James M. Ruiz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice, School of Public Affairs
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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