SHSU Gun Study Earns Emerald Award

Police officer steps on suspect's hand grabbing a gun.

Three professors from the College of Criminal Justice were presented the 2013 Outstanding Paper Award from the Emerald Literati Network for their study on the effects of gun possession arrests by a specialized Houston Police Department unit.

Taking the Leap from TDCJ to DPS

Texas State Trooper Erik Burse
Texas State Trooper Erik Burse.

After 17 years with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Major Erik Burse was assigned to give a tour of the Coffield Unit to members of the Department of Public Safety. As he turned the corner to greet his guests, he was awestruck by the 20 to 30 polished troopers that stood before him.

Topping off Careers in Police and Fire

Chief Dennis Stapleton in front of a Lacy Lakeview Fire Department logo.

Chief Stapleton in front of a Lacy Lakeview Police car.
Dennis Stapleton has served as a police and fire chief throughout his career.

During most of his career, Dennis Stapleton has worn two hats -- as a Police Chief and as a Fire Chief. Last August, he added another one to cap off his career: as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at McLennan Community College in Waco.

CJ Summer Camps 2013

Student tries on gear used by the U.S. Marshal Service.

Session I: Sun Jun 16 - 20
Session II: Sun July 21 - 25
Session III: Sun Jul 28 - Aug 1


George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

Are you a high school student age 15-17 interested in criminal justice? Would you like to gain hands-on experience in criminal justice? Would you like to meet law enforcement agents, professors, and other students that share your interest? Would you like to tour the prison, crime lab, or morgue? Would you like toinvestigate a mock crime scene?

Climbing the Ladder at TDCJ


Capt. Timothy Fitzpatrick serves in the Polunsky Unit in Livingston.

Capt. Timothy Fitzpatrick of the Polunsky Unit and Assistant Director Jennifer Robinson of the Huntsville Placement and Release Unit would like to grow their careers at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to help their employees as well as the offenders under their supervision.

Constables Attend Leadership College at LEMIT

The Constables Leadership College Class #9 included representatives from 25 offices across the Texas.
The Constables Leadership College Class #9 included representatives from 25 offices across the Texas.

Top level leaders from 25 Constables’ Offices across Texas recently completed an intensive Leadership College that covered many aspects of modern law enforcement management techniques, styles and philosophies.

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