Jeremy Wilson

Jeremy  Wilson
  • Professor, Director of Police Staffing Observatory
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • PhD 2002, The Ohio State University
  • MA 1998, Indiana University
  • BA 1996, University of Toledo
  • 538 Baker Hall
  • 655 Auditorium Rd.
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 353-9474


Curriculum Vitae

Personal Website

Research Gate


Police Staffing Observatory


Dr. Jeremy M. Wilson is a Professor of the School of Criminal Justice and Founding Director of the Police Staffing Observatory at Michigan State University (MSU), where he also founded and directed the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection and the Program on Police Consolidation and Shared Services. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Wilson was a Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he led the development of the Center on Quality Policing and the Police Recruitment and Retention Clearinghouse. He has held a wide variety of appointments and honorary titles at prestigious institutions around the world, and has served as an instructor for numerous law enforcement, brand protection, and supply chain training programs.

As a scholar, educator, advisor, and consultant, Dr. Wilson has collaborated with police agencies, communities, task forces, multinational corporations, professional associations, governments, and other public and private entities throughout the U.S. and the world on many complex public safety problems, and he has led over $14M of projects sponsored by the U.S. Congress, various units of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Interior, community and institutional foundations, local governments, police departments, professional associations, and companies. Among other areas, he has written over 170 publications for practitioners and scholars on police staffing and personnel planning, organizational consolidation, resource allocation, performance assessment and ROI, community policing, brand protection, product counterfeiting, field interventions for violence prevention, data and measurement, empirical modeling and evaluation. He serves on the International Association of Chiefs of Police Research Advisory Committee and on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Criminology. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, American Society of Criminology and Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

He recently won the Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Criminology Division on White Collar and Corporate Crime for his book, Brand Protection and the Global Risk of Product Counterfeits: A Total Business Solution Approach. Additionally, the MSU Innovation Center recognized him with the Corporate Connector Award for his extensive partnership building with industry, and the Police Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences honored him with the O.W. Wilson Award for his contributions to police research and practice. He has received additional leadership, research, service, and supervisory awards by the American Society of Criminology, RAND Corporation, The Ohio State University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, Johnson & Johnson, Underwriters Laboratories, and the City of Lansing.

Current Research

  • Evidence-Based Police Workforce Planning and Strategy
  • Police Recruitment and Retention
  • Brand Protection as a Total Business Solution
  • Organizational Resource Allocation

Areas of Expertise

  • Police Staffing and Workforce Planning
  • Resource Optimization
  • Brand Protection Strategy
  • Product Counterfeiting
  • Police Consolidation
  • Program Evaluation

Selected Publications

Police Retention: A Systematic Review of the Research

Year: 2023 Authors: Wilson, J.M., Grammich, C., Cherry, T., & Gibson, A. Journal: Policing: A Journal of Policy & Practice.

Brand Protection and the Global Risk of Product Counterfeits: A Total Business Solution Approach

Year: 2022 Author: Wilson, J.M. Publisher: Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar

Staffing Composition in Large, U.S. Police Departments: Benchmarking Workforce Diversity

Year: 2022 Authors: Wilson, J.M. & Grammich, C. Journal: Policing: An International Journal

Protecting Brands from Counterfeiting Risks: Tactics of a Total Business Solution

Year: 2021 Authors: Wilson, J.M. & Grammich, C. Journal: Journal of Risk Research