M.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University
Dr. Michael Charney
Currently, I am a police organization consultant. After 35 years in law enforcement, I retired as Chief of Police for the Reno, Nevada Police Department. I was then appointed as the interim Police Commissioner for the United Nations in Sudan becoming a senior police advisor for the U.S. Department of State in Iraq and Washington, D.C. My international work also included principal deputy program manager for the State Department’s police training program in Afghanistan as well as consultation with the Nepalese Police Service in Kathmandu, Nepal, and the Royal Police Service in New Zealand. I returned to the United States to be the program coordinator of the Administration of Justice Program for Feather River College (FRC) in California and an adjunct instructor for the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). I now continue to teach for UNR and am an associate professor for FRC teaching AJ and anthropology courses. I received a $520,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office to develop a team of experts to design a new national police training program founded on community policing. This program is in effect in more than 1000 police agencies in the U.S. and abroad. I also went on, after CSU, to obtain a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Note to Current Students
Anthropology is more of a way of thinking than an academic discipline. I found that by looking at problems through the eyes of an anthropologist, I was able to come up with different solutions to problems than most of my law enforcement colleagues. I studied forensic anthropology with Dr. Michael Charney and worked in his lab. He turned out to be a good friend as well as my mentor in much more than forensics.