Thomas Feltes
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Thomas Feltes
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American Society of Criminology (ASC)
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
European Society of Criminology
Police Futurists International (PFI); www.police
Member board of directors Societé International de Criminologie

Thomas F. Feltes (1951) is University Professor in Criminology, Criminal Policy and Police Science at the Law Faculty, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany ( He teaches law students (capacity of the law faculty: 3.500 students) and is responsible since 2005 for an blended learning, advanced Masters Program in Criminology and Police Science with 70 students each year. Since 2007 he is a corporate professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences.   

From 1992 until 2002 he served as the Head (Rector) of the University of Applied Police Science in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany ( with 1.300 police students and a faculty of 54 full-time professors.

Thomas Feltes earned his PhD in law and his M.A. in social sciences from the University of Bielefeld, Germany. He did criminological research and academic teaching at the law faculties at the Universities of Bielefeld, Hamburg, Heidelberg and Tübingen (1979-1992). He was a research fellow by the Canadian Government at the University of Montréal (1986/1987). In 1992, Feltes finished his "Habilitation" at the Law Faculty of the University of Tübingen, Germany. In 1993, he was a Visiting Professor at Eötvös-Lorand-University in Budapest by invitation of the Hungarian government.

Thomas Feltes has outstanding experience in international and national reorganization of police forces, criminal justice institutions, and public administration and in developing curricula for police training. He is a leading expert in Train the Trainer programs.

Thomas Feltes was member of a project group on Management of Criminal Justice Systems by the Council of Europe (1991-1995). Since 1995, he acts as a special expert for the Council of Europe, for the OSCE and the UN in different programs. He also acts as an adviser for Police Training in many European countries, but also worldwide. He worked and lectured e.g. in Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Hungary, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa.

He is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), of the Steering Committee of ISPAC (International Scientific Prevention Advisory Council to the United Nations), of the American Society of Criminology (ASC), the European Society of Criminology (ESC) and the Police Futurists International (PFI). Since 2006 he is member of the Scientific Committee of the International Society of Criminology (SIC/ISC).

Thomas Feltes is the (co-)author and editor of 15 books and over 160 articles on juvenile law, sentencing, alternative sanctions, public prosecution, policing. He has recently finished empirical research on Police Work, on Community Crime Prevention, and on Management of Prosecution Systems in Germany. Ongoing empirical studies are on Domestic Violence, on Patrol Police Activities, on Juvenile Crime and "Incivilities" in Communities, and on Community Crime Prevention and Police Use of Force (together with about ten colleagues worldwide, see He is the editor of volumes on police science and empirical police research in Germany (together with Hans-Juergen Kerner) (

Thomas Feltes is listed in Marquis Who´s Who in the World. In 2000 he was honored by the Hungarian Government and received the official Millennium Medal for his activities in the cooperation between the Hungarian and German Police Forces. Thomas Feltes is the Editor of "Police Newsletter", a monthly e-mail-newsletter on Police information (in German language since 1998, in French and in English since January 2002) see

Empirical Research: Victimization, fear of crime, everyday policing, juvenile delinquency, school violence, prevention of theft, prevention of car related crimes (international), police use of force, policing the streets of Europe, study success of migrants in Germany, etc.