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  School of Criminal Justice 2003-2005 Message from the Dean  

Message from the Dean
At the School of Criminal Justice (SCJ), we maintain our standing as one of the premier programs of criminal justice in the country.

A number of new initiatives at the school has kept us busy doing research, teaching, and providing community service. In April 2002, Provost Samuels approved the creation of a Center for the Study of Terrorism, a joint enterprise between SCJ, the Center for Global Change and Governance, and the School of Law-Newark. The task ahead is to search for a project director and begin a grant and fundraising strategy. The faculty has developed teaching material in the area of terrorism, and plans are under way to offer a graduate course in this subject.

The Police Institute has received substantial funding from the federal government and the state. Its mandate is to improve the quality of policing and promote safe neighborhoods in New Jersey through research, policy analysis, and dialogue with criminal justice policymakers and practitioners and the communities they serve. In 2003, the institute launched a police executive training program.

Work continues on other research grants received from the National Science Foundation, state government, corporations, and private foundations. This money has been used to support students and to build infrastructure (such as adding computer support) within the school. The growth in academic research productivity that is documented in this report will continue in future years with the help of these newfound resources.

Our undergraduate program continues to grow. There has been strong demand for placement in our newly established New Jersey State Police Scholars Program, offered jointly with the Newark College of Arts and Sciences. Eventually, up to 20 students will be supported by $5,000 scholarships. We continue to attract high-quality graduate students. Overall, the School of Criminal Justice continues to be a hive of activity, promoting excellence in research, teaching, and service in criminal justice and criminology.


Leslie W. Kennedy, Dean

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