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USF criminology professor to provide oversight of implementation of new Tampa Police policies designed to improve community relations
The University of South Florida is assisting the Tampa Police Department’s efforts to build strong relationships between officers and the community. The city of Tampa and USF Criminology Professor Bryanna Fox have agreed to a formal 18-month partnership following her leadership on Mayor Jane Castor’s Community Task Force on Policing.
USF researchers have spent decades studying the many facets of civil unrest. They’ve witnessed activists spark effective change, demonstrations lead to destruction and communities become wary of police. They’ve educated tens of thousands of students on significant moments of history and how such history tends to repeat itself. It’s a lesson playing out nationally in response to the death of George Floyd with protests erupting thousands of miles away from where he died in Minneapolis police custody.
June 3, 2020Research and Innovation
Public criticism and distrust of police following the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has had a minimal impact on officer morale nationwide. This is in sharp contrast to the “Ferguson Effect,” a term used to blame a rising crime rate in major cities and officer withdrawal from proactive policing.
April 1, 2020Research and Innovation