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Rich Watkins

Rich Watkins

Rich Watkins

About Rich

I have twenty-nine years' experience in law enforcement and I teach from a perspective of having done this job. From teaching officers to being involved in the hiring process affords me valuable knowledge that will assist the student not only in the classroom but to the hiring process as well. Connecting with students and instilling values and morals so they can learn the job in a viable and professional manner is crucial. Student engagement from lecture to hands on exercises is a critical component in learning this field. My goal, and the goal of this program, is not only to teach but to assist in every manner of helping the student become employed in their chosen field.

Phone: 507-396-0434
E-mail: Richard.Watkins@riverland.edu
Department: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
Job Title: Faculty

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Criminal Justice

  • Law Enforcement

  • Corrections

Professional Associations

  • International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association

  • Association of Training Officers Minnesota

External Professional Activities/Organizations

  • Security Officer

  • Minnesota Twins Baseball Club

Volunteer and Community Service Activities

  • Youth Baseball

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Educator Award 2020, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees

  • Star Award; Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety

  • Life Saving Award; Faribault Police Department

Student Instructional Activities

  • Criminal Justice Society

More about Rich Watkins

I am married with five adult children. My wife and I enjoy time with family, boating, travelling and baseball.

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