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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...
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The reduction in homicides last year ...
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
Erie Community College: News Release
Martin Floss, Ph.D., professor of criminal justice at Hilbert College and director of the Institute for Law and Justice
Erie County Sheriff's Office - News Center
* Marty Floss, PH.D, Director, Institute for Law & Justice, Hilbert College
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.
wants a system that is preventative, not punitive.Such a system would assure a community that their police department is in order while helping police officers avoid behavior that could derail their careers. Floss has worked with the Buffalo Police Department before.He and two other Hilbert faculty members provided ethics training to the department's top administrative officers.Floss is also a member of an Erie County task force looking at ways to improve police services.
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Buffalo News - HONOR ROLL
• Martin S. Floss of Snyder, director of the Hilbert Institute for Law and Justice, will receive the 2002 Erie Community College Distinguished Alumni Award at the ECC Foundation's annual alumni awards dinner, March 20 in Salvatore's Italian Gardens. A professor of criminal justice at Hilbert, Floss received an associate's degree in police science from ECC in 1984.He received bachelor's and master's degrees in criminal justice from Buffalo State College and a doctorate in criminal justice from Rutgers University. He was named director of the recently established institute at Hilbert in 2000.
Since then, he
has conducted a one-year study that assessed the attitudes of Cheektowaga residents concerning the town's police force and been involved with ethics training sessions for Buffalo Police Department supervisors.
Floss also headed a national study on reducing stress among law enforcement officers and their families.The study was funded by the National Institute of Justice
published works include extensive contributions to the book "Stress in Policing." He also was managing editor of "Advances in Criminological Theory" and has written several academic manuals on corrections, organized crime and research methods for criminal justice. Floss is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Society of Criminology, American Criminal Justice Sciences, Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State and the Police Executive Research Forum.