Robert D. McCrie
Robert D.
Professor and Deputy Chair
Phone number
212.237.8386 or 212.348.1553
Room number
433.08 HH
PhD  - Graduate School & University Center, City University of New York
MA    - Hunter College
MS    - University of Toledo
BA     - Ohio Wesleyan University


Robert McCrie began his career in protection as a security guard in his home town of Toledo, Ohio. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree, he began his teaching career in biology at the University of Toledo. He subsequently conducted research and studied in the US and Denmark. He next became an advertising copywriter on scientific and consumer accounts at a series of New York City advertising agencies. In 1970, he left advertising and started a newsletter concerned with protection of assets from loss, Security Letter. The next year he began consulting in a wide variety of issues concerning security.  In the late 1970’s McCrie joined the advisory board of John Jay’s Security Management Institute. In the following years, he became more involved at John Jay planning programs, lecturing, and aiding students. In 1986, McCrie joined the faculty on a tenure-track line, eventually reaching full professor and serving as chair (1997-2003) of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration. En route he obtained a doctorate in urban history under Richard C. Wade. McCrie has consulted, written and edited widely in the field. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the research-oriented publication, Security Journal, and remains an editorial board member. His publications include Security Operations Management, published by Butterworth-Heinemann. In recent years, he has become committed to the radical reform of prisons in the US and other countries.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Criminal Justice (CRJ 101); American Legal History (HIS 277); Introduction to Security (SEC 101); Security Management (SEC 211); Security of Computers and Their Data (SEC 270); Emergency Planning (SEC 310); Internship supervision (CRJ 398); Independent Study (SEC 387/FIS 389; SEC/PSC/LAW/COR 410); Radical Penology (COR 495); Protection Management Systems (PMT 701); Seminar in Protection Management Systems (PMT 753); Contemporary Issues in Security Management (PMT 754); Risk Analysis and Loss Prevention (PMT 781).

Scholarly Work
In process Of Crimes and of Punishments
2016 Security Operations Management. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 3rd ed.
2002 Readings in Security Management: Principles and Practices. Alexandria, VA:
ASIS International

Books and Edited Publications
1989-98 Security Journal, vetted research quarterly published by Elsevier Science, now published by Palgrave Macmillan
1970-2017 Security Letter, privately circulated newsletter published by Security Letter
1993 Security Letter Source Book, 5th edition. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters 

2018    (with David Haas) "Why Airline Passenger Screening Will Be With Us Forever: Past, Present, and Prospects for Air Travel Safety," Journal of Applied Security Research, 13(2) April-June, p. 1

2014    (with Seungmug Lee) “The Violent Vortex: Appraising Risk from Workers Who Kill on-the-Job.” In Martin Gill (ed.) Handbook of Security, 2nd ed., London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2012  (with Seungmug Lee) “Mass Homicides by Employees in the American Workplace,” CRISP (Connecting Research in Security to Practice) Report. Alexandria, VA: ASIS Foundation.

2010    “Biographical Studies: Allan Pinkerton (August 25, 1819-July 1, 1884): Founder of the Security Services Industry,” Journal of Applied Security Research, 5(4) October-December, 2010, p. 543. 

2010    “La prison aux États-Unis aujourd’hui: un échec retentissant,” [“France and the Prison in the United States Today: An Excess of Failure”] Cahiers de la Sécurité, No. 12, avril-juin, 2010, p. 238.

2006 “A History of Security.” In Martin Gill (ed.) Handbook of Security, London: Palgrave Macmillan
2005 “Serving Security: A History of Security Management Education at John Jay College
of Criminal Justice.” J. Security Education, 1 (1), 83-93.
2005 “ASIS International.” In Larry E. Sullivan (ed.). Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement, vol. 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, pp. 547-49.
2004 “The History of Expertise in Security Management Practice and Litigation.” Security J., 17 (3), 11-19.
1999 “The First Murders in New Amsterdam/New York: Origins and Consequences.” In Andrew Karman (ed.). Crime and Justice in New York City. New York: McGraw-Hill, pp. 13-22.
1998 “Some Notions about the Differences between Homicide in the United States and
Turkey.” Polis Bilimleri Dergisi 1(1): 35-40.
1997 “A Brief History of the Security Industry in the United States.” In Marcus Felson and Ronald V. Clarke (eds.). Business and Crime Prevention. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press, pp. 197-218.
1993 “Private Correction: The Delicate Balance.” In Gary W. Bowman, Simon Hakim, and Paul Seidenstat (eds.) Privatizing Correctional Institutions. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, pp. 19-32.
1992 “Three Centuries of Criminal Justice Privatization in the United States.” In Gary W. Bowman, Simon Hakim, and Paul Seidenstat (eds.). Privatizing the United States Justice System. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, pp. 12-26.
1990 “Planning to Make Police Departments More Secure.” Security Journal 1(2):95-100.
1988 “The Development of the US Security Industry.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. July, 498-23.
1983 Three chapters in Charles Schnabolk’s Physical Security: Practices + Technology. Boston: Butterworth.

Bibliographic Compilation
1993 “Bibliographic Entries on Urban Crime and Policing: New York, London and Paris.” Lloyd George Sealy Library.

Conference Presentations (partial)

2018    "Linking Social Media, Terrorist Watch Lists, and Public Records in Mitigating Risks from Public Threats." South Korea and USA-Counter-Terrorism Seminar. Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, June 13.

2017    Perspectives on Incarceration Trends in the US and Abroad. 55th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development. UN Side Event: A Human Dignity and Faith Perspective on the Eradication of Poverty for the Incarcerated Population of the World, February 7.

2014    “Frontline Security: Security Trends and Job Perspectives in Security Fields,” School of Law Enforcement & Justice Administration and ASIS student Club, Western Illinois University, October 23.

2014    “Private Investigation System in the U.S.: History, Work Range, Privacy, and Industry Economics,” seminar sponsored by the Korean National Police Agency, Seoul, June 20.

2013    “Screening-in and Screening-out Prospective Employees in an Era of Plentiful Criminal Records,” at “Best Practice Standards: Reflections on the Proper Use of Criminal Records in Hiring,” John Jay College, October 25. 

2013    (with Seungmug Lee) “School Mass Shootings and Security,” ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, McCormick Place, Chicago, September 25.

2013    "Criminal Justice Developments in the United States Today: Some Thoughts Regarding Turkey," Turkish Judicial Academy, Ankara, March 26.

2012    “The Rise and Fall of Three Modern Institutions—General Hospitals, Mental Hospitals and Prison,” 43rd Congress of the International Society for the History of Medicine, Padua, Abano Terme (Italy), September 15. ISHM Loris Premuda Award for the best oral presentation.

2012    (with Seungmug Lee) “Mass Homicides in the Workplace,” ASIS International 58th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, September 10.

2007 “Mutations Securitaires et Appareils Policiers: Certaines Aspects de la Criminalité et de la Sécurité aux Etats Unis.” Colloque International du Groupe Europeen de Recherche sur les Normalités (GERN), Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Toulouse,January 26.
2005 “Early Impressions: Positive Results from Response to Hurricane Katrina,” Part of a workshop, Review of TOPOFF III and Other Maritime Security Exercises, 4th Annual Expo and Conference, New York, September 21.
2005 Panel member: “Homeland Security and the Academic World: An Evolving Partnership,” 51st Annual Seminar and Exhibits, ASIS Intl., Orlando, September 14.
2003 The ‘New York Miracle’: The Decline in Crime in New York City and How Cooperation between Police and Public Security Helped,” 40th Anniversary Convocation of the Police Administration program, Dongguk University, Seoul, South Korea, October 24.
2002 “The Law of Terrorism in the USA: Perspectives since 9/11,” Faculty of Law, University of Padova, Italy, November 29.
2002 “Port Personnel Security Screening Requirements: Public and Private Sector Issues,” US Maritime Security Conference, New York City, Sept. 18.
2002 “The English and Crime in the City of New York, 1609-1790,” International Perspectives on Crime and Justice, London, England, June 18.
2002 “Tourism and Terrorism,” conference at the MS in international travel management degree program, University of Toulouse, DESS, January 22.
2001 “Creating Materials to Improve the Teaching of Security Management in Business Schools.” ASIS Educational Symposium. University of Maryland. August 2.
2000 “Italians and Crime Involvement in New York City: 1900-1980.” International Perspectives on Crime, Justice and Public Order. Bologna, Italy. June 5-9.
2000 “What is the Body of Knowledge in Security Education?” ASIS Educational Symposium. University of Oklahoma. May 25.
1999 “New York and Singapore: What Matters in Policing.” Senior Staff Convocation. Singapore Police Academy. January 19.
1998 “Prospects for Security Management Education at Undergraduate and Graduate Business Schools.” Pinkerton lecture. ASIS Educational Symposium. John Jay College. October 4.
1998 “Hungarians and Crime in New York City: 1848 to World War I.” International Perspective on Crime, Justice and Public Order. Budapest, Hungary. June 22.
1998 “The Prospects for Master’s Degree Programs in Security Management within Criminal Justice Graduate Education.” Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Albuquerque, March 13.
1997 “The Irish and Crime in New York City: How ‘We’ Stopped Being Criminals.” AIHS-CUNY Lecture Series. American Irish Historical Society. April 9.
1996 “Analyzing Crime Data Real-Time to Improve Performance.” Plenary speaker. Convocation. National Police College. Ankara, Turkey. October 16.
1996 “Looking Back through History in Criminal Justice: Yesterday’s Faces, Today’s Problems.” Also “Academic Perspectives on Security Management: Japan, Europe, and the US.” 2nd Annual Conference on Criminal Justice Education, John Jay College. October 5.
1996 “The Irish and Crime in New York City, 1850-1990.” International Perspectives on Crime, Justice and Public Order. Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland. June 17.
1996 “Crime City?” Public program series. New-York Historical Society. March 23.
1994 “The Historian in Non-Academic Roles.” Tribute to Richard C. Wade at the Graduate School and University Center Conference at CUNY, October 27.
1992 “Evaluating Advanced Security Systems in a Post-Recessionary Economy.” SecurTech Conference, Crystal City, VA, April 7.
1991 “Academic Security Programmes in the United States.” The Security Profession in
1991: An International Conference. Loughborough University of Technology, England, May 10.
1991 “Technological Advances in Identification and Its Management.” The International Security Systems Symposium and Exhibition, Crystal City, VA. October 29.
1990 “Three Centuries of Criminal Justice Privatization in the United States.” 29th Annual Meeting. Western Regional Science Assn. Molokai, Hawaii, Feb. 23.
1990 “Issues on Campus Security: Historical Origins and the Use of Security Personnel.” At Campus Safety: A Colloquium on Policies, Practices, and Research, sponsored by the Research Foundation of CUNY, December 18.
1990 “The Privatization of Corrections: Making Profits from Prisons.” 7th Annual Conference on Criminal Justice Statistics, American Statistical Assn., Dec. 7.
1989 “Integrity Testing—A Management Tool in Transition.” Conference on Paper and Pencil Integrity Testing, Security Management Institute, February 10.
2007 “Security Expertise.” In Encyclopedia of Security Management, 2nd ed., John J. Fay,ed. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, pp. 495-98..
2002 “Where Do We Go from Here? Top Corporate Security Chiefs Reflect on Today’s Risks and Countermeasures,” Forbes, September 30.
1995 “Law and Order: Should Nassau Cops Work 12-hour Shifts?” Newsday, Op-ed page. January 29, p. A49.
1994 “The New Age in Security Communications.” International Security Review, Spring. Pp. 44-46.
1993 “Every Generation: Corruption Hits the Fan.” New York Newsday, Op-ed page. October 6, pp. 90-91.
1993 “Minimum standards for Security Products and Services. World Security, pp. 35-37.
1990 “The Vetting Game.” International Security Review. May/June, pp. 36-39.
1990 “America—A Market Profile.” Security Industry, August, pp. 57-59.
1989 “Electronic Guard of Guards.” International Security Review, March/April, pp.84-87.
1988 “Emergency Medical Services in the USA.” Ambulance Mgmt. International, January, p. 21.
1988 With Gerald W. Lynch: “A Gunrunner’s Right to Arms.” Newsday, Op-ed page, January 29.
1986 “Terrorism Today and the Manager’s Response. “ Mosler Today & Tomorrow. Summer.
1982 “Vetting—Techniques in Britain, the USA, and Germany.” International Security Review, September-October.
Research Summary

Security industry practices and standards; utility of corrections; prison, jail, probation and parole trends