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2014 Criminal Justice Job and Career Fair
After the longest winter any of us have had in a long time, we hope you are enjoying the warmer days.  We just wrapped up this past semester by hosting our largest and most successful annual career fair yet!  Recruiters from 50 federal and state criminal justice agencies from Michigan, Texas, Ohio, and Wisconsin and over 300 students from WSU and other local colleges and universities participated in the event.  A big thanks to the efforts of our staff here in our department and Fred Sharp of N.O.B.L.E. for providing so many students with job and internship opportunities!

As you can see below, we are now offering a fully online Master's degree to better serve the growing educational needs of our students, particularly our adult students who are already working in the field and looking to advance their profession.  The deadline for application for fall semester has been extended to July 31.  We hope you will share this new opportunity with your peers!
Brad Smith, 
Interim Chair
Chief Tolbert: Master's Student

Although he’s worked in law enforcement for 30 years, WSU Master’s student James Tolbert, was surprised to discover he’d been recommended for the position as the new Chief of Flint Police Department.  Tolbert had his eyes set on a career as a law enforcement chief executive for a while now, but still says, “I didn’t think it would come this soon!”  At one time or another over the course in his career with DPD, Chief Tolbert oversaw two-thirds of the various departments, making him thoroughly qualified for the task at hand.


Ranked with the highest crime rate for a city of its size, Flint is sure to be full of difficulties.  Among them Tolbert lists personnel challenges, reshaping and reorganizing a department that has been stagnant over the years, trying to interject secondary learning requirements in the department, and trying to implement a data driven approach to crime fighting.  Despite the obstacles before him, Tolbert says he is excited about being someplace he feels like he can make an immediate impact on.  Flint has, in fact, already begun to see significant gains in 2013 with a 30% decrease in Part 1 violent crimes and a 27% decrease in overall Part 1 crimes.


Chief Tolbert says he’s enjoying the opportunity to make a difference in what could be an intimidating situation.  He is focusing on strengthening the morale of the department as well as its efficiency and effectiveness.  He believes that operational mechanism in its totality improves everything.  Tolbert says, “The question is, ‘What did we do today?’  Flint didn’t become a number one crime city overnight, and its not going to go away overnight, but there is something we can do every day. How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time. We have to do change in a way that is sustainable.”


Chief Tolbert is implementing strategies that will help bridge the gap between the community and the police department and increase community engagement.  He says, “We’ve got to talk to the people the way they are talking now.”  The Flint Police Department now has a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a new and improved website.  In an effort to maintain total transparency with the community, FPD is regularly posting crime statistics on the city website as well.


Tolbert has been diligently pursuing a career as a law enforcement executive by constantly seeking higher education.  Before enrolling in the Master’s of Criminal Justice at Wayne State, he took courses through the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum, as well as law enforcement leadership courses at MSU and EMU.  “When I had my interview, they were looking at all the factors.  They were impressed that although I was in a high level in the police, I was still pursuing my education.  I think that’s important, because as you rise through the ranks, the ability to know your craft and to know the theory behind law enforcement is important. Everyday it helps me!” he says.

In a recent report on publication productivity among criminal justice scholars by Cohn & Farrington, our own Dr. Yuning Wu was named as one of the most productive scholars for the years 2010-2011.  During that time Wu published 11 scholarly articles.  We are so proud of her and so grateful for her contributions to the field!
Four Criminal Justice undergraduate students have been invited for membership with Phi Beta Kappa: Souad Jomaa, Carly Allen, Joshua Brant, and Vahidin Jupic.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest academic honor society (founded December 5, 1776); it celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. It is a highly selective honor: Only 10% of universities are awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and no school may elect more than 10% of a graduating class. About one college senior out of 100 nationwide will be invited to join Phi Beta Kappa each year.
The CJ Department is Hiring
The Department of Criminal Justice at Wayne State University invites applications for a full-time Lecturer to begin Fall 2014.  Applicants are expected to hold a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice/Criminology or related field.  The ideal candidate should have the ability to: (a) act as a facilitator for online masters students by maintaining a Blackboard site for cohorts of MS students; (b) assist with oversight of a fully online master’s program; (c) advise incoming online masters students; (d) teach traditional and online courses in Criminal Justice.

To apply, go to (Posting # 040279).
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