Prior to joining Rutgers, James E. Kohl was a United States Marine and after a tour in Vietnam he joined the Detroit Police Department where he spent the next 20 years working his way up the ranks. In Detroit he worked multiple street and undercover assignments, was the team leader of the SWAT team and later served as a legal advisor for the City. Kohl also had positions as Police Chief and Director of Public Safety in communities in Michigan and Iowa.
In addition to his policing experience, Kohl is also trained as a firefighter and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Fire Academy. His education includes a Master’s degree and a Juris Doctorate, and he remains a member of the bar. Kohl has published many articles on responding to emergencies, the duty to protect, and a host of other publications on improving public safety services.