Public Safety Institute, School of Public Affairs

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Angela Madden

Faculty Mentor's Department: Public Safety Institute, School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy

Telephone Number/Email: ext. 5923;

Project Description: We have several projects relating to crime reduction in the city.  The PSI has been contracted by the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission to evaluate outcomes of its Operation Safe Community-3 five year plan to reduce crime and increase public safety. Examples include projects related to increasing law enforcement effectiveness, juvenile delinquency, domestic violence, gang violence, and prosecutorial effectiveness. The potential exists for one or more students to work with the Memphis Police Department, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office, and/or various local, state, and federal governmental and/or non-profit agencies.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Upper-level students with some experience with Excel spreadsheets and some understanding of the criminal justice system. Students who have had a course in research methods and data analysis will have preference.  Exceptionally qualified lower-level undergraduate students may be considered. Good written and oral communication skills are a must.  

Application or Interview Process: Contact Dr. Angela Madden at to apply.  Candidates who meet the baseline criteria will be invited to interview with Dr. Madden and the Mr. Bill Gibbons, the Director of the Public Safety Institute.

Starting Date: Starting date is negotiable. ASAP is preferred.

Method of Compensation:  We have several spaces for volunteers and a very limited amount of financial compensation for highly qualified students. Academic credit can be given with registration in CJUS Internship.