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Chairperson Division of Legal Studies

Oscar Odom III Chairperson Division of Criminal Justice

Oscar Odom III
Division of Legal Studies

"No Drop Outs" "No Cop Outs"

Dr. Oscar Odom III is the Chairperson of the Division of Legal Studies. Dr. Odom earned his B.S. degree in Correction Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (Distinguish Alumni of the Year Award in 2000), and Juris Doctorate degree from the City University of New York School of Law where he was Associate Editor of the Law Review and member of the Moot Court Team, and a Doctorate in Education from Capella University with Distinction and a 4.00 Grade Point Average. Dr. Odom served as a Commissioner on the New York City Districting Commission, and is the former First Deputy Sheriff Commissioner of New York City and Retired New York City Police Detective (20 years). Dr. Odom has served several New York City Mayor's, Bloomberg, Giuliani and Dinkins. Dr. Odom has held several assignments in the New York City Police Department, Patrol Officer (73, 75, 77, and 81 pct.), Police Academy Instructor, Intelligence Division, Career Criminal Investigation Unit and Juvenile Crime Squad (Fugitive Enforcement Division).

Additionally, Dr. Odom has an academic career that expands over twenty years. Dr. Odom has taught in Graduate and Undergraduate Colleges, Mercy College and Metropolitan College of New York. Dr. Odom is a Fulbright Scholar Criminology Peer Reviewer. He has presented papers internationally and locally, and made television appearances on policing and terrorism topics. He is an Alumnus of the Oxford Roundtable in the United Kingdom where he has presented papers and served as a panelist on policing and terrorism topics. Dr. Odom is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), and New York City Detectives Endowment Association (Retired).

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