Dennis M. Savard, Ph.D.

Dennis M. Savard began his career in criminal justice and security as an auxiliary officer with the University of Detroit Mercy Police Department where he provided security services for the university and at special events.  Dr. Savard also served as a security guard at the Michigan International Speedway where he conducted a variety of security duties.  While working in these positions, he earned a B.A. degree in political science and criminal justice and M.A. degree in criminal justice. Dr. Savard has also been a practicing forensic criminologist for nearly a decade where he worked with a criminology and security consulting firm that provided services to both public and private entities. During his tenure, Dr. Savard developed expertise in deposition and testimony analysis, crime analysis, research on standards of care, and analyzing foreseeability issues involving security, law enforcement, and corrections.

He also aided the firm in its consulting and testifying services that were provided to attorneys involved in premises security litigation. Dr. Savard was also involved in cases dealing with use of force, police pursuits, jail suicide, health care services, failure to protect, and other conditions of confinement issues. He has had active involvement in over 40 cases throughout the United States. Dr. Savard has also served as the principal consultant in premises security litigation where he provided expert consulting in evaluating issues of crime foreseeability and appropriate standards of care in the security industry. Dr. Savard practices forensic criminology by simultaneously integrating his teaching, research, and forensic practice with one another.

During his tenure in these positions, Dr. Savard earned an additional M.A. degree in sociology and Ph.D. degree in sociology where he conducted extensive research on workplace violence and criminal victimization in public locations. His master’s thesis on workplace violence was awarded the prestigious Frank Hartung Memorial Award which is given to students for outstanding scholarship in criminology and sociology. Dr. Savard’s doctoral dissertation on the victimization of women in public locations has been accepted for publication where he examined the efficacy of security measures designed to prevent criminal attack. His research on intimate partner violence in the workplace and crime and security liability concerns at shopping centers has also been published in peer-reviewed outlets.

Dr. Savard is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan where he teaches introduction to criminal justice, forensic investigations, evidence and criminal procedure, policing, and criminological theory. He is currently researching crime at bars, excited delirium, and jail suicide.

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