Pat Nelson, Professor | Department Chair

Address: 109C Morris Hall
Phone: 507-389-1207


  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, Walden University, 2013

Areas of Interest

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Communications
  • Community Relations
  • Homeland Security
  • Negotiations
  • Psychology of Law Enforcement
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Terrorism

Courses Taught

  • LAWE 236 Minnesota Statutes
  • LAWE 343W Law Enforcement Mindset
  • LAWE393 Special Topics: Gangs
  • LAWE 438 Terrorism and Political Violence
  • LAWE 441 Federal Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
  • LAWE 442 Study Tour: Comparative Studies in Terrorism and Political Violence
  • POL425/525 Terrorism and Political Violence

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Nelson, P. (2019). Changes in student definition of de-escalation in professional peace officer education. Presentation at International Conference on Criminal Justice Systems, Paris, France.
  • Nelson, P. (2019). De-escalation, what does that mean anyway? Presentation at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  • Nelson, P., Dahle, T., Burum, S., Clark, C., & Wilkins, T. (2017). Aftermath of an officer involved shooting: Formal education, continuing education, and responsibility. Presentation at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO.
  • Nelson, P. (2016). Using flipped design to facilitate communications’ practical application in law enforcement. Presentation at the National Social Science and Technology Conference, Las Vegas, ND.
  • Nelson, P. (2015). Using social network analysis to build community relations through points of contact. Presentation at the Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nelson, P. (2015). Profiling as a positive intervention for managing people with mental illness in the criminal justice system. In J. Bumgarner (Ed), Profiling and criminal justice in America: A reference handbook (2nd Edition) (pp. 128-132). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO
  • Nelson, P. (2014). Creating understanding of unified command for law enforcement. Presentation at the International Law Enforcement Educators and Training Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Nelson, P. (2013). Social network analysis model for law enforcement identification of community intelligence contacts. Presentation at the Academy for Criminal Justice Sciences, Dallas, TX.
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