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Students Collaborate with Police on Research Project
In the Fall of 2012, students in Dr. Nicole Hendrix’ Research Methods in Criminal Justice course partnered with Chief Don Goodman of the Radford City Police Department to examine local crime issues. Using official data from the police department, students learned data analysis skills and techniques that helped them develop proposals to respond to crime problems in the community. Specifically in Radford, the students focused on alcohol and noise violations centered around the University.
After examining the patterns and characteristics of the offenses, each team of students presented the Chief and Dr. Hendrix with possible solutions that might help reduce these crimes. One team’s suggestion was to target enforcement in the area in Radford between Fairfax and Downey known as ‘light side’ and to publicize the enforcement with signs that noted the targeted enforcement areas. Chief Goodman and his staff have placed signs in this area.
Pictured left to right: Chief Don Goodman, Katlyn Cox, Tyler Ruland, Sherri Philpott, Joshua Oakley, Diamond Lee, and Marc Gohlke.