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Citadel News Service
29 Sep 2009

Criminal justice professor brings the world to the classroom

Criminal Justice Professor William P. Bloss is making a mark as a leader in the field of international criminal justice through his work with the Kosovo Police Service and the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime.

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Bloss traveled to Ohrid, Macedonia, for the 2009 International Police Executive Symposium where he was selected to conduct a study of the new Kosovo Police Service. Bloss is focusing his analytic skills on police leadership practices during the post-independence transition period of the Republic of Kosovo. The Kosovo study joins a larger research project investigating crime and justice issues in the Balkan region.

“I was very pleased to be asked to conduct the Kosovo study because it fits nicely with the multi-part research project I began in 2007 that focuses on Balkan crime and justice issues,” Bloss said.

Bloss also joined international researchers and police officials in March to study new developments in crime measurement in Santiago, Chile. The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean hosted representatives from dozens of countries to analyze juvenile and adult crime reporting methods with the goal of developing improved universal measures.

“Due to the rapid growth of global terrorism and transnational organized crime, there is an urgent need for criminal justice researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to collaborate and share best practices,” Bloss said. “Multi-lateral criminal justice cooperation is one facet of a broader effort by nations around the world to defend against these national security threats,” said Bloss.

Bloss hopes to continue using his international experiences to broaden classroom learning and encourage students to be more involved as leaders in international affairs. The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice began offering a minor in international criminal justice in 2007 to provide students with the option to focus on international crime topics.

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