Dr. Al Conkey is a Professor of Criminal Justice within the School of Security and
Global Studies (SSGS). Dr. Conkey is a retired Air Force Officer and a decorated veteran of both the first and second Gulf Wars. A federally certified Level I, II, and III counter-terrorism instructor, Dr. Conkey’s career opportunities have included being a criminal investigator, confinement officer, senior U.S. customs officer in Japan, and exchange officer with the Japanese National Police Forensics Laboratory in Northern Japan. As Commander of the Air Forces Elite Guard, for two years he commanded plain-clothed security details for dozens of world leaders and heads of state to include President Bush and Afghanistan President Hamid Kharzai. He is a three time Military Chief of Police, having commanded organizations of over 500 law enforcement and security personnel, and co-led the 2010 DoD and Washington D.C. Active Shooter Exercise. In all, Dr. Conkey has over 25 years of active service in the law enforcement and security realm. Academically, Dr. Conkey holds dual Graduate Degrees (one in Counseling and the other in Criminal Justice). He is a member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Dr. Conkey has presented at numerous federal and state level conferences, and is a published author on a variety of topics ranging from capital punishment to terrorism.