Criminal justice

The field of criminology and criminal justice addresses the nature and causes of crime and the administration and impacts of our criminal justice system. The School of Public Affairs faculty are experts in areas such as law enforcement and policing reform, crime data analysis, gender-based violence, victimology, and white-collar crime, and our alumni are represented in organizations across the criminal justice spectrum from federal investigative agencies to community nonprofits. 


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Selected media mentions

Below is a selection of articles in which our Criminal Justice faculty and Center on Domestic Violence staff have been featured.

Featured webinar

How can we improve police and community relations?

No issue has more national attention right now than police and community relationships and related racial inequities, after the brutal killings of George Floyd and others by police officers. Massive protests and calls for police reform continue across the nation, even as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The CU Denver School of Public Affairs hosted a webinar on June 30, delving into the topic of improving police and community relations.


  • Mary Dodge, Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, CU Denver School of Public Affairs


  • Jessie Lee, Executive Consultant, The Kaleidoscope Group; Former Executive Director, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • Tanya Settles, CEO, Paradigm Public Affairs and CU Denver School of Public Affairs Alumna
  • Paul Taylor, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, CU Denver School of Public Affairs; Former Colorado law enforcement officer

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CRJU 3320: Police-Community Relations

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    Arms promotes sensitivity and awareness in Police-Community Relations class

    Sep 11, 2020 by Rebecca Gianarkis
    Lecturer Arthur “Skip” Arms brings to the classroom 34 years of experience serving the Colorado Springs Police Department in roles ranging from Officer to Commander in areas ranging from and community relations to internal investigations. When asked why he teaches, Lecturer Arms easily replies, “It’s my opportunity to give back to the career that gave me so much.” Arms is able to “give back” because the undergraduate core and elective courses he teaches are primarily full of students who aspire to work in some level of law enforcement. This fall 2020, Arms is teaching ‘Police-Community Relations’ in a highly charged socio-political environment.
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