|Dr. M. Chris Herring|
Published: Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Dr. M. Chris Herring, a North Carolina Central University (NCCU) professor specializing in disaster response, is available to speak to the media about the recent tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon.
Herring is executive director of the Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development at NCCU and is a visiting professor in the university’s Department of Criminal Justice.
Herring’s work focuses on training leaders of faith-based community organizations, emergency response personnel and first responders on how to engage citizens during a disaster. He is very knowledgeable on mobilizing places of worship, congregations and communities during emergencies and disasters.
With more than 32 years of criminal justice experience, Herring has held a wide range of roles in the field of public safety, including that of director of the N.C. Center for Community Policing and as an independent criminal justice training consultant for communities and law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.
He initiated a number of programs that strengthen relationships between black and Hispanic communities and the police. He has previously provided thought leadership in the media on topics including the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., and the Boston Marathon bombings.
Herring led development of three U.S. Department of Homeland Security-certified courses offered for first responders and criminal justice practitioners throughout the United States.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degrees in public administration, sociology, human services and divinity. He recently completed a Doctorate of Ministry degree. His dissertation focused on using the church to strengthen the relationship between African-American males and the police.