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Dr. William Terrill

Professor and Associate Dean, School of Criminology Y Criminal Justice, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions; Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University

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Arizona State University
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
411 N. Central Avenue, Suite 647
Phoenix, AZ 85004


William Terrill is Associate Dean in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. His research centers on police behavior, with an emphasis on police use of force and police culture. He has published numerous scholarly articles, chapters, and reports, as well as two books entitled “Police Coercion: Application of the Force Continuum” (2001, LFB Scholarly Publishing) and “Police Culture: Adapting to the Strains of the Job” (2013, Carolina Academic Press).

Professor Terrill recently established a partnership between ASU and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia, which provides internship opportunities for graduate students to gain valuable research experience. His prior work has examined a number of issues, including an examination of the variation in use of force policies throughout the country, and the various outcomes associated with the different policies, as well as numerous police observational studies in several cities. He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1992, from the School of Public Affairs Penn State Harrisburg, and his master’s degree and doctorate in criminal justice in 1994 and 2000, from the School of Criminal Justice Rutgers Newark.