Melchor de Guzman

Dr. Melchor C. de Guzman

Professor of Criminal Justice/Criminology

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Melchor C. de Guzman is a full-time professor of criminal justice and criminology at the School of Liberal Arts at GGC. His doctorate degree in criminal justice was from the University of Cincinnati. He is presently the president of the Criminal Justice Association of Georgia (2017–2019). He has extensive experiences working in the criminal justice field in the U.S. and the Philippines. De Guzman was a police instructor for middle managers and senior police officials with the Philippine Public Safety College and the National Police College of the Philippine. He had formulated policies for the Philippine National Police as the former committee secretary of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security in the Philippines. He was also a former director II and chief of staff of the Phillipine Veterans Affairs Office. As a scholar, he evaluated the community policing program of South Bend, Indiana and studied the shoplifting phenomenon in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

De Guzman’s research includes the examination of citizen participation in the control of the police and other police issues. He has published two edited books examining international policing practices and a textbook, "Police Community Relations and the Administration of Justice." He has also published more than 20 articles in policing journals. His most recent research involved the examination of insider threats in financial institution under a National Science Foundation grant. He also currently concluded the investigation the shoplifting phenomenon in Western New York using Routine Activity Theory. Simultaneously, he is managing editor of "Police Practice and Research: An International Journal," a Taylor and Francis publication.


  • Doctorate – criminal justice – University of Cincinnati
  • Master's – criminal justice – University of Cincinnati
  • Bachelor's – political science – University of the East, Manila, Phillippines

Academic Interests

  • Civilian review boards
  • Police-community relations
  • Police management
  • International policing


  • State University of New York Drescher Fellowship Awardee

Professional Affiliations

  • Criminal Justice Association of Georgia (CJAG) – president
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) – member
  • International Police Executive Symposium (IPES) – member and official reporter