Criminology Students Spend a Week in United Kingdom Over Break

Posted on 4/2/2018 9:30:51 PM

Ten criminology students pose for a group photo in front of a courthouse in the United KingdomTen IUP students and one faculty member from the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice spent a week over the winter break touring London and learning about the United Kingdom’s criminal justice system.

Professor Glen Ishoy’s three-credit Criminal Justice of England class spent January 6–13 in London, taking guided tours of not just tourist landmarks, but also many facilities ranging from jails to courts that show how the kingdom of five nations—Great Britain, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales—handles crime.

“Nobody in our department had done a trip abroad in quite a while, so I wanted to try it,” Ishoy said. “I thought it sounded like a fun trip for the students.”

The 10 students on the trip were: Ethan Blackie, Trace Bradley, Alex Christy, Jon Cintron, Krista Edwards, Haley LeJeune, Lonnie Palmer, Nathan Rodgers, Alexandria Taylor, and Andrew Wasielewski. Christy is a political science major; the other nine are criminology majors.

Among the highlights of the trip were guided visits to courthouses of varying kinds, from criminal to supreme to coroner’s. The group also made stops at the London Metro Police Department—the famed “Scotland Yard”—the British Transportation Police, where crimes involving trains and subways were investigated, and “Old Bailey,” the building where executions were held in medieval times.

“We learned a lot about their policing styles,” said Ishoy. “It was interesting to meet with them and see how they do things.”

The students also saw some of the more famous tourist landmarks in London, including Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. They also took the Jack the Ripper Tour, where they walked to some of the locations of the notorious murders from the late 1880s that are still unsolved.

Ishoy said he hopes to build a trip like this into the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice’s curriculum on a more consistent basis, with a revolving list of other cities around the world that could be included.

“My plan right now is to try to do it every other year,” he said. “And there are a lot of other places we could go.”