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Geoffrey P. Alpert



Ph.D. 1975, Washington State University

M.A. 1970, University of Oregon

B.A. 1969, University of Oregon

Office: 202, Currell College
Research Interests: Police violence, pursuit driving, and training
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Professor Geoffrey Alpert has been conducting research on high-risk police activities for more than 25 years, and has published more than 100 journal articles and 15 books. His book is Understanding Police Use of Force: Officers, Suspects, and Reciprocity (with R. Dunham) and was published in 2005 by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Alpert recently completed a major study on police officer decision making funded by the National Institute of Justice, and an investigation of racial profiling for the Miami-Dade County, Florida Police Department. He is working on a use of force study that focuses on less-lethal technology and the effectiveness of their applications. Dr. Alpert routinely provides commentary for the national networks’ evening news programs and morning talk shows.

Selected Publications


Stoughton, S., Alpert, G., & Noble, J. (2016). Why police need to start second-guessing their decisions. The Atlantic.

Alpert, G. (2016). Toward a national database of officer involved shootings: A long and winding road. Criminology and Public Policy, 15, 237-242.

Hickman, M., Atherley, L., Lowery, P., & Alpert, G. (2015). Reliability of the force factor method in police use-of-force research. Police Quarterly, 18, 368-396.


Rojek, J., Martin, P., & Alpert, G. (2015). Developing and maintaining police-researcher partnerships to faciliate research use: A comparative analysis. New York: Springer.

Alpert, G., Dunham, R., & Stroshine, M. (2015). Policing: Continuity and change, 2nd edition. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press.

Dunham, R. & Alpert, G. (2015). Critical Issues in Policing: Contemporary Readings, 7th Edition. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press.