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Thomas Feltes ShortBio:

Thomas Feltes is a lawyer and social scientist who held the chair for criminology, criminal policy and police science at the Law Faculty of the Ruhr University Bochum from 2002 to 2019. From 1992 to 2002, he was rector (administrative and academic head) at the Police University in Baden-Württemberg. Between 1976 and 1992, Feltes worked at universities in Bielefeld, Heidelberg, Hamburg and Tübingen. From 2018 to 2020, he represented Germany in the Committee for the Prevention of Torture at the Council of Europe. Feltes has been active as an international expert for the UN, EU, Council of Europe, Interpol, FBI, OSCE and others for more than forty years. As part of foreign missions, he was involved in police and judicial reforms in many countries. He publishes the police newsletter (Polizei-Newsletter), a monthly information service on police and criminological topics, and has been studying the causes and fear of crime and the role of the police in society for forty years. As early as thirty years ago, he carried out initial studies on victimization and fear of crime, as well as on community policing. Feltes has published more than 20 books and well over 200 specialist articles.


Feltes, T. & Hofmann, R. (2019). Social Media for Community Oriented Policing: Best practices from around the world and future challenges. In European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin 18, pp. 1-12.

Klukkert, A., Reichertz, J. & Feltes, T. (eds.) (2019). Torn between Two Targets. Polizeiforschung zwischen Theorie und Praxis . Verlag für Polizeiwissenschaft.

Feltes, T. (2012). Community Policing in Germany. In M. Nalla & G. Newman (eds.), Community Policing in Indigenous Communities (pp. 257-265), Taylor & Francis.

Feltes, T. & Dincă, J. (2012). Tides and Currents in Policing Germany. In Journal of Police Studies 25, pp. 191-205.

Klukkert, A., Ohlemacher, T. & Feltes, T. (2009). Torn between two Targets: German Police Officers Discussing Use of Force. In Crime, Law and Social Change 2(52), pp. 181-206.

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HWR Berlin
Robert Gordon University
University of Dundee
Cergy Paris
Universit  de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
University of Strathclyde
Kyoto University
Universit  du Qu bec   Trois-Rivi res
Goethe University