Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science

Wed, Nov. 3, 5:30 p.m.
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

High School Criminal Justice Instructors Training

Oct 28 - 29, 2010
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

Teaching Criminal Justice in the 21st Century

Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice will once again host an annual seminar for Texas high school criminal justice instructors. Don't miss this opportunity to attend 1½ days that will provide professional training directly related to CJ subject field and special needs.

Real Talk with CJ: FBI Special Agent David Mohr

Real Talk with CJ

Tue Oct 26, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

After 24 years of high adventure, experiences that seem almost unreal and travels that have taken him all over the world, David Mohr laughs as he thinks back to where it all began – in the little prison town of Huntsville.

CMIT Holds 41st Annual Jail Conference

More than 140 sheriffs, jail administrators and jail personnel converged on Sam Houston State College’ s Criminal Justice Center in October for the 41st Annual Jail Conference.

Probation/Parole Heads Trained from Across US

New probation and parole executives from across the country met at the College of Criminal Justice in September to learn management techniques and discuss common issues. Ideally, each executive has been in their position for a year or less.

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science

Wed, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

Former DEA/ATF Agent Seeks Ph.D. to Teach

Deborah Sibila already had a 22-year career working for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) before she came to the College of Criminal Justice for her Ph.D.

LEMIT Provides Training for New Chiefs

Police chiefs from four major cities in Texas joined the latest New Chief Development Program at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas in October.

Parents of Murdered Children

Tue Oct 19, 2010
6 pm to 8:30 pm
CJ Courtroom

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

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Beto Chair Lecture Series: Dr. David Garland

Tue Oct 19, 2010
9:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Dr. David W. Garland, one of the world’s leading sociologists in crime and punishment, will be the featured speaker at the Beto Chair Lecture Series on Oct. 19. His topic will be "Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition."

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Wed, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

Dr. Gerber Has the World at His Fingertips

In addition to being a criminal justice professor, Dr. Jurg Gerber is wearing many hats for Sam Houston State University, including those from Korea, Japan, India, China, Mexico, Switzerland and Eastern and Central Europe, to name just a few.

Dr. Wells Appointed Research Director at LEMIT

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) recently appointed Dr. Bill Wells of Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice as its new Research Director.

CJ Planners Welcome International Prison Officials

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) hosted prison officials from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan during the biannual meeting of the Executive Forum for Criminal Justice Planners.

On Friday, October 1, the international visitors and Texas planners met to exchange ideas about prison conditions and policies here and abroad. Among the topics discussed were correctional management, medical and psychological support, reintegration into society, sentencing, job training, alternatives to incarceration, prison reform and prisoner rights, the role of the courts, and legislative changes.

The hourlong meeting, which was followed by visits with officials from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and tours of the Estelle Unit, were part of a three-week visit to the United States sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The visitors included Rinat Kabiyev, head of the Department of Regime, Supervision, and Protection, Penitentiary Committee in Kazakhstan; Yeskali Salamatov, Deputy Chairman of the Penitentiary Committee, also from Kazakhstan; and Dr. Vokhid Karimov, a medical doctor from Uzbekistan who monitors the health and well-being of inmates in the country’s prison system.

"We’ve learned a lot and we’ve understood a lot,' said delegation leader Salamatov.

In the past, CMIT has hosted other State Department-sponsored groups, including visitors from Cyprus, Italy, Korea, and Poland, but this is the first time a foreign country has participated with criminal justice planners.

The ongoing Executive Forum for Criminal Justice Planners brings together executive managers from counties across Texas who are charged with overseeing the criminal justice system in their jurisdictions, including the effective flow of inmates through the jail system; the effectiveness and efficiency among the many components of the local criminal justice system, and effective alternatives, diversion, and reentry of their population.

The planners represent the five largest counties – Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, and Travis – as well as small counties through representatives from The Texas Association of Counties (TAC).

The group discussed ongoing issues such as the use of GPS, pre-trial interventions, indigent defense, and alternatives to incarceration. They also previewed TAC’s Jail Population Control Pilot Program, providing feedback and suggestions for building bridges to smaller counties around the state.

"We have similar problems and similar issues," said Caprice Cosper, Director of Harris County's Office of Criminal Justice Coordination. "This has exposed me to emerging issues on the national level. It is about sharing ideas on what has been tried that has failed and what has been tried that has been successful. It's all about communication and collaboration and what we can take with us in order to change policy."

"It is a really positive thing that CMIT is doing," added Ron Stretcher, director of Criminal Justice for Dallas County. "It allows us to easily find out what’s happening in the other counties. We can find out what process worked and what processes didn’t work. It lets us to tap into the funding grapevine and allows us to be more organized to push similar agendas."

LAE Fraternity Captures Regional Sweepstakes

The local chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon brought home the Sweepstakes title from a recent regional competition of its fraternity.

It is the second year in a row that the organization has captured the top spot in Region 2, which includes seven states and 34 LAE chapters in Arkansas, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The 23 members of the Sam Houston team captured 31 of the 74 awards at the event, which including lower and upper collegiate as well as professional categories.

"I am proud to say that the regionals team that competed in Denton did a stand up job," said SHSU LAE President Tyler Eberhart. "They represented our chapter, college and school to the very best of their abilities and earned the highest overall award, the Sweepstakes trophy, for their efforts. The most important recognition we received that weekend was not for our individual efforts but by being commended on our character throughout the competition as a whole."

Students from SHSU’s College of Criminal Justice competed in four different events, including a written test, a crime scene investigation, physical agility and firearms. The agility test were divided by age group and gender, including under 25 years old, between 25 and 35 years old and over 35 years old. Other competitions included levels for lower collegiate with two years of course credits or less, upper collegiate with more than two years of credit hours and professionals, which are members that work in law enforcement, corrections or the judiciary.

Sam Houston’s teams swept first, second and third place in physical agility as well as first place for crime scene and firearms.

The written test includes knowledge about the fraternity, criminal law, police management, corrections and juvenile justice.

In crime scene investigation, a team of three scoured a mock crime scene to gather evidence and fill our a police report.

During the physical agility test, participants were put through the obstacle course that serves as the entrance test for the Lewisville Police Department.

In firearms, participants used handguns to shoot at static targets a seven, 15 and 25 yards.

The Sam Houston team had 23 student, including four pledges and 19 members. Lambda Alpha Epsilon, also known as The American Criminal Justice Association, is a national organization of criminal justice students, academics, and professionals with membership in over three quarters of the states in the nation.

Following is a list of students who placed in the competitions.

Emily Jaso- 1st crime scene upper, 3rd LAE knowledge lower
Jessica Klekar- 1st crime scene upper
Travis Hill- 1st crime scene upper
Jennifer Cambra- 1st LAE knowledge upper, 1st criminal law upper, 1st corrections upper, 3rd police management upper, 2nd physical agility, 2nd crime scene professional
Mark Mannino- 2nd crime scene professional
Sultana Jiron- 1st crime scene lower
Miguel Garcia- 1st crime scene lower, 3rd juvenile law lower, 3rd criminal law
Corey Evans- 1st crime scene professional, 1st team firearms lower, 1st corrections test lower, 2nd LAE knowledge lower
Diana Mejia-2nd criminal law, 2nd police management, 2nd corrections lower
Kayla Smith-3rd criminal law upper, 3rd crime scene lower
Kristen Roatch- 3rd juvenile justice upper, 3rd crime scene lower
Katy Koster- 3rd crime scene lower
Grant Turner- 3rd place physical agility, 2nd corrections upper
Amber Meadows- 3rd place police management lower
Jessica Del Aguila- 3rd place physical agility, 2nd place Crime scene lower
Jamie Baker- 1st physical agility mens
Aerial Ronell- 1st crime scene professional
Ryan Beech- 1st firearms team lower, 2nd crime scene lower
Tyler Eberhart- 1st crime scene professional, 1st firearms individual lower, 1st firearms team, 2nd physical agility
Zachary Zachary-2nd crime scene lower

Watkins Appointed to Texas Police Association

Rita Watkins, Executive Director of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Texas’ oldest police organization.

Watkins will serve as a Region 2 Director for the Texas Police Association, a group founded in 1895 to improve the police profession. The organization has 4,000 members statewide, and its mission is to promote training programs.

"We were looking around for ways to diversify and expand and provide fresh input," said TPA President Bob Christy. "Executive Director Watkins is a great addition to the board. She is well respected in the criminal justice profession throughout the state, and we like the things she did at LEMIT. We wanted to get away from the good old boys network."

Through training, exchange of information, and various recognition programs, The Texas Police Association’s mission is to upgrade the efficiency and professional status of all Texas law enforcement officers. It represents law enforcement officers from municipal police departments, sheriff's departments, constable's offices, the Department of Public Safety, federal agencies, and others.

"It’s an honor to be on the Board of a police organization that is instrumental in changes in the field," said Watkins, who has served as Executive Director of LEMIT since 2001. "Their legislative initiatives are about education and learning."

As one of the sponsoring groups, TPA was influential in the adoption of the statute which created the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).

"A lot of organizations provide lawyers; we provide training," said Christy. "If you are train properly and do your job properly, you don’t need a lawyer."

TPA devotes a sizable amount of its resources to the sponsorship and support of law enforcement training and education. The programs cover a broad spectrum of interest and need and include training in management, supervision, and a large variety of specialized law enforcement skills.

The organization will hold its annual training conference in June 2011 in San Antonio, and

Watkins is scheduled to present a seminar on leadership. Among the other topics that will be addressed are drugs, border issues, and school violence. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is scheduled to be the featured speaker.

While Watkins manages LEMIT, she is still a police officer at heart. She continues to maintain her peace officer license through Walker County District Attorney David Week’s Office.

"My law enforcement license is very important to me,” Watkins said.

Watkins began her career as a juvenile probation officer in Brazos County, a job she held for four year. In 1993, she was a police officer in the College State Police Department and later worked as chief deputy at the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office.

Watkins joined LEMIT in 1997, where she coordinated and implemented the Leadership Command College, a management training initiative that involves Texas A & M, Texas Women’s University and Sam Houston State University. The training is designed to provide police executives with the knowledge and skills necessary for successful leadership in a modern law enforcement agency.

Appointed executive director of the institute in 2001, Watkins is responsible administrative supervision of the institute’s programs and operations. Her experience also includes human resource management and supervision, fiscal planning, strategic planning, and international development initiatives.

Society of Forensic Science -- Prison Tour

Thu Oct. 7, 2010
3:30 p.m.
Estelle Prison Unit
264 FM 3478 Rd.
Huntsville, Texas 77320-3320
(936) 291-4200

Society of Forensic Science SHSU

Society of Forensic Science SHSU

Wed Oct. 6, 2010
5:30 pm
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

Get a crash course in different Forensic Science disciplines by taking a tour through the lab. We will be looking at Blood Spatter, Trace, Toxicology, DNA, and Fingerprints.

Pizza and drinks will be provided!

Real Talk with CJ: Rice University Police Chief William F. Taylor

Real Talk with CJ

Tue Oct 5, 2010
2:00 pm - 3:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

For Bill Taylor, a police officer is like a paladin, a knight sent out to protect citizens against those that would harm them.

Taylor is Police Chief and Director of Public Safety for Rice University, a sprawling 300 acre campus located in the heart of Houston, the fourth largest city in the country. Taylor has spent his career protecting college campuses, including Arizona State University in Tempe and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Criminal Justice Ph.D.s Celebrates 40 Years

The brainchild of two visionary men, George J. Beto, former Director of the Texas Department of Corrections, and Arleigh B. Templeton, former President of Sam Houston State College, was to establish a program of excellence in criminal justice education. Forty years later, the College of Criminal Justice has produced 259 doctoral graduates, including prominent leaders in academia and in practice across the Unites States and world.

Institute Leads Criminal Justice Legal Research

Established just four years ago, the Institute for Legal Studies in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University continues to seek a wider influence on the study of law as it relates to criminal justice.

Alumni Robert Garmon Tackles U.S. Marshals

Like the new television series “The Chase,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Garmon has tracked down fugitives, seized property and brought suspects to justice in court.

Society of Forensic Science SHSU

Sat Oct 2, 2010
1:45 pm
Texas Prison Museum
491 State Highway 75N
Huntsville, Texas
(936) 295-2155

Join Us for a Tour!

Member of The Texas State University System