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Dr. Brian Rizzo

Brian Rizzo

Staff Name: Dr. Brian Rizzo
Title: Associate Professor
Office Location: Horace Mann Center, Office #149
Phone: (413) 572-5310

Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Graduate Center, City University of New York                                                                                            
M.P.A. , Human Resource Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
M.A. , Criminal Justice, University at Albany, State University of NY
A.B. , Psychology, Muhlenberg College  

Professor Rizzo's research interests are police reform, police organizational culture, police use of deadly physical force, and public administration.  His research focus is the confluence of the local political culture and the chief police executive.  On occasion, he is asked by area news media to provide expert commentary regarding local police incidents.   Professor Rizzo, a retired New York City Police Department Sergeant, and 9/11 first responder, has held a variety of assignments in his twenty year career; beat cop in Times Square, specialized training instructor at the New York Police Academy, patrol supervisor and desk officer in a lower east side Manhattan precinct.  He was detailed to Police Headquarters and assigned to the Criminal Justice Bureau, Employee Management Division, and Department Advocate’s Office.  Post 9/11 he was transferred to the newly formed Counterterrorism Division as a supervisor/analyst.  Professor Rizzo served eight years as an intelligence specialist with the US Naval Reserve assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency Headquarters (DIA) Unit.  Professor Rizzo is a member of the following organizations; American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Police Executive Research Forum (PERF),   Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association (MCOPA), the American Society of Criminology (ASC), and the American Criminal Justice Society (ACJS). 

Professor Rizzo lives in an upstate NY hamlet with his wife and 12 cats.  He yearns to hold into perpetuity the G.J. Bickerstaff Chair of Reading, Coffee Drinking, and Garden Tending at the Catmandu Institute.

If you have any questions for Professor Rizzo, please feel free to write.