Incarcerated Mothers Impact Children’s Future Criminal Involvement

Incarcerated Mothers Impact

Dr. Lisa Muftić investigates the connection between incarcerated mothers and links to children's future criminal behavior.

Logos for STAFSChildren of incarcerated mothers are twice as likely to be arrested, convicted and incarcerated as adults, according to a study by Sam Houston State University scholars.

ACE Students Develop Security Plan for At-Risk Youth

Security Plan

Homeland Security students provide a security plan for local juvenile justice program.

A Security Studies class at Sam Houston State University will develop security plans for the Gulf Coast Trades Center, a Walker County facility which provides education and training in vocational skills for at-risk youth from the juvenile justice system.

Dr. Muftić Appointed Director of Undergraduate Programs in CJ & Criminology

Logos for STAFSDr. Lisa Muftić was recently appointed as Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University.

Dr. Tasca Elected to ASC Corrections and Sentencing Board

New Board Member

Dr. Melina Tasca elected to national corrections board at ASC.

Logos for STAFSDr. Melinda Tasca of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology was recently elected as a member of the distinguished American Society of Criminology Division of Corrections and Sentencing Executive Board.

Real Talk w/CJ: Jesse J. Williams II, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Logos for STAFSWed, Nov 18, 2015
2:00 pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Alumnus Jesse J. Williams II helps root out dangerous criminal aliens for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Texas.

Ph.D. Student Earns Best Paper Award

Student Paper Wins Award

Ph.D. Student Alicia Jurek wins best paper for human trafficking research from regional organization.

Logos for STAFSAlicia Jurek, a first year Ph.D. student at the College of Criminal Justice, was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper for 2015 by the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association.

Threats Against Children During the Separation Process for Women in Abusive Relationships

Mothers who separate from their abusive partners are four times more likely to report threats to take or to harm their children than those who stay in the relationship, a study by Sam Houston State University found.

Homeland Security Graduate Students Inducted into New Honor Society

The newest criminal justice organization at the College of Criminal Justice is an elite chapter for masters’ students in homeland security studies pursuing careers in homeland security, intelligence, emergency management, and protective services.

SHSU Collaborates with Fire Marshals on Forensic Death Investigations

Forensic Collaboration

SHSU collaborates with fire marshals on death investigation training.

One of only two fire death investigation courses in the country using human case studies recently was made possible by property access and logistical support at Sam Houston State University, with lectures and research provided by the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility (STAFS) and other professional and academic leaders.

Alumnus Protects Houston Airport System

Mark Bull’s job is to help ensure safe travels for 52 million people a year who pass through George Bush Intercontinental Airport and monitor about 34,000 employees and contractors that work in three Houston area airports.

CJ Student Org President Appointed National Leader

The new president of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) at Sam Houston State University was appointed to a national post overseeing student chapters that fight for minority rights across the country.

College of Criminal Justice Holds Victim Studies Career Fair

The College of Criminal Justice will hold a Victim Services Career Fair to introduce students to the diverse job opportunities that are available.

Law Enforcement Fitness and Performance

Special Presentation: Law Enforcement Fitness and Performance
with Lt. Greg Davis, Fitness Wellness Coordinator, DPS
Thu, Oct 8, 2015
2:00pm
CJ Courtroom

The majority of law enforcement agencies require physical fitness tests as part of their job application process and some agencies, like the state of Texas, require all commissioned officers to pass ongoing fitness assessments to remain on the job.

Impaired Driving Instructor Earns National Recognition

Logos for STAFSRetired Lt. Dan Webb of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was one of the first officers in the state certified in sobriety field testing and as a drug recognition expert (DRE). Last month, he was named the latest DRE Emeritus for the honor and integrity he brought to the nationwide program.

CMIT Adds New Secretariat Organization, Staff

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas added a new secretariat post, expanding its diversity in serving the correctional field, as well as new staff members to address the growing need for training professionals in prisons, jails, community corrections, probation and parole.

Recent Publications -- Fall 2015

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

Dr. Muftic Co-Authors Victimology Textbook

Dr. Lisa Muftić recently co-authored her first textbook, Victimology, which includes a strong focus on research.

Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. Wayne Osgood

Fri, Oct 2, 2015
9:30 a.m.
CJ Courtroom

Dr. Wayne Osgood, a Professor of Criminology and Sociology at Pennsylvania State University, will discuss “Contributions of Friendship Networks to the Diffusion and Prevention of Delinquency and Substance Use” at the Beto Chair Lecture for the fall semester.

College Honors Memory of Slain Officer with Scholarship

The College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University established a scholarship fund in memory of Deputy Darren Goforth of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, who was brutally murdered in the line of duty, to help criminal justice majors pursue future careers in law enforcement.

Alumni Update

Logos for STAFSCol Hameed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd) (MS ’88) was appointed Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Customs Service. The national organization has the dual role of ensuring speedy delivery of international goods while maintaining systematic and effective intervention to control economic crime, money laundering, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, intellectual property rights, and disposal of toxic and hazardous waste.

The College Provides a Center for Lifelong Learning

The Criminal Justice Center at Sam Houston State University offers a lifetime of learning opportunities for individuals who want to begin or advance in careers in criminal justice in the fields of law enforcement, victim services, forensic science and security studies.

Adding New Tools to Fight Environmental Crimes

Several new classes have been added to Project EnCriPT, a new initiative at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) to help law enforcement officers, firefighters, code enforcers, and sanitarians fight environmental crime.

Voices Lecture Series: Justin Lopez, Angie's Awareness Angels

Angie’s Awareness Angels
Oct. 15, 2015
2 p.m.
CJ Courtroom

This year, Justin Lopez will create new memories for the date his mother was murdered It will be the day he learns the sex of his firstborn child. “It sent chills up my spine,” said Lopez.

Logos for STAFSOn Sept. 15, 2012, Angela Renee Fontenot Lopez, was killed by her ex-boyfriend in front of his then 12-year old sister, Porsha. In the wake of his mother’s death, Lopez founded Angie’s Awareness Angels to raise awareness about domestic violence and funds for women’s shelters to prevent this horrible tragedy from happening again.

Applying Skills to Crime Scene Investigations

After nearly 20 years of processing hundreds of crime scenes across Oklahoma and in parts of Texas, Alumnus Jim Stokes and his former colleague wondered if there were more efficient and effective ways to collect evidence at a crime scene and to document the process for the criminal justice system.

Ballistics Imaging Systems Effective with Good Management

During a homicide epidemic in Trinidad and Tobago driven mainly by guns, the developing country had forensic ballistics imaging technology, but faced problems effectively using it to solve crimes, according to a study at Sam Houston State University.

Protecting Courts in Texas

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas recently held its first training to help certify court security specialists who protect courtrooms and courthouses as well as high security or high profile trials.

Chiefs Set Agenda to Address Emerging Issues

With controversial suspect deaths and public protests in Ferguson, MO. and New York fresh in their minds, Texas Police Chiefs representing municipal, school, and college/university law enforcement set a biennial training agenda for top law enforcement officers for Texas agencies.

Finding a Pathway to a Federal Career

As a retired military veteran with 20 years of experience, Josh Lynch came to Sam Houston State University for a college degree to open doors to federal law enforcement positions. Lynch earned his bachelor’s degree in just 20 months, which included an internship with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) in Houston, Texas.

College Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

Faculty

Patrick Buzzini and Sparks Veasey joined the faculty at Department of Forensic Science

The College of Criminal Justice added three new faculty members in the fall, Dr. Brandy Blasko in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Dr. Patrick Buzzini in Forensic Science and Dr. Sparks Veasey III, who will split his time between the two departments.

Study Finds Post-it Notes Deliver Returns

A Post-it note can go a long way to getting colleagues and students to respond to a survey, according to a recent study at Sam Houston State University.

Five Professors Spend Summer on Research Projects

Research

Two forensic science faculty received enhancement grants for summer studies on marijuana and DNA.

Five faculty members from the College of Criminal Justice spent their summer conducting research to explore up-and-coming issues in the field.

CJ Welcome Week Introduces College Activities

The College of Criminal Justice will welcome students back to the fall semester with a series of events from Aug. 31-Sept. 3.

Explore the Broad Field of Homeland Security

New Course in Contemporary Issues

Logos for STAFSThe Department of Security Studies will rip the news from the headlines in its latest course to explore Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security.

College Adds Five Ph.D.s and More than 40 Masters’ Graduates

Nearly 200 students graduated from the College of Criminal Justice in August, including five new Ph.D.s and approximately 46 with masters’ degrees.

Real Talk w/CJ: Laurie Christensen, Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office

Alumna Laurie Christensen still remembers the feeling of adrenaline from her first fire at the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department, where she backed up her supervisor fighting the hot flames. When the hose burned in half, she raced outside to get a new one, and suddenly she was the one with the nozzle, with her supervisor taking up the rear.

Intern Monitors Juvenile Offenders at Home

Jessica Cervantes hit the streets this summer with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) Houston District Office, which is the state’s juvenile parole agency. She monitored and helped youthful offenders in the communities where they live, work, and go to school.

Alumna Prepares Harris County for Disasters

As a Homeland Security Planner for Harris County, Alumna Stevee Franks (MS ’14) is always ready for a disaster -- it’s literally her job.

Heading Homicide for Harris County


Alumnus Lt. Jerry Philpott recently was named head of the Homicide Division for the third largest county in the country.

Kevin Madden Joins Advising Staff

The newest academic advisor at the College of Criminal Justice will never forget the day he graduated from Sam Houston State University – 12-13-14.

New Student Org Aids Abused Children


A new student organization at Sam Houston State University is dedicated to assisting abused and neglected children in the local foster care system.

Alumna Serves Crime Victims in Montgomery County


Alumna Tamara Young-Niquette (’98) had planned to go to law school, but instead she found her calling in helping victims of crime in Harris and Montgomery counties.

Protecting Americans and the First Family Abroad

As a summer intern with the U.S. Department of State, Dakin Stanesic helped prepare for a visit by Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, to Milan, Italy during the First Lady’s tour to fight childhood obesity. Stanesic even got to ride in the motorcade escorting the First Family through the streets of the Italian city.

Alumnus Rounds Out Police Career in Webster

Alumnus James “Rusty” Lovel (MS ’12) is getting well-rounded experience in various positions at the Webster Police Department, hoping one day to use all his skills to become a police chief.

Professor Investigates Parent-Child Visitation in Prison

It’s not “cupcakes and lollipops” for most children who visit a parent in prison, with two-thirds reported to have negative experiences including fear, anger, anxiety, and related reactions, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Justice by Dr. Melinda Tasca of Sam Houston State University.

CJ College Produces Third Journal on School Violence


A third journal – this one on school violence -- will be co-produced by faculty at the College of Criminal Justice, adding to the number of peer-reviewed publications on qualitative criminology and psychology in criminal justice already edited by professors at the institution.

Intern Wants to Protect and Serve His Community


From a young age Cirilo Portales was always taught to give back to his community, and now that he has graduated from Sam Houston State University he wants to do this by becoming a police officer for the City of Rosenberg.

Forensic Classes Offered to Teachers Over Summer

Training

The Institute sponsored training for middle and high school teachers in forensic science over the summer.

Middle and high school teachers will get hands-on experience in forensic science this summer, whether they are interested in working with their students in the laboratory or at a mock crime scene.

Parole and Probation Officers Get Lessons in Impaired Driving


Despite ongoing flooding in Texas, approximately 40 adult and juvenile probation officers braved storms to attend the newest training offered by the Impaired Driving Initiatives on how to detect drug and alcohol impairment among their clients, families and friends in an effort to keep Texas roads safer.

More Than 300 Graduate CJ College in Spring


Hundreds of students graduated from the College of Criminal Justice on May 9, including five doctoral students who earned Ph.D. degrees.

Recent Publications -- Spring 2015

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

Crime Victims' Institute Surveys Texas Emergency Shelters


Texas has a shortage of beds for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV), and although alternatives may be offered, survivors may find themselves isolated from much-needed services, such as crisis intervention, legal advocacy, support groups, medical advocacy, individual counseling and others, according to a study by the Crime Victims’ Institute.

Intern Finds Her Calling in Texas Legislature


O'Brien and Rep. Todd Hunter
O’Brien and Rep. Todd Hunter

As an undergraduate and graduate student at the College of Criminal Justice, Shelby O’Brien has spent a year as an intern with Texas Rep. Todd Hunter of House District 32, the coastal half of Nueces County and part of Port Aransas. She served constituents, set schedules and learned all she could about human trafficking and the Texas Legislature.

Dr. Jones Studied Drug Cartels in Mexico

As a doctoral student studying drug cartels in Mexico, Dr. Nathan Jones was given the nickname La Barbie after an American who became a Mexican drug lord and wound up as a snitch. The locals were convinced the young, clean cut student was a CIA or FBI agent.

LEMIT Hosts Polish National Police Delegation

May 1, 2015 – May 12, 2015 The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) welcomes a delegation of six Polish National Police executives to Huntsville as part of an annual international exchange program among LEMIT, Sam Houston State University (SHSU), and the Polish National Police. The delegation includes Director Robert Zolkiewski, Chief Adam Kolodziejski, Chief Sebastian Banaszak, Chief Jarosław Rzymkowski, Chief Marek Swiszcz, and Chief Tomasz Trawinski.

Lyons Named Criminal Justice Dean, Director


Phillip Lyons, professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University, has been named dean of the university’s College of Criminal Justice and director of its affiliated Criminal Justice Center, effective Sept. 1.

The announcement was made today by SHSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jaimie Hebert.

“As we embark on a new chapter in the college, I am confident that Dr. Lyons will work to ensure the continued success of the college and center and will develop a comprehensive strategy that incorporates the diverse strengths and aspirations of the faculty and staff,” he said.

New Lecture Series Launched on Innovating Police at LEMIT


The Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) launched a new Distinguished Lecture Series in honor of longtime supporter Dr. Larry T. Hoover, which will present innovative and practical ideas to law enforcement agencies on policing in the 21st Century.

College of Criminal Justice Time Capsule Documents Center's History

by Dr. Charles Friel, Distinguished Professor Emeritus

In 1990, at the 25th Anniversary of the founding of Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice, a time capsule was constructed to preserve the accomplishments and status of the program for future generations.
The capsule is intended to be opened and its contents reviewed at 25 year intervals, at which time materials from the immediately prior 25 year period should be added. Placed in the Time Capsule for the 1965-1990 period was a photograph album of “A Day in the Life of the Criminal Justice Center,” letters from faculty, and memorabilia of the first 25 year period.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: 50th Anniversary Events

This year, the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University celebrates 50 years of service. As one of the oldest and largest criminal justice programs in the country, the College sets the stage for education, research and practice in such diverse fields as law enforcement, corrections, victim services, forensics and security. It offers the longest running Ph.D. program in the discipline, producing nearly 300 scholars around the globe, and continues to educate and train leaders in the field through its academic programs and affiliated professional institutes. The College has been at the forefront of change in criminal justice throughout its history by researching best practices, training professionals in the field, and educating undergraduate and graduate students.

50th Anniversary Beto Chair Lecture and Symposia

50th Anniversary Beto Chair Lecture and Symposia
Fri, Apr 24, 2015
9:00 to 5 p.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the College of Criminal Justice and its prestigious Beto Chair Lecture Series, the College will offer a day of symposia featuring Dr. Michael G. Maxfield, professor at John Jay College of Criminal, along with panels of world-renown faculty form the College to discuss the past, present and future of research in the field of criminal justice.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Expanding Opportunities in Forensic Science

In 2001, the College of Criminal Justice launched the inaugural master’s degree for forensic science in Texas, and it is making history again by offering the first multi-disciplinary Ph.D. in the field in the country.

Celebrating 50 Years of Services: Keeping Texas Roads Safe from Impaired Drivers

For the last 10 years, a program at the College of Criminal Justice has been keeping the roads safer in Texas by training professionals to recognize the signs of impaired driving.

50th Anniversary Honors Day

As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration, the College of Criminal Justice will continue its traditions of honoring outstanding students, alumni and supporters, as well as those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Child Abuse Awareness Month Event at The Woodlands Center

Tue Apr 14, 2015
11:00am - 11:30am
Back Lawn at The Woodlands Center

In recognition of Child Abuse Awareness Month, the Victim Studies Program has planned an event at The Woodlands Center featuring a butterfly release and speakers in the field of child abuse and neglect.

Real Talk w/CJ: Alfred Bryant, Child Protective Services


Wed Apr 8, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom
Alfred Bryant has spent his career helping children who are victims of abuse and neglect as well as their families.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events


The Sexual Assault Awareness Committee at Sam Houston State University is hosting a series of event in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year's national theme, It's On Us, is designed to recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault, to identify situations in which sexual assault may occur, to intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given and to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

Parents of Murdered Children Panel

Tue Mar 31, 2015
6:00pm
CJ Courtroom

Panel discussion by parents whose children have been murdered and their experiences as victims and with the criminal justice system.

Special Security Studies Presentation: FBI Agent Daniel Fuentes and Major General James Marks

Thu, March 19, 2015
2:00pm - 2:45pm (Fuentes)
2:45 - 3:30 (Marks)
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

The Department of Security Studies will host a special presentation with FBI Agent Dan Fuentes on “Fighting Mexican Drug Cartels” and Retired Maj. Gen. James “Spider” Marks on “Combating Terrorism and Criminal Networks."

Real Talk w/CJ: Texas Ranger Steven Jeter

Tue Mar 17, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Alumnus Steven Jeter is a proud member of the Texas Rangers, an elite division of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) charged with investigating major incidents, unsolved and serial crimes, public corruption, officer-involved shootings, border security and much, much more.

Chiefs Set Agenda to Address Emerging Issues

With controversial suspect deaths and public protests in Ferguson, MO. and New York fresh in their minds, Texas Police Chiefs representing municipal, school, and campus law enforcement set a biennial training agenda for the top law enforcement officers for Texas agencies.

Alumna Serves as Chief of Staff for Nation's 4th Largest Department


Sam Houston State University Alumna Martha Montalvo rose through the ranks of the Houston Police Department to become Chief of Staff to Chief Charles McClelland. She is the first of four Executive Assistant Chiefs tapped to fill his shoes when he is out of town.

Alumnus Appointed New Director of Arkansas State Police


William J. Bryant (’74) is Arkansas’ newly appointed State Police Director. He recited his oath and assumed the rank of Colonel in the Arkansas State Police on January 12, 2015.

2015 Career Week Events

Career Fair

Resume Clinic
One-on-one critique of your resume
Tue & Thu, Feb. 24 & 26, 9am – 4pm
Friday, Feb. 27, 9am – 12:00pm
CJ Lobby

Tips for Career Fair
Things you need to know to prepare for the Career Fair
Mon, Mar. 2
2:30 - 3:30pm
CJ Courtroom

The Application Process
The complex process needed to get a job
Tue, Mar. 3
2:30 - 3:30pm
CJ Courtroom

Criminal Justice Career Fair
Meet prospective employers
Wed, Mar. 4
10:00am - 2:00pm
Lowman Student Center Ballroom
For a full list of participating agencies, visit Criminal Justice Career Fair.

Internships
How to get experience in the field
Thu, Mar. 5,
10:00am
CJ Courtroom

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: CMIT Advances Practices in the Correctional Field

CMIT logo

In 1994, the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) opened its doors to officials from prisons, jails, and community corrections throughout the state to offer training and professional development based on the latest scientific studies available.

Spring 2015 Recent Publications

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

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Share Your Stories

by Dr. Charles Friel

During the week of April 19th, 2015, Sam Houston State University's Criminal Justice Center will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

An historic component of this celebration will be the placement of letters from our former students in the Time Capsule we created at our 25th Anniversary Celebration in 1990.

We therefore wish to invite all our former students to submit a letter commemorating the one memory that they have retained lo these many years from their studies at the University. These letters will be held in the Time Capsule until the year 2040 when they will be displayed for the benefit of our future students celebrating our 75th Anniversary.

We have several ways to share your stories! Leave your comments on our Facebook page at wwww.facebook.com/shsucj or write us a letter. You can send letters to:

50th Anniversary Celebration Committee
College of Criminal Justice
Box 2296, SHSU
Huntsville, Texas
77341-2296.

Please limit your essays to 400 words or one page in length.

Also feel free to peruse our photo album and help us identify our students and alumni!

Don’t miss out, share a memory with a colleague today and in the future!

Voices Lecture Series: Ben Smith, MADD


Tue, Feb 24, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom
As a Bryan police officer for 28 years, Ben Smith witnessed the impact of impaired driving accidents and arrested more than his share of DWI suspects. After his retirement, he now is helping the victims, families, and friends of those involved in drunk and drugged driving cases.

Grassroots Speaker Series: Dr. Gregory Campbell, U.S. Postal Inspection Services


Tue, Feb 24, 2015
5:30pm - 4:00pm
Haney Auditorium, College of Business Administration

Dr. Gregory Campbell is the Deputy Chief Inspector of Western Field Operations U.S. postal inspection service. He manages seven Western Field Divisions located in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, and Houston. He is also Executive Liaison for the USPIS Talent Management Initiative. He developed a Law Enforcement Leadership Academy and national mentoring program for the organization.

The Woodlands Center Speaker Series: Current Trends and Issues Involving Drones

The Woodlands Speakers Series: Current Trends and Issues Involving Drones, Feb 14, 6-7:30pm, The Woodlands Center, Room 110

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: LEMIT Offers Premier Training Opportunities for Law Enforcement

LEMIT Building

by Christopher Young

For 25 years, the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Institute of Texas, at Sam Houston State University, has provided cutting-edge training and research for Texas law enforcement officials.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Director George Killinger Leads First Decade of Development

Director George Killinger
Director George Killinger

Dr. George Killinger was the first director of the Institute of Contemporary Corrections and the Behavioral Sciences, building a strong foundation for the College that would influence programs for decades to come.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Courtroom Offers Real Life Legal Drama

The Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom.
The Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Alumnus Eric Pedersen remembers watching parts of the “Uncle Hilty” trial in the CJ Courtroom while a student at Sam Houston State University. Little did he know at that time that the prosecutor in the case would inspire his future career.

Celebrating 50 Years of Services: Internship Spread Around the World

Dr. Jim Dozier did an internship as a community service officer as a student at SHSU.
Dr. Jim Dozier did an internship as a community service officer as a student at SHSU.

Internship Coordinator Dr. Jim Dozier began as a student at Sam Houston State University. Although he was already a patrol officer with the Houston Police Department when he attended the College, he completed an internship as a community service officer, teaching school children about the department.

Celebrating 50 Years of Serving: Leading Academia in the Field

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences logo

Many scholars from the College of Criminal Justice have risen to the top of their fields as educators, researchers, policy analysts and practitioners. One of the pinnacles in academia is the Academy of Criminal Justice Science (ACJS), and 10 faculty or former students have served as President of this leading institution.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Crime Victims' Institute Enlightens Public on Victim Issues

In 2003, Sam Houston State University inherited the Crime Victims’ Institute from the Texas Attorney General’s Office and turned it into a premiere research and advocacy agency for victims’ issue in Texas and beyond.

Celebrating 50 Years of Serving: Dean Richard H. Ward Leading Academia in the Field

Dr. Richard H. Ward, 1999-2006
Dr. Richard H. Ward, 1999,2006

As a former New York City police detective, Dr. Richard H. Ward helped strengthen the ties between academics and practitioners during his tenure as Dean of the College of Criminal Justice from 1999 to 2006.

Real Talk w/CJ: Stephen Ingram, Texas Parks & Willdlife


Thu, Feb 19, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

One of the duties of Game Warden Stephen Ingram is to lead youth hunts.
One of the duties of Game Warden Stephen Ingram is to lead youth hunts.
As a Game Warden, Stephen Ingram leads youth hunts.

For eight years, Stephen Ingram has protected the natural resources of Texas on land, water and the border.

National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice

Wed, Feb 18, 2015
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Lowman Student Center, Room 315

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Dean Timothy J. Flanagan Oversees Growth of College

Dean Timothy J. Flanagan, 1991-98
Dean Timothy J. Flanagan, 1991-98.

As Dean of the College of Criminal Justice and Director of the Criminal Justice Center from 1991-98, Dr. Timothy J. Flanagan helped the program grow with the addition of the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), a doctoral program in clinical psychology, and a new satellite site at the University Center in The Woodlands.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Dean Vincent Webb Creates Three Departments at College

Dr. Vincent Webb, Dean of the College and Center from 2006-2014, set the College of Criminal Justice on a new path by creating three departments to illustrate the diverse career and academic paths in Criminal Justice.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Beto Chair Attracts Top CJ Scholars to SHSU

Beto Chair Lecture Series featuring profile of Beto.

Since its inception in 1981, the Beto Chair has drawn about 100 top scholars in the field to Sam Houston State University (SHSU) to discuss the current and pressing issues in criminal justice.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Police Research Center Manages Data for Police

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

by Romney Thomas

Today’s world is one of near constant communication, and for agencies that align with the criminal justice field, speedy and accurate communication is key.

100 Club Leads the Way in Scholarship for Officers and Students

The

Three top executives at the Houston Police Department rose through the ranks in the U.S.’s fourth largest city with the help of a 100 Club Scholarship program started right here at Sam Houston State University.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Advancing Forensic Study at STAFS

STAFS

The Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility is one of the only body farms in the U.S.

by Romney Thomas

The concept of forensic science and forensic anthropology has been fascinating since shows like “CSI,” “NCIS” and “Bones” hit the airwaves more than a decade ago. Part of the appeal of these programs is found in the adrenaline-pinching crunch of solving a case and catching a criminal using advanced scientific techniques.

SHSU Offers First Multi-Disciplinary Ph.D. Program Forensic Science

Ph.D. Degree

Sam Houston launches the first multi-disciplinary Ph.D. degree in forensic science.
Sam Houston State University launched the nation’s first interdisciplinary doctoral degree in forensic science to meet the growing needs of public and private crime labs and to train faculty for higher education programs in the expanding field.

Juvenile Gang Members Top One Million in U.S., New Study Finds


There are over one million juvenile gang members in the U.S., more than three times the number estimated by law enforcement, according to a recent study.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Dean Strecher Ushers in College of Criminal Justice

A portrait of Dean Victor Strecher
Dean Victor Strecher, 1978-1985

Upon his appointment in 1978, Dean Victor Strecher persuaded SHSU’s administration to elevate Criminal Justice to become the institution’s seventh college.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: Changing Criminal Justice Around the World


As part of an international exchange, police officers from Poland visited the Galveston Police Department in 2014.
As part of an international exchange, police officers from Poland visited the Galveston Police Department in 2014.

Across the globe, international graduates from the College of Criminal Justice are making a difference in policing and academia in their native countries.

Celebrating 50 Years of Service: The Legacy of Dean Charles Friel

Dr. Charles Friel during his time as Dean of the College of Criminal Justice.
Dr. Charles Friel during his time as Dean of the College of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Charles M. Friel took over as Dean and Director from 1986-1991 during one of the worst budget crises in Texas, but he found new and innovative ways to keep the College growing and prospering.

National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice

Wed, Feb. 11, 2015
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Lowman Student Center, Room 315

Helping Juveniles at the Crossroads of Texas


After nearly 30 years of serving adult and juvenile probationers across the state, Alumna Pama Hencerling recently was presented the Amador R. Rodriguez Lifetime Achievement Award from the Juvenile Justice Association of Texas (JJAT).

Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. James Forest


Beto Chair Lecture Series
Fri, Feb 6, 2015
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom


Dr. James Forest
Dr. James Forest, an expert on terrorism and national security, will present "Apocalypse Not: The Limited Threat of Terrorism with Weapons of Mass Destruction" at the first Beto Chair Lecture of the Spring.

Dr. Forest, a Professor and Director of the Security Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, serves as Director of the Center of Terrorism and Security Studies and is a Senior Fellow with the Joint Operations University, where he conducts research on emerging terrorist threats, insurgencies, transnational criminal networks, and U.S. Special Forces training.

National Organization of Hispanics in Criminal Justice

Wed, Feb 4, 2015
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Lowman Student Center, Room 315

LIFE Expands Across State Lines at LEMIT


In November 2014, 23 female officers, representing 16 law enforcement agencies across the state of Arizona, attended the first Leadership Inventory for Female Executives (LIFE) class held outside the state of Texas.

Dr. King Appointed to IACP Policy Board


Dr. William King was appointed the IACP's National Law Enforcement Policy Center board.
Dr. William King was appointed the IACP's National Law Enforcement Policy Center board.
Dr. William King, Associate Dean of Research and Program Development at the College of Criminal Justice, was recently appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) National Law Enforcement Policy Center (NLEPC), Advisory Board. The board helps develop model policies and procedures for law enforcement agencies.

“I am honored to serve the IACP and the law enforcement community by serving on the Policy Center’s Advisory Board,” said Dr. King. “This appointment reflects the influence of the College of Criminal Justice in justice issues at the national level, and I am looking forward to contributing to IACP’s mission.”

Dr. William King conducted a study of the NIBIN system for the National Institute of Justice. The College, one of the oldest and largest criminal justice programs in the country, has been at the forefront of research on issues in the field. As Associate Dean, Dr. King oversees projects on such key issues as eyewitness identification, sexual assault investigations, ballistics evidence, gangs, crime victim issues, toxicology and DNA studies, to name a few.

“Dr. King’s contributions to the board are directly aligned with the contributions the College of Criminal Justice at SHSU hopes to make to the field,” said Interim Dean and Director Phillip Lyons. “Good policy and best practice are informed by sound research and Dr. King is very much on top of it.”

Law enforcement officers examine eyewitness identification procedures at a LEMIT training.
Law enforcement officers examine eyewitness identification procedures at a LEMIT training.
The College also conducts research for the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT), a premiere professional development program in management and leadership for law enforcement professionals in Texas.

“Having Dr. Bill King appointed to such an important IACP advisory committee, such as the National Law Enforcement Policy Center (NLEPC), is a testament to his expertise on law enforcement related issues,” said Dr. Rita Watkins, Executive Director of LEMIT. “Dr. King has researched and submitted key results in a manner that is instrumental in helping police agencies in Texas and across this county establish and implement sound policies and procedures. Ongoing research in the law enforcement field helps agencies identify best practices and Bill King is committed to getting timely research out to the field and in the hands of practitioners who face those issues daily.”

International Association of Chiefs of Police logo.As an arm of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the 11-member NLEPC board oversees the development and update of model policies for day-to-day operations and administrative procedures in law enforcement agencies. Since 1987, the board has produced more than 125 white papers on key issues in criminal justice, most recently on the use of body worn cameras by police officers.

“The intent is to put together model policies and procedures to help provide the best practices in administrative and operational areas,” said Philip Lynn, Manager of the NLEPC. “Each one comes with a research paper that reflects legally sound policy and contemporary and best practices, particularly for medium and small-sized cities. These are not standards, but rather recommendations.”

Patrol dog on the run.The board, which includes representatives from police leadership, accrediting agencies and academia from across the country, are expected to examine policy revisions on missing children, patrol dogs, personal appearance and standards of conduct at upcoming sessions. These revisions are generally reviewed if the policies are outdated or if there have been changes to the law.

The model policies are currently contained in seven volumes and cover the gamut of day-to-day operational issues of departments. Among some of the most recent issues discussed are:
    A SWAT officer in silouette against the sunset.
  • Excited Delirium
  • Recording Police Activities
  • Interviewing and Interrogating Juveniles
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Special Weapons and Tactics
  • Retaliatory Conduct by Employees
  • Missing Persons with Alzheimer’s
  • Social Media
  • License Plate Readers
  • Stalking/
  • Pregnancy
  • Personal Relationships in the Workplace


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