Archived Current Projects

LEMIT Research

Current Projects

The Research & Development Unit is currently involved in a number of research projects, ranging in size and scope, concerning a variety of issues relevant to the practice of law enforcement in Texas. The purpose of this page is to summarize these projects.

Longitudinal Study of New Texas Police Chiefs

Project Staff:

Patrick Brady, Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia (SHSU, ’17)
Alicia Jurek, Doctoral Student and LEMIT Research Assistant, Sam Houston State University
Joshua Shadwick, Doctoral Student and LEMIT Research Assistant, Sam Houston State University

The purpose of this project is to explore the personal and work-related factors associated with new police chiefs' well-being over time. Much of the stress and policing literature is limited to studies involving front-line officers. To get a better sense of how chiefs' personal and professional lives shape their work-related attitudes and behaviors, this project follows recently appointed police chiefs over the first few years of their tenure. The ultimate goal is to identify and isolate key factors that improve and mitigate their well-being. Findings will not only allow for comparisons of work-related attitudes among new and tenured police chiefs, but also enhance future leadership develop programs for police administrators. 

Report on New Police Chiefs and Police Chief Turnover in Texas

Project Status:

Fall 2017 – current

Montgomery County Opioid Prosecution Program

Project Staff:

Ling Ren, Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University
Joshua Shadwick, Doctoral Student and LEMIT Research Assistant, Sam Houston State University

This is a collaborative project with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.  The project involves data collection and analysis to diagnosis drug-related crime problems in Montgomery County, which will contribute to grant proposals. Data collection began in summer 2017.

Project Status:

Summer 2017 – current

Blue Courage Texas Immersion Evaluation

Project Staff:

William Wells, Director of Research, LEMIT, Sam Houston State University
Donna Garcia, Director of Executive Development, LEMIT, Sam Houston State University
Tara Armstrong, Program Coordinator, LEMIT, Sam Houston State University
Ian Bracewell, Program Coordinator, LEMIT, Sam Houston State University
Ryan Spohn, Director, Nebraska Center for Justice Research

The LEMIT research team is collaborating with researchers from across the United States to collect data on the outcomes of Blue Courage training. In December 2017 and January 2018 LEMIT delivered four Blue Courage training programs. The purpose was to prepare trainers and police managers to integrate Blue Courage principles into their agencies and academies. The study will describe the immersion of Blue Courage in Texas and measure results.

Project Status:

Fall 2017 – current

Texas Chiefs of Police Panel Project

Project Staff:

William King, Professor and Associate Dean, Sam Houston State University
Alicia Jurek, Doctoral Student and LEMIT Research Assistant, Sam Houston State University
Toycia Collins, Doctoral Student, Sam Houston State University Sam Houston State University
Matthew Matusiak, Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida (SHSU, ’13)
Bradley Campbell, Assistant Professor, University of Louisville (SHSU, ’15)

Several survey modules are currently being used to measure, among other things: 1) the police role in the community, 2) health, wellness, and stress among police chiefs, 3) chiefs’ perceptions of organizational legitimacy, 4) communications with external stakeholders, and 5) availability and use of victims’ services organizations in jurisdictions in Texas. The project entails an ongoing data collection effort to gather information from police executives. We will explore pressing issues facing law enforcement executives. The modules can be altered or replaced with new modules as exigencies dictate. Several graduate students have used these data for dissertations, theses, reports, peer-reviewed publications, and conference presentations. Visit the TCPPP project page for more detailed information.

Project Status:

Survey data collection and analysis is ongoing

Archived Current Projects