Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused
The reduction in homicides last year might have a lot to do with a change in demographics, said professor Martin Floss, who chairs the graduate program in criminal justice administration at Hilbert College.
While going from 62 to 40 homicides is certainly a positive sign, it could be a statistical fluctuation.
We really cant say that this is because things have changed, he said.
Members of the committee included the following: Dr. Martin Floss, Director, Hilbert College Criminal Justice Graduation Program; Darius G. Pridgen, Councilman, City of Buffalo; Richard Savage, Superintendent (Ret) Gowanda Correctional Facility; Erie County Legislator Timothy R. Hogues, Chair of the Public Safety Committee; Leonard Pero, Supervisor of the Town of Brant and President of the Association of Erie County Government; and Lana Benatovich, President of the National Federation for Just Communities of WNY (NFJC).
"Departments are doing more than ever ... trying to predict who's that officer who shouldn't be an officer," said Martin S. Floss, director of Hilbert College's Institute for Law and Justice.
There may be a downside, as well, if departments with too many legacy officers become too insular or if the child of an officer feels "a bit of entitlement," said Floss of Hilbert.
But he and others did not say that such officers are more likely to engage in misconduct.
Last year's recipients were Marcia Bermel, professor/department head, medical laboratory technology/medical office assistant department at ECC; Cindy Coburn-Carroll, women's professional bowler; Martin Floss, Ph.D., professor of criminal justice at Hilbert College and director of the Institute for Law and Justice; Thomas Joseph, president/owner of Joseph's Catering Service/Joseph's Country Manor & Grove; David Izydorczak, teacher, Orchard Park Schools; Michelle Mazzone, director of leasing for the Ciminelli Development Company; and Robert Wohler, senior account executive for ABC Television Network.
Hilbert professor appointed police watchdog - 2003-01-20 - Business First of Buffalo
Under his three-year contract, Hilbert College professor Martin Floss will oversee the agreement's implementation and provide quarterly audits to the Buffalo Police Department and the U.S. Department of Justice.The federal oversight agreement requires that an independent reviewer be retained by the city.
The agreement, signed in September, includes the Justice Department, Buffalo Police Department, Police Benevolent Association and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 264.These groups will work together to make changes in police training and policies, and will further examine the department's use of chemical irritant (CAP) spray. CAP spray was the subject of a federal investigation regarding allegations of officers' excessive use of pepper spray.
James Giammaresi, the Buffalo Police Department's chief of staff, said it is Floss' "overall knowledge of the criminal justice system and previous project experience with various police departments that makes him a suitable choice as reviewer."
Floss, who is director of the Hilbert Institute for Law and Justice, will work with the police department and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice to ensure the department's compliance with the requirements of the agreement. "These requirements are based on substantial evidence indicating that CAP spray, when properly used, is an effective tool for law enforcement, particularly when compared to traditional methods, such as the nightstick," Floss said. Another of Floss' responsibilities is to set up a system to track complaints made against the department and to keep tabs on behavior considered to be police misconduct.The system will be software-based and will use its input to flag individuals who fall into certain criteria. "With the right system in place, we will be able to identify officers who are heading down the wrong track and take corrective measures to prevent future misconduct," Floss said.
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