David Porter, an adjunct instructor for the OU Extended Campus School of Criminal Justice, has been appointed to the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice.
The Commission has been tasked to study a variety of issues related to law enforcement and the administration of justice, including reviewing relevant research and expertise and making recommendations regarding important current issues facing law enforcement and the criminal justice system
“I decided to become a police officer during my sophomore year of high school,” Porter said. “My decision was driven by my desire to help people. For the last 30 plus years, I never lost sight of the fact that, as law enforcement officers, we are responsible to help people in their time of need or when they have become a victim of crime.”
Porter is currently serving as part of the Victim Services Working Group, which will examine cross-system programs on the federal, state and local level that leverage criminal justice system professionals to better address the needs of victims of crime, including individuals subjected to human trafficking, hate crimes, and homelessness, as well as working with victims of trauma, elderly victims of crime, youth and victims with limited English proficiency.
“Being selected as one of only six people to serve as a victim services work group member was truly an honor,” Porter said. “It has allowed me to share my years of law enforcement experience and passion for assisting victims of crime with my fellow work group members and commissioners, as we work together to make recommendations that will help develop, identify and establish best practices for law enforcement and support a range of programs related to the administration of justice well into the future.”
Once the Commission completes its study at the end of its one-year appointment in October, it will recommend the best measures to empower American law enforcement to combat the criminal threats of our time and to restore public confidence in law enforcement’s mission to protect and serve.
Porter also serves as Chief of Police with the DeWitt (Iowa) Police Department and Chairman of the International Association of Chief's of Police (IACP) Victim Services Committee, and is a former Deputy Chief for Flint, Michigan. He is a 2014 graduate of the OU Extended Campus Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership program, in addition to holding a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University, and an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Mott Community College. He is also a graduate of the 228th session of the FBI National Academy, and the Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff and Command.
He currently teaches two courses for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program—LSCJ 3203 Administration of Justice and LSCJ 4243 Police and Policing.
“Once I started to advance through the ranks at the Flint, Michigan, police department, I began teaching new recruits at the police academy and also began teaching in-service classes to veteran officers at our regional academy,” Porter said. “I found that the more I taught, the more I began to enjoy it and find it rewarding. Being able to share my experience and to help students that are aspiring criminal justice professionals is very rewarding, as they will become the future stewards of the criminal justice system.”
To learn more about the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, visit the Commission’s website. Visit the OU Extended Campus website for more information about the online degree programs available for working adults.