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Daniel Carlson began his law enforcement career in 1967 as a patrolman with the City of Poughkeepsie, New York Police Department, where he served for two years before joining the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department. In 1970, he joined the New York State Police and progressed through a range of ranks and assignments including Trooper, Sergeant, Zone Sergeant, Lieutenant (Zone Commander), and Uniform Captain. He retired in June, 1988, as the Assistant Director of Training for the New York State Police, in order to assume the position of Manager at the North Central Texas Regional Police Academy in Arlington, Texas. In November, 1992, Mr. Carlson became Associate Director of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in Richardson, Texas, where he was appointed Director in September, 2005.


With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York, Mr. Carlson was honored with the George Searle Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement Training. He has held adjunct faculty positions at both John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Ulster Community College in Kingston, New York, and has served as an Adjunct Instructor and Consultant with the Institute of Police Technology and Management in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Carlson has extensive experience in both the development and presentation of training programs in a wide variety of law enforcement subject areas.


Daniel Carlson has served as a member of the A.C.C.O.R.D. Committee (Acknowledging Community Cultural or Racial Diversity) for the Arlington Independent School District in Arlington, Texas, and is a graduate of the Ethics Corps program at the Josephson Institute for Ethics. A member of the Ethics Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Dan is Editor of The Ethics Roll Call: Listening to the Inner Voice, a quarterly publication of the Center for Law Enforcement Ethics at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration. In addition, he is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum.


Dniel Carlson is author of When Cultures Clash: The Divisive Nature of Police-Community Relations and Suggestions for Improvement and the co-author of Reputable Conduct: Ethical Issues in Policing and Corrections.


According to the description of When Cultures Clash: Strategies for Strengthened Police-Community Relations, it is “Described as a must read for police officers and prospective candidates for law enforcement, this book invites readers to step back and examine their views and attitudes from a different perspective. In the process of defining and discussing the cultural underpinnings of the criminal justice community, the author addresses topics of special importance including sources of tension in police-citizen interactions; the challenges of law enforcement in a democratic society; policing as a "noble" profession; and police-community relations in a "Post 9/11 " environment.


The book features: A writing style reflective of the author's experience as a police practitioner and educator; Examines the role and expectation of policing from both the citizen and officer perspective; In-depth discussion of out-of-control subcultures; corruption and racial profiling; examines the role of the leader in the development and management of a police culture; Outlines a range of strategies for strengthening police-citizen relationships; Abundant examples from the real world of policing; Proposes a set of "Core Values" characteristic of professional policing; Each chapter opens with a set of "Guideposts" to help the reader focus on key issues; and, Discussion questions to provoke further examination of key issues.”


According to the description of Reputable Conduct: Ethical Issues in Policing and Corrections, “This book looks at the peculiar ethical demands in the policing and corrections professions, with particular emphasis on sub-cultural constraints, and how loyalty to colleagues can sometimes cause a sacrifice of individuality. It contains a unique discussion on whether ethics can be taught, covers sensitive, real-life moral dilemmas and the ever-increasing ethical demands placed upon police and corrections professionals. For Chiefs of Police, Jail Wardens/Superintendents, and Principals of Justice Academies.”


Special Agent Stanley B. Burke, Law Enforcement Ethics Unit, FBI Academy, stated of Reputable Conduct: Ethical Issues in Policing and Corrections, it “has won praise from students, recruits, instructors and practitioners for its lively, relevant approach to the study of ethical dilemmas and professional problems faced by police officers and correctional workers. Now, in this revised edition, John R. Jones and Daniel P Carlson incorporate recent findings and events in the field. They have also incorporated several important and valuable suggestions made by the reviewers of the text. The result is a book that provides the most challenging and engaging introduction to the study of ethical issues in policing and corrections available in the United States today.”

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