Subject Matter Expert
Michigan State University
Areas of Expertise:
Research and evaluation, intelligence-led policing, crime prevention, offender-focused strategies, strategic planning
Edmund McGarrell is director and professor of the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU). He also serves as co-executive director of the Global Community Security Institute at MSU. In addition to homeland security, Professor McGarrell’s research interests are in the area of communities and crime. He is the principal investigator of an initiative sponsored by the National Institute of Justice whereby the School of Criminal Justice is providing training, technical assistance, and research in support of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). Mr. McGarrell has conducted several long-term research projects including an experiment on the use of restorative justice conferences as an alternative response to juvenile crime and a strategic problem-solving initiative to reduce homicides and firearms violence. He is the author of Juvenile Correctional Reform and Returning Justice to the Community: The Indianapolis Restorative Justice Experiment, and co-editor of Community Corrections and Community Policing in a Rural Setting. He was a faculty member at Indiana University, where he served as chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, and at Washington State University at Spokane. He previously served as director of the Crime Control Policy Center at the Indianapolis-based Hudson Institute, as co-director of the Washington State Institute for Community Oriented Policing, and was a visiting fellow at the National Center for Juvenile Justice.