Ronald D. Hunter is Professor and Head of the Department of Applied Criminology at Western Carolina
University. He has also taught at the State University of West Georgia (1999-2005), Jacksonville State University (1989-1999)
and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1988-1989). He received his Ph.D. in Criminology from The Florida State
University. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Ronald Hunter was a Sergeant with the Tallahassee Police Department (Florida).
He has published a number of articles, book chapters dealing with crime prevention and law enforcement, and books related
to law enforcement and criminology.
Dr. Hunter is on the Executive Board of ACJS and has been honored in “Who’s Who Among American
Teachers” (2004) as well as other prestigious acknowledgements. His books include: Police-Community
Relations and the Administration of Justice; Crime and Criminality: Causes and Consequences;
Research Methods for Criminology and Criminal Justice.
the Tallahassee Police Department
The Tallahassee Police Department employs nearly 500 police officers.
The uniformed patrol contingent is deployed in three geographic districts. Investigations are conducted
along geographic lines as well as by special units. Among the specialized units of the Tallahassee Police
Department is the Gang Response Unit.
According to the Tallahassee Police Department, A major
goal of the Tallahassee Police Department is to combat criminal street gangs by devoting necessary resources towards validating,
cataloging, classifying, initiating contact with, maintaining contact with, and arresting gang members. A Gang Response Unit
(GRU) was created to meet this need and is one of the Department's newest specialized units. Members of the unit must
be fully flexible in their schedules as the different needs and events in the community may require.”
to their Chief of Police, the Tallahassee Police Department “has a distinguished 164 year history of fighting crime
and being a leader in innovative police services. Today, TPD leads the way in many areas. We are recognized nationally as
being the third longest accredited law enforcement agency in the country and for our programs developed to provide public
safety services equally to all and to protect all citizens’ civil rights. Whether its routine patrol services, forensic
science services, traffic safety enforcement, or implementing new technologies, the men and women who work for you at the
Tallahassee Police Department have one purpose; making Tallahassee a safe place to live, work, and play!”