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Research

The Division of Public Safety Leadership (PSL) conducts quality research into critical and substantial public safety issues for federal, state, and local agencies. PSL faculty and staff are currently engaged in research on homeland security, transportation safety and security, campus safety, emergency preparedness and response, identity theft, and police response to people with disabilities.

A sampling of PSL's research and sponsored projects include:

  • Characteristics of exemplary sergeants funded by the USDOJ National Institute of Justice. This study resulted in a publication of a textbook called The Virtuous Cop on police ethics and integrity
  • Behavior of model patrol commanders funded by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, State of Maryland
  • Domestic Violence Conferences presented a holistic approach to addressing the devastating problem of domestic violence. This two day conference was funded by the USDOJ Community Oriented Policing Services Office (COPS)
  • Application of Intelligence-led policing to the Delaware State Police Administrative Division funded by the State of Delaware
  • Organization and technology needs of the Bladensberg, MD Police Department
  • National Summit on Campus Safety: Strategies for Colleges and Universities in a Homeland Security Environment" published and funded by the USDOJ Community Oriented Policing Services Office (COPS)
  • A collaborative study with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) of policing, post 9/11. This study resulted in the production of five related publications available through the IACP.
  • Analysis of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) security courses funded by FTA and USDOT
  • Development of strategic counter-terrorism training for transit managers funded by FTA and USDOT
  • Development of a national strategy to combat identity theft funded by the USDOJ Community Oriented Policing Services Office (COPS)
  • Development of a prototype of a school safety web site providing on-line learning for school and public safety professionals, as well as parents and students.
  • An evaluation of FTA safety courses
  • Development of curriculum guidelines for public safety training for FTA personnel
  • Development of curriculum to train major cities to establish Terrorist Early Warning Systems funded by the Office of Domestic Preparedness, US Department of Homeland Security
  • Development a three day writing workshop for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Executive leadership training at Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknowns, for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Review of Legal Curriculum for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)