P.J. Ortmeier holds bachelors and masters degrees in Criminal Justice and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Public Safety Training and Development. He is a U.S. Army veteran and a former police officer. Dr. Ortmeier developed and implemented numerous courses and degree programs in law enforcement, corrections, security, criminal justice, and public safety.
Currently, Dr. Ortmeier is the Coordinator of the 1400-student Administration of Justice Department at Grossmont College, located in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, California. He also holds teaching positions at California State University, San Marcos, The Union Institute and University, and Webster University in San Diego.
Dr. Ortmeier is the author of Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Policing the Community: A Guide for Patrol Operations, Public Safety and Security Administration and Security Management: An Introduction as well as several articles appearing in journals such as The Police Chief, The Law Enforcement Executive Forum, California Security, Police and Security News, and Security Management. Dr. Ortmeier’s publications focus on law enforcement, criminal justice, professional career education, management, leadership, community policing, security administration, and competency development for public safety personnel. With Edwin Meese III, former Attorney General of the United States, Dr. Ortmeier co-authored Leadership, Ethics, and Policing: Challenges for the 21st Century.
Dr. Ortmeier is a member of the American Society for Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Western and Pacific Association of Criminal Justice Educators, the California Association of Administration of Justice Educators, and the American Society for Industrial Security. His current interests include homeland defense and the development of leadership skills and career education pathways for law enforcement and other public safety professionals.