Richard H. Martin

Dr. Richard H. Martin is currently a professor of public safety leadership in the Department of Leadership Studies at Mercer University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in criminal justice, homeland security, and emergency management. Dr. Martin has over four decades of combined experience in law enforcement and criminal justice education. He was a department head for 26 years at several Midwestern and southern universities. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville where he attended on a basketball scholarship (captain) and ran track, and was MVP of conference tournament. Dr. Martin was inducted into the Calumet High School, Gary, IN, Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. He later earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington. Concentrations included criminal justice, health sciences, and higher education administration. After graduating from Lipscomb, Dr. Martin taught high school history and health, and coached basketball in Gary, IN, before following in his father’s footsteps to become a police officer. When Dr. Martin was in the 10th grade, his father was gunned down by shotgun on the south side of Chicago. Dr. Martin was one of the first police school resource officers in the state of Indiana and one of the first entering law enforcement in the state with a master’s degree. Other law enforcement positions included elected constable in Delaware County, IN; president of the police commission for the city of Woodstock; and secretary of the merit commission for McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, both in Illinois. Dr. Martin was also the deputy director of Northeast Multi-Regional Training (NEMRT), a Chicago area state inservice training organization for police. He was an international assessor for the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) from 2000-2016. He is the current chair of the International Association of Chiefs Police (IACP) University Police Section Scholarship Committee, past chair of the University and College Police Section Training Committee, and past member of the IACP Research Advisory Committees (RAC: 2007-2010; and 2018). He is also a consultant with the Theoretical and Applied Forensics Group; served as a peer reviewer for 39 grants for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); and is a member of the Montgomery Police Department Command and Staff College Academic Policy Board. Dr. Martin’s scholarly activities include 38 publications with 33 being in peer-reviewed journals, and two textbooks. He is a reviewing editor for several academic journals including: the Journal of Gang Research; the Law Enforcement Executive Forum Journal; the Journal of Education and Training Studies; the Forensics Sciences and Criminology International Journal; the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; and the Journal of Forensic Science and Addiction Research. He has completed 43 editorial book reviews, 68 peer reviews of manuscript for journals, and made over 40 presentations at professional conferences. He has also developed traditional and innovative criminal justice curricula, including hybrid and online. He earned several curriculum awards for his pre-service education delivery system (PEDS) model for police and correction officer certification, and telecommunicator certification in Illinois. The PEDS is recognized as a national replicable model, “An alternative approach to pre-service police basic training: Combining training and education learning outcomes,” and is published in the Community College Journal of Practice and Research. Other publication topics include use of force investigations template for supervisors; desired police chief attributes for police recruit recruits in seven states (southeastern and Midwest) and the Caribbean; police technology; police wellness and health; sexual assaults in Georgia prisons; gangs in Alabama prisons; hostage negotiations and crisis intervention training in Atlanta; terrorist soft targets; and consent decrees in Georgia corrections. He also co-authored a publication on the Macon and Bibb County, Georgia, consolidation of LE agencies. Dr. Martin earned two third degree black belts in mixed martial arts. He is from a family of law enforcement officer that included his father and stepbrother on the Chicago P.D., and his oldest son was an officer with DuPage County, IL.