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James F. Nardozzi, D.P.A.

Adjunct Professor
School of Criminal Justice


  • D.P.A. Nova Southeastern University
  • M.P.A. University of New Haven
  • B.S. Northeastern University

Professional Interests

James F. Nardozzi, D.P.A., graduated in 1989 from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. During his co-ops at Northeastern and immediately following graduation from Northeastern University he worked as a Special Deputy Sheriff for the New Haven County Sheriff’s Department serving as a court security officer at State courthouses in New Haven, Meriden, Derby, and Waterbury. In 1989, he was hired by the Waterbury, Connecticut Police Department, a three hundred and sixty-five person urban municipal police department serving a diverse resident population of over 107,000. He subsequently entered the Connecticut Police Academy’s Basic Police Recruit Training program. Upon graduation from the Academy, he was assigned to the Patrol Division working the overnight shift. While working the overnight shift, he attended the University of New Haven, graduating in 1991 with a Masters Degree in Public Administration. In 1992, he was assigned to the Police Department’s Forensic Laboratory and served as a crime scene technician.

In 1993, he joined the faculty at Naugatuck Valley Community-Technical College in Waterbury, Connecticut where he was an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice Program teaching such courses as Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Law Enforcement and American Legal Systems. In 1994, he was promoted to the rank of Detective. In 1996, he earned a Senior Professional Certificate in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven where he studied under Dr. Henry Lee. In 1996, he also earned a Certificate in Legal Studies from the University of Connecticut’s School of Continuing Education.

In 1997, he was promoted to Sergeant and remained assigned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau. During his tenure he has personally investigated over seventy murders, including the killing of an on-duty police officer as well as two other capital felony cases, as well as a quadruple arson murder. He has testified over one hundred times in both State Superior Court and Federal Court. In 2000, he was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to the Office of Planning and Research where he also became the Police Department’s grant writer. In 2001, he graduated from the 206th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and received a Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia.

In October 2001, he joined the adjunct faculty at Post University’s Criminal Justice Program where he taught both in the classroom and online courses such as Police Administration and Management, Criminal Investigation, White Collar Crime, Organized Crime, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Law Enforcement, Conflict Resolution, and Introduction to Security. In 2002, was appointed by the Mayor of Waterbury to serve as Acting Administrator of the Waterbury Parking Authority, a sixteen person organization responsible for enforcing the  City’s parking regulations and maintaining the City’s three multi-story ramp garages and 3,500 municipally owned parking spaces, with a mandate to overhaul the agency.

In 2003, he was awarded his Doctorate in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University. In 2003, Dr. Nardozzi was appointed as Acting Deputy Chief of Police, the second highest ranking position within the Waterbury Police Department. In 2004, Dr. Nardozzi was permanently promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police and was appointed an adjunct assistant professor for Nova Southeastern University’s Criminal Justice Institute. In 2005, he graduated from the 50th Session of the FBI’s LEEDS program. In 2006, he joined the adjunct faculty at the University of New Haven’s School of Public Safety where he teaches graduate courses in Police/Community Relations and Crime Prevention.

In 2007, Dr. Nardozzi retired as Deputy Chief of Police of the Waterbury Police Department to become the Academic Program Manager for Criminal Justice at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut as well as a consultant to the private sector. In 2008, he joined the adjunct faculty at Sacred Heart University and was appointed to the Board of Directors of WellPath, a nonprofit providing mental heath care services to children and their families in western Connecticut.

He is a current member and past president of the Connecticut Chapter of the International Association for Identification, a member of the FBI National Academy Associates, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, the American Society for Pubic Administration, and is an associate member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the New England Police Chiefs Association, and the Police Association of Connecticut.

He has two copyrighted publications in the Library of Congress: The Waterbury Police Department 1853-2003 and LMX as a Measure of the Supervisor-Subordinate Relationship as it Relates to Sick Time Usage in Urban Municipal Police Departments in the Northeastern United States.

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