Alpha Phi Sigma

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Alpha Phi Sigma is a national organization was established in January 1942 by Dr. Leonard, director of the Police Science Academy Program at Washington State University.  It is the largest and the only “official” criminal justice honor society in the country.  All members are considered lifetime members.  The local chapter’s name is Lambda Lambda Sigma, in honor of our founding faculty advisor Dr. Lynette Lee-Sammons.


The Mission of Alpha Phi Sigma is to promote analytical thinking, rigorous scholarship, and lifelong learning; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research; to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions and to sustain in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training.


  • Promoting academic excellence through the recognition of scholarship.
  • Assisting in the development of professional and personal leadership among students and practitioners.
  • Providing opportunities for service to the community and the profession.
  • Encouraging greater communication among member chapters and the entire criminal justice profession.

Benefits of Membership

  • National recognition for academic excellence in criminal justice, an honor which can be noted on employment applications, vitae, and resumes.
  • Leadership development
  • Networking with other students who have similar interests
  • Service to the department and university.
  • The United States Government recognizes membership in Alpha Phi Sigma meets one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level in the Federal service.
  • Grant and scholarship opportunities
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Speakers (national and local)
  • Career Development

Alpha Phi Sigma wants to keep you ahead of the curve throughout your academic and professional life. We partnered with Experience, the largest career site specifically for college students and young professionals. Members of Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society will enjoy the following advantages:

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  • Resume and Interview tips and techniques
  • Networking with thousands of other Alpha Phi Sigma members
  • Resume posting - be as active or passive in your job search as you wish!