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Law enforcement experts tapped for panel on Feb. 3

January 20, 2016

Indiana State University's criminology and criminal justice department will host a panel discussion about police practices at 11 a.m. Feb. 3 as part of the department's guest speaker series.

The event is designed for criminology students, but it is open to the public.

"This is a chance for students to learn from others who are in the field of criminal justice," said Travis Behem, instructor of criminology and criminal justice at Indiana State.

The panel of four law enforcement officials will discuss policing, recruiting, training, use of body-worn cameras, how to prepare to go into the field of policing and more. It will be held in Dede I of the Hulman Memorial Student Union.

"The speakers are, what we consider, leaders within law enforcement and are best suited to answer important questions about the current topics of law enforcement," Behem said.

The panel includes Rusty K. Goodpaster, who became executive director of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2005 and has been a part of the staff at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy since 1983, Sgt. Joe Watts, public information officer for the Putnamville District and a 30-year veteran of the Indiana State Police, Michele Barrett, assistant chief of police at Indiana State and the first female lieutenant in the Terre Haute Police Department, and Greg Ewing, sheriff of Vigo County since 2011 and a 25-year veteran of the department.

"The first part of the event will be questions we have put together for the panel, and then the second half will be open to the audience to ask questions to the panel," Behem said.

There will be two more guest speakers this semester, including a representative from the Department of Homeland Security and a criminology and criminal justice alumna who was a former NCIS agent who now runs her own company.

Past guest speakers have included the Indiana FBI director, the Indiana deputy attorney general and a survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

"The criminology and criminal justice guest speaker series is becoming a well-regarded, exciting and educational event to attend," Behem said.


Media contact: Travis Behem, instructor and academic adviser, department of applied criminology and criminal justice, or 812-237-2196.

Writer: Libby Legett, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, or 812-237-3773.