The emblem of the American Criminal Justice Association - Lambda Alpha Epsilon consists
of a hexagon upon which is inscribed three Greek letters, Lambda, Alpha and Epsilon;
a web, a star and a pair of scales. Each of these figures has a particular significance
for us in the field of criminal justice.
The Greek letter "Lambda" is the first letter of the Greek word "Lambano" which means "to detect and apprehend". "Alpha" is the first letter of the Greek
word "Anakrinen" meaning "to adjudicate". " Epsilon" is the first letter of the Greek word "Exorthoun" which translated means "to rehabilitate". The three letters taken together are representative
of the primary functions of criminal justice systems everywhere; to detect, to adjudicate,
The star is representative of the light of knowledge. The truth of the adage "Knowledge
is Power" becomes more apparent each day. Now, more than ever, those of us who are
committed to the criminal justice system appreciate that only by acquisition and dissemination
of knowledge, can we hope to perform an adequate service to our communities. In our
oath we have obligated ourselves to be both a teacher and a student of the art and
science of criminal justice. Let this star constantly remind us of our dedication
to the pursuit of knowledge. Traditionally, scales are emblematic of justice. As criminal
justice agents, we are committed to deal with our respective tasks honestly, truthfully,
and without prejudice. The evidence of our skill is the ability to consummate our
tasks with the highest degree of professional integrity possible.
As criminal justice agents, we are charged to detect, to apprehend, to prosecute,
to adjudicate, and to rehabilitate criminal offenders whenever and wherever they come
before the system. As members of the American Criminal Justice Association - Lambda
Alpha Epsilon, we know that these objectives can best be achieved through the just
administration of the art and science of the criminal justice system.
The web symbolizes that great complexity of criminal activity. The edges of this web
are anchored to our national boundaries from state to state and city to city. The
web has a second significance for criminal justice agents. It accentuates the multitude
of agencies dedicated to cope with this massive dilemma. Each act of agency cooperation
helps eliminate a strand in the web of crime making it progressively easier to deal
with this enormous social problem.
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