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Spotlight - Charles Nemeth

Dr. Charles P. Nemeth JD, PhD, LLM

Chair and Professor, Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management

Director, Center for Private Security and Safety

Dr. Charles P. Nemeth is Chair and Professor of the Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management (SFEM) as well as the Director of the Center for Private Security and Safety at John Jay College.  Dr. Nemeth has spent the vast majority of his professional life in the study and practice of law and justice.

The Center for Private Security and Safety at John Jay College was founded and grounded in the overall aim of being a research and best practices entity for the Private Security industry. Since its inception in 2013, the Center has been one of John Jay’s most active and prolific providers of study, analysis, education and data collection for the Private Security industry. Aside from its historic mission to deliver cutting edge symposia on industry best practices, the Center has also aligned with the National Association of Security Companies (NASCO), the lead organization in the industry relating the management and supervision of the industry. NASCO and John Jay have partnered to create an electronic database of licensure laws for all 50 states on armed and unarmed security officers- a major data compilation which has been heralded as an accurate compilation of 50 state regulatory agencies that guide the industry.  It is the first of its kind and the success of the first phase will lead to future projects involving agency requirements, polygraph examiners, detective and investigator requirements and other classifications. Thus far, the project has secured nearly $50,000 in funding from NASCO. Also critical to the success of this work are nearly a dozen graduate students in Security Management who do original research, quality checks and data assembly, as well as the department’s own staff who perform with great skill, competence, dedication and zeal, in particular Julia von Ferber, SFEM’s Peer Advisor, and Liliana Garces, SFEM’s Administrative Specialist.  The Center has also secured funding for its other activities including Risk Assessment for School Districts, Evaluation of External Industry Protocols and Practices and authorship of Manuals and Policy Handbooks on various sectors in the Private Security industry.

A recognized expert on ethics and the legal system, appellate legal practice and private-sector justice, Dr. Nemeth also is a prolific writer, having published numerous texts and articles on law and justice throughout his impressive career. Before coming to John Jay in 2012, Dr. Nemeth had already extensively published in three diverse areas:  law and legal studies, security studies and legal philosophy and jurisprudence.  With more than 35 books in print, he found support at John Jay to continue his research efforts and scholarly productivity. Some examples of publications during his tenure here include:

· Introduction to Homeland Security, 2nd and 3rd Editions (CRC Press:  Taylor-Francis, 2013 and 2016);  Private Security and the Law, 5th edition (CRC Press:  Taylor-Francis, 2017); 

· Introduction to Private Security: Principles and Practices (CRC Press: Taylor-Francis, 2018); 

· Private Security and the Investigative Process, 3rd edition (CRC Press: Taylor-Francis, 2012); a 4th edition is presently underway; and

· Cicero and Aquinas: A Comparative Study on Nature and the Natural Law (Bloomsbury Press: London, 2017).

Cicero and Aquinas, a work of first instance, where the natural law theory of the Roman Philosopher/Lawyer Cicero is compared with Catholicism’s Angelic Doctor- Thomas Aquinas was funded and made possible by an Enhanced Award from the PSC-CUNY Research Award Program , as well as OAR initiatives that support scholarship.  The text has already found its way into nearly all libraries of international and national import.

Dr. Nemeth has been an educator for more than 30 years. He holds memberships in the New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania bars. Dr. Nemeth was previously a Chair at the State University of New York at Brockport and California University of PA- one of Pennsylvania's 14 State Universities.  He is a much-sought-after legal consultant for security companies and a recognized scholar on issues involving law and morality.