DANIEL B. KENNEDY, Ph.D., CPP
B.A., Wayne State University, 1967
M.A., Wayne State University, 1969
Ph.D., Wayne State University, 1971
30+ years experience
For over thirty years, Dr. Daniel Kennedy has served as a consulting forensic criminologist on issues pertaining to criminology, corrections, police, and security practices, and he continues to research, lecture, and publish in these areas. He has developed expertise in forensic criminology, which he defines as the application of criminological knowledge to matters of immediate concern to various courts of law. He practices this specialty in three ways: academic publication, participation in litigation as an expert, and teaching.
Dr. Kennedy began his career in criminal justice and security administration as a civilian crime analyst with the Detroit Police Department in 1966. Over the next decade, he served as an assistant social worker in public housing projects, counselor for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, probation officer in Detroit, and senior administrator of two Michigan police academies. While
serving in these capacities, he also studied sociology and criminology at Wayne State University, earning B.A. (1967), M.A. (1969), and Ph.D. (1971) degrees.
Since completing his formal education, Dr. Kennedy has had extensive specialized training in various aspects of criminal behavior, policing operations, corrections operations, and private sector security management. He successfully tested for the Certified Protection Professional designation in 1983 and has maintained that certification over the years. He has also studied terrorism, antiterrorism, counterterrorism, and homeland security through participation in focused training at the Naval Postgraduate School and other locations across the U.S., Israel, and Dubai. A small sample of additional specialized training includes security in all venues, tourism, gaming, death investigation, suicidology, special-needs and personality-disordered offenders, sexual violence, workplace violence, inmate health care, negligent hiring, and negligent retention.
He is widely published in such journals as Journal of Police Science and Administration, Journal of Criminal Justice, Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Professional Psychology, Journal of Social Psychology, Criminal Justice and Behavior, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Police Quarterly, The Police Chief, Security Journal, Security Management, Journal of Security
Administration, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, American Jails, and a host of others. Dr. Kennedy has over one hundred publications with more than half of these publications consisting of academic journal articles.
After spending a year teaching at the College of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI, Dan returned to his hometown in 1977 and accepted a faculty position at the University of Detroit. While Chairman of the Criminal Justice Department at the University of Detroit, he designed, marketed, and supervised the Master of Science degree in Security Administration. Upon
retirement from the University in June of 2008, he was honored with the title Professor Emeritus by the President and Deans of the University of Detroit Mercy and served as the commencement Grand Marshall that year. He is currently teaching as an adjunct at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.