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Miami accepted the grant in November. On Thursday, the city commission will vote on a $120,000 contract with Florida International University to have Rob Guerette, an associate professor of criminal justice, study the department’s program and run tests ahead of its launch. Read more here:

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CJ Online ranks #3 among top online criminal justice programs of 2015.

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Piracy analysis: EU Somali coastguard initiative delivers

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EMEA maritime attacks down but Bangladesh crime rises

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In a study of nearly 500 city police departments across the United States, researchers from FIU and Montana State University found police departments with a large number of full-time employees are more likely to experience reported incidents of police misconduct, including excessive force, sexual misconduct, financial misconduct and driving under the influence.

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Professor Rhea was interviewed by the Guardian for his opinion on prosecuting war criminals hiding in Florida.

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NBC News interviewed Professor Rhea on the U.S. bombing of an Afghanistan hospital.

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Professor Saiz wins PAD Pre Law-Fraternity (PAD) Advisor of the Year Award

Professor Saiz won the National Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law-Fraternity (PAD) 2014-15 Advisor of the Year Award. This is the second he won this award. The Mock Trial Team that he coached finished in third place at the national conference in Washington DC and for a second time they won Chapter of the Year Award.


A study of the Los Pozos market in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, found that the local domestic pet trade in parrots there was largely supplied by farmers ridding themselves of bird pests.

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Dr. Meldrum wins 2016 ACJS New Scholar Award

Dr. Meldrum has been awarded the 2016 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) New Scholar Award, which recognizes outstanding scholarly contributions to the study of crime and/or criminal justice by someone who has received their doctoral degree within the past six years. The award ceremony will be held at the 2016 ACJS conference in Denver, CO at the end of March.

Professor Gilmer awarded grant to research post-terrorism environments

Professor Gilmer has been awarded a Title VI-UISFL grant from AADS for travel to Kenya to conduct research on post-terrorism environments. Her research project will examine how security is constructed, practiced, and experienced among different populations at Westgate mall--the site of a 2013 al-Shabaab terrorist attack that lasted four days and resulted in the deaths of 67 people.

Congratulations to Andrea Headley on receiving an award from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics for her dissertation research on police-community relations. She is one of only six recipients nationwide to receive this prestigious award. Andrea is enrolled in the Criminal Justice Major within the Ph.D. program in Public Affairs.

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