SHSU Law enforcement program awarded $417,500

Sam Houston State University was recently awarded $417,500 for the second year of a five-year program designed to train law enforcement personnel from all over the world.

As part of the program, SHSU faculty from the College of Criminal Justice provides instruction at the International Law Enforcement Academy at Roswell, New Mexico.

The program is managed by New Mexico Tech, and Richard Ward, associate vice president for research and special programs, is project director for SHSU’s effort.

“This project has proven to be extremely important in developing better ties with other law enforcement officials throughout the world,” Ward said. “At a time when communication between countries in criminal justice has never been more important, SHSU is playing a key role.”

Dean and director of the College of Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice Center, Vincent Webb, said some of SHSU’s top faculty members are participating in the project.

“Our people are recognized as among the best in the world,” he said. “We are pleased to be a part of this ongoing effort.”

Cali Luco, Roswell project coordinator and a graduate student in political science, said classes include construction in community policing, human rights, police administration, personnel management and counter-terrorism.

“The program is based on an educational model that stresses critical thinking, the rule of law, philosophical issues and modern police management,” Luco said.

The Roswell program is part of a global network of academies operating in Hungary, Thailand, Botswana and El Salvador, Luco said. They are supported by the U.S. State Department and students who complete training at those locations become eligible to be selected for the Roswell program.

The State Department project is now in its seventh year and more than 2,300 students from 71 countries throughout the world have attended the one-month course. Each class consists of about 50 students, usually from three countries, and simultaneous translation is provided in as many as three languages.

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