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H. Otto Schweizer, Ph.D.

Professor / Law Enforcement Option Coordinator / Interim Internship Coordinator / Downtown Program Coordinator

Office Phone Email
S2 138 559.278.8880

Educational Background

  • B.S. in Criminal Justice (State University College of New York-Buffalo), M.P.A. (University of Arizona)
  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice (Sam Houston State University) 1990

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Schweizer has extensive Law Enforcement experience in the United States as a Deputy Sheriff, Police Officer, Field Training Officer, Detective, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Chief of Police. Worked in his native Germany as a criminal investigator of major crimes and terrorist activities. Served in an undercover capacity investigating international narcotics trafficking & international organized crime (also in Germany). Additional experience includes that of a county correctional/detention officer, and as a research assistant with the Tucson Police Department.

Dr. Schweizer is also a police consultant and has been an expert witness in federal court in the area of police administration and police misconduct. His research interests are in international criminal justice and policing, to include international criminal laws and minimum hiring and training standards for police officers. Dr. Schweizer has lectured at Police Academies and academic institutions in Finland, Germany, South Africa, Japan, and Slovenia. He is published in Singapore, Poland, Japan, Slovenia, and the United States. Dr. Schweizer has presented research at international conferences and also in some of his publications, on diverse subjects such as Female Suicide Bombers, Financial Crimes, International Organized Crime, The Use of the Internet by Criminal Justice Organizations World-Wide, Problems in Selecting and Hiring Police Applicants, and he is currently doing research on Suicide Bombers and Radical Islam.

Dr. Schweizer holds various levels of peace officer certification in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, including a police instructor license for the state of Texas. Dr. Schweizer previously taught criminal justice at the University of Central Oklahoma, and reached the rank of tenured full professor, before coming to Fresno.

Courses Taught

  • Crim 2: Administration of Justice
  • Crim 102: Criminal Justice Organization and Management
  • Crim 180: Internship in Law Enforcement
  • Crim 203: Criminal Justice Admin