Hickman Receives NIJ Grant

Written by Laura Paskin
September 26, 2013

Criminal Justice Professor Matthew Hickman received a grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to conduct research on citizen complaints about police use of force. NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant includes funding for a graduate research assistant from the Master’s in Criminal Justice program.

The U.S. Attorney General is required by law to collect data about the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers.

“Citizen complaints about police use of force are an important part of the Justice Department’s overall response to that legal requirement,” Hickman said. “We’ll be looking at the validity and reliability of national data on citizen complaints about the use of force. This assessment will help to support democratic policing, provide useful baseline data on use of force, and enable strong checks on police abuses.”

Hickman, who received his PhD in Criminal Justice from Temple University, focuses his teaching and research on forensic evidence, research methodology, and issues in law enforcement, including ethics, stress, and police behavior.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers undergraduate degrees in criminal justice, a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, and a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Crime Analysis. The Criminal Justice Department is one of only seven programs in the United States to be certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.