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14 - Rank, based on enrollment, among the top majors at UCF

4th - Rank, based on enrollment, among the top master’s degree programs at UCF

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

Health and Public Affairs building I Criminal justice graduate students Videotaping a show on criminal justice at UCF Women in law enforcement panel

 

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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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Tonight: Jennifer Kesse Case Explored in TV Special

 

4/18/14

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

 

4/17/2014

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

 

4/3/2014
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

 

4/2/2014

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

 

3/24/14

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

 

3/24/14

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

 

3/21/14

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

 

3/1714

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

 

2/19/14

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

 

2/6/14

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 cory.watkins@ucf.edu , UCF’s CJ internship program coordinator, to confirm your eligibility. 

Additional requirements are available with the application at: https://sites.google.com/site/ucfleotc/ .  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

 

1/15/14

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

 

1/8/14
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

 

1/8/14
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

 

12/18/13

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

 

12/4/13

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"

 

11/26/13

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

 

11/26/13

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

 

11/20/13

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

 

11/12/13

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

 

11/8/13

 

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

 

11/1/13
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

 

10/28/13

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

 

10/21/13
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

 

10/14/13
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

 

10/10/13

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

 

10/3/13

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

 

10/8/13
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

 

10/2/13

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
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.
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College of Health & Public Affairs.
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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 bernard.kolb@ocfl.net.

 

Faculty Books

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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