Alpha Phi Sigma partner with CPD
Members of Loyola University Chicago’s Beta Omicron chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society – Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) – are students devoted to positively impacting the criminal justice community. For the past year APS partnered with District 24 of the Chicago Police Department (CPD)(near Clark and Devon) by participating in various community service projects. For example, CPD’s Peer Jury program is designed to meaningfully and innovatively help selected juvenile offenders improve their futures. In July, APS students, CPD officers, and juveniles in the Peer Jury program came together for a peace circle that discussed culture, immigration, and education. APS students discussed and promoted the importance of education to the juveniles, while simultaneously connecting with them over shared cultural experiences. APS members coached and volunteered with CPD’s Youth Soccer Tournament, which promotes positive community relations within the residents of the 24th district. APS members volunteered weekly in the district office by updating records on local business ownership in the event of an emergency, entering overtime requests, filing, and general clerical work. With each activity, the APS and CPD partnership is strengthened, and the programs have had a positive impact, contributing to improved police-community relations. In 2015-2016, APS will continue its affiliation with 24th district CPD while also partnering with other criminal justice-related organizations, including the Sun Gate Foundation, which serves the victims of human trafficking.