David Carter

David  Carter
  • Professor
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • PhD 1980, Sam Houston State University
  • MS 1974, Central Missouri State University
  • BS 1972, Central Missouri State University
  • 440 Baker Hall
  • 655 Auditorium Rd.
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 355-9308


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David L. Carter is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Director of the Intelligence Program at Michigan State University. His expertise is in the areas of policing issues, violent crime control, law enforcement intelligence and counterterrorism. A former Kansas City, Missouri police officer, Dr. Carter was Chairman of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas for 9 years prior to his appointment at Michigan State in 1985. He has served as a trainer, consultant, and advisor to many law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia on various law enforcement issues. In addition, he has presented training sessions at the FBI National Academy, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS), the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary; the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute (UNAFEI) in Tokyo; special programs for the Royal Thai Police, Hong Kong Police, the British Police Staff College at Bramshill, several British Police Constabularies and police “command colleges” of several states. He also served at the FBI Academy’s Behavioral Sciences Unit the first academic faculty exchange with the Bureau. Dr. Carter is an Instructor in the Bureau of Justice Assistance SLATT program, author of the COPS-funded publication, Law Enforcement Intelligence: A Guide for State, Local and Tribal Law Enforcement; served as Project Director for three multi-million dollar national intelligence training programs funded by the Department of Homeland Security and co-Project Director of a National Institute of Justice grants to do a nationwide study on best practices and efficacy of law enforcement intelligence initiatives. Dr. Carter was also Team Leader of two Department of Justice assessments of the Homicide Units at the New Orleans Police Department and Puerto Rico Police Department. He is an Academic Fellow of the Foundation for Defending Democracies wherein he studied terrorism in Israel. He is the author or co-author of five books and numerous articles and monographs on policing issues and is a member of the Editorial Boards of various professional publications. Dr. Carter is also a member of the Justice Department’s Global Intelligence Working Group Training Committee and Privacy Committee.


Areas of Expertise

  • Policing Issues
  • Violent Crime Control
  • Law Enforcement Intelligence
  • Counterterrorism

Selected Publications

Law Enforcement Intelligence: A Guide for State, Local and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies. 3rd Ed

Year: Forthcoming Author: Carter, D. Publisher: Department of Homeland Security & Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

Policy Development and Implementation of Legislation Permitting the Carrying of Concealed Handguns on College and University Campuses: Promising Practices

Year: 2017 Authors: Carter, D. & Turner, J. Publisher: Bureau of Justice Assistance & U.S. Department of Justice

Law Enforcement Fusion Centers: Cultivating an Information Sharing Environment While Safeguarding Privacy

Year: 2016 Authors: Carter, J., Carter, D., Chermak, S., & McGarrell, E. Journal: Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology

Policing a New Economy: Promising Practices for the Delivery of Police Services

Year: 2016 Authors: Carter, D., Bannister, A., Gregory, R., Myers, R., & Bonheimer, K. Publisher: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

Effective Police Homicide Investigations: Evidence From Seven Cities With High Clearance Rates

Year: 2015 Authors: Carter, D. & Carter, J. Journal: Homicide Studies