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10 - Number of summer study abroad programs in Russia led by Associate Professor K. Michael Reynolds

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The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida provides excellence in teaching, research and service. Dedicated to its students, the faculty delivers outstanding instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, incorporating learning, service and inquiry. The department also conducts quality research and pursues local, state and federal funding to advance knowledge in our discipline. By actively developing meaningful partnerships, it provides exemplary service to the university and the broader professional and academic community.


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Gau Presents Preliminary Findings at National Meeting



Jacinta M. Gau, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, spoke recently at the 2014 Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program National Meeting in Washington, D.C.

This meeting, sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, brings together health professionals and policymakers from all over the country who are instrumental in efforts to reduce the harmful effects of prescription painkiller abuse and addiction.

Gau presented preliminary findings from an ongoing, federally funded research project wherein she collected data from Florida law-enforcement personnel who have been involved in criminal investigations of pain-clinic physicians suspected of intentionally overprescribing opioid pain relievers.

Department Announces U.K. Study Abroad Program



The Department of Criminal Justice is pleased to announce a spring 2015 study abroad opportunity in the United Kingdom.

For a program description, visit Comparative Policing in the United Kingdom on the UCF Study Abroad website.

An application will be available on this webpage in the next few weeks. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2014.

Moreto Shares 'Tales from the Bush' in Essay on Fieldwork in Uganda



William Moreto in UgandaAssistant Professor William Moreto (right) collected data on "law enforcement and community conservation ranger culture and operations" in Uganda this summer. He recounts his experience traveling to and working at ranger outposts — some impossible to reach by vehicle — in an essay titled, "Tales from the Bush: Insights and Other Musings from Conducting Fieldwork in Uganda."

Read his essay

Ross Presents at European Society of Criminology Meeting in Czech Republic



Lee RossOn Sept. 12, Associate Professor Lee Ross presented his research findings at the European Society of Criminology’s annual meeting in Prague, The Czech Republic. The title of his poster presentation was: "An Actuarial Assessment of Intimate Partner Homicide."

Ross considered whether actuarial assessment has the potential to better identify factors related to intimate partner homicide cases. He applied J.C. Campbell’s Danger Assessment Scale (DA) to a sample of 25 cases involving intimate partner homicide in Duval County, Fla. He concluded, "... the DA produced an interesting — and perfectly reasonable — constellation of factors that explain some aspects of domestic violence related fatalities."

Click here to view the poster online.

View the full-size poster on the third floor of HPA I, across from room 361.

Wolf Honored for Volunteer Service by Points of Light



Ross WolfRoss Wolf, associate dean for academic affairs and technology and associate professor of criminal justice, is the recipient of today's Points of Light Award, an international honor that recognizes volunteer service. Today, Points of Light recognizes Wolf with a profile on its website that includes the following:

During his 19 years of service in Orange County, Florida, Dr. Ross Wolf has annually engaged nearly 100 sworn volunteer law enforcement officers that collectively provide more than 25,000 hours of volunteer ... Dr. Wolf has carried his enthusiasm for law enforcement to the University of Central Florida ... His experience with community issues related to law enforcement has taken him to international police agencies, where he offers guidance to help others abroad to enhance their reserve programs.

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Tutors Needed in the Criminal Justice Department


DATE 9/8/14

UCF Academic Services for Student Athletes is looking for a few great tutors to join its staff. Tutors must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher; at least a B or better in the courses of interest; and flexible availability, which includes nights and Sundays.

Read more

WFTV Interviews Potter on Military Equipment and Local Law Enforcement



Roberto Hugh PotterWFTV reporter Christopher Heath recently visited the department to interview Interim Chair Roberto Hugh Potter (right) about "military equipment in the hands of central Florida law enforcement."

Watch the interview

Adams Discusses Strict New Curfews in Baltimore on NPR


National Public Radio reporter Julia Botero recently interviewed Professor Ken Adams about strict new curfews for children in Baltimore. Her story, which NPR logoincludes several quotes by Adams, aired during NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday show.

Read or listen to the story

Internship Takes Student to South Africa



Max ThedyMax Thedy (left in photo), a criminal justice major in the Scholars Track, recently completed a law enforcement internship at Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, South Africa. The summer internship enabled him to work alongside rangers who police the park.

"The people I worked with ... put me in every scenario possible and allowed me to experience it first hand," says Thedy in a video produced by Volunteer Adventure Corps, which sponsored the internship. "I love every minute of it."

UCF's Office of Experiential Learning worked with Volunteer Adventure Corps in Cape Town to place Thedy in the internship.

Watch the video

Instructor's Son Featured in Video on Upcoming UCF-Penn State Game in Ireland



Instructor Susan Craig's son, Matt Craig, a board member for the Irish American Football League, is featured in a video produced by UCF Athletics. Matt Craig is an Irish football player and promoter of the sport on the Emerald Isle. His connection to UCF through his mother and his allegiance to his alma mater, Penn State, prompted him to become involved in promoting the UCF-Penn State football game in Dublin, Ireland, on Aug. 30. Watch the video

Southern Criminal Justice Association 2014 Conference



Faculty and students from the Departments of Criminal Justice and Sociology will be participating in the upcoming Southern Criminal Justice Association conference held in Clearwater Beach, Fla., Sept. 17-20, 2014. We welcome all who attend to drop by and support the presenters.


Click here for schedule

Potter Welcomes Back Criminal Justice Students



I want to welcome back our students, faculty and staff for the 14-15 academic year. This promises to be an exciting year for the Criminal Justice Department. 

First, we will be recruiting our first five doctoral students for the beginning of the Ph.D. program to begin in Fall 15. These will be pioneers – and expected to work just as hard! If you have interest in our developing program, please see Dr. Stephen Holmes, our graduate coordinator. Which also means we welcome Dr. Holmes back to the department after several years of helping develop UCF’s regional campus and continuing education programs. He and Ms. Ritz will provide guidance for those who want more information about our range of graduate programs and certificates.

Our undergraduate program continues to strengthen. I cannot stress enough the importance of the basic research skills/knowledge, combined with an understanding of data analysis for those planning to be leaders in the field of criminal justice. The whole area of “intelligence-led” approaches in criminal justice agencies is being constantly reinforced in the job postings and media coverage of criminal justice. Dr. Watkins and Ms. Ellington will provide you with outstanding guidance on courses, internship opportunities, service learning opportunities, and all of the courses you need to get the basic knowledge to enter this challenging and exciting field. Just this morning, I heard a radio spot on the need for quality candidates who understand the links among things such as body camera data, data storage, and chain of custody issues. We can give you that knowledge and skills as part of our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Our department will be recruiting several new faculty members in the next year to join us in the 15-16 academic year. All candidates will do at least one public presentation, and I encourage students interested in the field to attend those when we have them scheduled.

Next, we are the host committee for the March 2015 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and will be looking for student volunteers, particularly from LAE and APS, to assist us with that national conference. It will provide a great opportunity to learn more about graduate study and agency employment around the nation to students. 

Those are just a few of the exciting things going on in the department for the coming year. I urge you to contact individual faculty members about work they are doing.  Get to know the faculty and staff in the department – it will pay off when time comes for those pesky letters of recommendation and background checks!

We look forward to working with you this year regardless of whether you are in our on-campus or regional “live” classes, one of our one-line students, or an alum of the department. I will make a special plea to our alums to let us know how you are doing. Last year’s M.S. crop have all reported very positive job and further graduate education outcomes. We would like to hear from even more of you.

Enjoy this year, work hard, and remember, some ways of playing can stop a career in this field dead in its tracks – play responsibly.

RH Potter, Ph.D.

Interim Chair

Congratulations to Matusiak on Two New Publications



Congratulations to Assistant Professor Matthew Matusiak on the publication of two new papers. Citations for the online versions are shown below.


The legacy of LEMAS: Effects on police scholarship of a federally administered, multi-wave establishment survey, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, DOI 10.1108/PIJPSM-12-2013-0117


The progression of “evolving standards of decency” in U.S. Supreme Court decisions, Criminal Justice Review, DOI 10.1177/0734016814531779

Orange County Sheriff's Office Welcomes UCF Students as LEOTC Interns



The Orange County Sheriff's Office welcomed six UCF criminal justice majors as its newest interns in the “Law Enforcement Officer Training Corps” (LEOTC) program on Aug. 8. As interns, they will participate in ride-alongs and job-shadowing throughout the agency during the coming academic year. They will have assignments in areas such as patrol, the courthouse, communications, evidence, youth services and specialized patrol.

The six interns were selected from a pool of almost 40 applicants.

Applications for this internship are announced in the spring of every year for the following fall and spring semesters.


The 2014-15 LEOTC interns are (back row, left to right) Tariq Perkins, John Lorenz and Kevin Howard Campbell and (front row, left to right) Mircy Pena, Erika Collins and Erica Ershowsky.




Potter Congratulates Graduating Class of August 2014



Congratulations to our new alumni!

On behalf of the Department of Criminal Justice, I want to congratulate those who graduated on Saturday August 2, 2014. We awarded 104 bachelor’s degrees and 22 master’s degrees on that date, adding to the more 11,000 degrees we awarded previously. I want to wish all of you the best as you move toward your next chapter in life.

We also “hooded” Dr. Katy Hancock for the completion of her doctoral degree in the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs, Criminal Justice Track. Dr. Hancock will be joining the faculty of Murray State University (KY) in the next few weeks as an assistant professor of criminal Justice. We wish Katy a bright future as she leaves us after completing all of her degrees at UCF.

We would love to hear from graduates as they obtain jobs or head off to further graduate or professional study. We hope that your experiences with us have prepared you for the next steps you take. All the best, graduates!

RH Potter, Ph.D.

Interim Chair

Orlando Sentinel Quotes Faculty, Alumnus Experts


Today’s Orlando Sentinel includes three articles with quotes from experts affiliated with the Department of Criminal Justice. All three articles start on the front page of the paper.

Osceola may tap troubled provider for inmate care” – quotes Interim Chair and Research Director Roberto Hugh Potter

Dogfighters lured by money, violence” – quotes Lecturer Mark Winton

Tattoo work rules not written in ink” – quotes alumnus Jeff Goltz (incorrectly written as “Glotz”), a 2006 graduate of the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs – Criminal Justice Specialization

Civilian Police Academy Now Accepting Applications




The fall Orange County Sheriff’s Office Civilian Police Academy will start August 26, 2014. This academy will allow you to get a firsthand, up-close and personal look at how the Orange County Sheriff's Office works, right from the men and women who are on the streets doing the job, at The Orange County Sheriff's Office Civilian Police Academy. This free 12-week program is open to any citizen on a first come, first served basis. Your instructors will include homicide detectives, robbery investigators, crime scene investigators and the undercover deputies working dangerous narcotics investigations.  You'll hear from members of the SWAT team, crime prevention officers, and even receive a tour of the agency's Communications Center. Seating is extremely limited for this popular program so we encourage you to submit your application early

Classes meet for 12 weeks on Tuesday nights at the Orange County Sheriff's Office Central Complex, 2500 West Colonial Drive between 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and are required to undergo a background check as part of the application process. There is no charge for the academy and it is not for employment or law enforcement certification.  Applicants must apply for future classes online.  

For additional information, and to apply, go to

Study Abroad Program Brings UK Students to Central Florida


Students from the University of Gloucestershire in England traveled to Central Florida earlier this month to UK students observe police dog handlingparticipate in a study abroad program focused on policing in the United States. The action-packed program was hosted by the Department of Criminal Justice and coordinated by Associate Professor Ross Wolf.

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Rhyne Invites Guests to Co-Teach Criminal Justice Ethics Course



The Spring 2014 UCF Cocoa & Palm Bay Newsletter features an article about Instructor Deborah Rhyne and her series of guests, several of whom are UCF graduates, who helped co-teach her Criminal Justice Ethics course. 

To read this article click here

Central Florida Future Shares Stories of How UCF Alumni Started in Law Enforcement



A June 2 article in the Central Florida Future features stories about several criminal justice alumni. They include:

Carl Metzger, who is now deputy chief of the Patrol Services Bureau for the Orlando Police Department.  Metzger said, "Professor Mark Winton reminds me of the human cost of crime and has made a significant impression on me."

Ross Wolf (right), who inspired current and future police without knowing he would pursue a career in law enforcement. Currently, the associate dean of academic affairs and technology for the College of Health and Public Affairs, Wolf works as professor in criminal justice and volunteers in law enforcement. 

Read the article

Hayes is First Graduate of New Criminal Justice Scholar's Track



Thomas Hayes

Thomas Hayes (right) is the first graduate of the undergraduate Criminal Justice Scholar's Track program.

"The Scholar's Track program was very interesting," Hayes said. "The courses were both unique and challenging enough to broaden my perspective on the criminal justice system."

After graduating earlier this
month, Hayes plans to enlist
in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Students, Community Members Learn the Latest at Workshop on Public Safety Intelligence



Some 35 students and local practitioners learned the latest on public safety intelligence at a three-day workshop held jointly by the Department of Criminal Justice, Valencia College and Central Florida Intelligence Exchange. National experts discussed policing intelligence and trends in public safety hazards at the workshop, held May 14-16 at Valencia College's Criminal Justice Institute. The workshop is one of four courses required to earn UCF's Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Executive.

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Potter Speaks With WFTV About Dangerous Schools in Central Florida


DATE 5/22/14

Roberto Hugh PotterOrlando television station WFTV recently interviewed Professor Roberto Hugh Potter about the most dangerous schools in Central Florida.

Potter is the interim chair
and research director of the Department of Criminal Justice at UCF.

Watch the segment

Many Central Florida Law Enforcement Officers are UCF Grads



What do some 1,000 Central Florida men and women law enforcement officers have in common? They're all UCF Knights who studied criminal justice.

Learn about these professionals in Many Central Florida Law Enforcement Officers Trace Roots Back to UCF, published today in UCF Today in honor of National Police Week, May 11-17.

Employment Opportunities - Seminole County's Department of Juvenile Justice, Sanford



Position Openings: Two Other Personal Service (OPS) positions.
Each position will involve assisting with supervision services for the entire county. The successful candidates will not be required to attend the four-week academy in Tallahassee, but they will receive the required training for the position. The pay is $12.22 an hour and health benefits are available (other benefits are not). The plan is to have the candidate work a Tuesday-through-Saturday schedule, but there is some flexibility. 


Jesse M. Schrage

Juvenile Probation Officer Supervisor

Circuit 18, Unit 201

407-302-3851 (Office)

407-402-3179 (Cell)

Mark A. Winton - Teaching About Genocide


Associate Lecturer Mark Winton contributed an essay, “Teaching About Genocide,” to the April 2014 issue of Faculty Focus, published by UCF’s Center for Teaching and Learning. In his essay, Winton reflects on his experiences teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on genocide.

He writes, “My goal is to instill an interest in genocide studies that leads to future exploration and study among the students. And, of course, I hope we can reduce the risk of genocides from co­occuring in the future.”


To read his article, click here.

Jordan and Gau Named Editors of 'Race and Justice'



Kareem Jordan and Jacinta GauAssociate Professor Kareem Jordan (left) and Assistant Professor Jacinta Gau (right) have been appointed editors of the peer-reviewed journal, Race and Justice: An International Journal, published by Sage.

They will assume the role of co-editors on June 1 following a competitive selection process coordinated by the American Society of Criminology's Division on People of Color and Crime.

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Online Undergraduate Program Ranked Third in Nation


5/1/14 has ranked the department's online undergraduate program as the third best of its kind nationwide for 2014. The organization compiled the rankings using information from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator.

Students Complete Internships at Homeland Security



Two criminal justice majors, Max Thedy (top photo, left) and Nathalya Bailey (right), interned this semester at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. They recently received recognition for their hard work and service from the department's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' team (bottom photo).

Moreto Presents at Wildlife Criminology Symposium


Assistant Professor William Moreto was an invited speaker at the April 23 Wildlife Criminology Symposium in Washington, D.C. The event was co-hosted by the U.S. State Department and the World Bank. Attendees included members of Interpol, the Smithsonian and a number of conservation-based organizations. Also attending were representatives from a number of universities, including UCF, George Mason, Maryland, Michigan State, John Jay and Florida International. 


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Gau Invited to Speak at Two Upcoming Events



Assistant Professor Jacinta Gau has been invited to speak at the National Science Foundation's Workshop on Institutional Trust and Confidence on April 25-26 at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She will make a presentation on some of her recent work, as well as engage in discussions pertaining to procedural justice and institutional legitimacy.

In addition, Gau has been invited to deliver a presentation to the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at a luncheon on April 30. She will discuss matters pertaining to racial representativeness of criminal-trial juries in Orange and Osceola counties.

Tonight: Jennifer Kesse Case Explored in TV Special



Each year, one or more selected criminal justice graduate students are awarded the Jennifer Kesse Criminal Justice Endowed Scholarship thanks to generous donations from her family and friends. Kesse went missing from her condo in Orlando in January 2006. The Fox News Channel will air an hourlong special about her case tonight at 7 p.m. and again on April 19 at 9 p.m. The special is titled, "Greta Investigates: The Mysterious Disappearance of Jennifer Kesse."

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Potter Honored at University of South Florida



Roberto Hugh Potter, interim chair and research director for the Department of Criminal Justice, was honored as one of the 16 outstanding alumni of the Department of Sociology at the University of South Florida as part of its celebration of 50 years as a department.  He was one of two 1970s-era graduates to be honored at a research showcase and banquet, featuring a talk by Dr. Joel Best titled “Should Sociologists be Teaching Sociology?”

Wolf Visits Asian Law Enforcement Agencies


Ross Wolf, associate dean for academic affairs and technology, associate professor of criminal justice and reserve division chief for the Orange County Sheriff's Office, has made volunteer policing a focus of both his full-time employment and his volunteer work with the sheriff's office. 


Wolf was recently invited to learn about volunteer policing in Hong Kong and in Singapore, and to address volunteer and full-time police leaders in those countries about American volunteer policing. 

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Students Present at 11th Annual Graduate Research Forum



Students from the Department of Criminal Justice Department were well-represented at UCF's Eleventh Annual Graduate Research Forum. They presented the following research posters:

Erika Brooke, a student in the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs, Criminal Justice Track, presented, "Model Inmates? A Look at the Institutional Behaviors of Inmates with Military Service Backgrounds." Her advisor was Assistant Professor Jacinta Gau.

Stephanie Hintz, Cassandra Bielawski, Brianna Hovsepian, Lauren Manville, and Geoffery McDole presented, “The Danger of Hashtags: The False Sense of Security in Modern Social Networking.” Their advisors were Assistant Professor Jeff Rosky and Associate Professor Kareem Jordan.

Julie Krupa presented, “Examining Trajectories of Delinquent Behavior Among Females from Adolescence to Early Adulthood.” Her adviser was Assistant Professor Kristina Childs.

"I am happy to announce that Ms. Krupa’s poster was selected as one of the top three posters in the Social Sciences division of the forum," said Hugh Potter, interim chair of the department.

"Congratulations to all of the criminal justice students and their advisors on their posters and work, he added. "For those students entering the graduate programs next year, start thinking of what you want to submit as an entry for the 2015 forum!"

Wolf, Gill Honored for International Outreach, Heroism



Ross Wolf, associate professor of criminal justice and associate dean for academic affairs and technology for the college, has received a "Medal of Merit" from the National Sheriffs' Association for his work in international law enforcement. He received the award earlier this month during a ceremony at the Orlando County Sheriff's Office.

At the same ceremony, alumna Autumn Gill was honored by the Orange County Sheriffs' Office for heroism that saved a man's life.

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Congratulations to Craig and Winton on Recent Promotions



Criminal Justice would like to congratulate Dr. Susan Craig and Dr. Mark Winton on their recent Associate Lecturer promotions.  The Criminal Justice Department appreciates all of the hard work and effort they have given.

Paoline Receives Grant from National Institute of Justice



Also see: New Study to Evaluate Early Intervention Systems Used by Police

Dr. Gene Paoline, as part of a collaborative research group from the John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and the Urban Institute, received a $486,485 grant from the National Institute of Justice to conduct a multi-site evaluation of police early intervention systems. 

Based on the premise that a small set of "problem officers" account for a disproportionate fraction of police misconduct, an early intervention system is a management tool used to monitor indicators of misconduct, identify officers who display symptoms of problem behavior, and intervene with counseling or retraining.  Early intervention (EI) systems are widely considered to be promising mechanisms for enhancing police integrity, but social science provides little evidence on their effectiveness in reducing misconduct or their unintended - inhibiting - effects on appropriate uses of police authority. 

The collaborative study will add to the empirical evidence on the structure, operation, and effectiveness of EI systems, based on a survey of agencies that operate such systems and especially an in-depth and rigorous process and outcome evaluation in each of five police agencies. 

Surette: Viewers of Crime Drama More Likely to Fear Crime



Professor Ray Surette is one of three primary sources in the www.truth-out. org article, "Do What You Gotta Do": Cop Shows Bolster Idea That Police Violence Works.

Surette told Truthout: "Even if people intellectually understand that the media is fantasy, research suggests it sill colors your worldview. You see the world as more violent, and it increases expectations of crime, violence and corruption."

Read the article

Potter Receives National Award for Corrections Research



Roberto Hugh Potter with awardRoberto Hugh Potter, interim chair and research director for the Department of Criminal Justice, has received the Peter P. Lejins Research Award for 2014 from the American Correctional Association.

The award is given in memory of pioneering researcher Peter Lejins and is the highest honor bestowed on a corrections researcher by the national association.

“The Lejins Award is given to an individual who has produced significant research for the correctional community and has demonstrated personal commitment and contribution to improve the profession of corrections,” said James Gondles, ACA’s executive director.

Potter has conducted research and published extensively in the areas of crime and health, and particularly in areas where health systems and correctional systems intersect.

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Applications for Internship with Orange County Sheriff's Office



Applications for internship with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (Fall 2014-Spring 2015 cohort) are now being accepted!

DUE 3/28/2014

The Law Enforcement Officer Training Corps (LEOTC) program provides a competitive internship opportunity to outstanding students at UCF during their senior year.  At the completion of the internship program, interns may be given the opportunity to advance their career by attending a law enforcement academy.  Cadets spend two to three weeks in each of the following divisions of the Sheriff's Office during their internship:

* Field Services (Patrol)

* Communications Center

* Criminal Investigations

* Specialized Patrol (Agriculture, Marine Patrol, DUI/Traffic Unit, etc.)

* Court Services

* Community Policing

* Evidence

Applicants must be eligible for internship, please contact Dr. Cory Watkins , UCF’s CJ internship program coordinator, to confirm your eligibility. 

Additional requirements are available with the application at: .  Applications must be submitted to Dr. Ross Wolf in HPA1 365 by the deadline in order to be considered. 

Congratulations to Wolf on the Publication of his New Article



Congratulations to Dr. Ross Wolf on publication of his conference presentation "An Exploratory Study of the Utilization of Volunteer Law Enforcement Officers by American Sheriffs." 

His study, presented at the International Forensic Sciences and Criminalistics Research Conference in Singapore, examines reserve, auxiliary, and other volunteer law enforcement officers within sheriffs’ agencies throughout the United States.   Most American sheriffs are elected, and the implementation of volunteer law enforcement programs in this type of agency is especially interesting considering the community/political relationship.  Click here to see the full article.

See full citation below:

Wolf, R. (2013).  An Exploratory Study of the Utilization of Volunteer Law Enforcement Officers by American Sheriffs.  Proceedings of the International Conference on Forensic Sciences and Criminalistics Research: Vol. 1 (pp. 37-41). Singapore: Global Science and Technology Forum.

Congratulations to Rosky on Publication of New Article


Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Rosky on publication of his new article. "A Multisite Outcome Evaluation of Washington State's Reentry Housing Program for High Risk Offenders."  Each year many offenders are released homeless putting them at great risk of being returned to prison. To reduce the likelihood

of recidivism, Washington State implemented the Reentry Housing Pilot Program (RHPP) to provide housing assistance for high risk/high need offenders leaving prison without a viable place to live. To view the full article click here.

See full citations below:

Lutze, F.E., Rosky, J.W. and Hamilton, Z.K. (2013).  "Homelessness and Reentry: A Multisite Outcome Evaluation of Washington State's Reentry Housing Program for High Risk Offenders."  Criminal Justice and Behavior.  D.O.I 10.1177/0093854813510164

Careers in Criminal Justice Presentation, Jan. 17


All criminal justice students are invited to attend a “Careers in Criminal Justice” presentation about one UCF alumna’s road to a career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The presentation will be held on Friday, Jan. 17, at 10:30 a.m. in Classroom Building I, room 122. Special Agent Sarah (Keefer) Gioielli will speak and answer discussions for about an hour. Gioielli is a graduate of the UCF M.S. in criminal justice program. She has been assigned to the FBI Crimes Against Children Unit in the Miami area. Her work with the FBI has focused on cases involving sex trafficking of minors, kidnappings and child pornography.

Research on Volunteer Policing Spans the Globe



Ross Wolf in Hong KongUCF criminal justice researcher Ross Wolf's interest in volunteer and tourism-oriented policing recently took him half way around the world.

Earlier this month, Wolf traveled to Hong Kong and Singapore to conduct research on volunteer policing and share his knowledge of volunteer law enforcement in the United States.

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UCF to Offer Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice



Michael Frumkin, Jacinta Gua, Roberto Hugh Potter, Robert LangworthyThe University of Central Florida will establish the state’s first doctoral program focused exclusively on criminal justice following approval of the program by the Florida Board of Governors in November.

The Department of Criminal Justice will launch the program in the fall of 2015.

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"Board of Governors Approves Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at UCF"



The Criminal Justice Department would like to announce:

UCF Criminal Justice Faculty and Graduate Students Present at the American Society of Criminology Meetings in Atlanta



UCF Criminal Justice Faculty and Graduate Students Presenting at the American Society of Criminology Meetings in Atlanta, November 20-23, 2013

Members of the UCF department of Criminal Justice presented more than 16 papers, posters, and panels at the 2013 ASC meetings in Atlanta.  Topics ranged from substance abuse, health and crime, police education, veteran’s needs, to the death penalty.

Ken Adams

An Exploration of Data-driven Police Accountability Measures

Robert Bohm

Panel -The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States

Erika Jean Brooke

The Unique Needs of Juveniles, Young Adults, and Veterans in the Correctional System &

Combat & Crime: An Analysis of the Effect of Combat Exposure among an Incarcerated Veteran Population

Kristina Childs, Megan Magers, Jeffrey Rosky and Roberto Hugh Potter

Exploring Differences in the Utilization of Health-related Services and the Associated Consequences from Adolescence to Early Adulthood

Gau, Jacinta M.

Professional Development: Academics & Law Enforcement: Bridging Research and Practice &

Non-medical Use of Prescription Drugs: Correlates of Use, Sources of Diversion, and Routes of Administration

Gail Humiston and Roberto Hugh Potter

A Survey of Capacity to Build Evidence-based Practices

Jordan, Kareem L.

Juvenile Status and Criminal Court Outcomes

Julie Krupa and Kristina Childs

Examining the Correlates of Risk-taking Behaviors among Females from Adolescence to Early Adulthood

Karol Lucken, Jeffrey Rosky and Cory Watkins

Sense and Sensibility? Judicial Reasoning in Civil Protection Order Hearings

Matthew C. Matusiak

The Dimensionality and Effect of Institutional Environment upon Police Leaders

William Moreto

"Any Time You Can Die": Interviewing and Observing Law Enforcement Rangers in Uganda

Eugene A. Paoline

Higher Education and Police Officers’ Perceptions of their Work Environment

Jeffrey W. Rosky

Perceived Dangerousness or Diminished Capacity? Examining the Relationship between Mental Health Status and Sentencing

Raymond Surette and Allison Maze

Video Game Play and Copycat Crime among Incarcerated Inmates: An Exploratory Analysis.

Congratulations to Potter on Publication of his new article



Congratulations to Professor and Director of Research Dr. Roberto Potter on the publication of his new article "Epidemiological criminology and violence prevention: addressing the co-occurrence of criminal violence and poor health outcomes."  You can find the full article here.  Full citations below.

Potter, R.H. & Akers, T.A. (2013).  ” Epidemiological criminology and violence prevention: addressing the co-occurrence of criminal violence and poor health outcomes,” pp. 171-191 in Veins, A.M., Kaggan, J. & Kessel, A.S. (Eds.), Criminal Law, Philosophy and Public Health Practice.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.

Secret Service Director Receives UCF Alumni Award



Julia Pierson with UCF Presidet John HittU.S. Secret Service Director and UCF alumna Julia Pierson (B.A. in criminal justice, '81) received the Michelle Akers Alumni Award at the university's 2013 Black and Gold Gala on Nov. 7.

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Photo: Julia Pierson with UCF President John Hitt at the gala


Presentation Focuses on Opportunities to Partner with Private Security Firms




Erika Brooke Matt Brett and Erika Brooke
Erika Brooke presents at the meeting Brooke with Matt Brett, chair of the Greater Orlando Chapter


The Greater Orlando Chapter of ASIS International, the world's largest organization for security professionals, invited doctoral student Erika Brooke to speak at its October meeting on opportunities for the organization to partner with the Department of Criminal Justice. Her Oct. 31 presentation covered topics such as student support and expanding the subject of private security in UCF's criminal justice curriculum.

Brooke, a student in the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs' Criminal Justice Track, said she was pleased to have an opportunity to address members of the chapter.

"We tend to focus mostly on the government-sponsored aspects of order maintenance and protection of persons and property in criminal justice," she said. "Yet the private security and corrections segments of the industry have expanded greatly over the past quarter century."

Roberto Hugh Potter, interim chair of the department, considers Brooke's presentation an important step in an ongoing relationship between ASIS and the department that Associate Dean and Associate Professor Ross Wolf initiated several years ago.

"The next steps will involve developing a broader awareness and possible course work on the role of the private security and other private sector organizations in the criminal justice process," Potter said. "The department looks forward to working more closely with ASIS and member organizations to expand our students’ knowledge of the opportunities provided in the private security sector."

Read Brooke's account of the meeting

LAE Auction Raises Thousands for Scholarships


Auctioned gift basketsOnce again, Lambda Alpha Epsilon (Delta Zeta Omega Chapter) at UCF held a highly successful auction to raise funds for scholarships for criminal justice students. This year’s auction, held
Oct. 27 in the Student Union, raised $3,117, which will be split equally between the Amy Kuritar Lohrman Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the Detective Barry Pruette Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships are awarded each fall.


Students, faculty members and other community members bid on dozens of gift baskets (photo) and other prizes at the auction. The event also included a photo and candle tribute to Amy Kuritar Lohrman and Barry Pruette, an honor guard and a bagpipe performance.

"Hard To Track"Potter Speaks with Local Newspaper about Crime Rings with Women in Charge



Recently a Jamaican drug-trafficking ring was dismantled here in Central Florida, and the ring leader was a woman. Interim Chair, Research Director and Professor Dr. Hugh Potter spoke about how it is hard to track the women offenders that run these crime rings. To see the full article please click here.

Craig and Rhyne Featured in the Brevard Business News


Instructors Dr. Susan Craig and Dr. Deborah Rhyne are featured in the Brevard County based newspaper the Brevard Business News, discussing the growing popularity of the criminal justice program and how it is currently the largest bachelor's degree program at the University of Central Florida Cocoa Campus.  To see the full article please click here.

Watkins Featured in Local University Newspaper


Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator Dr. Cory Watkins was featured in the local univeristy newspaper "Central Florida Future," discussing the criminal justice program and why it is the fourth most popular program at the University of Central Florida.  To view the whole article click here.

Study: Media Instructs But Doesn't Cause Criminal Behavior



Professor Ray Surette examined the effect of exposure to crime in media and crime through life experiences on criminal behavior in a study published recently in the American Journal of Criminal Justice. He concluded that popular media are more likely to serve as a source of instructions for crime than to cause criminal behavior. Read more

Surette’s report in the American Journal of Criminal Justice is one of three publications this year by the criminal justice professor. In Criminal Justice Policy Review, he estimates one in four offenders has attempted a copycat crime. And in his chapter in Criminal Psychology (edited by Jacqueline Helfgott), he presents a model for how the media might lead an individual to commit a copycat crime.

Congratulations to Gau on her Recent On-line Publication



Congratulations to Assistant Professor Dr. Jacinta Gau on the recent publication of her on-line article " Procedural justice and police legitimacy: A test of measurement and structure."  To view the full article click here.

Full citations below:

Gau, J. M. (forthcoming). Procedural justice and police legitimacy: A test of measurement and structure. American Journal of Criminal Justice. DOI 10.1007/s12103-013-9220-8.

Orange County Sheriff's Office Safety Expo


Orange County Sheriff's Office will be holding a safety expo on Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  It is located at Orange County Sheriff's Office Central Operations 2500 West Colonial Drive, Orlando. (Corner of West Colonial and John Young Parkway.)  There will be live demonstrations, safety sessions, children's activities, and recruiting/job info.  Save the date! To see the flier please click here.

Congratulations to Jordan on the Publication of his Article



Congratulations to Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator Dr. Kareem Jordan on the publication of his article "Juvenile status and sentencing: Does it matter in the adult system."  To view the full article please click here. 

Full citations below:

Jordan, K. L. (2013). Juvenile status and sentencing: Does it matter in the adult system. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. DOI: 10.1177/1541204013505298


Criminal Justice Quick Takes
Domestic violence and the personalities of police officers are highlighted on this episode of Public Affairs Today.
The University of Central Florida, Department of Criminal Justice hosted a symposium on June 26th entitled “Volunteers in Policing: A local regional, national, and international examination of police reserves, auxiliaries, and specials.”
Robert M. Bohm, Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida; fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
Professors Ray Surette and David Fabianic discuss famous criminal cases and the media on the Public Affairs Today show on UCF TV.
Commercial highlighting programs within UCF
College of Health & Public Affairs.
Commercial highlighting programs within UCF
College of Health & Public Affairs


Faculty Reseach

Orange County Sheriff’s Office
Career Counseling

Each week, Orange County Sheriff's Office Recruiter Fred Kolb will meet with students interested in learning about future and current opportunities in law enforcement. By appointment only.

For appointment information, please contact Bernard Fred Kolb at


Faculty Books

Continuing the War Against
Domestic Violence

Continuing the War Against Domestic Violence (Second Edition) provides readers with the benefit of varied perspectives from both academics and professionals. It outlines prosecution and defense strategies and supplies a balanced critique of mandatory arrest policies. This fully revised edition supplies new coverage of the problems often encountered when victims seek police help. It includes three new chapters on dating violence, religion and domestic violence, and historical interventions in response to domestic violence. Associate Professor Lee Ross edited the book, which is published by CRC Press.


Police Culture
Adapting to the Strains of the Job

Police Culture: Adapting to the Strains of the Job provides one of the most comprehensive empirical examinations of police culture to date. The book is based on in-person surveys of patrol officers from seven agencies of varying size, structure and geographic locale. It is intended for police researchers, students and practitioners with various interests and knowledge levels. The authors are Associate Professor Eugene A. Paoline III (UCF) and Associate Professor William Terrill (Michigan State University). The book is published by Carolina Academic Press.

Understanding the Modern
Russian Police

Understanding the Modern Russian Police represents the culmination of 10 years of research and a partnership between the Volgograd Academy of Runnian Internal Affairs Ministry and the Volgograd branch of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Two centuries of history are covered in this book, spanning from 1802 all the way to 2011. The conclusion comes with some predictions on the future of the Russian Police and the potential reforms. One of the authors of this text is Associate Professor K. Michael Reynolds. The book is published by CRC Press.

When Teachers, Clergy, and Caretakers Sexually Abuse Children and Adolescents

When Teachers, Clergy, and Caretakers Sexually Abuse Children and Adolescents book jacket

When Teachers, Clergy, and Caretakers Sexually Abuse Children and Adolescents addresses the current and historical issues that revolve around children and adolescents who are sexually abused. This book provides updated and timely case examples involving teachers, clergy and others that represent the fact that sexual abuse continues as an important topic that needs ongoing education and prevention. The author of the text is Instructor Mark Winton. The book is published by Carolina Academic Press.

Capital Punishment's Collateral Damage

Capital Punishment's Collateral Damage book jacket

Conspicuously missing from previous literature is the human element; the impact of capital punishment on the lives of those who are involved in the process by calamity, duty, or choice. Capital Punishment's Collateral Damage seeks to rectify that omission by allowing participants in this ritual of death to describe in their own words their role in the process and, especially, its effects on them. The author of the text is Professor Robert Bohm. The book is published by Carolina Academic Press.

Constitutional Limitations of Interviewing and Interrogations in American Policing

This book has been compiled to provide practitioners and those who study criminal justice with the resources necessary to fully understand Supreme Court interpretations of how the police can and must utilize case law in collecting testimonial evidence, evidence from stop and frisk encounters, and polygraph testing. This book presents federal case law, and discussions of those cases, to develop an understanding of laws concerning police interviews and interrogations. Additionally, this text utilizes “Bottom Line” discussions that focus on the applications of the case law to police conduct. One of the authors of the text is Ross Wolf, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Technology. The book is published by Carolina Academic Press.

Epidemiological Criminology
A Public Health Approach to Crime and Violence

Written by the three leading experts in the field, this book combines an introduction to the sources and methods of epidemiological criminology and an application of these methods to some of the most vexing problems now confronting researchers and practitioners in public health and criminology. One of the author's of the text is Director of Research Roberto Potter. The book is published by Jossey-Bass.

The Past as Prologue
The Supreme Court's Pre-Modern Death Penalty Jurisprudence and Its Influence on the Supreme Court's Modern Death Penalty Decisions

The Past as Prologue provides insight into the Court’s modern death penalty jurisprudence by examining in detail 39 pre-modern Supreme Court death penalty cases for which a written opinion was issued. The author of the text is Professor Robert Bohm. The book is published by Carolina Academic Press.

Statistics for Criminology and

Criminal Justice

The book is a first course text that takes students through descriptive statistics, probability theory, and into hypothesis testing  up through an introduction to regression. The author of the text is Assistant Professor Jacinta Gau. The book is published by Sage.

Demystifying Crime &
Criminal Justice

From myths about crime and punishment to dangerous misunderstandings about the administration of justice, Demystifying Crime and Criminal Justice, Second Edition, exposes--and aims to correct--many of the American public's misconceptions about the criminal justice system. The author of the text is Professor Robert Bohm. The book is published by Oxford University Press.

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