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Bryan Vila, Ph.D., is a professor of criminal justice and criminology at Washington State University and director of its Simulated Hazardous Occupational Tasks laboratory. His research interests include cross-cultural policing, police fatigue and crime control. He has published more than 60 articles on these topics as well as four books, including Micronesian Blues (with Cynthia Morris, Kindle 2013, Paladin 2009), Tired Cops: the Importance of Managing Police Fatigue (Police Executive Research Forum 2000), The Role of Police in American Society (with Cynthia Morris, Greenwood 1999), and Capital Punishment in the United States (with Cynthia Morris, Greenwood 1997).
Since receiving his Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of California, Davis, Bryan has held tenured faculty positions at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Wyoming. Prior to joining WSU in 2005, he directed crime control and prevention research at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Before he became an academic, Bryan served as a law enforcement officer for 17 years--including nine years as a street cop and supervisor with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, six years as a police chief helping the emerging nations of Micronesia develop stable and culturally-appropriate law enforcement agencies, and two years as a federal law enforcement officer in Washington, D.C.