Criminal Justice Triumphs at ACJA Conference

Students and instructor/advisor take home 21 trophies

Students in the Beta Sigma Omega Lambda (BSOL) Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) at Inver Hills Community College achieved outstanding success at the ACJA 2015 Region 6 Conference in Macomb, Illinois, Oct. 15–18. Eleven current Inver students, one Inver alum and Leslie Palmer, Criminal Justice faculty and BSOL faculty advisor, traveled to Macomb to compete in a variety of competitions with other students from two-year and four-year schools as well as with professionals in the criminal justice field. They brought home a total of 21 trophies. The ACJA gives out trophies for only first, second and third places in each category.
Competitions included academic exams covering:

  • Police management
  • Juvenile justice
  • Corrections
  • Criminal law
  • ACJA-LAE knowledge

Other categories included:

  • Crime scene investigations
  • Firearms competition
  • Physical agility course
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“I had high expectations for this group and, as always, they didn’t disappoint,” Leslie said. “Our BSOL students spent numerous hours studying for the ACJA academic exams, practicing crime scene investigations and preparing for the physical agility course. All their hard work paid off. I am extremely proud of my BSOL students and their dedication to this amazing field. I can’t wait to see what their future holds.”

Inver Hills winners at ACJA 2015 Region 6 Conference

Individual awards

Thomas Ferguson • 1st place • Physical Agility Competition (Males, Age 26-35)
Eric Moran • 2nd place • Juvenile Justice Exam (Lower Level)
Maria Ramos • 3rd place • Juvenile Justice Exam (Lower Level)
Kurtis Atkinson • 1st place • Firearms Competition (Lower Level)
Kurtis Atkinson • 3rd place • Physical Agility Competition (Males, Age 25 and under)
Corrie Schrupp • 2nd place • ACJA/LAE Knowledge Exam (Lower Level)
Les Forster • 1st place • Juvenile Justice Exam (Lower Level)
Les Forster • 3rd place • Corrections Exam (Lower Level)
Les Forster • 3rd place • Physical Agility Competition (Males, Age 36+)
Trevor Landkammer • 3rd place • ACJA/LAE Knowledge Exam (Lower Level)
Debra Koenig • 1st place • Physical Agility Competition (Females, Age 36+)
Ed Hemmelman • 1st place • Corrections Exam (Upper Level)
Ed Hemmelman • 2nd place • ACJA/LAE Knowledge Exam (Upper Level)
Leslie Palmer (Instructor/Advisor) • 1st place • Corrections Exam (Professional Level)
Leslie Palmer (Instructor/Advisor) • 1st place • ACJA/LAE Exam (Professional Level)
Leslie Palmer (Instructor/Advisor) • 2nd place • Criminal Law Exam (Professional Level)
Leslie Palmer (Instructor/Advisor) • 1st place • Physical Agility Competition (Females, Age 26-35)

Team awards

Debra Koenig, Kurtis Atkinson and Les Forster • 3rd place • Crime Scene Investigation (Lower Level)
Leslie Palmer (Instructor/Advisor), Kurtis Atkinson and Ed Hemmelman • 2nd place • Firearms Team Competition (Professional Level)
Leslie Palmer (Instructor/Advisor), Ed Hemmelman and Maria Ramos • 3rd place • Crime Scene Investigation (Professional Level)

Special awards

Spirit Award

Leslie Palmer (Instructor/Advisor), Ed Hemmelman, Rebecca Strader, Jameson Ryskoski, Corrie Schrupp, Maria Ramos, Eric Moran, Kurtis Atkinson, Les Forster, Thomas Ferguson, Anthony Thao, Trevor Landkammer, and Debra Koenig

To learn more about Criminal Justice and BSOL at Inver Hills, contact:

Leslie Palmer, M.S.
Criminal Justice Instructor/BSOL Advisor
Science Building Room 216
651-450-3619

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