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Dr. Dennis Jay Kenney is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice

Dr. Dennis Jay Kenney is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a position he has held since 1999.  Prior to John Jay, Dr. Kenney’s experience included time as a Florida police officer, faculty member at several universities and a project and Research Director at two policing think tanks.

Dr. Kenney’s current project, is focused on work with Mexico’s Federal Police in their efforts to build and promote a culture of lawfulness within both their police agency and in the communities they serve.  These efforts include the development of pre- and in-service training, methods of organizational rewards and recognition, the development of community-based problem solving interactive efforts and an annual nationwide survey of Federal Police on attitudes and perceptions of corruption and misconduct.  These efforts in Mexico are supported with a $933,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

Prior to his work with the Federal Police, Dr. Kenney spent years working with the Colombian National Police on rule of law and culture of lawfulness projects as well as with police and schools on similar projects elsewhere in Mexico, the Republic of Georgia and Panama.  In addition, he has led a series of complex projects including nationwide surveys of citizens and police in both Yemen and Albania, an evaluation of U.S. sponsored training of police in Ukraine, the response of U.S. police to abortion related conflicts and a multi-year, multi-city study of the issues of policing culturally diverse societies. 

Dr. Kenney holds a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Rutgers University. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles and books including Police Pursuits: What We Know (2000), A Conflict of Rights (1999), Crime in the Schools (1998), Organized Crime in America (1995), and Crime, Fear and the New York City Subways (1986). Additionally, Dr. Kenney consults regularly to numerous police agencies, has managed sponsored research and technical assistance projects, and is past editor of the American Journal of Police and current editor of Police Quarterly.