The History of Law Enforcement in the Black Community (Use of Force Revisited) with Dr. Theodore Darden

February 9, 2021

Dr. Theodore Darden has been a professor of Justice Studies since 2006 at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. He served as chair of the department from 2009-2013. Previous to coming to working in academia, he was a law enforcement professional for 17 years where he obtained the rank of patrol sergeant. During his time in policing, Darden was instrumental in bringing community policing to the fore-front in the State of Wisconsin. His success in lowering crime rates, building community trust and partnerships, and addressing homeless-ness gained him statewide recognition when he was named the law enforcement officer of the year by the Attorney General’s Office in the State of Wisconsin. He went on to establish the Wisconsin Association of Community Oriented Police (WACOP) in 1996 and served as its first president. From 1997-2001 he was a member of the Board of Directors for the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota. At the request of the Wisconsin Attorney General’s office, Dr. Darden joined the Wisconsin Department of Justice Law Enforcement Training and Standards Bureau. While there, his role was to develop curriculum, provide consultation, and assist in overseeing police training in the state’s 17 police academies. Dr. Darden was also a key member of the Attorney General’s Safe Schools Task Force.

Dr. Darden holds an associate’s degree in police science from Black-hawk Technical College, a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Upper Iowa University, a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, a master’s degree in higher education from Kaplan University (Purdue University Global), and a PhD in leadership studies with a criminal justice emphasis from University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. Additionally, he has holds more than two dozen professional certifications in homeland security and law enforcement.

Dr. Darden has worked with many criminal justice experts, agencies, and communities across the globe including the late Herman Goldstein whom he considered a mentor. He has provided lectures, presentations, and training exercises in numerous areas including: community policing, racially- biased policing, problem-oriented policing, multiculturalism and justice, organizational behavior and leadership, procedural justice and police legitimacy, ethics, and global justice.