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The Department of Criminal Justice welcomes a diverse student body and encourages its students to explore the full range of opportunities in criminal justice and justice-related professions and graduate programs.

The department is part of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. It has more than 750 undergraduates in its two tracks, the Criminal Justice major and Law and Justice specialization. It also offers a master's degree in criminal justice.

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Yori Park Project

Reno Police Department and UNR students evaluate community issues in and around Yori Park in Reno.

Yori Park

Criminal Justice Intern Assists Investigation

A UNR criminal justice intern with the Reno Police Department's Gang Unit assisted in the capture of this tagger.
Posted: Dec 04, 2014 10:47 AM PST
By Kellene Stockwell

Police say they recently arrested a tagger who vandalized many areas in Reno including the Midtown District.

Recently the Reno Police Department reinstated the Graffiti Detective position in the Regional Gang Unit with the main priority of helping clean up Reno.

Police say in April Detective Javier Lopez started investigating 18 known taggers who vandalized numerous areas in the Reno, Sparks and Washoe County area. Through his investigation, he was able to interview 19-year-old Rodrigo De La Cruz Campos of Reno. Police say Campos admitted to tagging 74 different locations in Reno over the past year. They say he had had over 351 graffiti tags in the area, including Midtown since 2012. 

Campos was booked into the Washoe County Jail on 1 felony count of graffiti.

Investigators say graffiti can leave a bad impression for visitors coming to our area.

"There's definitely different types of graffiti, gang graffiti, tag graffiti and juvenile graffiti. Gang graffiti can be a threat, tag graffiti can just simply be artsy but in the wrong places definitely looks ugly," says Det. Lopez.

Criminal Justice Student Assists RPD Investigation

Tour of Rite of Passage


Dr. Melanie Taylor's Juvenile Justice class attended a tour of Rite of Passage (ROP) in Yerington, NV on February 13th, 2015.

Rite of Passage Tour

Smart Policing Initiative: Prescription Drug Abuse (2014)

Criminal Justice Associate Professor, Dr. Barthe, completed work with the Reno Police Department on Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance grant to address the problem of prescription drug abuse in Northern Nevada.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance selected the Reno Police Department to receive funding through the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) because their program reflected the core principles of SPI, most notably collaboration, comprehensive responses, and prevention. The foundation of the Reno SPI involves a collaborative partnership between the Reno Police Department, Dr. Barthe(its research partner), and key stakeholders-including non-profit coalitions (e.g., a local substance abuse coalition called Join Together Northern Nevada), pharmacies, physicians, other healthcare professionals, school district personnel, and parents and their children.

The Reno Police Department and Dr. Barthe are working to reduce prescription drug abuse throughout the Reno community by achieving three goals:
1. Increase knowledge about the problem (Education/Prevention).
2. Reduce the number of prescription pills available for illicit use (Supply Reduction). 
3. Aggressively investigate and prosecute offenders (Law Enforcement Suppression).

Opiate pills recovered during a drug round-up carried by the Reno Police Department as part of their BJA funded Prescription Drug Grant

Annual Reno Police Department Citizen Satisfaction Survey (2013)

Prof. Barthe recruited Criminal Justice students to help with the the annual Reno Police Department Citizen Satisfaction Survey. 

Reno Police Department Citizen Satisfaction Survey

 2013 Prescription Drug Abuse Summit

2013 Prescription Drug Abuse Summit

Dr. Barthe, along with members of the Reno Police Department, attended the 2nd annual National Prescription Drug Abuse Summit in Orlando, Florida. 

2013 Prescription Drug Abuse Summit

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Department of Criminal Justice (0214)

1664 N. Virginia Street

Reno, NV 89557

Phone (775) 784-6164

Ansari Business Building, Room 601

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