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Faculty Focus: Dr. Robert F. Vodde presents at the INTERPOL conference in Singapore

(Left to Right) Dr. Robert F. Vodde, Director of the School of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies (Metro Campus) with Ronald K. Noble, Secretary General of INTERPOL, and Dr. Maria Haberfeld, Chair of the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at a recent conference held in Singapore that addressed crime related to corruption in sports – a systematic problem that transcends all levels of professional sports, especially football (soccer).

 
At the invitation of the International Police Organization (INTERPOL), a consortium that comprises 190 member countries worldwide, Dr. Vodde addressed the Role of the Academe and Best Practices in promoting Integrity in Sport, an initiative speared-headed by INTERPOL to combat corruption in sports, specifically match-fixing – a pervasive and transnational problem that involves the illicit transfer of billions of dollars which breeds bribery, embezzlement, extortion, loan-sharking, and money laundering.

The conference was represented by academic and professional delegates worldwide to develop strategies to better train and educate stakeholders on the world stage. The School of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies is expanding its curriculum on the graduate and undergraduate level to address transnational crime, to include crime associated with sports-betting, embezzlement, extortion, corporate espionage, human trafficking, cyber-crime, and other illicit activities that transcend geographical borders worldwide. 

Dr. Vodde holds a PhD from the University of Leicester, an MA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, an MPA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a BS from William Paterson University. Before entering academia, Dr. Vodde enjoyed a 25-year career in law enforcement where during his last 10 years of service, he served as Chief of Police. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Dr. Vodde continues to instruct, consult, and study police training and education. Dr. Vodde is a leading authority on police training and education. He is author of Andragogical Instruction for Effective Police Training (Cambria Press, 2009) and "Organizational Paradigms for Police Training and Education" (INTERPOL International Police Training Journal, 2011).