Dr. Bertus R. Ferreira

Courses Taught at Murray State:

  • CRJ 140 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 220 - Law Enforcement
  • CRJ 346 - Criminal Investigation
  • CRJ 355 - Security in Business and Industry
  • CRJ 425 - Terrorism
  • CRJ 447 - Business and Political Crime
  • CRJ 455 - Police and Community Relations
  • CRJ 555 - Crime Prevention


  • B.A. (Criminology and Police Science and minor in Law) - University of South Africa
  • B.A. (Economics and minors in Psychology and Business Administration) - Wichita State University
  • M.S. (Business and Industrial Security) - Central Missouri State University
  • M.S. (Aviation Safety) - Central Missouri State University
  • M.Phil. (Criminology: Crime Prevention and Policing) - St. John's College, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, England
  • Ed.D. (Occupational and Adult Education: Human Resource Development) - Oklahoma State University

Professional Certifications:

  • CPP: Certified Protection Professional and Board Certified in Security Management, American Society for Industrial Security;
  • CFE: Certified Fraud Examiner;
  • CST: Certified Security Trainer;
  • DABFE: Certified Forensic Examiner and Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Examiners;
  • FACFE: Life Fellow, American College of Forensic Examiners

Clinical/Professional Focus:

  • Business/industrial security,
  • crime prevention,
  • crime investigation,
  • community policing,
  • economic/occupational/organized crime,
  • law enforcement,
  • risk management,
  • aviation security/safety,
  • terrorism and executive protection,
  • international criminal justice, and
  • academic program development

Research Focus:

  • Terrorism,
  • crime prevention,
  • law enforcement education and training,
  • community policing,
  • security and risk management, and
  • international crime

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State:

  • Federal police officer, criminal investigator, senior security manager and risk management consultant.
  • Taught at the National Police Academy of South Africa and the Institute for Criminology at the University of South Africa and was a security and criminal justice professor at Northern Michigan University, Wichita State University, Washburn University (Kansas) and East Carolina University.

Professional Organizations:

Life Membership:

  • National Sheriffs' Association,
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners,
  • The American College of Forensic Examiners,
  • American Society of Criminology,
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Founding Membership:

  • Police Association for College Education,
  • American Police Association,
  • Institute for Criminology,
  • University of South Africa

Annual Membership:

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police,
  • International Police Association (United States Section),
  • National Association of Veteran Police Officers,
  • American Society for Industrial Security,
  • Midwestern Criminal Justice Association,
  • Southern Criminal Justice Association,
  • North Carolina Criminal Justice Association

Contact Information

Dr. Bertus R. Ferreira

Criminal Justice

106 John W. Carr Hall Building, Murray State University, Murray, KY 42071

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