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Michael Sherzer, MPA

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Michael Sherzer is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice.  He is a retired Lieutenant from the Battle Creek Michigan Police Department in 2010, after completing just over 25 years of service. At the time of his retirement, Battle Creek PD has a sworn strength of 120 officers. 

During his law enforcement career he had the opportunity to see the criminal justice profession from a variety of perspectives. He spent time in the patrol division as a patrol officer, Sergeant and Lieutenant. He also spent five years as a detective assigned to our Special Investigative Unit.  Duties included a variety of drug investigations, undercover drug buys, informant management, writing and executing drug search warrants, working with a federal drug task force and state grand jury.  His final three years with the Department was spent as the head of the Calhoun County Cold Case homicide Team. 

Michael teaches a variety of courses at Olivet, including Police Administration, Criminal Investigation, Terrorism Homeland Security, Police Operations, Criminal Procedure, and a new leadership course. He also serves as the Director of Judicial Affairs for the College.       

In November 2013 he was elected to the Battle Creek City Commission. 


Northern Michigan University; Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice
Western Michigan University; Maters in Public Administration
Eastern Michigan University; School of Police Command and Staff
FBI National Academy; Session 216

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