Criminal Justice & Criminology
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Alumna Officer Katie Hagins Featured in Statesboro Police Department Officer Spotlight

Congratulations to Department Alumna and Master of Science in Criminal Justice student, Officer Katie Hagins, for her feature in Statesboro Police Department’s Officer Spotlight:

“Up this week is Officer Katie Hagins! Katie started her law enforcement career at SPD a little over a year ago. Her favorite part of the job is being able to help people when they need it the most, that it’s never boring and she learns something new every shift.

Katie is originally from Augusta. She and her fiancé, Cameron, have been together for almost 3 years and have 2 dogs, Maya and Oliver. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University, while working full time. In her spare time, Katie likes to sing and play the guitar and piano. Her favorite color is purple and her favorite food is hot wings.

Officer Hagins was recently named SPD’s 2018 Rookie of the Year. She has been a standout recruit from day one and in the last year has grown into an exceptional officer known for her professionalism and work ethic.
Congratulations Officer Hagins!

Captain Kaleb Moore says, “Officer Katie Hagins joined our team here at the Statesboro Police Department in December of 2018. In the beginning she seemed a bit shy. However, Officer Hagins is approachable and a pleasure to be around. She is very respected by everyone at the police department. In fact, Officer Hagins was just awarded the Rookie of the Year award for 2018. Officer Hagins is a graduate of Georgia Southern University. She handles herself on the street very well and turns out very articulate reports. Officer Hagins has aspirations of becoming an investigator where I know she will excel when given the opportunity. Everyone could not be more proud of Officer Hagins’ performance. Katie keep up the great work and thank you for all that you do.”

You can find Officer Hagins on shift B2, working 4 pm to 2 am. Thank you for the great work you do 232!”

“When is the Debt Paid?” Conference on Armstrong Campus March 30, 2019

Dr. Maxine Bryant will be facilitating the free annual conference for citizens with criminal histories, “When is the Debt Paid?” This year’s conference will be Saturday, March 30, 8:30am-2:30pm on the Armstrong Campus. The conference is free although participants need to register by calling 912-344-3602 by Monday, March 25.

Public Lecture on School Shootings in Savannah

Dr. Laura E. Agnich will be presenting “School Shootings: An Anatomy” at Senior Citizens, Inc. on Thursday, March 21 at 9:15am. This lecture will unpack the phenomenon of school shootings, referencing bullying, school security, gun culture, and platforms for activism. Senior Citizens, Inc. is located on 3025 Bull St. in Savannah, GA. The talk is open to the public and is $10 for members, $15 for visitors (add $3 after March 14).

Tenure-Track Employment Opportunity

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is hiring a tenure-track position to start August 1, 2019. Specialization areas are open; however, candidates are encouraged to apply who have strengths in teaching and research in Research Methods/Statistics, Victimology, Policing, Homeland Security/Terrorism, Sentencing, or Cybercrime.

Statesboro PD Shooting Simulator Opportunity

In collaboration with Statesboro PD, the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is proud to be able to offer a select number of students an opportunity to participate in a shooting simulator (described by the police department below). Due to space restrictions this session can only accommodate a total of 10 students. The event will take place on 3/14 (a Thursday) at 3 p.m. and will take roughly 90 to 120 minutes. Only students seriously interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement will be considered for this activity. Please complete the Google Application Form if you are wanting to participate in this simulator. If you are not selected for this first opportunity we are hoping to be able to offer more in the future. If you have any specific questions please email Dr. Jonathan Grubb.


The SPD shooting simulator is a state-of-the-art piece of equipment that uses actual Glock handguns (modified to fire a laser and with a compressed gas recoil system) to make Use of Force decisions in realistic scenarios.  The scenarios are projected videos onto a screen that can read the laser impulses from the handgun when the student discharges the pistol.  The videos are from the student “officer” perspective, to put the student in the decision making role, seeing what the officer would see.  Also, there is a replay function that allows the scenario to be evaluated after the fact and can show where the impacts would have hit the actors in the video, if they in fact had been actual shots. There is the option to have the scenario launch paint balls at the students as a response from the “bad guys” (this will not be used with students).


While the simulator can be used for accuracy assessments, the real value in the simulator is in evaluating decision making.  The student is expected to interact with the video and to give verbal commands to the screen.  The instructor has the ability to select from various scenario outcomes based upon the interaction from the student.  As an example, if an armed subject is encountered in the video, and the student is “passive”, the instructor can have the subject fire on the student (again, without the paint ball gun turned on, this will simply be seen as the video actor shooting at the student).  Conversely, if the student gives appropriate commands, etc to the screen, the instructor can have the subject surrender.  Using the replay function, all of the students can watch the performance of the student…if, as an example, the situation turns into a deadly force encounter, all of the students will get to watch the replay and determine if the student fired first, too early, too late, etc.


The simulator is a great tool and can lead to effective discussions around use of force, decision making, appropriate responses to threats, etc.

Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology • PO Box 8105 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-8007 •