Stephen F Bamford

Stephen F Bamford

Stephen F Bamford

Adjunct Faculty

Stephen Bamford is an Adjunct Faculty member and Lecturer in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. He previously served as an adjunct faculty member in the department beginning in 1998.  Professor Bamford retired (June 2013), as an Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Manassas, Virginia Police Department.  He has more than 26 years of law enforcement experience in a mid-sized municipal police department and served as an assistant chief in all three divisions: Administrative, Operations and Investigation.  Before he retired, Professor Bamford served as the assistant chief in charge of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division. During his career, Professor Bamford served on the department’s SWAT Team, was a member of and supervised the department’s Crisis Negotiation Team and has extensive experience in criminal investigations where he served as a detective and supervisor for nearly half his career. Professor Bamford served as a Special Investigator for the United States Attorney’s Office (EDVA) and was a supervisor on a regional narcotics taskforce. Additionally, he supervised the Internal Affairs function, Technical Services section, was a field training instructor and evidence / crime scene technician. Professor Bamford is a graduate of George Mason University (BS), Virginia Commonwealth University (MS) and the 210th Session of the FBI National Academy.

Courses Taught

CRIM 100 - Experiencing the Criminal Justice System

CRIM 306 - Ethics for Criminal Justice Practitioners 

CRIM 315 - Research Methods for Criminal Justice

CRIM 401 - Policing in America

CRIM 410 - Criminal Investigations

CRIM 490 - Technology and Policing

CRIM 490 - Bridging Perspectives 


BS, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA - 1986

MA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA - 1998

FBI National Academy, United States Department of Justice - 2002