Dr. Richard H. Martin

Professor Criminal Justice and Homeland Security/Emergency Management
Department of Leadership Studies


  • B.S., Lipscomb University, 1962
  • M.S., Indiana University, 1967
  • Ed.D, Indiana University, 1981
  • Naval Post Graduate School


  • Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation (CALEA) and Team Leader
  • Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and Team Lead
  • Indiana Secondary Teaching-Life License
  • International Accreditation Assessor
  • International Association of Campus Law
  • National Accreditation Assessor

Dr. Richard H. Martin is a professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Leadership Studies. He came to Mercer from Auburn, Montgomery in 2010 as an associate professor and was promoted to full professor in 2015. Dr. Martin has four decades of combined experience in law enforcement and criminal justice education.  He was a department head for 26 years at several Midwestern and Southern universities.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville, which he attended on a basketball scholarship (team captain). He was MVP of a conference tournament and ran track. Dr. Martin was inducted into the Calumet High School, Gary, IN, Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.  He earned master’s and doctorate degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington. After graduating from Lipscomb, Dr. Martin taught high school history and health, and coached basketball in Gary, IN, before following in his father’s footsteps to become a police officer. He was in the 10th grade when his father was gunned down by shotgun on the south side of Chicago.

Dr. Martin was one of the first in Indiana entering law enforcement with a master’s degree and one of the first police school resource (liaison) officers in the state. Other law enforcement positions included elected constable in Indiana, police commissioner, City of Woodstock, and merit commissioner for McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, both in Illinois. Dr. Martin was also the deputy director of a Chicago area state in-service training organization for police. He was an international assessor for the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) from 2000-2016. He is the current chair of the International Association of Chiefs Police (IACP) University Police Section Scholarship Committee, past chair of the University and College Police Section Training Committee, and past member of the IACP Research Advisory Committees (RAC from 2007-2010; and 2018). Dr. Martin reviewed grants for the DOJ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); and is a member of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Command and Staff College Academic Advisory Board.

Dr. Martin’s scholarly activities include 39 publications with 34 in peer-reviewed journals, and two textbooks. He is an associate editor for two journals and is on the review board for six journals.  He has completed 43 publisher editorial textbook reviews, over 100 peer reviews of manuscript for journals, and made over 40 presentations at professional conferences. He earned several curriculum awards for his pre-service education delivery system (PEDS) model for telecommunicator certification, police and corrections officer certification in Illinois.  The PEDS is recognized as a national replicable model: “An alternative approach to pre-service police basic training: Combining training and education learning outcomes,” published in the Community College Journal of Practice and Research.  The concept was recently adopted by the Kentucky State Police Academy where troopers earn an associate degree and trooper certification while in the academy.

Other authored publication topics include:

  • Consent decrees in Georgia corrections
  • Desired police chief attributes for police recruit recruits in 11 states (Southeastern and Midwest) and the Caribbean
  • Gangs in Alabama prisons
  • Hostage negotiations and crisis intervention training in Atlanta
  • Police technology
  • Police wellness and health
  • Sexual assaults in Georgia prisons
  • Terrorist soft targets
  • Use of force investigations template for supervisors

Dr. Martin earned two third-degree black belts in mixed martial arts. He is from a family of law enforcement officers that included his father and stepbrother on the Chicago P.D. and his oldest son served DuPage County, IL.

Courses taught

  • Community Policing
  • Contemporary Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Contemporary Issues in Policing
  • Cyber Infrastructure Security
  • Effects of Disasters on Society
  • Ethics in Public Safety
  • Graduate Disaster Response Preparation, Coordination, and Operations
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Judicial Process
  • Seminar on Terrorism
  • Special Topics: Police Administration
  • Special Topics: Police Organization and Management; Supervision in Criminal Justice; Issues in Interpersonal Violence; Criminal Behavior
  • Terrorism
  • Victimology

Research and Professional Interests

  • Cyber security
  • Emergency management
  • Forensic behavior
  • Gangs
  • Homeland security
  • Police selection
  • Professionalism
  • Public safety
  • Training

Areas of Specialization

  • Homeland Security
  • Law Enforcement
  • Research

Leadership Positions in the Profession/Discipline

  • Associate Editor for Journal of Education and Training Studies; Law Enforcement Executive Forum Journal
  • Chair of IACP University Police Section Scholarship Committee
  • Editorial Review Board membership: Sage Open; Journal of Forensic Science and Addiction Research;Journal of Behavioral Sciences; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal; Journal of Education and Training Studies; and Journal of Gang Research

Research/Professional Interests

  • Police wellness
  • Professionalism
  • Selection
  • Using force

Research with Students or Opportunities

Dr. Martin co-authored with six graduate students to publish manuscripts in academic reviewed journals

Recent Publications

  • Martin, R. H. (2019): Police chiefs’ comparisons of ratings of preferred attributes of police recruits for successful careers: Surveys of Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio police chief association members. Law Enforcement Executive Forum,19(4), 38-50
  • Martin, R. H. (2019). Choosing police recruits for job longevity and successful careers in policing: Preferred attributes of police chiefs. EC Psychology and Psychiatry, 8(10), 1061-1078. Retrieve from www.ecronicon.com/ecpp/pdf/ECPP-08-00556.pdf.
  • Martin, R. H. (2019). Police recruit selection criteria should include consideration of potential for future leadership. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 19(4). Retrieve from https://iletsbeiforumjournal.com/index.php/hikashop-menu-for-categories-listing/product/387-police-recruit-selection-criteria-should-include-consideration-of-potential-for-future-leadership
  • Martin, R. H. (Aug. 13, 2019). Traits that make good police leaders: Identify leadership potential during recruit selection. Forensic Research and Criminology International Journal, 7(4), 237-242. DOI: 10.1540/frcij.2019.07.00287
  • Member: IACP Grooming and Appearance Group. (2019). IACP Grooming and Appearance Group Model Policy. Alexandria, VA: International Assoc. of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • Martin, K., & Martin, R. H. (2019). Psychological and physical problems of being overweight or obese in law enforcement and the impact on the job performance and personal lives: Control, perception, and assistance. EC Psychology and Psychiatry, 8(3), 158-164
  • Moore, D., Martin, R. H., & Lin, C. (2019). Police chiefs’ perspectives regarding obesity among law enforcement officers. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 19(1), 6-20. Retrieve from https://iletsbeiforumjournal.com/index.php/hikashop-menu-for-categories-listing/product/387-
  • Martin, R. H. (2018). Preferred Caribbean commissioners recruit attributes for successful police training and careers. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 18(1) 13-29. Retrieve from  https://iletsbeiforumjournal.com/index.php/hikashop-menu-for-categories-listing/product/387-
  • Martin, T. K., & Martin, R. H. (2017). Police suicide and PTSD: Connection, prevention, and trends. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 17(2), 27-41

Awards or Recognition

  • Inducted into the Calumet High School (Gary, Indiana) Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Two Dedicated Service Awards as Executive Counselor to the ACJS Community College Section, 1998 and 1999.
  • Earned third degree black belt and certified instructor in mixed martial arts, Shin Nagare Karate by Midori Yama Budokai, an international organization (2000).
  • Earned third degree black belt in mixed martial arts and certified instructor, Chung Moo Quan, 1995.
  • Meritorious Service Award presented by the Illinois Academy of Criminology, “for exemplary curriculum development and service to the profession.”
  • Frederick Milton Thrasher Award presented by the Journal of Gang Crime “for innovative service in establishing the Police Education Delivery System (PEDS) as a model worthy of emulation and replication nationally”
  • Connections 2000 Award, presented by the Illinois Board of Education, for “Outstanding contribution made to curriculum innovation in the state of Illinois.”
  • Outstanding Citizen Award presented by the Chung Moo Quan Association of Illinois.
  • Awarded a full basketball scholarship to Lipscomb University. Elected captain; MVP of conference tournament junior year; earned NAIA All District Team honors; ranked nationally for two years in free throw percentage.
  • Played basketball one year at Valparaiso University and ran cross-country.

Contact Dr. Martin

Office Location: Henry Center, Room 140