Teaching the Next Generation of Law Enforcement

SHSU Alumni Lloyd Dragoo is the new Director of the Law Enforcement Academy at Sul Ross State University.
SHSU Alumni Lloyd Dragoo is the new Director of the Law Enforcement Academy at Sul Ross State University.

Alumnus Lloyd Dragoo (MA 98) has combined his passion for law enforcement with his love of teaching in his job as Director of the Sul Ross State University Law Enforcement Academy in Alpine.

Students Learn The Value of Good Detective Work

Former Alvin Detective Sue Dietrich (r) talks to a student following her lecture.
Former Alvin Detective Sue Dietrich (r) talks to a student following her lecture.

A former Alvin detective who investigated the murder case of a two-year-old girl killed by her father urged criminal justice students to continue to ask questions and use common sense, even when it conflicts with expert opinions.

SHSU Students Test Ethics in Espionage at CIA Seminar

Professor Jim Olson from Texas A & M University surveyed SHSU students on the ethical issues of spying.
Professor Jim Olson from Texas A & M University surveyed SHSU students on the ethical issues of spying.

Professor Jim Olson, a senior lecturer at Texas A & M and a former CIA officer, polled Sam Houston State University students about ethical issues in espionage, using the same challenges the U.S. government is facing in gathering intelligence across the globe.

Public Hearing Set on Eyewitness ID Model Policy

Graphic of lineup of stick figures with magnifying glass over one of them.

A public hearing will be held on Dec. 1 in Austin on a model policy and procedures that can be used by Texas law enforcement for eyewitness identification.

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, which was mandated by the Texas Legislature to develop a sample policy, will conduct a question and answer session from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the State Capitol, House Hearing Room E2.030, located in the Capitol Extension. There will be time limits for each question.

All law enforcement agencies in Texas that conduct lineups in the routine performance of an officer’s duty are required to adopt a written policy and procedures on eyewitness identification by Sept. 1, 2012. The proposed model policy, which can be viewed at lemitonline.org or accessed via the Internet from public libraries across the state, was developed in collaboration with law enforcement agencies and special interest organizations across Texas.

In addition to the public hearing, comments can be submitted via e-mail to lemitresearch@shsu.edu or mailed to Dr. Rita Watkins, Executive Director, The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, Sam Houston State University, 1600 Bobby K. Marks Boulevard, Huntsville, Texas 77341-2417 through Nov. 30, 2011.

A map of the Capital Complex and visitor parking is available at http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/SPB/Plan/FloorPlan/Complex.htm.

Special Presentation: Child Abuse & Neglect Class

Child Abuse blocks

Thu., Nov. 17, 2011
2-3:20 P.M.
CJ Lower Auditorium

A special presentation in Dr. Raymond Teske's Child Abuse Class will explore the case of two-year-old Renee Goode of Alvin, who was murdered by her father. The basis for the book To the Last Breath, the program will features Renee's grandmother, Sharon Couch, who doggedly pursued justice for her granddaughter, and Alvin Police Detective Sue Dietrich, who investigated the case and discovered a $50,000 life insurance policy that the father took out on the child.

Interested faculty and students are welcome to attend.

Real Talk w/CJ: Huntsville K9 Officer Blane Rodgers

Realt Talk with CJ logo

Tue., Nov. 15, 2011
2-3 P.M.
CJava Cafe

Blane Rodgers, a SHSU alumnus, wears several hats at the Huntsville Police Department, including K9 Officer, Community Relations Officer and SWAT Team Leader.

Interns Stamp out Drugs and Fraud in the U.S. Mail

Miguel Sanchez, intern for Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service
Miguel Sanchez

Come rain, sleet, snow or hail, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service will be stamping out crime in the mail, assisted this fall by two Sam Houston State University students.

Beto Lecture Explores New Theory of African American Offending

Drs. Shaun L. Gabbidon (l) and James D. Unnever co-authored A Theory on African-American Offending: Race, Racism, and Crime
Drs. Shaun L. Gabbidon (l) and James D. Unnever co-authored "A Theory on African-American Offending: Race, Racism, and Crime."

African American men, which represents about 6 percent of the American population, account for about 60 percent of the robbery arrests in the United States. Why?

Two leading scholars, Drs. James D. Unnever of the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, and Shaun L. Gabbidon of Penn State Harrisburg, set out to answer that question and published A Theory on African-American Offending: Race, Racism, and Crime. The researchers presented their ground-breaking theory that the glaring disparities in offending patterns are related to the unique history of African Americans and their present racial subordination at the Beto Chair Lecture Series at the College of Criminal Justice.

Real Talk with Huntsville K-9 Officer

Huntsville Officer Blane Rodgers and Quintus
Huntsville Officer Blane Rodgers and Quintus.

Huntsville Police Officer Blane Rodgers does more than just aid his own community. He also uses his well-trained drug dog to help decrease the transfer of drugs in town and down the IH 45 corridor.

Special Presentation: Child Abuse & Neglect Class

Child Abuse blocks

Thu., Nov. 10, 2011
2-3:20 P.M.
CJ Lower Auditorium

A special presentation in Dr. Raymond Teske's Child Abuse Class will include prosecutors in a Houston case involving the sexual mutilation of a five-week-old baby. Scheduled to appear are Assistant District Attorneys Debra and Denise Oncken and Tammy Thomas, who will take students through a step-by-step overview of the case, prosecution and sentencing.

Interested faculty and students are welcome to attend.

Recent Publications by Faculty, Graduate Students and Alumni of the College of Criminal Justice

Here is a list of recent publications by faculty, graduate students and alumni of Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice.

Beto Chair Lecture: Drs. James Unnever and Shaun L. Gabbidon

Beto Chair Lecture Series

Fri Nov 4, 2011
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
CJ Courtroom
Criminal Justice Center

Dr. James D. Unnever, Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, and Dr. Shaun L. Gabbidon, Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice at Penn State University, Harrisburg, will present "A Theory of African American Offending."

LEMIT Seeks Comment on Eyewitness ID Model Policy

eye looking through a jagged fence

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas is seeking public comment on a model policy on the use of eyewitness identification procedures by law enforcement in Texas.

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