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Michael D. Lyman, Ph.D., began his career as a special agent and criminal investigator for the Kansas Bureau of investigation.  He then moved to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs as a senior agent and criminal investigator.  While with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs he was assigned to the Street Enforcement and Intelligence Division.  During his 11 year law enforcement career Michael has made over 600 felony arrest.  For the last 18 years he has been professor of Criminal Justice at the Columbia College of Missouri.


Michael D. Lyman, Ph.D., has authored seven books about the enforcement function in criminal justice.  His books include: The Police: An Introduction; Criminal Investigation: The Art and Science; Practical Drug Enforcement; and, Organized Crime.

According to the book description Michael Lyman’s Organized Crime, “Dispelling current myths regarding organized crime, Lyman and Potter’s fourth edition reveals a truer picture of organized crime and criminal activity today.  Providing scholarly treatment and a social perspective, the authors explore the concept of organized crime, the historical foundation for its evolution and development, and the current status of criminal groups in today’s society. Offering timely and respected research, this edition includes a thorough examination of drug trafficking, new sections on emerging organized crime groups, updated case studies, more coverage international groups, updated statistics, graphics and more!  Presents a broad view of organized crime that incorporates more than just ethnically- driven, pop-culture stereotypes. Incorporates two parallel themes—organized crime consists of many different groups and corrupt individuals in public office, business etc., contribute to the continuation of the problem. Uses thematic questions (What is organized crime? Is there really a Mafia? Is terrorism organized crime? Do political machines still exist?) to promote higher-order thinking skills and a critical examination of the topic. Synthesizes volumes of historical data and archives to present the most salient aspects of the organized crime problem. References information and reports generated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Crime Commission, the National Institute of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Statistics and well-known researchers in the field.  Law enforcement professionals and those interested in a scholarly treatment and a social perspective of organized crime.”

According to one reader of Michael Lyman’s Organized Crime, “This book is a good introduction to a difficult topic. The authors don't focus on just the traditional "Costra Nostra" topics that many authors fall prey too. The authors carefully blend National and International Organized Crime (OC)Groups, Theories of OC and methods for controlling the spread and growth of the groups. The book is written in a textbook fashion and the authors provide keywords at the end of each chapter to assist the student in learning the main points of each chapter. Both the authors appear very knowledgeable in this subject and they continue to add current information into their newer additions.”

According to one reader of Michael Lyman’s Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science, “This general textbook is written in a well-organized manner. It presents the common topics associated with criminal investigations: documentation, report writing, suspect identification and methods used for crime scene surveys. The author makes use of recent court decisions during the presentation of his topics. The chapters are logically placed so that it is easy to see how an investigation would take place. There are several illustrations and drawings, which help the reader identify the topic being discussed. This edition is written in easy to read and comprehend sections. Technical words are explained in detail. The basics of criminal investigation are covered within the textbook - advanced topics such as criminal interrogation and procedures are briefly discussed but they are not the main focus of this book. This textbook provides an excellent foundation for the criminal justice student who is planning a career in law enforcement.”

According to the book description Michael Lyman’s The Police: An Introduction, “For courses in Introduction to Law Enforcement and Introduction to Policing. This book explores the principles of policing and introduces readers to the history, administration, day-to-day practices of the police in the United States. It provides students with the basic framework for understanding fundamental contemporary police issues while at the same time empowering them to question the conventional wisdom about policing.

The Police: An Introduction, 3/e is designed to inform and excite students about the vast field of police work and the role of the police in a democratic society. Its no-nonsense approach offers frequent insights into everyday duties of police work—a profession that many believe is among the most fascinating and charismatic in our society. The many features of this new revision will aid students of criminal justice and the classroom professor as well.

Features Include: Chapter objectives highlighting the main points of each chapter;

Topical vignettes: Highlights in Policing, A Closer Look, and American Police Under Fire. Each of which discuss special topics of interest; Improve your professional vocabulary—a learning tool at the end of each chapter identifying key chapter terms.  Expanded sections on police liability, racial profiling, domestic violence, women and minorities in policing, changing demographics, the war on terrorism, and private policing.  Four new appendices: Police Model Policies; The USA Patriot Act; Model Basic Police Training Curriculum: Police Internet Research Sites. New material on Homeland Security, Minority Leaders in Policing, and Police and Technology. Updated police research and statistics.”

The Police: An Introduction (3rd Edition)
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Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science (4th Edition)
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Gangland: Drug Trafficking by Organized Criminals
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Organized Crime (4th Edition)
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Drugs in Society: Causes, Concepts and Control
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Practical Drug Enforcement, Second Edition
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Narcotics and Crime Control
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According to the book description Michael Lyman’s Criminal Investigation: The Art and the Science, “This dynamic book presents crime detection as a fascinating field relying heavily on the past experiences of investigators as well as recent practical and technological innovations. It explores the many external variables that can influence the investigator's success and the specific methods of crime detection and prosecution of law available in today’s field. The book is intended to meet the needs of both students and professors by presenting information in a logical flow—like the steps and considerations observed in an actual criminal investigation.”

According to the book description of Practical Drug Enforcement, “Practical Drug Enforcement, Second Edition offers an incisive look at the technical methods required to conduct successful drug investigations. It explores specific enforcement problems, such as marijuana cultivation, clandestine laboratories, crack houses, booby traps, and raid planning. This second edition has been thoroughly updated, and it discusses contemporary concerns, recent case studies, and new developments in the law.”

About the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs 

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control is a law enforcement agency with a goal of minimizing the abuse of controlled substances through law enforcement measures directed primarily at drug trafficking, illicit drug manufacturing, and major suppliers of illicit drugs.


The following divisions make up the OBNDD: Diversion, Intelligence, and Enforcement.



The Diversion Division of OBN investigates cases in which legally manufactured and distributed pharmaceutical controlled substances are diverted into an illegal market. Agents are trained to conduct complex investigations and audit professional handlers of controlled drugs. Because of the regulatory nature of these kinds of controlled substances, Agents work on both criminal and administrative cases.



The Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control Intelligence Division utilizes specialized techniques in conjunction with traditional drug enforcement investigative methods to address prioritized significant drug trafficking organizations.



The Bureau's largest section contains Agents at each district office and at headquarters who primarily enforce Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes and applicable federal statutes under Title 21 of the United States Code. The Agents not only conduct small undercover drug purchases, but also investigate multi-jurisdictional complex conspiracy cases, which require criminal investigative expertise. Marijuana eradication is a primary of Enforcement Agents. However, because of new, simpler methamphetamine recipes surfacing, these Agents are spending greater amounts of time investigating the manufacturing and sale of domestically-produced methamphetamine.




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