Criminal justice students get look at life in law enforcement


Officer Randy Mathis of the Carbondale Police Department stands with Shawnee College criminal justice students from around the region following a recent tour of the facility.

The Shawnee Community College (SCC) Criminal Justice class recently visited the Carbondale Police Department (CPD), where Officer Randy Mathis of the CPD gave them a tour. The students who are enrolled in Paul Echols' course at SCC were learning about life in law enforcement.

Echols has been a long-time member of the SCC faculty teaching courses in criminal justice and is a retired investigations commander from CPD, where he served 28 years. He was a detective and certified crime scene investigator for much of his career.

Echols is a graduate of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute, 77th Session of the FBI Administrative Advanced Latent Fingerprint School and the 188th Session of the FBI National Academy.

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