Campus Prepares Law Enforcement for Active Shooters

A drill helped law enforcement prepare for active shooter on campus.
A drill helped law enforcement prepare for an active shooter on campus.

In the quiet days between semesters at Sam Houston State University, the third floor of Smith-Hutson Business Building erupted with shouts and the sounds of gunfire.

But this was not the latest in a series of mass attacks plaguing college or school campuses across the country. It was an Active Shooter Training exercise by law enforcement agencies in Walker County to help prepare officers to respond to a disaster. The mock scenarios, which included simunitions and blank guns, were tested in college setting in classrooms and a residence hall.

Leading the Way in CJ and Criminology

College Dean Dr. Vincent Webb leads a discussion among representatives from top criminal justice programs across the country.
College Dean Dr. Vincent Webb leads a discussion among representatives from top criminal justice programs across the country.

Academic leaders in Criminal Justice and Criminology recently gathered at Sam Houston State University for a Graduate Director Summit to share information to improve programs in the discipline across the country.

CJ Undergrads Win First Summer Research Award

Kevin Madden,Kelsie Newman and Sara Winbigler (l to r). were one of three teams awarded the first Undergraduate Summer Research Stipend at SHSU.
Kevin Madden, Kelsie Newman and Sara Winbigler (l to r)were one of three teams awarded the first Undergraduate Summer Research Stipend at SHSU.

Three undergraduate students from the College of Criminal Justice will spend the summer researching a new “three-strikes” law half a world away.

Intern Investigates Fraud in Texas Medicaid

Intern Melissa McCracken worked in the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Intern Melissa McCracken worked in the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

After working for two years in loss prevention at Saks Fifth Avenue, Melissa McCracken became intrigued by fraud and the thousands of dollars thrown away by criminals on frivolous items.

Law Enforcement Officers Get Hands-on Training in Human Recovery

Officers assembly a human skeleton in the lab.
Officers assembly a human skeleton in the lab.

Law enforcement officers from Texas and Illinois learned how to recover and analyze human remains during a training offered by the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science (STAFS) facility in May.

Counseling Inmates on Life after Prison

Alumnus Valdie Masco counsels offenders at the federal Bureau of Prisons in Bryan.
Alumnus Valdie Masco (center) counsels offenders at the federal Bureau of Prisons in Bryan as well as students on jobs available in the agency.

Valdie Masco (BS ’94) helps prepare female offenders from the Federal Prison Camp in Bryan for their release back into the community.

Police Research Center To Enhance Texas Crime Data

An officer in a patrol car during night duty using onboard computer.

The Police Research Center (PRC) at Sam Houston State University will help convert crime data from 53 Texas police agencies to a national system that provides more in-depth information for crime analysis.

College Commencement Includes Officers, Scientists and Ph.D.s

2013 Spring Commencement.
2013 Spring Commencement

Nearly 300 students graduated from the College of Criminal Justice in the Spring of 2013, including seven Ph.D.s, seven from the Master of Forensic Science program, and 11 commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.

Sharing Career Experiences with Constables at LEMIT

Program Coordinator Rebecca Bowden, Contables.
Program Coordinator Rebecca Bowden, Contables

Rebecca Bowden was the first female Deputy Constable hired in Jefferson County, and she rose through the ranks during her 27 years to become Chief Deputy of the agency. Now Bowden is joining the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) to share her experience with other up-and-coming Constable leaders.

Prosecuting Special Offenders in the Texas Prison System

Shenequa Cachimbo was an intern with the Special Prosecution Unit.
Shenequa Cachimbo was an intern with the Special Prosecution Unit.

Shenequa Cachimbo got practice at being a prosecutor by helping to prepare indictments against inmates and correctional officers for criminal offenses that occurred in Texas prisons.

Enduring Domestic Violence: The Women of SAAFE House

Photo of a woman with a black eye reflected in a marble wall.

Two victims of domestic violence shared their heart-wrenching stories of abuse and survival with criminal justice students during a recent special presentation for Dr. Raymond Teske's Family Violence class.

SHSU Professor Explores Civilian Police Services

Illustration of civilian police with a red figure with binoculars leading a line of grey figures.

Facing deep budget cuts due to the downturn in the economy, many police departments across the country are looking for alternative ways to deliver their services, such as mergers, consolidations and contracts. Dr. William King of the College of Criminal Justice is developing a proposal on how civilians may be used in the process.

Graduate Student Organization Meeting

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Wed, May 1, 2013
3:00pm
Criminal Justice Center, Bates Room

Join the organization for graduate students at the College of Criminal Justice.

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