Prof. Selected for Fellowship in Terrorism Studies

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

Cedarville, Ohio- The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a nonpartisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., announced in April that Patrick Oliver, director of Cedarville University’s Criminal Justice Program, has been named an Academic Fellow for 2007. Oliver traveled to Israel at the end of May for an intensive course in terrorism studies and, in particular, how democracies can defeat the worldwide terrorist threat.

“Terrorism is the greatest threat today to the world’s democracies, including the United States and our allies around the globe,” said Clifford May, president of FDD. “To win the war against terrorism, we must win the war of ideas by promoting democracy and defeating the totalitarian ideologies that drive and justify terrorism.”

The FDD Academic Fellows program provides a 10-day learning experience to U.S.-based teaching and research professionals to provide them with cutting-edge information about defeating terrorist groups. The 2007 program, which was conducted at Tel Aviv University from May 26 to June 6, included lectures by academics and military and intelligence officials, as well as diplomats from Israel, Jordan, India, Turkey, and the United States. It also included hands-on experience through visits to police, customs, and immigration facilities, military bases, and border zones to learn the practical side of deterring and defeating terrorists.

Oliver served 27 years in law enforcement before joining the Cedarville University faculty as assistant professor of criminal justice and director of the criminal justice program in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and Master’s of Business Administration degree from Baldwin-Wallace College. In addition, Oliver has completed programs with the Penn State University Police Executive School, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development School, and the Ohio Association of Police Executive Leadership College. Besides teaching and program development, Oliver serves in many law enforcement organizations including the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. He is a commissioner for the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.