Professor, Sam Houston State University, Abbeville, Louisiana
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 SPA faculty in August 2000. Dr. Ruiz has published articles in Police Quarterly, 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 Penn 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.
police administration and supervision, ethics in policing, police interaction with persons with mental illness, use of force, canine deployment, and the Ku Klux Klan.