For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Criminal Justice Veteran to Speak on Gang Violence at Georgian Court

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 20, 2007—Georgian Court University will sponsor an evening seminar entitled “Gangs of New Jersey: Why Do We Have Them and What Are They Doing?” on Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. The seminar is part of an ongoing effort by Georgian Court to educate communities and law enforcement personnel about gangs and their effect on New Jersey communities.

The conference is intended for criminal justice academics, practitioners (police, probation, parole, juvenile justice, and prosecutors), educators, and students. It will demonstrate the need for enhanced collaboration between the academic and practitioner communities.

“All New Jersey communities could be susceptible to gang-related violence, and many are already suffering from the effects,” says Robert J. Louden, Ph.D., professor and director of Georgian Court’s criminal justice program.

Dr. Louden, a veteran of the New York Police Department and other federal agencies, will provide participants with an update on gang violence and discuss contributing factors, criminal behavior, and societal response.

The seminar is a follow-up to the daylong 2007 New Jersey Association of Criminal Justice Educators (NJACJE) conference held at Georgian Court in April on the same topic.

“This is, in part, a report on the discussion that took place at the all-day conference last spring and also an update on gang issues,” says Dr. Louden.

To be held in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus, the seminar will run approximately 90 minutes. It is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For more information, please contact Dr. Louden at 732.987.2711 or email To register for the seminar, contact the Georgian Court University Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or Directions to GCU can be obtained at, and parking is available on campus.


Dr. Louden spent 21 years in the New York City Police Department, including serving as commanding officer of the Hostage Negotiating Team and chief hostage negotiator. He was also a supervisor on the Kidnap Task Force and commander of the Detective Squad. He is a member of the Honor Legion of the New York City Police Department as well as the Honor Legion of the Police Departments of the State of New Jersey.

In 1993, he was appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of the Treasury to provide recommendations on how federal law enforcement should handle complex hostage situations. He has also worked closely with the FBI, the U.S. State Department, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and the U.S. Attorney General’s Office.

Dr. Louden has lectured throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Russia, and Ireland and at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary. He is a contributor to a FEMA textbook, and has presented at a NATO conference on terrorism-related issues. He has appeared dozens of times on U.S. and international television and radio broadcasts, as well as in numerous newspapers and magazines as an expert on hostage situations and terrorism.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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