John Skinner



Contact Info

CLA, Room 3304


Ph.D., Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2020
M.S., Criminal Justice, University of Baltimore, 2001
B.S., Criminal Justice, University of Dayton, 1992

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Investigations
Evidence-Based Crime Reduction Strategies
Ethics in the Criminal Justice System


Dr. John Skinner specializes in police policy and evidence-based crime reduction strategies. He has taught at Towson University since 2004. In addition to teaching, Dr. Skinner is a criminal justice subject matter expert and technical advisor for the United States Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Dr. Skinner is also a former Deputy Police Commissioner and a 21-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department.  As Deputy Police Commissioner, he was responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of the agency's Operations Bureau which included all aspects of the Department's criminal investigations, tactical and patrol operations.  He was awarded Police Officer of the Year in 2010 by the National Alliance on Mental Illness for his collaborative partnerships in training police officers. In 2009, he was recognized by the United States Department of Justice for the development of the Patrol Response Survey, an evaluation program that measures the community's perception of police performance.  Dr. Skinner was also named "Baltimorean of the Year" by Baltimore Magazine for the creation of the Community Safe Zone Project, a nationally recognized community-policing strategy. 

Dr. Skinner has a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is a graduate of JINSA’s international homeland security exchange program with the Israel National Police Force.