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Jerry Dowling


  • J.D. Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Tennessee (1968)
  • B.S. History and Political Science, University of Tennessee (1967)

Areas of Expertise:
Crime Legislation, Criminal Law, Police Manpower and Deployment Issues


A professor in the College for four decades, Jerry Dowling is the author of textbooks and scholarly articles on criminal law, pre-trial criminal procedures and criminal investigation. His most recent text, Texas Criminal Law: Principals and Practices, was published in 2008. Prior to coming to SHSU, he served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was on the research teams that developed the state-of-the-art CRIMES computerized information system, the School Resource Officer curriculum in Kentucky, and the peace officers' basic training curricula in Texas, Illinois, New York, and Maine. He also assisted in the development of the initial peace officer licensing examinations for the states of Texas and Illinois. He is active in providing promotional tests for police agencies across the country. Professor Dowling has also performed extensive work in creating computer models for the optimum allocation of police patrol officers and detectives. His current research interests include criminal law and procedure and the efficient use of manpower in criminal justice agencies. In 2001, Professor Dowling was awarded the SHSU Excellence in Teaching Award.

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