Ken Peak is professor and former chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Reno. He entered municipal policing in Kansas in 1970 and subsequently held positions as a nine-county, LEAA-funded criminal justice planner in Kansas; director of the four-state Technical Assistance Institute for the Law Enforcement Assistance
Administration; director of university police at Pittsburg State University, Kan.; acting public safety director at the University of Nevada, Reno; and assistant criminal justice professor at Wichita State University, Kan. He has authored or coauthored 16 textbooks (on community policing, justice administration, police supervision, general policing, and women in policing), as well as two historical books on bootlegging and
temperance and more than 50 journal articles and additional book chapters. He is past chairman of the police section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and past president of the Western and Pacific Association of Criminal Justice Educators. He received two gubernatorial appointments to statewide criminal justice committees while in Kansas, and holds a doctorate from the University of Kansas.