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Reed appointed to faculty at Olivet College
Sep 09, 2005

OLIVET, Mich. Phil Reed has been appointed assistant professor of criminal justice at Olivet College, according to an announcement by Norma Curtis, Olivets vice president and dean for academic affairs.

Reed previously worked as the director of campus safety at Olivet, while teaching criminal justice courses. Prior to that, he served 25 years with the Battle Creek Police Department, retiring as commander in 2003.

Reed was named the director of the criminal justice program in January 2004. He has introduced two experimental courses for the 2005-06 academic year. Thirty-two students are enrolled in the crime scene investigations course taught by Sgt. Martin Brown, lab supervisor for the Battle Creek Police Department. Students will have the opportunity to process evidence and use lab kits to test blood and fingerprints, according to Reed.

During the spring semester, Reed will teach another new course called introduction to criminal investigation. This course will explore the elements of a crime and what to include in a police report.

I want to give students more opportunity for hands-on activities, said Reed. I want students to know what they will be facing out on the job. He is looking at developing the criminal justice curriculum to include minors in criminal justice and forensic science. Reed also plans to expand internship and job opportunities for students.

His educational background includes earning a bachelors in psychology and sociology from Hope College in 1977 and a masters in public administration from Western Michigan University in 2001. Reed also graduated from the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command and the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Michigan Law Enforcement Training Council Police Academy.


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