Maria Haberfeld

Professor of Police Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Areas of Expertise

  • Law enforcement
  • Terrorism
  • White-collar crime
  • Police integrity
  • Police training
  • Police ethics

Key Findings

  • Communities with high risk of natural disasters, such as urban waterfront areas, should develop and practice emergency preparedness plans that include an assessment of the risk and mitigating factors as well as consider community recovery. MORE
  • Police agencies in other countries had higher standards for recruitment and selection than U.S. police agencies. MORE
  • Abroad, policing is more focused on training time than policing in the United States. MORE
  • The policing topics covered in basic training abroad are more standardized and focused in the liberal arts than police training in the United States, which is not standardized. MORE


Maria Haberfeld, Professor of Police Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is an expert in law enforcement, integrity, terrorism and white-collar crime in the United States, Eastern and Western Europe and Israel.

Haberfeld served in the Israel Defense Forces in a counter-terrorist unit and left the army at the rank of a sergeant. She also served in the Israel National Police and left the force at the rank of lieutenant. She worked as a special consultant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in the New York Field Office and has provided leadership training to a number of police agencies. Since 2001, she has been involved in developing, coordinating and teaching in a special educational program at John Jay for the New York City Police Department.

She has been published in numerous academic journals and is and author of Critical Issues in Police Training, Police Leadership and Managerial Decision Making Processes, as well as the co-author of Enhancing Police Integrity, Terrorism within Comparative International Context, Russian Organized Corruption Networks and their International Trajectories, Policing Muslim Communities and Introduction to Policing.

Haberfeld received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, M.A. in Criminology from the Hebrew University and B.A. in History and Archeology from the Hebrew University.

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