March 30-31: Symposium features updates on police culture

SPOKANE, Wash. – “Changing Police Culture” is the theme of a March 30-31 symposium on the Washington State University Spokane campus with presentations ranging from stress and suicide to sleep and performance to how research in the field has affected police training, policies and practice.

Lectures will be in Academic Center Room 20, 600 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Guest speakers are top experts in the field, including some who have collaborated with now-retired WSU criminal justice faculty member Bryan Vila. Learn more at

Among the discussion topics are:
• “Police, Stress & Suicide,” 11-11:40 a.m. Thursday, March 30, by John Violanti, research professor, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.
• “Police & Sleep in Canada,” 11:45 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Thursday, March 30, by Charles Samuels, medical director of the Centre for Sleep & Human Performance, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
• “Research Supporting Operational Performance,” 11:45 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Friday, March 31, by Christopher Steele, U.S. Navy, deputy director of the Military Operational Medicine Research Program, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.
• “Setting the Research Agenda,” 12:30-1:10 p.m. Friday, March 31, by Howard Spivak, acting director, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice.


News media contact:
Stephen James, WSU Spokane, 509-385-9385,