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Larry T. Hoover

Distinguished Professor

  • Ph.D. Administration and Higher Education, Michigan State University (1974)
  • M.S. School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University (1971)
  • B.S. School of Criminal Justice, Michigan state University (1967)


Office: C-229
Phone: (936) 294-1636

Areas of Expertise:
Crime Legislation, Crime Rates and Trends, Law Enforcement Issues, Law Enforcement Security Issues


Dr. Larry Hoover has been on the criminal justice faculty at Sam Houston State University since 1977 and currently directs its Police Research Center, providing a state-of-the-art police information management system as well as strategy evaluations in major Texas cities. A former police officer in Lansing, Michigan and training coordinator with the Michigan Law Enforcement Officer's Training Council, he also served on the faculty at Michigan State University from 1972 to 1977. Dr. Hoover has published five books including police response to persons with mental illness, police management, police program evaluation and quality control in policing. His latest book is Police Crime Control Strategies. He has received numerous, federal, state and local grants for research on the use of technology in law enforcement, including information systems, GIS, crime data and crime reduction. He helped develop a series of advanced certification standards for police and corrections for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education and developed the executive issues course for the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. A past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, he has received several awards from the organization, including the 2003 Founder's Award as well as the O.W. Wilson Award. He was also the recipient of the Excellence in Research Award from SHSU, and was recognized in 2005 by Michigan State University by induction to its School of Criminal Justice "Wall of Fame."

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