Police-Minority Relations in Slovenia Get Professor Strobl’s Attention

John Jay College’s increasing international impact is now being felt in the newly democratized nation of Slovenia, where Professor Staci Strobl is wrapping up her latest research on police-Roma relations, and receiving considerable attention from local news media in the process.

A member of John Jay’s Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration, Strobl’s research centers on the efforts of a joint training program to improve relations between law enforcement and Slovenia’s Roma ethnic minority. She was featured in a news story on Slovenian TV that examined police violence several years ago against the Roma settlement of Pusca in northeastern Slovenia, and how the present-day training program has improved the situation.

To view the news clip, click here. (The clip appears at the 12:50 mark in the news program.)

“Overall, the work falls squarely into the College’s mission of fierce advocacy for justice,” Strobl said of the training program and her research.

Strobl’s research was supported by PSC-CUNY grants and a grant from the U.S. State Department’s International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) program. She was assisted in her work by Professor Maki Haberfeld, chair of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration, and Susanne Duque, a John Jay graduate student.

Strobl, whose scholarly specializations include women in policing in the Middle East, multiethnic policing in Eastern Europe, and comic book portrayals of crime in the United States, was the 2009 winner of the Radzinowicz Memorial Prize presented by the British Journal of Criminology for her work on the criminalization of domestic workers in Bahrain.

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