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 police in Texas. The purpose of this page is to summarize these projects.

Body-Worn Camera Utilization and Policies in Texas

Project Staff:

Alexis Rockwell, Doctoral Student and LEMIT Research Assistant, Sam Houston State University
Dr. William Wells, LEMIT Research Director, Sam Houston State University
Dr. Rita Watkins, LEMIT Executive Director, Sam Houston State University
Tara Armstrong, LEMIT Executive Development Program Coordinator, Sam Houston State University

LEMIT collected data from a large sample of police agencies in Texas to understand aspects of body-worn camera (BWC) deployment and associated policies. The purpose was to estimate the proportion of agencies that deploy BWCs and to understand key policy elements. Survey data were collected in November 2020 from 733 agencies.  The second phase of the study will describe, in greater detail, agency policies that govern BWC use in Texas. 

Project Status:

October 2020 – current
Report and Appendices

Combating Human Trafficking in Texas

Project Staff:

Dr. Ryan Randa, Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University
Dr. William Wells, LEMIT Research Director, Sam Houston State University
Shamika Kelley, Doctoral Student and LEMIT Research Assistant, Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State faculty are collaborating with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to study the TABC capacity to lead statewide work to fight human trafficking. The purpose is to provide TABC leadership with practical information they can use to make changes that will enhance their abilities to address the problem of human trafficking in Texas. Dr. Randa is leading the SHSU team and is directing the collection of data through multiple methods, including web surveys, interviews, and observations.  

 

Project Status:

June 2020 – current

Using Social Network Analysis to Enhance Criminal Investigations and Reduce Violent Crime

Project Staff:

Dr. Yan Zhang, Professor, Sam Houston State University
Dr. William Wells, LEMIT Research Director, Sam Houston State University

Dr. Yan Zhang is leading research to assist the Houston Police Department with their Strategies for Policing Innovation project to reduce violent crime.  The innovative HPD project utilizes social network analysis to enhance criminal investigations in order to reduce violent crime.  The evaluation study will measure the results of the HPD initiative and provide feedback HPD leaders can use to enhance their work. 

Project Status:

June 2020 – current

Project Safe Neighborhoods

Project Staff:

Dr. Yan Zhang, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University
Dr. Jason Ingram, Co-Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University
Dr. William Wells, LEMIT Research Director, Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State faculty are collaborating with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. Faculty are providing research assistance to support the Attorney’s Office direct work to reduce violent crime in Houston communities.  The research findings will provide information multiple criminal justice system agencies can use to direct their interventions and shape their work to fight violent crime.   

Project Status:

October 2019 – current

Post-Critical Incident Seminar Evaluation

Project Staff:

Dr. Jason Ingram, Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University
Dr. Temilola Salami, Assistant Professor, Sam Houston State University
Alexis Rockwell, Doctoral Student and LEMIT Research Assistant, 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.

Summary Report

Project Status:
Summer 2019 - current

Longitudinal Study of New Texas Police Chiefs

Project Staff:

Dr. Patrick Brady, Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia (SHSU, ’17)
Joshua Shadwick, Doctoral Student, 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. Doctoral student Joshua Shadwick is using data collected through this project for his dissertation in 2020.

Report on New Police Chiefs and Police Chief Turnover in Texas

Project Status:

Fall 2017 – current

Stress among a Sample of Police Leaders in the United States

Project Staff:

Dr. Joseph Schafer, Professor, St. Louis University
Dr. William King, Professor, Boise State University
Dr. William Wells, LEMIT Research Director, Sam Houston State University
Shamika Kelley, Doctoral Student and LEMIT Research Assistant, Sam Houston State University

The purpose of this project is to understand multiple components of police leaders’ stress and to assess relationships between stress and coping, support, and organizational commitment.  A unique sample of FBI National Academy participants completed surveys while attending the National Academy.  Findings will provide new insights into multiple aspects of stress and relationships to other aspects of work.


Project Status:
Spring 2020 – current

Montgomery County Opioid Prosecution Program

Project Staff:

Dr. 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 opioid drug-related crime problems in Montgomery County for the purposes of implementing response to improve community safety. Data collection began in summer 2017 and the collaborative project is currently supported through a grant from the United States Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Project Status:

Summer 2017 – current

Texas Chiefs of Police Panel Project

Project Staff:

Dr. William King, Professor, Boise State University
Dr. Jason Ingram, Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University
Alexis Rockwell, Doctoral Student and LEMIT Research Assistant, Sam Houston State University
Shamika Kelley, Doctoral Student and LEMIT Research Assistant, Sam Houston State University

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