Gary Cordner is the Academic Director in the Education and Training Section of the Baltimore Police Department. Most recently he served as Chief Research Advisor for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) LEADS Scholars Program. He was a CALEA Commissioner (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) and has long been associated with the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing. He is Professor Emeritus at Eastern Kentucky University, where he served as Dean of the College of Justice & Safety. Earlier in his career, he was a police officer and police chief in Maryland and obtained his Ph.D. from Michigan State University.