We are pleased to introduce three new lecturers to the Criminology Department this Fall. Dr. David Mitchell, Sr., Dr. David Bierie, and Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco.
The law enforcement career of David B. Mitchell spans four decades. His career began in 1971 as a Police Officer in Prince George’s County Maryland. He worked his way up the ranks and in 1990 was appointed Chief of Police. For the next five years he led the 38th largest police department in the nation serving a population of over 750,000 people. In 1995, Governor Parris Glendening appointed Dave to his Cabinet as the Superintendent of the Maryland State Police. As Superintendent, he led the seventh largest state police department in the nation for eight years including during the 9-11 attacks in 2001 and the D.C. Sniper case in 2003.
After retiring from the state police, Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner appointed Dave as the Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security in 2004. For the next five years he led a Department of over 1000 employees to provide for the safety and security of Delaware’s citizens and property using an “All Hazards and All Citizens Approach”.
Today Dave is the Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police for the University of Maryland, College Park Campus. As such, he leads a Department of over 200 personnel serving a population of 60,000 students and staff at the University’s Flagship Campus.
In 1981, Dave graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology and Managementfrom the University of Maryland, University College. In 1986, he earned his Master’s Degree in Public Policy (financial Management) from the University Of Maryland School Of Public Policy. In 1996, Dave earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Law. He is admitted to the Maryland and District of Columbia Bar Associations. Dave is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy (154th Session) and the FBI National Executive Institute (1991). Dave is an Adjunct Professor at The Johns Hopkins University, Division of Public Safety Leadership, and the University of Maryland, University College.
Dr. David Bierie is a lecturer in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland where he earned his Ph.D. in 2007.
Between 2006 and 2010, Dr. Bierie worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a Research Criminologist. From 2010 forward, he has worked for the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the United States Marshals Service. In this position, he focuses on training law enforcement officers, consulting on fugitive investigations, conducting research, and creating innovative strategies to enhance the agency’s ability to achieve its mission. He has authored more than 15 peer reviewed journal articles, dozens of government reports, and received several academic and professional awards for his research. His research focuses on the application of quantitative methods to criminal justice problems—particularly in the domains of corrections, sexual offending, risk assessment, cost-benefit analyses, and discretion.
Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco is an Instructor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She received her Ph.D, M.A., and B.A. cum laude all from the Criminology, Law and Society department at George Mason University. She is currently teaching Introduction to Criminal Justice, Race and Crime, Law of Corrections, and a special topics course on foreign nationals and crime. Her research interests focus on issues related to immigration, human smuggling, and human trafficking. Prior to graduating from George Mason University Dr. Mehlman-Orozco was the recipient of both the 2009 Dean's Challenge Award and the 2012 Dissertation Completion Award. In addition to her Instructor appointment at UMCP, she also serves as Executive Director of The Justitia Institute, a non-profit which generates and disseminates innovative research on immigration, human trafficking, and social justice issues.