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Schweizer,Harald Otto, Ph.D.

Professor of Criminology

Dr. Harald Otto Schweizer - B.S. in Criminal Justice (State University College of New York-Buffalo), M.P.A. (University of Arizona), Ph.D. in Criminal Justice (Sam Houston State University) 1990. Extensive Law Enforcement experience in the United States as a Deputy Sheriff, Police Officer, Field Training Officer, Detective, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Chief of Police. Worked in his native Germany as a criminal investigator of major crimes and terrorist activities. Served in an undercover capacity investigating international narcotics trafficking & international organized crime (also in Germany). Additional experience includes that of a county correctional/detention officer, and as a research assistant with the Tucson Police Department.

Dr. Schweizer with British Bobbies

Dr. Schweizer is also a police consultant and has been an expert witness in federal court in the area of police administration and police misconduct. His research interests are in international criminal justice and policing, to include international criminal laws and minimum hiring and training standards for police officers, community policing, transnational crime and international terrorism. Dr. Schweizer has lectured at Police Academies and academic institutions in Finland, Germany, South Africa, Japan, and Slovenia. He is published in Singapore, Poland, Japan, Slovenia, and the United States. Dr. Schweizer has presented research at international conferences and also in some of his publications, on diverse subjects such as Female Suicide Bombers, Financial Crimes, International Organized Crime, Islamic Terrorist Groups, the Use of the Internet by Criminal Justice Organizations World-Wide, Problems in Selecting and Hiring Police Applicants, Family Violence and Violence against Women in Latin America, NSA monitoring and private open source databases, drug legalisation, suicide by cop, and his current focus is video surveillance and social media monitoring in criminal investigations, and radical Islam since 1850.

In spring 2006 Dr. Schweizer was selected as an academic fellow by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD). As part of the fellowship Dr. Schweizer visited various security/military related installations in Israel during the summer of 2006, and attended briefings by government experts on terrorism and the Middle East. Part of the visit included a meeting with representatives of Hamas and Fatah incarcerated in a high security prison facility.

In July 2006 Dr. Schweizer gave a 6 hour presentation on Islamic Terrorism to government officials and others, at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. The presentation was sponsored by the Bund deutscher Kriminalbeamter (BDK) and the Faculty of Law of Humboldt University.

In June 2008, Dr. Schweizer gave a three hour presentation on American policing and also on international terrorism at the police headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany. He is a member of the Karlsruhe Chapter of the International Police Association and publishes a monthly newsletter in German that is sponsored by that chapter. https://www.ipa-karlsruhe.de/

Dr. Schweizer was again invited by the Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamter (BDK) and gave a presentation on the NSA and American attitudes towards that agency, at a police conference in Berlin on 27 January 2014, and on drug legalisation at a professional BdK meeting in Leipzig on 11 September 2014. Dr. Schweizer also held an inservice training session on "Suicide by Cop" at the Karlsruhe, Germany police headquarters training facility in July 2014.

In May 2015 Dr. Schweizer was appointed as a board member of the German "Bund deutscher Kriminalbeamter (BdK)" which represents German police investigators at all ranks and advises the national government on laws and operational decisions regarding police.

Dr. Schweizer continues to assist law enforcement agencies at the local and regional levels, uses his investigative expertise to assist in criminal investigations at the international level, and is part of the consultant (Subject matter expert) list for the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, and also the Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Schweizer holds various levels of peace officer certification in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, including a police instructor license for the state of Texas. Dr. Schweizer previously taught criminal justice at the University of Central Oklahoma, and reached the rank of tenured full professor, before coming to Fresno.

Dr. Schweizer also served in the US Army from 1965-1969, and was an infantry sergeant in the 1st Cavalry Division in the Republic of Vietnam.


Dr. Schweizer's favorite books-readings:






El amor en los tiempos del Cólera (GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ)



El general en su labyrinto (GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ)



Noticia de un secuestro (GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ)









Fast and Furious-Katie Pavlich



Clinton Cash



The War Within- Bob Woodward



First Family Detail - Ronald Kessler



Inside the White House- Ronald Kessler



Inside the C.I.A. - Ronald Kessler



Inside the FBI- Ronald Kessler



Inside Congress- Ronald Kessler



All Joseph Wambaugh books



By Way of Deception



The Other Side of Deception



Balkan Ghosts



Ghost Wars



Travelling with Mohammed



Saddam's Bombmaker



The Samson Option



From Third World to First-Lee Kuan Yew



The Japan that can say No-Shintaro Ishihara



Die Kriminalgeschichte der Kirche



Der Wortbruch



Deutschland im Blaulicht-Tania Kambouri



Alle Bücher von Hans Hellmut Kirst



Ein Tag im Leben des Iwan Denissowitsch



Von Bagdad nach Stambul (Karl May)



All anderen Bücher von Karl May



Favorite Movies/TV series



Shall We Dance (Koji Yakusyo, Tamiyo Kusakari)

The Highest Honor

All Didi Hallervorden movies



A Quiet Day in Belfast

The Road to Paradise

Ein Schloß am Wörtersee



The Mission (Robert DeNiro)

César et Rosalie (Yves Montand, Romy Schneider)

Musashi (NHK series about Miyamoto Musashi)



Sakura (NHK series)

Hercule Poirot (with David Suchet)

Das Boot



Favorite Korean Dramas



Athena, Goddess of War

Athena, Goddess of War

Iris 1 and Iris 2





City Hunter



Three Days

I hear your Voice

Air City



God's Gift

I hear your Voice

Dr. Khan



Sweet Spy

Heartless City




Who are You

Dr. Stranger

Three Brothers



The Attorney





Two weeks

City Hunter

Gil Woo



Air City

Lives of Omission

My Way




Going by the book

Neighborhood Hero


Dr. Schweizer is supported by his Family below:

Machu Picchu (2016)



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Last Updated 22 May 2016
Write Dr. Schweize
r at: haralds@csufresno.edu