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Human Trafficking Conference


Hope Mills Police Chief and Police Canine Visit Department

Hope Mills police chief Steve Dollenger, along with his police canine, Kaeden visited criminal justice lecturer,  Jesse McQueen's class on March 29, 2022.

Chief Dollinger started his Law Enforcement career early on, beginning as a Police Explorer. He then climbed the ranks from Police Officer to Supervisor, to Bureau Commander, and then to the status of Deputy Chief. He started as the Chief of Police in Saint Pauls and currently serves as Chief of Police in Hope Mills. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Monmouth University and has obtained a Master's Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has completed training at the FBI National Academy, the FBI LEEDA Executive Management Training Program, and has specialized training in Homeland Security, Tactical Operations, Homicide Investigations, Narcotics, and Canine Training. 

Canine Kaeden is a Belgian Malinois. He is the second police canine Chief Dollinger has handled in his career. 

To view photos from their visit, click on our Students in Action and Faculty in Action sections.



Professor Judith Paparozzi gives Presentation on Social Media's Role in Human Trafficking

Criminal Justice adjunct professor, Judith Paparozzi gave a presentation on the role that social media plays in the spread of human trafficking in Rockingham, NC on Thursday, February 28, 2019.  The presentation was sponsored by the Sandhills Center and NC Families United.  To view the article, click on the link below:


Dr. Mario Paparozzi and Prof. Judith Paparozzi on "Coastline" radio program

On May 17, 2018, Dr. Mario Paparozzi and Prof. Judith Paparozzi were guests on the Wilmington based radio program, “Coastline.”  The topic of discussion was prison reform.  To listen to this radio program, click on the link below.


"Send a Cop to College"

Dr. Mario Paparozzi was the guest speaker at the Wilmington, NC annual event, "Send a Cop to College" on Saturday, July 15, 2017.  The "Send a Cop to College" scholarships were established to encourage Wilmington Police Department officers and personnel to enroll in or return to college and earn an associate's degree at Cape Fear Community College. As well as many other local celebrities, Dr. Paparozzi was joined in attendance by Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous and New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon. Both gentlemen are strong supporters of higher education for their departments. To view photographs from this event, please check out our "Faculty in Action" page.


Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Conference - February 28, 2017

Dr. Mario Paparozzi, Professor Judith Paparozzi, and the department of Sociology & Criminal Justice hosted the 2nd annual Human Trafficking Conference on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in the University Center Annex.  Professor Judith Paparozzi is a passionate advocate for the prevention of human trafficking, as well as educating the public on the awareness of this horrible crime.  Due to its extreme popularity, she teaches the department's "Human Trafficking & Slavery" course almost every semester, as well as during some summer sessions, online and at UNCP's Cape Fear Community College satellite location.

This year's conference featured Dr. Louise Shelley, founder/director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime & Corruption Center (TraCCC), professor at George Mason University, and author of HT: A Global Perspective, as well as law enforcement officials actively involved in the fight against human trafficking:  Assistant Chief James D. Varrone of the Wilmington Police Department, Detective Bill Woolf, Jr. of the North Virginia Task Force & Gang Invesitgation Unit, First Sergeant Robert Grella of the Stafford County, Virginia Sheriff's Office, Special Agent Bran Moultis of Homeland Security Investigations in Cary, NC, and SSGT Adam Farnham of Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, Human Trafficking Unit.  Also participating in the conference, were the non-governmental organizations, A Safe Place of Wilmington, NC, represented by Amanda Piner, Naomi's House of Charlotte, NC, represented by Millicent Starnes, and Eastern NC Stop HT Now, represented by founder Pam Strickland.  There were also fair trade products offered for sale by Ms. Strickland during and after the conference.  Congratulations to Dr. Mario and Professor Judith Paparozzi for another successful Human Trafficking Conference.