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School of Criminal Justice Forensic, Science and Security

Current Events and Highlights






The School of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security congratulates senior criminal justice major, Mallory Umbehagen, on her recent acceptance to Florida State University Law School.  Mallory is a dedicated student and serves as President of the Criminal Justice Student Association.  We look forward to Mallory’s future success as she completes law school and enters the practice of law. SMTTT!









Southern Miss undergraduate student Dustin Cooley presented research at the ACJS conference in Baltimore, Maryland. This presentation consisted of his findings and challenges of the 2018 Mississippi Law Enforcement Survey.









Gulfport Police Department will be on campus Tuesday, April 2!

They will be recruiting in the Thad Cochran Center from 9-3.

Come back to the AKH courtroom for pizza from 4-5.






Matthew Allen, practicing attorney and doctoral student in Criminal Justice, authored a recent Op-Ed in the Clarion Ledger on the important issues surrounding prison reform and rehabilitation of offenders.  We are proud of Matt for his commitment to improving the criminal justice system!


Find the article in the link below. 

Matthew Allen Clarion Ledger Article



Dr. Laura Gulledge, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, received a certificate for her completion of the first ACUE module at a reception held at The USM Center for Faculty Development on November 30, 2018.  ACUE (Association of College and University Educators) provides professional development opportunities for university faculty designed to improve teaching and instructional practices.  We are proud of Dr. Gulledge and her recent accomplishment. Dr. Alan Thompson completed the ACUE program in 2017 and has received the ACUE Distinguished Teaching Scholar designation.





Our faculty celebrating the success of our students at Fall 2018 graduation!  SMTTT







School of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security graduate students recently gave presentations to the Gulfport Police Department command staff.  We are grateful to our police and community partners for supporting USM! 







On October 17th, 2018, Commander Ken Brown of Gulfport Police Department spoke to our School of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Security Graduate and Ph.D. students in their Policing seminar course. Commander Brown spoke about leadership roles within the police department and how they play a significant role in the community.  We would like to thank Commander Brown for coming and speaking with the students. 






Report for interest in police patrol careers, co-authored by Dr. Scheer


The city of Hattiesburg and USM have reached an agreement offering up to six credit hours each semester to full-time sworn employees at the Hattiesburg Police Department. 

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USM is hosting a town hall meeting for Stand Up Mississippi on Tuesday, September 25th, which will focus on the opioid crisis. 

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Justice Dawn H. Beam, Mississippi Supreme Court Justice, was presented with the Susie Blue Buchanan Award at the 2018 Mississippi Bar Association’s Annual Meeting held in Destin, Florida.  The Award is presented by the Women in the Profession Committee and is named for Susie Blue Buchanan, the first female member of the Mississippi Bar who was admitted to practice in 1918.  Justice Beam was acknowledged for her extensive professional accomplishments and her ongoing service to and promotion of women in the legal profession.  Justice Beam serves as Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Justice at USM within The School of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Security.  Congratulations to Justice Beam on her receipt of this prestigious award.




On May 14th, 2018, Dr. Wes Johnson spoke at the Open House for the City of Hattiesburg Behavioral Health Court on the history of the court. Mayor Barker, Judge Wes Curry, and Lt. Latosha Meyers-Mitchell (HPD) were among the others that spoke. Click here for video.










On May 11, 2018 Dr. Wes Johnson spoke to a gathering of mental health professionals attending a special program focusing on Bridging the Gap. The program was sponsored by the MS Department of Mental Health and South State Mental Hospital in Purvis, MS. The title of the presentation was Lessons Learned in Implementing Mental Health Diversion Programs in MS. 









Criminal Justice and Forensics grad students competed in 2018 Glow Run on April 19, 2018.









Criminal Justice Student Association and Forensic Science Society members volunteered their time to work concessions at the USM baseball game on April 4, 2018.  USM hosted the UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns at Pete Taylor Park.  It’s wonderful to see our students actively engaged in campus life.  Our student organizations receive a percentage of the concession profits for their service.













The School of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Security congratulates Dr. Wes Johnson on ten years of service at USM!











Dr. Wes Johnson, Professor of Criminal Justice and Doctoral Program Director, was recently honored for his hard work in establishing an annual banquet series at South Carolina State University, an HBCU.  The banquet was designed to provide opportunities for criminal justice majors to connect and interact with  African American practitioners in the field of criminal justice.  The banquet series is still going strong and is now in its 27th year.  Dr. Johnson was recognized for his contributions at the 27th Annual Banquet.  Dr. Johnson taught at SCSU from 1980-1988 and has been with The School of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Security at USM since 2007.  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Johnson for this well-deserved achievement. 



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