The Journal News, The Huffington Post, MidHudson News Network, WPAP: Pace experts speak to media about Boston explosions

Pace has provided expert sources to news media as the public tries to make sense of the tragedy in Boston.

Pace has provided expert sources to news media as the public tries to make sense of the tragedy in Boston.

Joe Ryan was interviewed by The Journal News, Mid-Hudson News Network and WPAP, a Clearchannel radio station in Florida.

From The Journal News: “Joseph Ryan, a former New York Police Department officer who is now chairman of the homeland security graduate program at Pace University, said people can’t just rely on police to spot something. “The only way we can fight back is we all have to get involved,” he told The Journal News. “Constant vigilance in a free society is a necessary task that we all must undertake.”

Richard Shadick was interviewed by The Portland Press Herald in Portland, Maine. “Richard Shadick, director of the counseling center at New York’s Pace University, said there are similarities to 9/11 in the public’s feelings of uncertainty. “I think there is a sense of dismay now, too, though, that this doesn’t just happen in New York or Washington,” he said. Shadick said proximity plays a role in people’s feelings, too. People in Maine are likely to be affected differently than people in, say, Idaho. “But I do think these events become a permanent part of our collective consciousness,” he said.

Anthony Mancini was interviewed by the Huffington Post. “Letting children verbalize their concerns can help blunt the impact of their feelings, said Anthony Mancini, a Pace University psychology professor who focuses on grief and trauma. “Children do have the capacity to bounce back, and experiencing something horrific like the Boston Marathon … is not a sentence of trauma by any stretch at all,” he said. “Most children will do fine in the way that most adults would do fine.” While children who witnessed the explosion first-hand could face some degree of post-traumatic stress disorder, Mancini said, children are often resilient and bounce back.”

 

Newsday: Violent crime falls across Hudson Valley, up in Yonkers and Rockland

Newsday quoted Professor Joe Ryan, head of the homeland security masters program at Pace, throughout an article on violent crime declining across the Hudson Valley in 2011 with the exception of Yonkers and Rockland County, where it increased from the prior year. ( Left: Photo credit Faye Murman, Newsday).

Newsday quoted Professor Joe Ryan, head of the homeland security masters program at Pace, throughout an article on violent crime declining across the Hudson Valley in 2011 with the exception of Yonkers and Rockland County, where it increased from the prior year.

From Newsday:

Joseph Ryan, chairman of the Criminal Justice and Security Department at Pace University, attributed the reduction to an increased emphasis on community policing, in which officers walk the streets and interact with citizens, giving them a deep knowledge of what’s going on.

“I’ve been lecturing at the Westchester County Police Academy to all new recruits and I know I’m not the only one preaching community policing,” said the 25-year veteran of the New York City Police Department.

The key to getting crime under control in places like the City of Newburgh, where violent crime edged higher in 2011, is to hire enough officers so that they’re not simply responding to emergency calls, Ryan said.

“If you keep responding to calls, you’re never going to get out into the community,” he said. “Who are the great detectives in the world? There are no Sherlock Holmeses. The great detectives are those who go out into the community and know who to ask for help.”

… Although violent crime is down around the Hudson Valley, Ryan said the public should not be complacent: Budget cutbacks could threaten staffing levels and the gains made in recent years.

“My only concern is if the budgets in small towns and cities keep going on the negative side,” he said. “I’m worried the crime trend could come back again.”

Read the full article here.