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Popular crime shows may help reduce sexual assault
October 8, 2015

By Darin Watkins, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Stacey-HustPULLMAN, Wash. – A new study reveals viewers of “Law and Order” have a better grasp of sexual consent than viewers of other crime dramas such as “CSI” or “NCIS,” suggesting that individuals who watch programs in which sexual predators are punished may avoid sexual predatory behavior in real life.

WSU research helps reduce criminal re-offense rates
January 27, 2014

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane

Hamilton-Z-2014-80SPOKANE, Wash. – Increasing public safety and controlling costs are among the benefits of three related Washington State University projects to predict criminal re-offense and determine the effectiveness of treatment programs.

Spring lecture series focuses on crime-prevention
February 11, 2008

SPOKANE – No matter where you live, crime prevention is a key to community safety. How does design fit in the mix and help us stay ahead of the crime? The Design Institute at Washington State University Spokane is hosting “”Designing Products Against Crime: A Think Thief Orientation,” a lecture that will address those questions and give a few tips on planning a community to stay ahead of
crime.

Paul Ekblom, professor and co-director of Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London will … » More …

Academia’s size has made faking tough
September 1, 2006

It’s always been a bad idea to misrepresent — to lie about — your academic credentials, but this summer it became a crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The bill passed by the Washington Legislature is sometimes referred to as the “diploma mill bill,” and it makes it a class C felony to issue a fake or otherwise unaccredited degree. But, it also makes it a gross misdemeanor to use a false credential or to say you have a degree that you don’t.At Washington State University, many new employees are hired every year. About 800 faculty, AP and … » More …

Arrests bring wake-up call
August 23, 2002

Thanks to tips from a couple of observant people, a long string of campus computer thefts may have come to an end in late July with a pair of arrests. The first suspect in that investigation — Garry J.R. Sommerfeld, 31, Pullman, a WSU custodian with Facilities Operations — is scheduled to appear in Whitman County Court, Colfax, on Oct. 11 to enter his plea and then on Oct. 21 to stand trial.Despite the arrest of two suspects, however, WSU police know that computer thefts will not come to a grinding halt. As a result, the police are encouraging faculty, staff and students to watch … » More …

Public service leadership grad certificate added
August 23, 2002

A new graduate certificate focusing on public service leadership is being added to Washington State University Spokane#s criminal justice program. The certificate was developed as a partnership between the Washington State Institute for Community Oriented Policing at WSU Spokane, the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Association and the Washington Associate of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.Course work will be available in western Washington at the Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien. Program organizers plan to offer the courses in Spokane only if there is sufficient demand.The certificate combines graduate-level inquiry and theoretical examination with an applied, hands-on practitioner-based senior mentoring program. The purpose of the program … » More …