Hayes and Orrick Presented National Teaching Awards

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Top Teachers

Brittany Hayes and Erin Orrick were recognized as among the top new teachers in the field by the Academy of Criminal Justice Science and SAGE.

Two faculty members in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology earned teaching awards from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), one of the largest professional organizations for academics in the field.

Alumnus Tackles Race Relations as Presidential Scholar

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Alumnus

Webster Chief Danny Presley was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar for his project to enhance dialogue between police and the communities they serve.

Webster Police Chief Danny Presley wants to jump-start the dialogue between police and minority communities across the country, and he has U.S. Presidents, cabinet members, and business leaders to help him on his way.

NIJ Recognizes CRIMES as Exemplary CJ Technology

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CRIMES Award

CRIMES, a record management system developed by the Police Research Center at SHSU, was named a Justice Innovation Center for use by police and probation departments.

A comprehensive records management system developed for law enforcement agencies by the Police Research Center (PRC) at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) was designated a Justice Innovation Center by the National Institute of Justice.

College Celebrates Past, Present and Future at Honors Day

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Honors Day

The College of Criminal Justice will honor students, alumni and friends and memorialize those lost in the line of duty at Honors Day on April 20.

Each spring, the College of Criminal Justice sets aside a day of celebration to honor students, alumni, and friends and to memorialize professionals who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

College Mourns Co-Founder of Security Studies Program

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In Memoriam

Steve Young, one of the founders of the Security Studies program, left behind a legacy in his career and teaching.

Steve Young, one of the founders of the Security Studies program at Sam Houston State University, passed away on March 9 in Corpus Christi with his wife and family by his side.

The College of Criminal Justice will honor Young in conjunction with its Sword and Shield Induction Ceremony on April 27 at 5:30pm in the CJ Courtroom. The Sword and Shield is the honor society for those pursuing careers in homeland security, intelligence, emergency management, and protective services.

Swortwood Developing Lab Test for Synthetic Opioids

Madeleine Swortwood

Synthetic Opioids

Madeleine Swortwood is developing a test to identify and quantify synthetic opioids in saliva for toxicology labs.

With the nation in the midst of an opioid pandemic and more synthetic drugs flooding the market, an assistant professor in the Department of Forensic Science is researching a new method to detect these synthetic substances in death and criminal investigations.

Beto Chair Lecture: Edward R. Maguire

Beto Lecture

Edward R. Maguire from Arizona State University will present “New Directions in Procedural Justice Research” on April 13.

Beto Chair Lecture: Dr. Edward R. Maguire
April 13, 2017

9:30 to 11 a.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Edward R. Maguire, a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, will present “New Directions in Procedural Justice Research” as part of the Beto Chair Lecture Series.

Protecting the Traveling Public

Justin Bradley

Alumnus

Justin Bradley is a K-9 officer for the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the third busiest hub in the country.

Justin Bradley and his K9 partner Dzsan are responsible for protecting 64 million people a year in a 30-square mile area the size of Manhattan that spans two counties and four cities.

CJ Graduate Enlisted in Fight Against Zika

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Alumnus

Sgt. Christopher Springer of the U.S. Army helped develop a vaccine for Zika in his first job at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

After enlisting in the U.S. Army following graduation, Alumnus Christopher Springer’s first job in the military was to help develop a vaccine against Zika, a mosquito-borne virus linked to microcephaly and other brain malformation in fetuses and Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome in adults.

Study* Investigates Civil Legal Needs of Crime Victims

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Legal Services

A study by Leana Bouffard and colleagues investigated the legal service needs of crime victims.

Only two-thirds of victim service providers are trained to identify the civil legal needs of their clients, and there is little consistency or structure in referrals to outside agencies, researchers found.

SHSU Groups Join For Sexual Assault Awareness Events

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Sexual Assault Awareness

Many departments across campus are coming together in April to raise awareness about campus sexual assault.

by Amanda Horn

Sam Houston State University departments across campus are coming together to raise awareness of various issues in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month during April.

SHSU's SAAM Committee has coordinated a number of events throughout the month to shed light on sexual assault in a variety of ways.

“These events have a bigger impact than people think that they do,” said Georgi McNease, chair of the SAAM Committee. “I think what our committee does during this month is very important.”

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Real Talk w/CJ: Houston Area Multi-Agency Gang Task Force

Real Talk

On March 22, Real Talk will feature the Houston Area Multi-Agency Gang Task Force, which investigates MS-13 gang activities such as homicide, extortion and racketeering.

Real Talk w/CJ: Houston Area Multi-Agency Gang Task Force
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
2 p.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Homeland Security Students Aid Runners in 100 Mile Race

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Security Studies

Three Homeland Security students served as CERT volunteers, provided first aid and support during the 100-mile Rocky Raccoon Race.

Three Security Studies students who helped provide first aid and support for the Rocky Raccoon Race, a 100-mile trail race through the woods of Huntsville State Park, are new members of the Walker County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Recent Publications


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

Oliver Pays Homage to the Father of America Policing

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New Book

Willard Oliver pays homage to August Vollmer, the Father of American Policing, in his latest book.

After 10 years of research and a bookcase full of documents, Professor Willard Oliver published a comprehensive biography of August Vollmer, known as the “Father of American Policing.”

Protecting and Serving College Campuses

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Alumnus

Garret Hudson is working for Texas A&M Police, one of the largest college department in the state.

Alumnus Garret Hudson ('10) works for a college police department with jurisdiction in nearly every county in the state.

Countering Radicalization in Terrorism, Hate Groups, Gangs in Communities, Prisons and Jails

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Radicalization

LEMIT and CMIT will present a three-day conference on radicalization, including terrorism, hate groups, and gangs, and how to combat the issue in communities, prison and jails.

The Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) and the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) are teaming up to share information on the radicalization of terrorists, hate groups, and gangs in an effort to build networks to combat the problem in Texas and beyond.

Spanning a Career in Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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During her career in ICE, Alumna Tonja Marshall switched from investigating commodities to saving human trafficking victims.

Tonja Marshall was planning on a career in corrections or as a criminologist when she took a “leap of faith” on a coop program with U.S. Customs Service.

Advising Students for Future Success

Marissa Aldana

Advising

Meet Marissa Aldana, a first generation college graduate who is paving the way for future students as an advisor at the College.

As a first generation college graduate, Marissa Aldana hopes to guide other students on the right path for academic success and a rewarding career.

LEMIT Launches Online Offering with Body Worn Camera Course

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LEMIT

LEMIT debuted online courses for Texas law enforcement officers with a mandated primer on body worn cameras.

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) is developing online courses to address current trends and emerging issues in the field and to provide easy access to professional development opportunities for all certified peace officers in the state.

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