Corrections, homeland security, security technology, threat, risk and vulnerability assessment
Dr. Turner serves as a Research Professor Emeritus in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at Mason. Dr. Turner's research focuses on the link between homeland security and the criminal justice system organization with special emphasis on leadership in corrections and law enforcement. Prior to his retirement, he worked on a multi-year Department of Homeland Security grant to train homeland security professionals to understand and use operationally information gathered in various risk assessment methodologies. Dr Turner completed a two year assignment under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) as a Senior Fellow with the National Preparedness Directorate, Department of Homeland Security where he served as a senior level Program Manager developing and managing a program to field test and analyze the implementation, performance, and impact of security technology in operational settings. Prior to his DHS assignment, Dr. Turner served on assignment as a Visiting Scientist (IPA) in the Office of Science and Technology, National Institute of Justice where he managed national projects in technology research and development focusing on the application of biometrics, tracking and monitoring, surveillance, drug detection, and vulnerability assessment in corrections.
Before joining Mason, Dr. Turner completed a distinguished career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons where he served in numerous assignments including jail superintendent, associate warden, warden, and senior deputy assistant director. His 21 year Bureau career included over 12 years service as a member of the Federal Government Senior Executive Service.