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Dr. Rick Ruddell, the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair in Police Studies, joined the Department of Justice Studies at the University of Regina in September, 2010. Prior to this appointment he served as Director of Operational Research with the Correctional Service of Canada, and held faculty positions at Eastern Kentucky University and the California State University, Chico. Prior to his academic career, he served with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing as a supervisor and manager. A graduate of the Ph.D. program in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Ruddell’s research has focused upon policing, criminal justice policy, and juvenile justice. He has published over 130 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, technical reports, encyclopedia entries, and articles in professional journals.

In addition Ruddell has written, edited, or co-authored 15 books, including two in 2020: Contemporary Corrections: A Critical Thinking Approach (Routledge) and the second edition of Exploring Criminal Justice in Canada (Oxford University Press). Other recent books include the third edition of Making Sense of Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press) in 2019, and two books in 2017: Oil, Gas, and Crime: The Dark Side of the Boomtown (Palgrave Macmillan) and Policing Rural Canada: The Police, Partners and Public Safety (de Sitter Publications).

As Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair in Police Studies, Rick Ruddell has examined the impacts of resource-based booms on policing, community perceptions of law enforcement, policing isolated and rural communities, traffic safety, and the relationships between public-private policing in Canada and the United States.