Southern Police Institute


Changes at the University of Louisville Department of Criminal Justice and the Southern Police Institute:

On July 1st, significant changes have taken place at the University of Louisville.  First, a name change:  the Department of Criminal Justice is the new title for the former Department of Justice Administration.  Dr. Gennaro Vito has been appointed as the Department’s new Chair.  At the Southern Police Institute, welcome Professor Cindy Shain as Director and Dr. John Reed as Associate Director.  The new leadership team of CJ and SPI is looking forward to working with you in the years to come!








Dr. Gennaro F. Vito, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice








Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Cynthia C. Shain, Director of the Southern Police Institute








Chief (Ret.) John C. Reed, Jr., Ph.D., Associate Director of the Southern Police Institute


The Southern Police Institute is a division of the Department of Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville. It is an advanced education and training institute whose mission is to enhance the professional development of law enforcement practitioners. We accomplish this mission by providing educational and career development programs that are designed to challenge and to prepare law enforcement practitioners for the demands of today and tomorrow. The Southern Police Institute consistently is ranked among the top law enforcement educational and training schools in the nation.

Since the creation of the Southern Police Institute in 1951, its program of instruction has been grounded in the belief that law enforcement is a demanding activity requiring the highest level of professional preparation. The Southern Police Institute was established by its founders to provide a place where that preparation can be undertaken. The present faculty and staff dedicate themselves to this mission and continue to maintain the standards of excellence established by our founders. They are uniquely qualified as researchers, consultants, teachers and former law enforcement practitioners to guide and to direct the educational needs of today's law enforcement professionals.

Southern Police Institute

McCandless Hall

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Office Hours

M-F 8:00am to 5:00 pm

No holiday hours


tel (502) 852-6561



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