Students in Polytech’s Law & Criminal Justice and Homeland Security programs received a firsthand look at New Jersey’s penal system thanks to tours set up by Hunterdon and Somerset Counties’ Department of Corrections.
The students began their day taking a tour of Somerset County Jail, learning how the inmates are managed and regulations are enforced in order to ensure the safety of both the officers and prisoners. The officers spoke about how the incarcerated individuals are classified and the different responsibilities and resources they have throughout the jail. The visit concluded with a brief question and answer session, during which students were able to learn what is required to work for the Department of Corrections and the different units that exist within the department.
After visiting the jail, the students briefly toured the Somerset County Courthouse, where they learned how trials are run and the process behind obtaining signed warrants from a judge. The trip concluded with visits to both the new and old Hunterdon County Courthouses, where students were able to get a close look at the courtroom that hosted the trial of Bruno Hauptmann and received some background information on how the police investigation was handled following the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s son.
“The trip provided some real-world context that helped the students see how what they are learning in class is applied in a professional setting. We are thankful to the individuals at Hunterdon County Courthouse and Somerset County Jail and Courthouse for working with us to give the students the opportunity to tour the facilities and learn more about the justice system.” Said Lt. Taggert, instructor of Polytech’s Law & Criminal Justice and Homeland Security programs.
Polytech’s Law programs aim to give the students as much real-world experience as possible. Earlier this year, the school was able to purchase a Meggitt Law Enforcement Training Simulator thanks to a $50,000 gift from the Jennie M. Haver Foundation. The Simulator allows students to participate in virtual reenactments of actual events, helping them understand the proper way to respond to different situations.
“The field trips we attend and the time we spend training on the Simulator allows us to apply what we are learning in class, and I think this method of instruction benefits anyone looking for a career in law enforcement,” said Matt Toke, a senior who will be attending Seton Hall next year on a 75% scholarship.
For more information regarding Polytech’s Law programs, visit our website at www.hcpolytech.org. Applications are being accepted for the 2016-17 school year.