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Penn State Harrisburg

James M. Ruiz, Ph.D.

· Associate Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice; Public Affairs


James (Jim) Ruiz is an associate professor of criminal justice (Ph.D. from the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University, M.A. in criminal justice, University of Louisiana at Monroe, B.A. and A.A. in Criminal Justice, Minot State University). His previous teaching experience includes serving as an Instructor at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Teaching Fellow at Sam Houston State University, and Assistant Professor at Westfield State College. Dr. Ruiz began his career in the field of criminal justice as a police officer with the New Orleans Police Department in 1967. Dr. Ruiz served in the Patrol, Communications, and Mounted Divisions as well as the Emergency Services Section and the National Crime Information Center (N.C.I.C). Dr. Ruiz joined the School of Public Affairs faculty in August 2000.

Dr. Ruiz has published articles in the American Journal of Police, Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, Criminal Justice Ethics, International Journal of Public Administration, International Journal of Police Science and Management, The Critical Criminologist, Police Forum, and Texas Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics Program Bulletin. Dr. Ruiz has also written a book entitled, The Black Hood of the Ku Klux Klan. Dr. Ruiz has published and worked extensively in the area of police management of persons with mental illness.

Dr. Ruiz surveyed police departments across Pennsylvania concerning policies and procedures for management of persons with mental illness published by The Pennsylvania State Data Center. Dr. Ruiz served on a committee selected by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) to develop the current curriculum taught to police officers concerning management of persons with mental illness. His research interests include police administration and supervision, ethics in policing, police interaction with persons with mental illness, use of force, canine deployment, and the Ku Klux Klan.

Professional Affiliations
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Fraternal Order of Police

Research Interests

  • Police administration and supervision
  • Ethics in policing
  • Police interaction with persons with mental illness
  • Police use of force
  • Police K-9 deployment
  • Ku Klux Klan

Publications and Research

  • Bowling, T*., Ruiz, J., & Reynolds, M*. (2008). "Drug profiling in Louisiana: ten years later." International Journal of Police Science and Management, 10(2), 222-237.
  • Ruiz, J. & Hummer, D. (2008). The Handbook of Police Administration. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  • Burckhardt, C.* and Ruiz, J. (2007). "The Role of Citizen Surveys in Responsive Policing." Police Forum, 16(1), 1-11.
  • Byun, S.* and Ruiz, J. (2007). "Corruption and Politics within the South Korean Government.." The International Journal of Police Science and Management, 8(3), 176-197.
  • Ruiz, J. and Winters, K.* (2006). "The USA Patriot Act: A Review of the Major Components." In Craig Hemmens (Ed.), Legal Issues in Criminal Justice. Roxbury Publishing.
  • Ahmad, J., Bennett, K., and Ruiz, J. (2006). "Juvenile Curfews: Arguments For and Against.." In Craig Hemmens (Ed.), Legal Issues in Criminal Justice. Los Angeles: Roxbury.
  • Ruiz, Jim and Woessner, Matthew. (2006). "Profiling, Cajun Style: Racial and Demographic Profiling in Louisiana's War on Drugs." The International Journal of Police Science and Management. 8(3), 176-197.
  • Ahmad, J. and Ruiz, J. (2006). "The Recent Increase in the use of Juvenile Curfews." In B. Sims and P. Preston (Eds.) The Handbook of Juvenile Justice. Taylor & Francis Publishing.