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About Dr. Pastor

In his distinctive and highly-regarded career, Dr. Pastor brings four decades of diverse and substantive experience to legal, public safety and security issues.

His experience goes beyond printed and spoken words. Dr. Pastor’s broad ranging experience was formed in boardrooms, courtrooms, classrooms, and streets. He is also an accomplished author and gifted, passionate speaker.

Dr. James F. Pastor’s unique and remarkable career started as a Chicago Police officer working as a tactical officer in Gang Crime Enforcement, one of the most active policing units in the country. As an attorney, he served and advocated for police unions, security, and public safety firms, and later for religious organizations. Augmented with a doctorate in public policy, Dr. Pastor brings experience and unique insight that few possess.

Dr. Pastor also taught police and security personnel as an Associate Professor of Public Safety at Calumet College of St. Joseph, as an adjunct professor for legal issues in Security Management at Webster University, as an instructor of legal issues at Northwestern University- Center for Public Safety, and at the International Law Enforcement Academy, a U.S. State Department sponsored training facility, where he taught Security Technology to police officials from countries around the world.

Dr. Pastor consults, writes and presents on substantive issues that affect corporations and communities, with an emphasis on geo-political trends and minimizing security risks. He is also a qualified expert witness and consulting expert in public safety, private policing, premises liability, and security matters.

He approaches these topics in a critical and substantive manner, understanding both the conceptual and practical applications of policies, protocols, and technologies.

Dr. Pastor is the author of four books: You Say You Want a Revolution: A Compelling & Cautionary Tale of What Lies Ahead; Terrorism & Public Safety Policing; Security Law & Methods; and The Privatization of Police in America. He also authored a chapter on Private Policing in ASIS International’s Protection of Assets Manual, and wrote several articles on public safety, policing and security in professional journals and magazines.

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Ph.D., Public Policy Analysis
University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois, December 2001
Dissertation:  Assessing the Functional & Constitutional Implications of Private Security Patrols on Public Streets

J.D., Juris Doctor
The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, August 1989

M.A., Criminal Justice
University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois, March 1988
Thesis: A Critical Analysis of Terrorism

B.S., Law Enforcement Administration and Sociology
Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, June 1980