P. J. Ortmeier holds bachelor's and master's 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, a former police officer, and served as the coordinator of a criminal justice program at a Midwestern college for 10 years. He developed and implemented numerous courses and degree programs in law enforcement, corrections, and public safety.
Currently, Dr. Ortmeier is the coordinator of the Administration of Justice Program at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California. He also holds teaching positions at California State University-San Marcos, The Union Institute, and Webster University in San Diego.
Dr. Ortmeier is the author of the book Public Safety and Security Administration as well as several articles appearing in journals such as Police Chief, California Security, Police and Security News, and Security Management. His writing focuses on police field services, security operations, professional career education, management, leadership, and competency development for public safety personnel.
Dr. Ortmeier is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the California Association of Administration of Justice Educators, and the American Society for Industrial Security. His current interests include the development of leadership skills and career education pathways for law enforcement and other public safety professionals.