Welcome to the GVSU School of Criminal Justice.  As part of the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University we are focused on increasing the understanding of justice based issues for students, practitioners, policymakers and community members.  The School of Criminal Justice offers undergraduate degree programs in criminal justice and legal studies; graduate degree in criminal justice; special certification program in our police academy and military basic training academy; paralegal studies certificate.  

The School of Criminal Justice faculty consists of full-time faculty and part-time adjunct faculty members providing local, regional, national, and global perspectives of  crime and justice issues in the classroom and through their scholarship.

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GRPD Announces New Police Chief Eric Payne

Grand Rapids announces new Police Chief: Deputy Chief Eric Payne takes the reins.

Rob Howard

"The professors that I interacted with had a lot of experience and they had a lot of knowledge in the classroom as well. That really inspired me to come back and it also inspired me for the work I'm doing." - Rob Howard, Criminal justice graduate student

Grand Rapids Police Chief builds career on relationships

Eric Payne had a series of influencers in his life before that term was trendy. Payne `86 is chief of police for the Grand Rapids Police Department. He was sworn-in as the city's first African American police chief in late July after a national search

Dr. Jaclyn Cwick - The Inside Out Prison Exchange Program

This month's #CCPSCommunityConnections segment on The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin featured Dr. Jaclyn Cwick, assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at #GVSU.

Feel Like You Belong: Kyezie Bwanangela - Investigating Justice

Earlier this year, Kyezie Bwanangela a criminal justice major and native from the DRC Congo was interviewed by Alan Headbloom from WKTV Journal.

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CCPS Advising Updates

March 19, 2020

You are already half-way through your first week of remote learning. We thought it would be helpful to provide some additional resources to you. Please see below for both academic and non-academic services and tools.

Presidential Inauguration

November 20, 2019

On November 15th, graduate assistant, Chase (Sky) Christenson represented the school of criminal justice at Philomena V. Mantella's presidential inauguration by presenting his research on intimate partner violence offenders.

GVSU Police Academy holds 45th Graduation Ceremony

August 21, 2019

Forty-eight police academy recruits graduated August 15 from the Grand Valley State University Police Academy.

GVSU Training Record Number of Police Recruits

May 08, 2019

A record number of people are taking part of Grand Valley State University's police academy.

Dr. Patrick Gerkin

February 14, 2019

Dr. Patrick Gerkin receives Pew Teaching Excellence Award at 12th Annual Faculty Awards Convocation

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Career Center Resume Event

October 1, 2020 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sign up to have your resume reviewed by industry professionals! Kennari Consulting & US Customs & Border Protection representatives will be providing resume reviews on Thursday, October 1,...

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Student Survival Advice for the COVID-19 Pandemic 

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