USFSP Partners With Police on New Internship

Police work is different these days. Like so many fields, law enforcement is developing ways to use new technologies to increase effectiveness and efficiencies.

USFSP Criminology student Timothy Saldibar shares a data mapping exercise with Dean Biafora.

USFSP Criminology student Timothy Saldibar shares a data mapping exercise with Dean Biafora.

The St. Petersburg Police Department is using technology to improve public safety perception, prevent or deter crime and  enhance the City’s social capital overall. Research skills, data mapping and analysis have become critical to the work.

Enter USFSP Criminology student Timothy Saldibar. Saldibar was selected to become the first IT Services intern with the St. Pete P.D. and as such, is working closely with senior crime analysts like Richard Ferner.


Dr. Richard Ferner

“College students today are typically more adept at learning and using new and emerging technologies and the learning curve can be far less steep,” said Ferner, DBA, who is a senior management methods analyst with the St. Pete P.D. “Considering the challenges in today’s society, incorporating student interns and hiring college graduates can serve as an essential component of a broader strategy in both building and preserving a law enforcement agency that is equipped to deal with divisive issues, resource scarcity and general uncertainty.”

Ferner says that by the end of the internship, Saldibar will be able to work as member of a project team, and produce analytical reports and resources that promote situational awareness among officers in the field. He will have developed leadership skills that will provide a foundation for success in any chosen profession.

“The bulk of the credit for solidifying this important partnership with the St. Petersburg Police Department goes to Dr. William Ruefle in the USFSP Criminology program,” said Frank Biafora, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Over the past few years Dr. Ruefle and his faculty colleagues have updated the curriculum to include greater opportunities for students to gain valuable research, hi-tech, and hands-on training, preparing students like Timothy for a wide array of new career opportunities.”

USFSP: We Get a Kick Out of Rowdies Soccer!

USFSP students and faculty will benefit from a new partnership with Tampa Bay’s professional soccer team, the Rowdies. Beginning this month and through the end of soccer season in November, USFSP soccer fans will be able to purchase tickets to all home games at Al Lang Stadium for just $10.

In order to take adBeFunky_rowdies-unveil-new-logo_1358175399_a.jpgvantage of this exclusive offer, USFSP faculty and students will need to use the promo code “USFSP2014” when purchasing tickets online through Faculty and students may also purchase $10 General Admission tickets on Rowdies gamedays at the Al Lang Stadium Box Office by providing a USFSP ID. Offer is limited to two (2) tickets per ID presented at the box office.

The Rowdies kick off the 2014 NASL Season on Saturday, April 12 against FC Edmonton at Al Lang. For more information, contact the Rowdies’ front office at (877) ROWDIES (877.769.3437).


Our students have demonstrated overt and proactive leadership in sustainability by voting to finance a Student Green Energy Fund by self-assessing a nominal student fee of $1.00 per credit hour. The fund assists the university in reducing energy cost through conservation, promoting power generation using clean, renewable energy technologies, and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.