Dr. K. B. Turner received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
His teaching interests are in the area of theory, race and crime, and police issues.
His research interests include crime and punishment, courts, police administration,
and race and crime.
Dr. Turner is co-author with Dr. Samuel Walker of an early research project that analyzed
hiring and promotion practices of the fifty largest American police departments; concluding
that “modest gains” had been made in some of the sampled departments. His work has
appeared in Criminal Law Bulletin, Challenge, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Ethnicity
in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Executive Forum.
His current research agenda includes judicial decision-making, capital punishment
and issues relating to racial profiling. Dr. Turner holds a current law enforcement
certification and is a certified law enforcement instructor. His 20 years of law
enforcement experience includes several years with the Omaha Police Department prior
to joining the criminal justice faculty at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He has
also served in other law enforcement agencies assisting with their training programs.
Most recently, Dr. Turner has been involved as an assistant trainer with the Memphis
Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), a police based program that has
become nationally known as the “Memphis Model” of pre-arrest jail diversion for those
in a mental illness crisis. Dr. Turner is a member of The Academy of Criminal Justice
Sciences (ACJS), The American Society of Criminology (ASC), and The National Organization
of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).