Richard H. Martin


Richard H. Martin

Professor of Public Safety
Department of Leadership Studies

Contact Information

Phone: 678.547.6581


B.S., Lipscomb University, 1962
M.S., Ed.D, Indiana University, 1967, 1981


Richard Martin is a professor of public safety in the Department of Leadership Studies in the Penfield College of Mercer University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in criminal justice, homeland security, and emergency management. Research interests include police selection, training, and professionalism. Dr. Martin earned a bachelor's degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville where he attended on a basketball scholarship. He earned his doctorate and master's degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Martin began his career teaching high school history and health and coaching basketball in Gary, Indiana, before leaving to begin a long criminal justice career. He has over four decades of experience in law enforcement and criminal justice education. He was a patrolman and police school liaison officer in Highland, IN;an 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 Office. Since 2000, he has been an accreditation assessor for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

He is the current chair of the International Association of Chiefs Police (IACLEA) University and College Police Section Scholarship Committee; past chair of the IACP Section Training Committee, and past member of the IACP Research Advisory Committee. He is also a consultant with the Theoretical and Applied Forensics Group;a reviewing editor for the Journal of Gang Research and on Board of Reviewers for the Journal of Education and Training Studies;member of the editorial board of the Forensic Sciences and Criminology International Journal;and, is a reviewing editor for Cogent Social Sciences. He also serves as a periodic grant peer reviewer for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP);and, is a member of the Montgomery, AL, Police Department Command and Staff College Academic Advisory Board. Dr. Martin is the author of 28 peer reviewed publications, 19 of which are in peer reviewed journals. He has conducted several peer reviews of articles for refereed journals, 43 publisher editorial book reviews, and 40 presentations at national and regional conferences. He has also developed traditional, online, and innovative curricula, and has revived criminal justice programs and developed new programs. He earned several awards for his police preservice education delivery system (PEDS) curriculum model for police and correction officer certification. The preservice curriculum is recognized by the Illinois Board of Education as a nationally replicable model, entitled, "An Alternative Approach to PEDS Police Basic Training: Combining Training and Education Learning Outcomes," published in the Community College Journal of Practice and Research.

Certifications:  Indiana Secondary Teaching-Life License; International Accreditation Assessor, Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation (CALEA) and Team Leader; National Accreditation Assessor, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and Team Leader

Teaching & Research Interests

Cyber security, forensic behavior, public safety, police selection and professionalism, homeland security and emergency management, and gangs.