Alumni In The News

August 2017

Chief Richard MyersRichard Myers

Chief Richard Myers is a graduate of the School of Criminal Justice, class of 1976. Myers is currently the Chief in Newport News, VA.

Richard Myers has been selected by the Major Cities Chiefs Association to serve as Executive Director.  Myers brings 40 years of experience in policing in six different states and 33 years as a police chief in six cities including Newport News, VA, Colorado Springs and Appleton, WI. He also served as interim chief in two cities including spending 11 months in Sanford, FL following the death of Trayvon Martin.   He has been a member of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies board since 2009 and was elected as Chair/President in 2015.

April 2016

Rebecca (Goldman) BeardRebecca Goldman Beard

Rebecca Beard is a graduate of the School of Criminal Justice, class of 2003. She has been a parole agent for the Michigan Department of Corrections since 2011 and is currently assigned to the Wayne County Parole/Probation Tether Unit.

Agent Beard recently went above and beyond in her attempt to resuscitate a parolee found unresponsive during a routine home visit. She immediately began emergency CPR and performed chest compressions until assistance arrived, and is an excellent example of a dedicated Spartan performing her job duties at a very high level.

November 2015

Jeremy Carter co-chair of NIJ’s SRP on TechnologyPhoto of Jeremy Carter

2011 Ph.D. alumnus Jeremy Carter is co-chair of the National Institute of Justice’s standing scientific review panel (SRP) on technology.

NIJ is the lead federal science agency for research to improve criminal justice and policy, and conducts its work mainly through an interdisciplinary grant program that funds research in the social and physical sciences and technology. The NIJ’s SRP on technology is one of the most diverse, and includes computer scientists, operations research analysts and social and behavioral scientists. In addition to other topics, the SRP on technology reviewed applications dealing with preventing officer suicide, valuating data, and developing improved methods to collect digital evidence from large-scale computer systems and networks.

Jeremy Carter is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

October 2015

Joseph Schafer appointed as a CALEA CommissionerPhoto of Joe Schafer

2000 Ph.D. alumnus Joseph Schafer has been named one of four new Commissioners for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  The Commission is comprised of 11 law enforcement practitioners and 10 members from the public and private sectors.

CALEA is an independent credentialing authority created in 1979 by the joint effort of four major law enforcement executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA); and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

Joseph Schafer is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Read about the newly appointed Commissioners here.

September 2015

Training for Procedural Justice will be presented at IACP conference

2015 Ph.D. alumnus Charlie Scheer is part of a panel of researchers and practitioners whose presentation “Training for Procedural Justice” has been accepted to the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in Chicago in October 2015. The panel also includes Dr. Wesley Skogan of Northwestern University, Chief Edward Flynn of Milwaukee Police Department, Assistant Commissioner Peter Martin of the Queensland (Australia) Police Service, and Sergeant Renee Mitchell from the Sacramento Police Department. For those interested in attending, the panel’s presentation is Saturday, October 24, at 10:00 AM.

Charlie Scheer is an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at University of Southern Mississippi.

Facebook Grant to Study Cyberbullying and Teen Dating Violence

MSU CJ Alumni Justin Patchin and Sameer Hinduja

Justin Patchin (left) and Sameer Hinduja (right)

2004 Ph.D. alumni Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin recently received a Facebook grant to study cyberbullying and teen dating violence.  The goal of the study is to shine a light on the nationwide prevalence, frequency and scope of cyberbullying and electronic dating violence among a population of youth.

Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin are co-directors of the Cyberbullying Research Center.  Hinduja received the Global Anti-Bullying Hero Award for 2015 from Auburn University for his efforts and contributions on the subject and recently spoke on Capitol Hill at a Congressional Briefing about cyberbullying and teen dating violence.

Read the full story here.