Release Date: July 7, 2005
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U of R appoints first Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair in Police Studies
The University of Regina has appointed Jeffrey Pfeifer as the first Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair in Police Studies.

The research chair was established by a $750,000 donation by the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan to the University of Regina's Building Dreams and Futures campaign. The donation will provide annual funding for the chair for up to seven years.

"Among other things, the goal of the chair will be to work with the police, the community, and the University of Regina to help foster a number of positive initiatives related to issues such as First Nations and policing, public attitudes toward the police, and the professionalization of policing," Pfeifer says.

Pfeifer is a professor of psychology at the University of Regina and editor of the Canadian Journal of Police and Security Services. He has published a number of articles and chapters in areas such as community safety, policing, jury decision making, and crime perceptions and has recently had his research cited by the Supreme Court of Canada. Pfeifer has also conducted workshops and training sessions for police, prison and correctional services, airport security and child and youth services in Canada, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, and Africa. 

The University of Regina's police studies program is the only one in Canada offering both a bachelor of arts and a master of arts in police studies. The Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair in Police Studies will undertake research as well as some teaching responsibilities, and will provide leadership for faculty and program development. A major aspect of the chair's work will be conducting research on the current and future policing needs in Saskatchewan.

Building Dreams and Futures is an ambitious campaign to raise funds for five priority areas of the University of Regina: the 2005 Canada Summer Games, student support, research support, the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport, and emerging priorities. The projects and activities planned for those areas will cost a total of $75 million. To date, more than 75 per cent of that goal has been raised from a variety of funding sources, including donations from individuals, corporations, and community organizations. Information on the campaign and how to make a contribution is available at 1-877-779-4723 and www.uregina.ca/campaign.