by Tom Mach
Patrick Oliver, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, traveled to Botswana, Africa, in April to help train law enforcement executives from several African nations. Prior to coming to Cedarville, Professor Oliver served as police chief in four different departments. During his law enforcement career, he joined NOBLE, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and continues to actively support this organization today. Each year, Cedarville hosts an annual training conference spearheaded by Professor Oliver for rising law enforcement executives. He has long been a member of and consultant for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police as well as the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. As a result, he has a wealth of experience that the International Law Enforcement Academy in Botswana has put to good use in this recent intensive training seminar.
Professor Oliver co-taught a law enforcement leadership course with a special agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the Academy. The course focused on administrative theories, principles, and effective practices of leadership. Some 34 law enforcement executives came from six African nations for this training. Professor Oliver’s professional experience and active involvement in the field help to enhance the quality of the criminal justice program at Cedarville University.