KB Turner

Associate Professor, Chair

300 McCord Hall
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KB Turner


Dr. KB Turner received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His teaching interests are in the area of judicial decision-making, theory, race and crime, and police issues. He is a past recipient of the University of Memphis College of Arts and Science award for Excellence in Teaching. His research interests include crime and punishment, courts, police administration, and race and crime.

Dr. Turner is co-author with Dr. Samuel Walker of an early research project that analyzed hiring and promotion practices of the fifty largest American police departments; concluding that "modest gains" had been made in some of the sampled departments. His work has appeared in American Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminal Law Bulletin, Challenge, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, Journal of Criminal Justice Education and Law Enforcement Executive Forum.

Dr. Turner holds a current law enforcement certification and is a certified law enforcement and corrections instructor. His 30 years of law enforcement experience includes several years with the Omaha Police Department prior to joining the criminal justice faculty at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He has also served in other law enforcement agencies assisting with their training programs. Additionally, Dr. Turner is also a Battalion Commander holding the rank of Major in the Mississippi State Guard assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 210th Military Police Battalion.

Dr. Turner has been involved as an instructor with the Memphis Police Department's Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), a police based program that has become nationally known as the "Memphis Model" of pre-arrest jail diversion for those in a mental illness crisis.
Most recently, Dr. Turner completed the Maxine Smith Fellowship with Tennessee Board of Regents and is a member of Leadership Memphis/American Leadership Forum – Criminal/Juvenile Justice Program 2015. He is also a member of The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), The American Society of Criminology (ASC), and The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).