Gary Cordner

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Gary Cordner

Adjunct Professor


Gary is an Adjunct Professor at the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies at the School of Social Sciences in the College of Arts, Law and Education and Academic Director in the Education and Training Section of the Baltimore Police Department, USA.


Most recently Gary served as Chief Research Advisor for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) LEADS Scholars Program and Senior Police Advisor for International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (US Department of Justice) in Ukraine. He was a Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Commissioner for nine years and has been associated with the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing since its inception. He is Professor Emeritus at Eastern Kentucky University, where he served as Dean of the College of Justice & Safety. Earlier in his career he was a police officer and police chief in Maryland and obtained his PhD from Michigan State University.

Gary was founding editor of Police Quarterly and is a past editor of the American Journal of Police; author of Police Administration (10th edition); and co-author of Police & Society (8th edition). He authored several monographs for the Community Oriented Policing Services Office and NIJ, was Co-Principal Investigator for the National Police Research Platform, and is a past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Career summary


  • PhD in Social Science, Michigan State University, USA, 1980.
  • BS in Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, Boston, USA, 1974.


Professional practice

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

American Society of Criminology

Global Consortium of Law Enforcement Training Executives

International Association of Chiefs of Police

Police Executive Research Forum

Administrative expertise

  • Chief of Police, St. Michaels, Maryland, USA.
  • Director, Regional Community Policing Institute, Kentucky, USA.
  • Dean, College of Justice & Safety, Eastern Kentucky University, USA.
  • Academic Director, Education & Training Section, Baltimore Police Department, USA.


Teaching expertise

Gary has been a full-time faculty member for 31 years across several universities, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in criminal justice, with specialisation in policing.

Research Appointments

Gary served as Chief Research Advisor to the National Institute of Justice, which is the research arm of the US Department of Justice from 2016-2019.

Research Invitations

  • 2021. Research and Science Conference, European Police College (CEPOL). Virtual presentation on training at the Baltimore Police Academy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2020. Managing, Preventing, and Reducing Fear of Violence, National Academies of Sciences, Washington, DC. Virtual presentation on policing and fear of crime.
  • 2020. President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, US Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Virtual testimony on evidence-based policing and police education.
  • 2018. Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden. Presentation on the Goldstein Award-winning Farm Vehicle Safety project by the California Highway Patrol.

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Gary uses quantitative, qualitative, and comparative methods to explore what police officers and police organisations do, why they do it, what works, and what doesn’t. His areas of interest have included police administration, community policing, problem-oriented policing, evidence-based policing, and police education.


Gary was a Co-Principal Investigator for the National Police Research Platform from 2008-2015, collaborating with Professors Dennis Rosenbaum, Wesley Skogan, Stephen Mastrofski, Lorie Fridell, and others.


Gary has received research-related awards from the National Institute of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services, several universities, and several law enforcement agencies.

Current projects

In his present capacity, Gary is working with a number of researchers and professional organisations engaged in evaluating the effectiveness of training programs being implemented by the Baltimore Police Academy.

Fields of Research

  • Police administration, procedures and practice (440211)
  • Sociology of inequalities (441012)

Research Objectives

  • Law enforcement (230404)


Gary is author of Police Administration (10th edition) and co-author of Police & Society (8th edition). He has also authored, co-authored, or edited 8 other books, 14 published monographs, 40 journal articles, some 50 book chapters, and over 50 other shorter non-refereed pieces. He was also editor of the American Journal of Police (1987-1992) and founding editor of the journal Police Quarterly (1997-2002).

Total publications


Journal Article

(7 outputs)
2022Cordner G, Pepper I, Asquith NL, 'Time to get serious about police education', National Policing Institute, (22 August 2022) pp. 1-4. (2022) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Asquith NL


2022van Dijk AJ, Shearing C, Cordner G, 'Policing the pandemic: public health, law enforcement, and the use of force', Journal Of Community Safety & Well-being, 7, (2) pp. 67-74. ISSN 2371-4298 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.35502/jcswb.246 [eCite] [Details]


2021Cordner G, Batness M, 'Police Training in Baltimore During the Pandemic', European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin pp. 1-10. (2021) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2021Cordner G, Maguire ER, Shearing C, 'Policing, politics, and democracy: David Bayley's enduring contributions', International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 45, (3) pp. 239-244. ISSN 2157-6475 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/01924036.2021.1916972 [eCite] [Details]


2020Cordner G, 'Police Education in the USA', Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 14, (2) pp. 300 - 311. ISSN 1752-4520 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/police/pay064 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1


2020Cordner G, 'A Practical Approach to Evidence-Based Policing', European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, 20 pp. 53-71. (2020) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2019Cordner G, 'Rethinking police education in the United States', Police Practice and Research, 20, (3) pp. 225-239. ISSN 1477-271X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2019.1598066 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4



(3 outputs)
2022Cordner G, Scott MS, Sanchez MJ, 'People with Mental Illness', Arizona State University, Guide No. 40, pp. 7. (2022) [Revision/New Edition]

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2019Cordner G, 'Police Administration', Routledge, New York, pp. 532. ISBN 9781138389236 (2019) [Revision/New Edition]

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2019Novak K, Cordner G, Smith B, Roberg R, 'Police and Society', Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 576. ISBN 0190940808 (2019) [Revision/New Edition]

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Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
2022Cordner G, 'Education, Training, and Police Reform', Rethinking and Reforming American Policing: Leadership Challenges and Future Opportunities, Springer International Publishing, JA Schafer and RA Myers (ed), Switzerland, pp. 201-225. ISBN 3030888959 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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2020Cordner G, 'Traffic Injuries and Fatalities in Farm-Labor Vehicles in California', Problem-Oriented Policing: Successful Case Studies, Routledge, MS Scott and RV Clarke (ed), London, pp. 148-157. ISBN 9780429457357 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9780429457357 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10


2018Cordner G, 'A practical approach to evidence based policing', Evidence Based Policing: An Introduction, Policy Press, R Mitchell and L Huey (ed), Bristol, pp. 231-242. ISBN 978-1447339755 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
2020Cordner G, 'Evidenced-Based Policing in 45 Small Bytes', U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, Washington (2020) [Contract Report]

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Gary has received over 50 grants and contracts with a total value well over $10 million USD.

Gary has supervised over a dozen master’s theses and served as an external reader on several dissertation committees.