No. 99: Violence Against Police Officers
Date: February 19, 2010
Notes: A conversation with Chief of Police Joel F. Shults, Ph.D. on Violence Against Police
the V.A.L.O.R. Project
The Violence Against Law Officer Research (V.A.L.O.R.)
Project hypothesizes that “Police officers who are victims of crime as defined by statute are routinely denied the rights
afforded to other crime victims. As a result of this wholesale denial of their rights police officers suffer a handicap in
being empathetic to civilian crime victims; have pathologies like other repeat crime victims; and are at risk of acting out
in ways that constitute misconduct or in self destructive ways including substance abuse and suicide.”
the GuestChief Joel F. Shults, Ph.D., currently serves as a college police administrator for the Adams
State College Police Department (Colorado). Chief Joel Shults earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Shults earned a Master's in Public Services Administration from the University of
Central Missouri after completing an Associate and Bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice Administration at UCM.
Chief Joel F. Shults began his law enforcement as a US Army Military Police Officer. He served in the Missouri Army
National Guard as a Military Police Investigator with MP and CID units.
Chief Joel Shults was sworn in to his first civilian
police position with the Warrensburg Police Department. After a brief period of field training and his first six months as
a patrol officer, Shuts attended the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at the Missouri State Highway Patrol Training Academy.
While with WPD, Shults served as shift supervisor, investigator, community relations officer, field training officer, and
coordinator of reserve officers and interns.
Chief Joel Shults ran for the elective office of sheriff
and after a close race was appointed Chief of Police for the combined police services of two small Missouri towns. After serving
there, Shults retired briefly from law enforcement to work in the insurance and real estate appraisal business for a short
time before accepting a position in Kansas City as head of the Tarkio College law enforcement program where he served as supervisor
of admissions, lead instructor, and supervisor over adjunct faculty. Chief Joel F. Shults’ most recent appointment was
as Director of Public Safety at Adams State College.