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News and Events
Radford University’s Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research presented its 2021 Excellence in Policing Award to Walton County, Florida, Sheriff Michael Adkinson Jr. during a ceremony held in the university’s Hemphill Hall on April 7, 2022.
Criminal Justice instructor Todd Jones ‘88, M.S. ’94 teaches students enrolled in his spring semester fire and arson investigation course about what to look for when investigating a fire. His students put those skills to practical use recently inside a mobile burn trailer owned by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.
Highlighting notable mentions of Radford University faculty and students from local, regional, national and international news outlets.
Chief Scott C. Booth of the Danville Police Department is the Radford University Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research’s 2020 Excellence in Policing award recipient. The annual award is given to a current sworn police officer, supervisor, commander or executive who is a leader in his or her agency and has been a champion for implementing innovative strategies that bring about change and improve policing.
Radford University has named Professor of Criminal Justice Nicole Hendrix, Ph.D. as Executive Director of General Education effective May 1, 2020. In this capacity, she will lead the general education efforts, oversee its ongoing integration into undergraduate degree programs at Radford University and serve as a member of the Academic Affairs Leadership Team.
The Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research is continuing its strong tradition of impactful, community-oriented engagement and support by receiving a U.S. Department of Justice Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) grant.
The page is being turned to a new chapter as Juan Martinez ’19, a student veteran from Bath, Michigan, is graduating this December and set to join the Blacksburg Police Department in January 2020.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice ‘Shawn Smith will talk about his newly released textbook, “Cybercrime and Digital Deviance,” on the With Good Reason public radio program.
The Center for Police, Practice, Policy and Research officially opened at Radford University in early 2019. Under the guidance of co-directors, Rachel Santos, Ph.D., and Roberto Santos, Ph.D., the Center received another grant.