Major (Ret.) Randall L. Murphy, MSM, is the former Director of Advanced Immersion Technologies for Meggitt Training Systems, and designed/directed the groundbreaking research on Combat Stress and its impact on police officers in a virtual environment under an IRB with the University of South Florida in 2008. The methodology and process of the research has been peer reviewed both nationality and internationality presenting papers in Australia, Singapore, England, Canada, Twain and several conferences in the United States. Major Murphy was subsequently requested to replicate the stress research on soldiers for NATO Forces and U.S. Forces as part of Bold Quest 2011. In 2011 Major Murphy co-founded the Center for Applied Social Science Research at Valdosta State University. The Research Center is designed to provide research opportunities for universities, the private sector and federal agencies to team and search for solutions to questions on how humans react to combat stress. During Bold Quest 2012, he assisted the U.S. Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment Maneuver Battle Lab - Fort Benning, with scientific human observation research of the ASAT program that the Army is reviewing. Major Murphy designed and directed the Human Factors research on soldiers during a live fire training exercise. The experiment was so successful that the United States Army used the results to modify the Training Doctrine of Firearms training. Major Murphy is the past president of the Kansas Criminal Justice Professors Association and was a college professor for 18 years teaching criminal justice, ethics, management and constitutional law. Major Murphy instructed at numerous educational institutions including John Jay College, Washburn University and Kansas University. Major Murphy holds an undergraduate degree in the Administration of Justice with a minor in Public Administration from Avila University and a Master’s of Science Management from Friends University. His law enforcement experience includes service as a police officer with the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department for 30 years retiring in October 2002. Major Murphy received the Good Neighbor Award from the Kansas Attorney General for assistance in writing the victims’ rights constitutional amendment and three Officer of the Year awards. Major Murphy is a lifetime member of the Police Officer’s Hall of Fame as a Surviving Spouse and holds the Purple Heart from the Military Order of Purple Heart.
Darrell L. Ross, Ph.D., Professor & Department Chair Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice. Dr. Ross is a professor and the Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Valdosta State University and is the Director for the Center for Applied Social Sciences. He received his Ph. D. from Michigan State University in 1992. Dr. Ross has been in higher education since 1985 and worked for the MI Department of Corrections from 1973 to 1985. He has taught in police and corrections training academies. He has published over 90 articles, 4 book chapters, and 4 books. Dr. Ross has performed research on: the impact of stress on officer performance during lethal force confrontations in a virtual simulator; the impact of stress and contextual cues on human performance during lethal force encounters; patterns of subject behaviors/resistance during arrest and detention; use of force policy development; sudden deaths in custody, excited delirium, and positional asphyxia; deaths associated with CEDs, risk factors and unexpected custodial deaths; custodial deaths in jails; prisoner assaults on correction officers; a risk management study of police/detention officers; suicides in jails and prison. In 2011 Dr. Ross co-founded the Center for Applied Social Science Research at Valdosta State University. The Research Center is designed to provide research opportunities for universities, the private sector and federal agencies to team and search for solutions to questions on how humans react to combat stress. Dr. Ross provided technical consulting and training services for the military, police, corrections, and private security firms, both nationally and internationally. He has been a consultant to Meggitt Training Systems; Michigan Municipal Risk Managers; National Institute of Justice; IL and MI State Police; NC, IL, MI, FL, Police Officers Training Standards Commissions; NC Highway Patrol; NC Justice Academy; Six state Attorney Generals; NC and KS Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Attorney’s Office in FL; Government Risk Managers in 2 states; Hong Kong Correctional Services, Canada and Australia’s Sudden Death Task Force; and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
As Founding Partners:
*Both Randall Murphy and Dr. Darrell Ross have been retained and presented expert opinions in over 900 cases both nationally and internationally involving in-custody deaths, wrongful deaths, excessive use of force, policy issues, wrongful terminations, police procedures and private security procedures.
*We have instructed college level courses in Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics, Leadership, Human Factors, Policy Design, Risk Management, Civil Liability, Training/Learning Theories, Ethics, Human Trafficking, Firearms, Active Shooter, Building Searches, Combat Stress, Combat Mindset, Dealing with the Problem Employee, Policy Design, Criminal Investigations and more for a total of 50 years of teaching at the Academy, College and University levels.
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