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USF Criminology Professor Bryanna Fox with Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan speaking at a press conference

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.

September 2, 2020Research and Innovation, University News

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Nationwide protests highlight significance of continued research and education to prevent racism

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

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USF Study Questions Accuracy of the “Ferguson Effect”

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

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Population Shift Resulting in Fewer Homicides

The international homicide rate has dropped 20 percent since 1990 and a new study concludes it’s likely not due to changes in domestic policies or current events.

October 9, 2019Research and Innovation

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