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Rick Ruddell

Professor; Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair in Police Studies
BA (University of Saskatchewan); BSW (University of Regina); MCJ (New Mexico State University); PhD (University of Missouri-St. Louis)

Office: CL 335
Phone: 306-337-8541
Fax: 306-585-4815

Current classes
JS 443-397 Human Service Agency Organization, Administration & Leadership

Research interests

  • Policing
  • Criminal justice policy
  • Youth justice
  • Rural crime and justice

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, Dr. Ruddell's research has focused upon policing, criminal justice policy, and youth justice.

Ruddell has published over 130 peer reviewed articles, technical reports, encyclopedia entries, and articles in professional journals, and written, edited, or co-authored 13 books including Oil, Gas, and Crime: The Dark Side of the Boom (Palgrave Macmillan), and the third edition of Making Sense of Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press) was published in 2018. The second edition of Exploring Criminal Justice in Canada (Oxford University Press) is forthcoming in 2019, and a book entitled Contemporary Corrections: A Critical Thinking Approach (Routledge) is currently in progress.

As Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair in Police Studies, Rick Ruddell's research has focussed on issues important to Saskatchewan, including the impacts of resource-based booms on policing, community perceptions of law enforcement, policing rural and remote communities, the economics of policing, and the efficicacy of traffic enforcement on reducing serious collisions.