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

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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

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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


Giving the Gift of Security


Students from Sam Houston State University, College of Criminal Justice, Department of Security Studies, presented New Danville, a community for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with the gift of security in December 2014.

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