Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Picture of Bowman Dennis W. Bowman, Professor

Stipes Hall 403N
Phone: 309/298-1002

Dr. Dennis W. Bowman served for over 29 years as a state law enforcement officer and commander in the Illinois State Police. His experiences ranged from conducting criminal investigations in areas of drug enforcement, white collar crimes, and homicides, to serving as the Commander of Community Policing. He was responsible for the implementation of law enforcement accreditation for the ISP, and obtaining federal grants for community policing personnel and support resources. He is a nationally recognized expert in accreditation, and presently serves as a consultant for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. in accreditation and policy development.

Dr. Bowman has consulted for the international Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies by serving as an international assessor. He has also consulted for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia in the establishment of a training accreditation program for federal law enforcement academies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Dr. Bowman is a national lecturer on subjects such as ethics, staff inspections, and community policing.

Dr. Bowman received his doctorate in Workforce Education and Development in 2001 from Southern Illinois University; a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University in 1978, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Illinois State University in 1968.