Foster, Raymond E. 1959-

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Foster, Raymond E. 1959-

PERSONAL:

Born March 16, 1959, in Long Beach, CA; son of Eugene W., Jr. (a police officer) and Ruth (a homemaker) Foster; married Maria Elena Garcia (a police detective), August 3, 1994; children: Raymond E., Jr., Dorothy J., Grace E., Zachary J., Antonia I. Ethnicity: "White." Education: Union Institute and University, B.A., 1999; California State University, Fullerton, M.P.A., 2003; undertook doctoral studies at Touro University International.

ADDRESSES:

Home—San Dimas, CA. Office—Hi Tech Criminal Justice, PMB No. 122, 1034 W. Arrow Hwy., Ste. D, San Dimas, CA 91773. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Police officer. Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles, CA, police officer, 1980-88, sergeant, 1988-1997, lieutenant, 1997-2003; Hi Tech Criminal Justice, San Dimas, CA, owner, 2003—. Union Institute and University, Los Angeles, faculty advisor and instructor, 2004—. Founding board chair of Connection House, 2003—; instructor at California State University, Fresno, 2006. Military service: U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, 1976-1983.

MEMBER:

International Association of Chiefs of Police, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Authors Guild, Phi Kappa Phi.

AWARDS, HONORS:

Received police medal for heroism.

WRITINGS:

Police Technology, Pearson Prentice Hall (Upper Saddle River, NJ), 2005.

(Author of foreword) Robert L. Snow, Technology and Law Enforcement: From Gumshoe to Gamma Rays, Praeger (Westport, CT), 2007.

(With Andrew J. Harvey) Leadership: Texas Hold 'Em Style, BookSurge (Charleston, SC), 2007.

Author of NYPD to LAPD: An Introduction to Policing; editor of a police officer exam by Learning Express, 2006; editor of Hi Tech Criminal Justice Newsletter. Contributor to periodicals, including Mobile Government, Airbeat, Policeone.com, Law Officer, and Government Technology. Author of the blog, Raymond E. Foster.

SIDELIGHTS:

Raymond E. Foster is an American police officer and criminal justice consultant. Born in Long Beach, California, on March 16, 1959, Foster is the son of a police officer. In 1994 he married Elena Garcia, a police detective. In 1976 Foster joined the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, receiving an honorable discharge in 1983. He had already joined the Los Angeles Police Department by this point, becoming a police officer in 1980. He received a promotion to sergeant in 1988 and earned promotion to lieutenant in 1997. During this time he graduated from the Union Institute and University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and California State University, Fullerton, with a Master of Public Administration in 2003. It was in this year that he formally retired from the police force to pursue other opportunities in criminal justice.

In 2003 Foster founded Hi Tech Criminal Justice, a company that serves to educate the general public about criminal justice through newsletters that he edits, a Web site that he maintains, and other means. Foster also began working as a faculty advisor and instructor at his alma mater, the Union Institute and University in Los Angeles in 2004. He also pursued some doctoral studies at Touro University International. In the fall of 2006 he served as an instructor at California State University, Fresno, and has served as the founding board chair of Connection House since 2003.

Foster published his first book, Police Technology, in 2005. A few years later, he wrote the foreword for Robert L. Snow's Technology and Law Enforcement: From Gumshoe to Gamma Rays. And with Andrew J. Harvey, he published Leadership: Texas Hold 'Em Style in 2007. Foster is also editor a police officer exam by Learning Express in 2006. In addition to the books he has written and edited, Foster has contributed to periodicals and magazines, including Mobile Government, Airbeat, Policeone.com, Law Officer, and Government Technology.

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

ONLINE

Criminal Justice Online,http://www.hitechcj.com/ (February 21, 2008), author profile.