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Faculty, Doctoral Students Attend OCSO Crime Summit

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Department of Criminal Justice was well-represented at the 2016 Orange County Sheriff Office's Crime Summit, with both faculty members and doctoral students attending.

OCSO holds the annual event to provide an update on recent crime trends and crime issues. This year's Crime Summit took place Sept. 28 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando.

The presenters included Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and Dr. Chris Hunter, associate medical director of the Orange County Health Department. They discussed the use of Naloxone (brandname Narcan), an anti-opiate drug now carried by law enforcement officers; procedural justice; and community engagement. 

Criminal Justice Department members networked with colleagues and leaders from numerous Central Florida and federal law enforcement agencies, said attendee Ross Wolf, associate professor of criminal justice and associate dean for academic affairs and technology.

Other faculty members who attended are Assistant Professors Thomas Baker, Matthew Matusiak and William Moreto and Associate Professor Stephen Holmes. They were joined by graduate program coordinator Elexis Ritz and doctoral students Alesha Cameron and Frances Abderhalden.

2016 Crime SummitDoctoral students Alesha Cameron (left) and Frances Abderhalden (right)
with Sheriff Jerry Demings
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