug detection dogs, defensive tactics, jail management and shoot/don’t shoot situations.
Students attending the Lock-In event will choose three stations in which to participate, and will rotate periodically from one station to another. The event provides opportunities for networking and camaraderie, along with practical training.
Those with additional questions may contact Associate Professor David Carter, chair of SOU’s Criminology and Criminal Justice Department.