Tuesday, March 28, 2017

LCC Grad Tackles Race Relations as Presidential Scholar

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

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Oliver Pays Homage to Father of American Policing

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

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

Training for Investigating Environmental Cases

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Project EnCriPT hosted a live training for civil and criminal enforcement officers on how to investigate environmental crimes.

The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) and Project EnCriPT hosted a hands-on training for environmental and law enforcement professionals on how to investigate environmental cases on March 6-8 in Huntsville.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Homeland Security Studies Moving Graduate Program to The Woodlands Center

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The master's program in Homeland Security Studies is moving to The Woodlands Center in the fall for new graduate students.

The master’s program in Homeland Security Studies will be moving to The Woodlands Center in the fall to accommodate better students and professionals in businesses and government agencies in the greater Houston region.

The program will continue to offer classes in Huntsville for the current cohort of second year masters’ students, as well as undergraduate classes for the Homeland Security Studies minor. The Department of Security Studies provides options to take graduate courses through online or face-to-face classes.

“We are looking to make the program increasingly accessible for folks working in the field within the Homeland Security Enterprise, while providing an opportunity for younger students to get experience by taking classes with veterans working in the discipline,” said Nadav Morag, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Security Studies. “it’s a win-win for students and professionals alike.”

The 36-hour master’s program also will offer three different tracks to address the unique needs of each student. The capstone/internship option provides an opportunity to work part-time for agencies or businesses in homeland security and present a shorter research paper on practical or policy issues. For those interested in academic pursuits, thesis track candidates produce a substantial scholarly research paper on issues of significance to the field. Finally, the third track allows working professionals to write a shorter research paper and to take an extra elective course.

To serve working professionals, in-person classes will be offered in the evening. The presence of practitioners will enhance the learning experiences for other students as they discuss real world issues and scenarios in the discipline.

The security studies program has grown significantly in the last few years, with nearly 100 students enrolled in the graduate program from across the state, nation, and world, including active military personnel in Germany and Afghanistan. With more undergraduate students signing up for security studies classes or the minor, the Department is working on offering an undergraduate degree in Homeland Security Studies in the future.

To address the growth, the Department will add a new faculty member this fall. Natalie D. Baker, Ph.D., currently is an assistant professor in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. She specializes in emergency management and public health issues, most recently completing a study on the Ebola scare in the United States. She also conducted other research examining the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and earthquake preparedness in southern California.

The Department also is assembling an Advisory Board of leaders in the Homeland Security Enterprise to ensure that the curriculum offered remains relevant to the field. The advisory board also will help the program to develop new classes as the discipline evolves.

The Homeland Security Studies program delivers core courses in the foundations of security studies, unconventional threats, research methods, critical infrastructure protection, security and management, emergency management, ethics and law, and a global perspective. Electives include cybersecurity, Information and Intelligence, and other Special Topics. Summer classes also are available online.

The deadline to apply for the fall semester is July 1. For more information, contact Vivian Carlson at vxc003@shsu.edu or (936) 294-1646 or visit The Homeland Security Studies web site.

Safeguard Officer Mental Health

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Learn how to safeguard officers' mental health and build resiliency in your agency from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness has been working collaboratively with police professionals and professional organizations on ways to build officer and agency resiliency. NAMI has made resources available for police leaders to begin addressing this significant issue. Read more

Monday, February 13, 2017

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

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

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

Friday, February 3, 2017

LEMIT Focuses on Healthy Dispatchers

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LEMIT held an inaugural program for dispatchers in Texas on how to deal with stress and difficult people.
Joe Serio teaches a class for dispatchers from across Texas.

To serve the emergency services community, the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas recently offered a special interactive program for dispatchers to address how to deal with stress and difficult people.