Meet Faculty Members

NYPD courses are taught by faculty members who bring a wealth of knowledge into the classrooms -- academics and practitioners who have extensive experience and research in law enforcement, race and ethnic diversity, police community relations and crime and justice.

Undergraduate Faculty Members

Co-Academic Program Director

Avram Bornstein is the Interim Dean of Graduate Studies. Until recently he was the Director of the Criminal Justice Master of Arts Program and co-Director of the NYPD Leadership Program at John Jay. Before his recent appointment, he taught in John Jay’s undergraduate and graduate programs and in the Anthropology Ph.D. program at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research and teaching focus on violence and ethnic conflict. He has done extensive ethnographic research in Israel-Palestine and published on issues such as border enforcement, work, political prisoners, healthcare, international intervention and ethnographic reflexivity. In recent years, Bornstein has also focused on New York City, with particular attention to community policing, police ethnicity and police education.

Expertise:  Community Policing; Police Training; Race Relations; Israeli Palestinian Conflict; Borders; Political Violence; Political Prisoners; Social Movements


Professor LaRaia is an adjunct faculty at the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration; and retired Police Captain of a Northern New Jersey Police Department. In addition, Professor LaRaia is:

  • One of the core faculty members of the NYPD Leadership Program 
  • A graduate of the 247th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA
  • A graduate of the West Point Command & Leadership Program
  • A lead instructor for the NJ State Police Chiefs Command and Leadership Program
  • Current Police Academy Instructor on New Jersey Criminal Law
  • Co-author of a chapter on the Mumbai Terror Attacks in A New Understanding of Terrorism Expertise: Police training, police leadership and management, and police ethics

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Graduate Faculty Members

Chair & Academic Program Director



Professor at the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration; and former Detective Lieutenant in the Israel National Police. Professor Haberfeld is:

  • One of the creators and co-director of the NYPD Police Studies Certificate: Leadership in the Multicultural City
  • Creator of the New York State Law Enforcement Executive Institute
  • Author of several books including Police Leadership: Organizational and Managerial Decision Making Processes, Critical Issues in Police Training as well as Measuring Police Integrity across the World
  • Editor and author of A New Understanding of Terrorism; Modern Piracy and Maritime Terrorism; and Terrorism within Comparative International Context


Expertise: Comparative policing, use of force, training, police leadership & ethics, police counter-terrorism tactics

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Carmen Leonor Solis is an Associate Professor in the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Department and the NYPD Graduate Leadership Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is a social worker with extensive professional and scholarly experience in community/police relations, human rights and social justice, racial identity development and policing and human trafficking.

In 2008 she was selected to participate in the John Jay College and National Police Improvement Agency Scholar Exchange Program in Bramshill, England where she taught and collaborated on scholarly research with international police commanders.  As an expert on police/community relations, she has lectured and worked on community policing initiatives at the: 

  • New York Police Department Academy in New York City
  • Bergen County Police Academy
  • Teaneck Police Department
  • Jersey City Police Academy in New Jersey

She has a Doctorate in Social Welfare from The City University of New York Graduate Center, Hunter College School of Social Work, in New York, and a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University, the Graduate School of Social Work. 

The following are some of publications in police/community relations, race and ethnic relations and human rights and social justice:

  • Bornstein A., Charles, S., Domingo, J., Solis, C.L., (2012) Critical Race Theory Meets the NYPD: An assessment of Anti-Racist Pedagogy for the Police in New York City. Journal of Criminal Justice Education. Special Issue Vol. 23 Issue 2. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group: London, UK
  • Solis, C. L. and Gatling, P. L. (2010) Urbanization, Security, and Human Rights (Chap. 15). In Cordner, G., Cordner, A. and Das, D., Urbanization, Policing and Security: Global Perspectives. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group : London: UK
  • Solis, Carmen L, Eduardo L. Portillos and Rod K. Brunson (2009) Latino Youths’ Experiences with and Perceptions of Involuntary Police Encounters. In Lauren Krivo and Ruth Peterson 2009 Race Crime and Justice: Contexts and Complexities. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Volume 623 May 2009: Thousand Oaks California: Sage Publications
  • Solis, C. L. (2008). Human Dignity/Human Rights and the police: training that manifests rule of law operations. In Kauko Aromaa and Slawonir, Redeo. For the Rule of Law: Criminal Justice Teaching and Training across the World. European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (Helsinki, HEUNI, Finland).

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Professor Michael C. Walker earned his Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the William Paterson University of New Jersey and his Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in Criminal Justice Police and Administration from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Below are some of Professor Walker's major accomplishments:

  • Professor Walker was a member of the Paterson (New Jersey) Police Department for 26 years, retiring as a Captain of Police
  • He served as the Police Commissioner of the City of Paterson for four years (2004-2008)
  • Professor Walker is a graduate of the 170th Session of the FBI National Academy and is a Certified Public Manager for the State of New Jersey 
  • He is a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reporting Subcommittee and, in that capacity, advises the FBI regarding data collection in the Uniform Crime Report, hate crimes and the law enforcement officers killed and assaulted database 
  • He has been recognized by the FBI as a subject matter expert in crime data, use of force by police officer, assaults on police officers
  • Professor Walker’s scholarly interests include the economic effects of crime, counter-terrorism and police training
  • He has written several scholarly articles and has had many chapters published in textbooks dealing with counter-terrorism, police training and police leadership
  • He is currently co-authoring a text on terrorism 
  • Professor Walker teaches police officers internationally and has done management studies of several police agencies

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