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.

Post-Critical Incident Seminar Evaluation

Project Staff:

Jason Ingram, Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University
Temilola Salami, Assistant Professor, Sam Houston State University
William King, Professor and Associate Dean, Sam Houston State University
Alexis Rockwell, Doctoral Student, Sam Houston State University

The purpose of this project is to examine outcomes of Post-Critical Incident Seminars (PCIS) delivered through LEMIT. PCIS provides education on trauma, patterns of resolution, coping strategies, and peer support to first-responders and tele-communicators who have experienced highly traumatic events. This study will describe the PCIS implementation process and initial results. The project is funded through The State of Texas Office of the Governor.

Project Status:
Summer 2019 - current

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. 

Dr. Patrick Brady and Dr. William King presented results at the meeting of the Safety and Wellness Conference hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in February 2019. The PowerPoint file that accompanied their presentation is found here.

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, Professor, 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 and is currently supported through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Project Status:

Summer 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