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Joanna Rowson, PhD

Title: Investigator II (Retired)
Company: New Jersey State Police
Location: Browns Mills, New Jersey, United States

Joanna Rowson, PhD, Investigator class II (retired) at New Jersey State Police, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law enforcement education.

With nearly 30 years of experience to her credit, Dr. Rowson has excelled as an adjunct professor at Saint Peter’s University since 2016. Concurrent to this position, she served with the New Jersey State Police as an investigator class II for the New Jersey State Police from 2005 to 2023, and an investigator class III from 2005 to 2022. She began her career as an employee of the Federal Bureau of Prisons from 1994 to 2003. She subsequently worked for Burlington County Community College as an adjunct professor from 2005 to 2007 and the Camden County Police Department as an investigator class III from 2008 to 2009.

Before embarking on her professional path, Dr. Rowson initially completed coursework at Rowan College in 2004. She continued her academic efforts at Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice followed by a master’s degree in administrative science in 2005. She completed her academic efforts at Walden University, obtaining a PhD in public policy and administration in 2013. She holds numerous certifications from the New Jersey State Police, the New Jersey Department of Corrections, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Division of Law and Public Safety in the State of New Jersey.

In addition to her primary vocation, Dr. Rowson remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to her areas of expertise. She has maintained her involvement as an associate editor with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute and the National Excessive Force Institute. Her writings were published in the Law Enforcement Executive Forum and she garnered acclaim for her dissertation, “Capturing Adjudication and Investigative Errors of Wrongful Conviction.” She has been proudly presented with the Police of the Month Award, the Employee Services Award, and the Certificate of Appreciation. Beyond these contributions and recognitions, she has given back to her community as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. 

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