Eric Fritsch

Professor of Criminal Justice, University of North Texas

Areas of Expertise

  • Law enforcement staffing
  • Racial profiling
  • Organizational assessment
  • Juvenile delinquency

Key Findings

  • In 2005, 54% of traffic stops were of black individuals while they only accounted for 25% of the Duncanville, TX population. MORE
  • In 98% of vehicle searches, officers did not ask for consent to search. MORE
  • Detectives spend about 771 hours per case. MORE
  • Only one‐third of police agencies that employ civilians in some capacity assign them to investigative support roles. MORE
  • Civilian investigative support employees represent only 3% of the total number of personnel employed by police agencies. MORE


Eric Fritsch, Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas, is an expert in police staffing, organizational assessment, law enforcement, juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, police allocation and deployment and legal issues in criminal justice.

Fritsch is a former police officer and has worked extensively with law enforcement agencies for the past 20 years. He worked with the Management College/School of Executive Leadership and Supervision School at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration and conducted training seminars for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas and the Caruth Police Institute. He conducted numerous studies on managerial and organizational practices in several law enforcement agencies and continues to consult with dozens of police departments.

He has been published in numerous academic journals, including Police Quarterly, Police Practice and Research: An International Journal and Crime and Delinquency.

Fritsch received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminal Justice, as well as his B.S. in Law Enforcement and Police Science, from Sam Houston State University.