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Contributions of faculty members who are well versed in the latest research in their fields have contributed to CMSU’s national reputation for a quality criminal justice program. One of those individuals, Allen D. Sapp, is retiring after nearly 23 years of service to the program.
The professor emeritus of criminal justice joined the university in 1982 as an assistant professor and director of the Center for Criminal Research. Having spent 21 years previously with the United States Air Force Security Service, Sapp brought plenty of real world experience into the classroom.
He became well known for his scholarly endeavors, which included serving as the author or co-author of more than 135 publications, including books, monographs, book chapters and articles. Colleagues across the world got to hear about his research through more than 350 presentations at international, national and regional seminars and professional meetings. His selected papers and presentations often dealt with topics such as political extremism in America, the future of law enforcement, hate crimes, militia, and much more. Most recently he represented the university and the Department of Criminal Justice at the 2005 Istanbul Conference on Democracy and Global Security as guest of the Turkish National Police and the Prime Minister of Turkey.
Sapp has been honored over the years for contributions to professional groups such as the Canadian Fire Service and the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group. In 1989, he was appointed one of 50 members of the U.S. Attorney General’s Working Group on Reducing Violence in America.
Sapp’s education includes a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, master’s degree from the University of Southern California, and doctorate from Sam Houston State University in Texas.