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. The words "American Criminal Justice Association" appear on the
outer edge of the insignia. Each of these figures has a particular significance for us in the field of criminal justice.
|THE GREEK LETTERS 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," which means to adjudicate. "Epsilon " is the letter of the Greek word "Exorthoun," which means
to rehabilitate. The three letters taken together are representative of the primary functions of criminal justice systems
everywhere: to detect, to adjudicate, and to rehabilitate. |
|THE STAR The star is representative of the light of knowledge.
The validity 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 obligate 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. |
|THE WEB The web symbolizes the 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.
|THE SCALES 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. 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 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.