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WSU developing innovative technology to improve policing, public safety
July 12, 2017

By Adrian Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences

Axon Flex 2 shoulder cameraPULLMAN, Wash. – As the nation grapples with policing and security issues, criminal justice experts at WSU are developing innovative technology to improve police–community relations, officer training and public safety.

Addressing social justice through art
June 15, 2017

By Adriana Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – A graduation cap, winding stairs, prison bars, open books, a happy family, a dangling key — these and many other meaningful images play across a vibrant mural created by social-justice minded WSU students to convey a transformative message.

Heroic law officer, devoted Cougar receives alumni award
October 27, 2016

deke-gassettBONNEY LAKE, Wash. – After a bomb exploded in a Washington State University dorm in 1979, student resident advisor Deke Gassett organized fundraising for the WSU police to acquire more protective Kevlar vests. While a drug enforcement agent just eight years later, Gassett himself was protected by a Kevlar vest, saved others’ lives and won awards for his actions.

Grad student finds research, speaking success
September 28, 2016

By Cheryl Reed, Graduate School

PULLMAN, Wash. – With 10 national speaking engagements scheduled between June and February, doctoral student Amber Morczek is earning distinction for discussing difficult topics in an honest and nonthreatening manner.

New mental health tool expedites patient evaluation
April 28, 2016

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a new assessment tool to gauge the risk that someone with a mental illness will commit a crime. It could also speed up long-delayed competency evaluations for people awaiting trial.

Criminologist takes on regional justice reform
April 30, 2015

By Adrian Aumen, College of Arts & Sciences

van-wormer-webSPOKANE, Wash. – A Washington State University faculty member is steering the first major steps in a comprehensive overhaul of the way Spokane area police, courts, judges and detention centers work together.

Mentally ill get handcuffs, not helping hand
April 14, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Makin-80PULLMAN, WASH. – A person with schizophrenia shouts incoherently in a city playground; a woman in the throes of a psychotic crisis hurls rocks against a door; a young man with autism in the middle of a busy road pushes the police officer who tries to move him to a sidewalk.