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Biographical Statement of Daniel B. Kennedy, Ph.D.

Daniel B. Kennedy began his career in criminal justice and security administration as a civilian crime analyst with the Detroit Police Department in 1966. Over the next decade, Dr. Kennedy also served as a counselor for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, as a probation officer in Detroit, and as a senior administrator of two police academies in southeastern Michigan. While serving in these capacities, he studied sociology and criminology at Wayne State University, earning B.A. (1967), M.A. (1969), and Ph.D. (1971) degrees along the way.

Since completing his formal education, Dr. Kennedy has had extensive specialized training in various aspects of criminal behavior, policing operations, corrections operations, and private sector security management. He successfully tested for the Certified Protection Professional designation in 1983 and has been recertified every three years since. For the past several years, he has also studied terrorism, antiterrorism, and counterterrorism through participation in focused training across the U.S. and abroad. After spending a year teaching at the College of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI, Dan returned to his hometown and accepted a faculty position at the University of Detroit in 1977, where he remains today.

For the past twenty years, Dr. Kennedy has developed expertise in forensic criminology: the application of criminological knowledge to matters of immediate concern to various courts of law. Dan practices this specialty in three ways: academic publication, participation in litigation as an expert, and teaching. He is widely published in such journals as Journal of Police Science and Administration, Journal of Criminal Justice, Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Professional Psychology, Journal of Social Psychology, Criminal Justice and Behavior, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Police Quarterly, The Police Chief, Security Journal, Security Management, Journal of Security Administration, Police Quarterly, American Jails and a host of others.

In addition, Dr. Kennedy frequently is called to court to testify in cases involving state police agencies, municipal police departments, and county sheriffs’ departments. His testimony generally involves explaining to jurors the appropriate standards of care for the use of deadly force, vehicle pursuits, emergency psychiatric evaluations, prisoner health care, prevention of prisoner suicide, positional asphyxia/excited delirium, and “suicide by cop.” Also, Dr. Kennedy evaluates numerous lawsuits concerning premises liability for negligent security in the private sector involving properties both in the U.S. and overseas. He specializes in crime foreseeability issues, appropriate standards of care in the security industry, and analyses of the behavioral aspects of proximate causation.

Although Dr. Kennedy has taught forensic criminology for several years, he is currently quite active in two new Master of Science degree programs recently developed at the University of Detroit Mercy. He teaches a course entitled “Terrorism and Homeland Security” in the M.S. in Information Assurance (computer security) program and a course entitled “Profiling and Threat Assessment” in the M.S. in Intelligence Analysis program. Also active as a trainer, he frequently provides specialized seminars on related topics for a variety of justice agencies and attorneys’ associations.


Dr. Kennedy has a B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Educational Sociology also from Wayne State University.

Specialized Training

Emergency Mental Health: Assessment and Treatment, Cross Country Education, Sterling Heights, MI, September 2007.

Forensic Nursing, PESI Health Care, Livonia, MI, August, 2007.

Forensic Science and Grave Excavation, Oakland Police Academy, Auburn Hills, MI, June 2007.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizen’s Academy, Combined Regional Emergency Services Training Center, Auburn Hills, MI, May 2007.

Urbanization and Security, International Police Executive Symposium, Dubai Police Headquarters, United Arab Emirates, April 2007.

Defeating Terrorism, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and Tel Aviv University, locations throughout Israel, June 2006.

Medicolegal Investigation of Death, Wayne State University School of Medicine and Michigan State Police, Dearborn, April 2006.

Department of Homeland Security Frontline Responder Train-the-Trainer Course, Institute for Security Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, November 2005.

Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents, Michigan State Police Hazardous Materials Training Center, Lansing, February 2005.

Soft Targets Awareness Training: Malls and Shopping Centers, Department of Homeland Security and State of Michigan, Detroit, October 2004.

Suicidology 101, American Association of Suicidology, Santa Fe, April 2003.

Threat Assessment Seminar, U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education, Chicago, June 2002.

Working with Special Needs Offenders, American Correctional Association, May 2002.

Managing Problem Employees, American Society for Industrial Security and Century College, Internet Online course, June 2000.

International Perspectives on Crime, Justice and Public Order, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, June 2000.

Street Survival 2000, Calibre Press, Lansing, May 2000.

Correctional Health Care, National Commission on Correctional Health Care, Ft. Lauderdale, November 1999.

Personality Disorders in Social Work Practice, Heritage Professional Education, Troy, May 1999.

Risk Management: Protecting People, Property, and Profits, Institute of Real Estate Management, National Association of Realtors, Chicago, LRM 402, October 1998.

Psychiatric Emergencies: How to Accurately Assess and Manage the Patient in Crisis, Professional Education Systems, Health Care Division, Novi, September 1998.

Visitor Safety: Seventh Annual Tourism and Security Seminar, Las Vegas Convention Authority, Metropolitan Police Department and Security Chiefs Association, Las Vegas, May 1998.

Gaming Protection, American Society for Industrial Security and World Gaming Congress, Las Vegas, October 1997.

Facility Security, American Management Association, Detroit, September 1997.

Suicide: Prevention, Assessment, Treatment, Professional Development Institute, Ann Arbor, April 1997.

Sexual Violence: Perpetrators and Victims, Specialized Training Services, Dearborn, May 1995.

Shopping Center Security Management, International Council of Shopping Centers, East Lansing, June 1993.

Lodging Security Workshop, American Society for Industrial Security, Reno, May 1993.

Legal Remedies for Crime Victims Against Perpetrators, National Victim Center/U.S. Department of Justice, San Diego, December 1991.

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Workshop, National Crisis Prevention Institute, Detroit, December 1991.

Safety and Security in Parking Operations, Institutional and Municipal Parking Congress, Pittsburgh, July 1991.

The Integrity Interview, John E. Reid & Associates, Detroit, January 1991.

Workshop on Police Liability, Americans for Effective Law Enforcement, San Francisco, November 1989.

Mediation and the Sociological Practitioner, Sociological Practice Association, Ann Arbor, June 1989.

Physical Security Workshop, American Society for Industrial Security, Orlando, February 1989.

Physical Security Workshop, Richard Kobetz Associates, Chicago, April 1987.

Certified Protection Professional Review Program, American Society for Industrial Security, Orlando, April 1984.

Loss Prevention Planning in Corporate Environment, National Crime Prevention Institute, University of Louisville, August 1983.