Psychological Autopsies as a Tool for Law Enforcement in Death Investigations
Estep, D. (2016) "Psychological Autopsies as a Tool for Law Enforcement of Death Investigations." National Academy Associate, 18(6), 14.
Selecting the Next Generation of Police Chiefs
Gillette, T. (2017) “Selecting the Next Generation of Police Chiefs.” A paper of the BJA Executive Session on Police Leadership. Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice; and St. Petersburg, FL: Center for Public Safety Innovation, St. Petersburg College.
Recidivism Among Florida State Prisoners
Under the existing research partnership between Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and Broward’s Sheriff Office (BSO), a study was undertaken beginning in the fall of 2015 to analyze the patterns of recidivism among inmates released from Florida state prisons to Broward County. The principal investigator was Marguerite Bryan, PhD, faculty researcher with the NSU-BSO Research Partnership program and full-time faculty with the Department of Justice and Human Services in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science (CAHSS). The main goals for the study was to (1) provide evidence-based assessments of the patterns of recidivism among Florida state prisoners released to Broward County; (2) to use the results of the study as a benchmark for future studies of released offenders in studying longitudinal patterns of recidivism; and, (3) to facilitate planning and implementation of the necessary prisoner reentry services of BSO. Preliminary findings of the random sample of 450 prisoners released indicates that approximately 63% of the prisoners were rearrested within 3 years of their release. This recidivism rate is very like that found in a national study of state prisoners released in 2005 across 30 states. In the national study, it was reported that approximately 68% of the prisoners were rearrested within 3 years after their release from their respective state prisons. Further analyses are being conducted in terms of the demographic and criminogenic characteristics of the prisoners and associated rates of recidivism with these characteristics.
Principal Investigator: Marguerite Bryan
Study of Armed Encounters of Law Enforcement Officers in Broward County, Florida
In an effort to ensure that the tactical training that Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) provides is addressing the most current issues, the agency performs an annual review of the reports of officers killed in the line of duty. The department at BSO reviews the common factors in each case with both the officers and the suspects and this information is presented to the agency during phase 3 of in – service training. This data allows the agency to provide training that is current and relevant to threats that face law enforcement. While this information is extremely valuable and pertinent, the agency is unable to capture a lot of information that could certainly provide an even more detailed picture of how law enforcement officers respond to armed threats. Currently, no all encompassing report exist detailing information of armed encounters not resulting in an officer fatality. Information on encounters when officers survive, hit suspects, or fires their weapons without hitting suspects is non existent.
The purposes of the present study are twofold: (1) to identify factors that influence the life or death outcome of law enforcement officer encounters with civilians in Broward County, and (2) to disseminate these findings and their implications to training officers and their trainees to improve law officer training in the municipalities of Broward County. This study proposes to undertake a comprehensive analysis of armed encounters of law enforcement officers in Broward County for the past 10 years to incorporate data for both officer fatality and officer survival when a weapon is discharged. The study will also provide current training information on armed encounters and will be beneficial not only to BSO but other law enforcement agencies in the state and across the nation that will be able to determine whether their training addresses crucial information.
Principal Investigator: Tammy Kushner, Psy.D.
Investigators: Marguerite Bryan, Ph.D, Leslie Taylor, Ph.D., Zack Scott, Deputy