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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Geoffrey P. Alpert

Title: Professor
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-6424
Office: Currell College, Room 202
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Geoffrey Alpert


  • Ph.D. 1975, Washington State University
  • M.A. 1970, University of Oregon
  • B.A. 1969, University of Oregon


Geoffrey Alpert has been conducting research on high-risk police activities for more than 30 years. He was asked to evaluate aspects of the police response to the terrorist attack at the Lindt Café in Sydney, Australia, and provided testimony to the Coronial Inquest of Police Shootings in Queensland. He has taught at the FBI National Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and has testified to Congress, several state legislatures and to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Research Advisory Council, and Policy Center Advisory Group, and serves on the Research Advisory Board, Police Executive Research Forum and is a Federal Monitor for the New Orleans Police Department, and a compliance team member for the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau.


  • Police use of force and deadly force
  • Police emergency diving
  • Police training



Nix, J., Pickett, J., Baek, H. & Alpert, G. (Forthcoming). Police research, officer surveys, and response rates. Policing & Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy.

Hine, K., Porter, L., Westera, N. & Alpert, G. (2018). The understated ugly side of police-citizen encounters:  Situation, suspect, officer, decision-making and force predictors of officer injuries. Policing & Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, 28, 665-683.

Owens, E., Weisburd, D., Amendola, K. L., & Alpert, G. (2018). Can you build a better cop? Experimental evidence on supervision, training, and policing in the community. Criminology and Public Policy, 17, 41 - 87.

Alpert, G., McLean, S. K. & Wolfe, S. (2017). Consent decrees: An approach to police accountability and reform. Police Quarterly, 20, 239 - 249.

Nix, J., Campbell, B., Byers, E., & Alpert, G. (2017). A bird’s eye view of civilians killed by police in 2015: Further evidence of implicit bias. Criminology and Public Policy, 16, 309-340.


Rojek, J., Martin, P., & Alpert, G. (2015). Developing and maintaining police-researcher partnerships to facilitate research use: A comparative analysis. New York: Springer.

Alpert, G., Dunham, R., & Stroshine, M. (2015). Policing: Continuity and change, 2nd edition. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press.

Dunham, R. & Alpert, G. (2015). Critical Issues in Policing: Contemporary Readings, 7th Edition. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press.

Alpert, G. & Lum, C. (2014). Police Pursuit Driving: Policy and Research. New York: Springer.

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