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Dr. del Carmen and Dr. Kercher Retire

After a combined 80 years of service to the College of Criminal Justice, Dr. Rolando del Carmen and Dr. Glen Kercher announced their retirements in May.

The College of Criminal Justice bid a fond farewell to two pillars of its program: Dr. Rolando del Carmen and Dr. Glen Kercher, who will retire after the spring semester. Dr. del Carmen, one of the nation's leading experts on criminal justice law, will retire after 38 years of service to SHSU. Dr. Kercher, Director of the Crime Victims' Institute, has been a professor at SHSU since 1970 and previously served as Coordinator of the Ph.D. Program and Director of Survey Research at the College of Criminal Justice.

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Criminal Justice Career Week

To help graduates find jobs, the College of Criminal Justice debuted Career Week, which included a Career Fair and panel presentations by professionals in the field. The 2012 Criminal Justice Career Fair included representatives from law enforcement, corrections, victim services, forensics, the military and private security. The College also hosted panels featuring professionals from law enforcement, victim services, and forensics, as well as speakers on graduate school and job etiquette.

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Alumnus Named as Phoenix's Top Cop

Alumnus Daniel V. Garcia (BS '78) was named Police Chief in Phoenix, the sixth largest city in the United States. After serving at the Dallas Police Department for 34 years, most recently as Assistant Chief, Garcia is poised to lead a department of more than 3,000 officers and 700 support staff in the community policing model.

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Elderly and Crime

Dr. Victoria Titterington and graduate students are exploring the connection between elderly and crime in a series of ongoing research projects. Among the issues studied are elder abuse, homicide and the elderly, and the overall and spousal sex ratios of homicide offending.

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LEMIT Eyewitness ID Training

After developing a model policy for Texas law enforcement on eyewitness identification, the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas is now hold training sessions to put policy into practice. The eight-hour 'Train the Trainer' program will provide lesson plans, videos, and background materials so that those participating in the session can train others in their agency or region.

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Recent Publications

Dr. Cortney Franklin received the first New Scholar Award from the Victimology Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for her extensive publications in the field. The award is presented annually in recognition of the achievements of a scholar who shows outstanding merit at the beginning of their career in the area of victimology.

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