Dr. Ben Stickle

Associate Professor

Dr. Ben Stickle
615-898-2265
(615) 898-5159
Room 211, Jones Hall (JH)
MTSU Box 238, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Spring 2020

Monday's 8:00-2:00

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of Louisville (2015)
  • MS, University of Louisville (2010)
  • BA, Cedarville University (2005)

Areas of Expertise

Property Crime: Metal Theft, Burglary, & Package Theft

Policing: Operations, Administration, & Use of Force

Theories & Methods: Environmental Criminology, Rational Choice, Ethnography, & Qualitative

Biography

Dr. Ben Stickle is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at Middle Tennessee State University and has been teaching criminal justice courses since 2010. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from Cedarville University and a Master’s of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville. His research interests include policing (use of force, administration, and operations), property crime (metal theft, burglary, and pa...

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Dr. Ben Stickle is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Administration at Middle Tennessee State University and has been teaching criminal justice courses since 2010. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from Cedarville University and a Master’s of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville. His research interests include policing (use of force, administration, and operations), property crime (metal theft, burglary, and package theft) with a theoretical focus on crime prevention, environmental crime, rational choice, and ethnography. Ben has published in peer-reviewed journals on these and other topics and is the author of, Metal Scrappers and Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit (Springer, 2017).  

Ben has over twenty years’ experience in the criminal justice field, including service as Sheriff’s Deputy, Advanced Police Officer, Advanced Crime Scene Processor, and Private Security Officer. Ben is a two-time President of the Kentucky Peace Officers’ Association and Council member of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council. Ben is a graduate of the National Forensic Academy (Session XXII) and holds multiple professional certifications. Ben has served as an expert witness on matters involving police administration and is currently a scientific consultant and program evaluator for several Bureau of Justice grants totaling over 1 million dollars.

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Presentations

Invited Presentations  

Donovan, E., Eller, J., Dye, M., Coleman, K., & Stickle, B. (2019). Navigating Controversial Issues in the Classroom and in Research: Academic Freedom at MTSU. Middle Tennessee State University chapter of American Association of University Professors, Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Participant, Roundtable).  

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Invited Presentations  

Donovan, E., Eller, J., Dye, M., Coleman, K., & Stickle, B. (2019). Navigating Controversial Issues in the Classroom and in Research: Academic Freedom at MTSU. Middle Tennessee State University chapter of American Association of University Professors, Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Participant, Roundtable).  

Stickle, B. (2019). Metal Scrappers & Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, New York, New York (Lecture).  

Stickle, B. (2017). Metal Thieves & Scrappers: An Ethnographic Study. Middle Tennessee State University College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Lecture).  

 

International Presentations  

Stickle, B., & Stickle, A. (2019). Patrol Staffing Analysis for the Practitioner. Annual Meeting of the International Police Executive Symposium, Belgrade Serbia (Panel Presentation).  

Peterson, D., Stickle, B., & Avalos, C. (2019). Freedom v. Safety on the Roadways in Mesa, Arizona: Analysis of Distracted Driving Incidents. Annual Meeting of the International Police Executive Symposium, Belgrade Serbia (Panel Presentation).  

McCormick, A., Stickle, B., Reardon, S., & Doyle, K. (2019). Role of Community Policing to Reduce Violence against Women and Femicide. Forty-First Sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (Panel Presentation).  

Peterson, D., McCormick, S., Eterno, J., Berlin, M., Loftis, D., & Stickle, B. (2019). Role of Law Enforcement for Women’s Access to Social Protection Services. Sixty-Third Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, New York, NY (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. & Chamard, S. (2018). Impacts of Recycling Center Locations on Stolen Metal Incidents. Symposium of the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis, Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Elche, Spain (Visual Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2017). Preliminary Findings of Metal Theft in Louisville, Kentucky 2011–2016. Symposium of the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis, Escela Superior de Economia y Negocios, San Salvador, El Salvador (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2016). Techniques & Methods of Metal Thieves. Symposium of the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis, German Police University, Münster, Germany (Panel Presentation).  

 

National Presentations  

Ross, J., Kurtenhach, S., Stickle, B., Bloch, S., Phillips, S., Singer, S., Kavish, D., & Mullins, C. (2019). North American Street Scavengers, Roundtable: Exploring Street Culture and its Relationship with Street Crime. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California (Individual Presentation, Roundtable).  

Stickle, B., Witt, B., Lux, F., Bain, A., Moir, E., & Das, D. (2019). Trends in Corrections: Interviews with Corrections Leaders Around the World. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California (Chair, Roundtable).  

Stickle, B., Walsh, D., Goodman-Delahunty, J., Das, D., & Berlin, M. (2019). Trends in Legal Advocacy: Interviews with Prosecutors and Criminal Defense Lawyers across the Globe. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California (Chair, Roundtable).  

Stickle, B., Lowe, D., Yakushev, P., Jurkanin, T., Berlin, M., & Das, D. (2019). Trends in the Judiciary: Interviews with Judges Across the Globe. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California (Chair, Roundtable).  

Stickle, B., Deuchar, R., Oliver, P., Williams, F., Baker, B., & Das, D. (2019). Trends in Policing: Interviews with Police Leaders Across the Globe. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California (Chair, Roundtable).  

Stickle, A. & Stickle, B. (2019). Developing a Practitioner Tool for Allocating Police Staffing. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California (Visual Presentation).  

Berlin, M., Das, D., Peterson, D., & Stickle, B. (2019). Trends in the Judiciary: Interviews with Judges Across the Globe. The annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Baltimore, Maryland (Discussant, Roundtable).  

Stickle, B., Hicks*, M., Hutchinson**, Z., & Stickle, A. (2019). Porch Pirates: Examining Unattended Package Theft through Crime Script Analysis. The annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Baltimore, Maryland (Panel Presentation).  

Das, D., Peterson, D., Berlin, M., Stickle, B., & Ozguler, M. (2019). Trends in Policing: Interviews with Police Leaders Across the Globe. The annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Baltimore, Maryland (Discussant, Roundtable).  

Stickle, B. (2018). Ethnography with Active Criminals. The annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, Georgia (Visual Presentation).  

Stickle, B., Hicks*, M., Hutchinson**, Z., & Stickle, A. (2018). Crime Prevention Methods for Unattended Package Delivery Theft or Porch Piracy. The annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, Georgia (Chair, Roundtable).  

Stickle, B., & Hutchinson**, Z. (2018). Porch Piracy: Trends, Techniques, & Prevention. The annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, Georgia (Visual Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2018). Who Are the Metal Thieves? The annual meeting of the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. & Moore**, M. (2018). The True Cost of Private Security Officers. The annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, New Orleans, Louisiana (Visual Presentation).  

Gross*, S., & Stickle, B. (2017). Policies on Consensual Sexual Behavior in Prisons. The annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Kansas City, Missouri (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2016). Types of Experience as Decisions Factors When Selecting Police Officers. The annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Denver, Colorado (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2016). An Ethnographic Study of Scrappers and Metal Thieves: Identifying Taxonomy & Subcultures. The annual meeting of the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2014). Coercion by Law Enforcement during Public Contact: Escalation Resulting in Physical Force? The annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Visual Presentation).  

 

Regional Presentations  

Hicks*, M., Stickle, B., & Wade, L. (2019). Package Theft: A Survey of Retail Consumers. The annual meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, Nashville, Tennessee (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2019). Street Scavenging Culture. The annual meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, Nashville Tennessee (Panel Presentation).  

Palmer**, D. & Stickle, B. (2019). How Plea Bargaining Has Impacted the Criminal Justice System. The annual meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, Nashville, Tennessee (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2018). Taxonomy of Scrappers & Metal Thieves. The annual meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association, Birmingham, Alabama (Visual Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2017). The Difficulties, Successes, & Failures of Ethnographic Studies with Difficult to Reach Populations. The annual meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association, Chattanooga, Tennessee (Panel Presentation).  

Stickle, B. (2016). A Decade of Illicit and Prescription Due Abuse in Popular Rap Music. The annual meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, Savanah, Georgia (Panel Presentation).    

 

* Graduate Student | ** Undergraduate Student

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Awards

2019 - Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award, Mid-South Sociological Association, for Metal Scrappers and Thieves

2019 - Influential Faculty Member, Middle Tennessee State University

2018 - Outstanding Faculty Award, Experiential Learning, Middle Tennessee State University

2017 - Influential Faculty Member, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

2017 - Influential Faculty Member, Middle Tennessee State University

Research / Scholarly Activity

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles  

Gross*, S., & Stickle, B. (in press). Polices on Consensual Sexual Activity In State Prisons. Criminal Justice Policy Review X(X), pp.  

Stickle, B., Hicks*, M., Stickle, A., & Hutchinson**, Z. (2019). Porch Pirates: Examining Unattended Package Theft Through Crime Script Analysis. Criminal Justi...

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Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles  

Gross*, S., & Stickle, B. (in press). Polices on Consensual Sexual Activity In State Prisons. Criminal Justice Policy Review X(X), pp.  

Stickle, B., Hicks*, M., Stickle, A., & Hutchinson**, Z. (2019). Porch Pirates: Examining Unattended Package Theft Through Crime Script Analysis. Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law, and Society 33(2), pp.  

Stickle, B. (2017). Does the Use of Physical Force During Contact with the Police Affect One’s Perception of Procedural Justice? Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences 14(2), 87-97.  

Stickle, B. (2016). A National Examination of the Effect of Education, Training, and Pre-Employment Screening on Law Enforcement Use of Force. Justice Policy Journal 13(1), 1-15.  

Stickle, B. (2015). Examining Public Willingness-to-pay for Burglary Prevention. Crime Prevention and Community Safety 17(2), 120-138.  

Stickle, B. & Tewksbury, R. (2015). Messages in the Music: A Lyrical Analysis of Rap, Country, Pop, and Christian Music. Contemporary Journal of Anthropology and Sociology 5(1-2), 6-21.  

 

Books  

Eterno, J., Stickle, B., Peterson, D., & Das, D. (Eds.). (forthcoming). Police Behavior, Hiring, and Crime Fighting: An International View. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.  

Stickle, B. (2017). Metal Scrappers and Thieves: Scavenging for Survival and Profit. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. ·         Mid-South Sociological Association, Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award (2019)  

 

Book Chapters  

Stickle, B. (2020). Street Scavengers. In J, I. Ross (Ed.), Handbook on Street Culture (pp). New York, NY: Routledge.  

Stickle, B. (forthcoming). An Examination of Police Corruption Utilizing the Theory of Planned Behavior. In J. Eterno, B. Stickle, D. Peterson, & D. K. Das (Eds.), Police Behavior, Hiring and Crime Fighting: An International View. New York, NY: Routledge.  

Hicks*, M., & Stickle, B. (forthcoming). A National Perspective on Retail Theft Prevention. In J. Eterno, B. Stickle, D. Peterson, & D. K. Das (Eds.), Police Behavior, Hiring and Crime Fighting: An International View. New York, NY: Routledge.  

Stickle, B. (forthcoming). Honorable Steve Minton, Chief Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court: Interviewed by Ben Stickle. In D. Lowe & D. K. Das (Eds.), Trends in the Judiciary: Interviews with Judges Across the Globe, Volume 4 (pp). New York, NY: Routledge.  

Stickle, B. (forthcoming). Steve Conrad, Chief, Louisville Metro Police Department: Interviewed by Ben Stickle. In B.F. Baker & D. K. Das (Eds.), Trends in Policing: Interviews with Police Leaders Across the Globe, Volume 6 (pp). New York, NY: Routledge.  

 

Encyclopedia Entries & Book Reviews  

Forrest, M., & Stickle, B. (forthcoming). Prison Argot. In J. Bumgarner & C. Lewandowski (Eds.), Criminal Justice in America: The Encyclopedia of Crime, Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections (pp.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  

Hall**, E., & Stickle, B. (forthcoming). United States Attorneys. In J. Bumgarner & C. Lewandowski (Eds.), Criminal Justice in America: The Encyclopedia of Crime, Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections (pp.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  

Hicks*, M. & Stickle, B. (forthcoming). President Carter’s Drug Abuse Message to Congress (August 1977). In J. Hawdon, B., Miller, & M. Costello (Eds.), Marijuana in America: Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies (pp.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  

Hutchinson**, Z. & Stickle, B. (forthcoming). Ronald Reagan. In J. Hawdon, B., Miller, & M. Costello (Eds.), Marijuana in America: Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies (pp.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  

Stickle, B. & Benefield**, V. (forthcoming). Ancient Religions. In J. Hawdon, B., Miller, & M. Costello (Eds.), Marijuana in America: Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies (pp.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  

Stickle, B. & Hall**, E. (forthcoming). Marijuana Prosecutions as a Contributor to Mass Incarcerations. In J. Hawdon, B., Miller, & M. Costello (Eds.), Marijuana in America: Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies (pp.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  

Stickle, B. & Jeanes**, G. (forthcoming). Incarceration. In J. Bumgarner & C. Lewandowski (Eds.), Criminal Justice in America: The Encyclopedia of Crime, Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections (pp.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  

Stickle, B. (forthcoming). Marijuana as a Gateway Drug Hypothesis. In J. Hawdon, B., Miller, & M. Costello (Eds.), Marijuana in America: Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies (pp.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  

Hicks*, M. & Stickle, B. (2019). Book Review. The Politics of Drug Violence: Criminals, Cops, and Politicians in Columbia and Mexico, Angélica Durán-Martínez. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books: Rutgers University.  

Stickle, B. (2018). Book Review. Crime Script Analysis: Preventing Crimes Against Business, Harald Haelterman. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books: Rutgers University.  

Stickle, B. (2018). Book Review. The Myth of Moral Panic: Sex, Snuff, and Satan, Bill Thompson & Andy Williams. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books: Rutgers University.  

Stickle, B. (2016). Book Review. Women and Capital Punishment in the United States: An Analytical History, D. V. Baker. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books: Rutgers University.  

Stickle, B. (2015). The Great Brinks Robbery. In S. Chermak, and F. Bailey (Eds.), Crimes of the Centuries: An Encyclopedia of Notorious Crimes, Criminals and Criminal Trials in American History. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.            

Stickle, B. (2015). The Onion Field Case. In S. Chermak, and F. Bailey (Eds.), Crimes of the Centuries: An Encyclopedia of Notorious Crimes, Criminals and Criminal Trials in American History. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  

Stickle, B. (2015). Trial of Sheriff Joseph Shipp. In S. Chermak, and F. Bailey (Eds.), Crimes of the Centuries: An Encyclopedia of Notorious Crimes, Criminals and Criminal Trials in American History. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.  

Tewksbury, R. & Stickle, B. (2015). Prison Populations. In W. G. Jennings, G. Higgins, D. Khey, and M. Maldonado-Molina (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.  

Stickle, B. (2015). Foreword. In Ratliff, P. L., Crime Prevention for Houses of Worship 2nd Edition (v-vii). Atlanta, GA: American Society for Industrial Security.  

 

Government & Research Reports  

Stickle, B. (2018). Morgan County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Office Staffing and Performance. Commissioned by the Morgan County, Tennessee, County Executive.  

 

Research Briefs, Blogs, & Other Short Works  

Stickle, B. (2019, April). A Conservative Cops’ Take on Criminal Justice Reform: Citation in Lieu of Arrest. Beacon Center of Tennessee

Stickle, B. (2029). From the Guest Editor: Field Studies in Environmental Criminology. Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society, 32(2), 61-62.

 

* Graduate Student | ** Undergraduate Student

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In the Media

Logue, G. (2019). A guest looks into community policing help for women, Middle Tennessee State University On the Record.

Walker, B (2019). Experiences and insights after speaking on panels at two separate United Nations events earlier this year on law enforcement roles in combatting violence against women. WGNS.

Walpole, D. (2019). The 12 most sought-after items on every burglar’s hit list. Readers Digest.

Shultis, R. (2019). Senior Fel...

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Logue, G. (2019). A guest looks into community policing help for women, Middle Tennessee State University On the Record.

Walker, B (2019). Experiences and insights after speaking on panels at two separate United Nations events earlier this year on law enforcement roles in combatting violence against women. WGNS.

Walpole, D. (2019). The 12 most sought-after items on every burglar’s hit list. Readers Digest.

Shultis, R. (2019). Senior Fellow Ben Stickle Talk on Criminal Justice Reform. Beacon Center of Tennessee.

Hineman, B. (2019). Bail bondsmen: Pretrial release needed, but not the way Rutherford County proposes. Daily News Journal, Link.

Logue, G. (2019). Partners in crime. Middle Tennessee State University Outcomes Spring 2019, 5(1), p. 28.

Logue, G. (2019). Criminal justice professor snips away at scrap metal theft. Middle Tennessee State University On the Record.

Logue, G. (2019). Focuses on department’s growing relationship with TBI, police statewide. Middle Tennessee State University On the Record

Logue, G. (2019). Academia and the academy. Middle Tennessee State University On the Record.

Reynolds, J. (2018). Is violent crime rising? Murfreesboro Post, Link. Smith, C. (2017). Gangs and the military. CSPAN BookTV.

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Special Projects

GRANT ACTIVITY  

2020 - Middle Tennessee State University: Experiential Learning Scholars Program  Principal Investigator, for Course Development on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design with Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Criminal Justice Administration. Funded at $1,000.  

2020 – Present   U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Program...

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GRANT ACTIVITY  

2020 - Middle Tennessee State University: Experiential Learning Scholars Program  Principal Investigator, for Course Development on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design with Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Criminal Justice Administration. Funded at $1,000.  

2020 – Present   U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance: Justice & Mental Health Collaboration Program Scientific Consultant, for Warren County, Kentucky Mental Health Police Collaboration Planning Project with Warren County, Kentucky, Sheriff’s Office. Funded at $75,629.  

2020 – Present   U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance: Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children Co-Project Director & Lead Program Evaluator for Keeping Family Connections with the Rutherford County, Tennessee, Correctional Work Center. Funded at $617,748.  

2019 – Present   Middle Tennessee State University, University College and the Office of Distance and Online Education: Online Program Development Project Coordinator & Principal Investigator, for Re-Design of Online Bachelors of Criminal Justice Administration with Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Criminal Justice Administration. Funded at $30,200.  

2019 – Present   U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance: Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-based Adult Reentry Program Program Evaluator, for Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program with Middle Tennessee Rural Re-entry. Funded at $500,000.  

2019 - Middle Tennessee State University: Distinguished Lecturer Fund Series Program Lead, for Criminal Justice Reform in Tennessee with Dr. Howard Henderson. Funded at $3,500.  

2019 - 2020      U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance: Justice & Mental Health Collaboration Program Scientific Consultant, for Strategic Planning for Police and Mental Health Collaboration with Gallatin, Tennessee, Police Department. Funded at $75,172.  

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Courses

Current Undergraduate Courses:

  • Community Relations & Minority Problems*
  • Criminal Investigation^
  • Criminological Theory^
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice*
  • Homicide Investigation
  • Itroduction to Criminal Justice*
  • Police Organization & Administration*^
  • Private and Industrial Security^ Security Administration*  

 

Current Gra...

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Current Undergraduate Courses:

  • Community Relations & Minority Problems*
  • Criminal Investigation^
  • Criminological Theory^
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice*
  • Homicide Investigation
  • Itroduction to Criminal Justice*
  • Police Organization & Administration*^
  • Private and Industrial Security^ Security Administration*  

 

Current Graduate Courses:

  • Community Relations & Minority Problems*
  • Criminal Investigation Qualitative Research+* 
  • Qualtative Research +*

Selected Prior Courses: American Government Civil Liberties* Court Processes & Procedures* Criminal Justice Administration Family Violence Interview & Testimony+* Introduction to Forensics Juvenile Justice Police Operations & Programs Rules of Evidence Sociology of Deviant Behavior* Victimology*  

 

* Online Development | + Course Created | ^ Honors, MT Engage, or Experiential Learning

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