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Dr. Chris McFarlin
Dr. Chris McFarlin currently oversees the Criminal Justice Department as Program Director and a faculty member. His college contributions include extensive committee service: Faculty Senate, Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, the Behavior & Security Intervention Committee, Alcohol & Other Drug Advisement Committee, and the Student Appeals Committee. He also serves as an advisor to the Criminal Justice Association which is a student led and ran organization.
Dr. McFarlin has an extensive background in the criminal justice system over many years. He has held positions at the state, county, and municipal levels. Some of his former positions include police officer, deputy sheriff, juvenile probation officer, law enforcement training instructor, state prosecutor, and private defense attorney. He has obtained extensive training in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. Additionally, he holds many certifications ranging from defensive/combat tactics, suicide/domestic violence intervention, and criminal trial advocacy to blood stain analysis and evidence collection/crime scene processing. He is certified by the Southern Police Institute as a Police Training Officer as well as being certified in South Carolina as a reserve law enforcement officer. He has served as a deputy in Upstate SC. Dr. McFarlin has performed a wide array of duties while working in all components of the criminal justice system including: Narcotics Interdiction, Missing Children Investigations, SRT, Clandestine Lab Containment, and Animal Cruelty Investigations. As an attorney, Dr. McFarlin has prosecuted many types of cases from DWI/DUI and Animal Cruelty to various narcotics prosecutions. He also worked in the Police Integrity Division of the Harris County District Attorney's Office in Houston, Texas investigating cases of alleged police misconduct and assisting in justification rulings for officer-involved shootings. Before his academia career, Dr. McFarlin was in private practice where he specialized in complex criminal litigation and family law.
He routinely serves as a presenter on criminal justice and law matters. He also serves as a subject matter expert for criminal justice publication companies. He has been published on PoliceOne.com which is the leading authority for everything police related to the U.S. Law Enforcement Community. Finally, he is a contributing author for In Public Safety which is an online blog affiliated with American Public University System which largely serves the U.S. armed forces community. In addition to Tri-County, Dr. McFarlin serves as an adjunct and visiting professor of criminal justice and justice administration for prominent universities across the country. Most recently, Dr. McFarlin was appointed to the bench in SC and serves as a Summary Court Judge in Easley, SC. In this role he presides over criminal matters, various hearings, and reviews arrest/search warrants for law enforcement.
Dr. McFarlin holds double undergraduate degrees (B.A.) in Criminology and Sociology from Arkansas State University, double graduate degrees (M.S.) in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Indiana State University, and a Juris Doctorate degree (J.D.) from Texas Southern University-TMSL. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the ABA-Criminal Justice/Law Section, the Arkansas Bar Association, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the South Carolina Summary Court Judges Association.