Alberta Criminal Justice Association
Roland LaHaye, President
#401, 10010 – 105th Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1C4
May 11, 2005
Dear Mr. LaHaye:
I would like to offer my services to participate as a resource person at your 2005 Canadian Congress on Criminal Justice.
I have participated in several Canadian conferences in the last year having to do with justice and victimology. In the fall of 2004 I was invited by Arlene Gauldreault (who is presenting at your congress) of Quebec’s Plaidoyer Victimes to participate in a roundtable for their 4th annual conference. In the summer of 2004 I was invited to speak at Police Victim Services of BC’s annual conference. Currently, I am a candidate to present at the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) annual conference in Atlanta this summer. As well, I serve on the board of the Canadian Association for Victim Assistance (CAVA), and I am a member of Quebec’s Association des Familles de Personnes Assassinées ou Disparues (AFPAD)
I have read your syllabus and feel I would have a lot to contribute to many of these sessions as I have just been accepted as a graduate student at North Carolina State University to study justice administration. My area of study is comparative analysis of the criminal justice systems in the United States and Canada.
I have studied community surveillance through video monitoring and am certainly aware the issues concerning privacy. As well, I am involved in areas of youth justice and maintain close contact with colleagues at the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and the North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute. I have studied New York City’s COMSTAT model and am familiar with the new model of law enforcement involving trend analysis, and the inherent problems of this system. Finally, given my personal experience investigating the murder of my sister, Theresa, I am acutely aware of issues of victimization and feel I have something to contribute to the topic if police misconduct. (You can find further information on this through a story W-Five did in March on my sister’s death).
I hope you will consider me as a participant this fall. I look forward to hearing from you,