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Dr. Brian Rizzo

Brian Rizzo

Staff Name: Dr. Brian Rizzo
Title: Associate Professor
Office Location: Horace Mann Center, Office #135
Phone: (413) 572-5310
brizzo@westfield.ma.edu

EDUCATION:
Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Graduate Center, City University of New York                                                                                            
M.P.A. , Human Resource Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
M.A. , Criminal Justice, University at Albany, State University of NY
A.B. , Psychology, Muhlenberg College  
 
Biography
Professor Rizzo's areas of interest are police reform, leadership, and administration.  He is currently working on turning his doctoral dissertation "Serving at the Pleasure of the Mayor: An Exploration of Political Involvement in New York Police Commissioner Departures 1901-2001" into a book.  Professor Rizzo, a retired New York City Police Department Sergeant, and 9/11 first responder, served in a variety of assignments during his twenty year career including police academy instructor, patrol supervisor, headquarters administrator, and counterterrorism supervisor/analyst.  Professor Rizzo also served eight years as an intelligence specialist with the US Naval Reserve, and is a member of the American Society of Criminology, American Criminal Justice Society, Northeast Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Society for Public Administration, Police Executive Research Forum, and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.  Professor Rizzo lives in upstate NY with his wife and 13 cats.  He hopes to one day have enough time to find his golf game.

If you have any questions for Professor Rizzo, please feel free to write.