Eric J. Fritsch

Dr. Eric J. Fritsch, Professor and Chair
Professor and Chair
Full-Time Faculty
(940) 565-4954
Chilton Hall 273A


  • Sam Houston State University, Ph.D. in Criminal Justice (1995)
  • Sam Houston State University, M.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology (1992)
  • Sam Houston State University, B.S. in Law Enforcement and Police Science (1989)

Academic Appointments

  • Professor and Chair, University of North Texas (August 2013-present)
  • Professor, University of North Texas (August 2008-August 2013)
  • Associate Professor, University of North Texas (August 2002-August 2008)
  • Assistant Professor, University of North Texas (August 1996-August 2002)
  • Assistant Professor, St. Edward’s University (August 1994-August 1996)
  • Assistant Instructor, Sam Houston State University (September 1993-August 1994)
  • Research Fellow, Sam Houston State University (July 1991-September 1993)

Biographical Sketch

Eric J. Fritsch is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas. He is a former police officer and has worked extensively with law enforcement agencies for the past 20 years.  Dr. Fritsch has conducted numerous studies on managerial and organizational practices in several law enforcement agencies. Dr. Fritsch holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.

He has authored and co-authored several journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports.  His articles appear in numerous journals including Police Quarterly, Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, Crime and Delinquency, Law and Policy, Criminal Justice Policy Review and the American Journal of Criminal Law. He has also co-authored a research methods textbook, a juvenile justice textbook, a textbook on digital crime and digital terrorism, and a book on police patrol allocation and deployment. 

Most recently, Dr. Fritsch has directed the following projects:  1) Comprehensive staffing studies for the Allen TX, Denton TX, DeSoto TX, El Paso TX, Eugene OR, Lenexa, KS, McKinney TX, Middleton, WI, Midlothian TX, Richardson, TX, Riley County KS, and Rowlett TX Police Departments;  2) The development and utilization of the Model for the Allocation of Patrol Personnel (MAPP), a web-based police patrol allocation model; 3) The development of annual racial profiling reports for several police departments throughout Texas; 4) The development and implementation of a new performance evaluation system and the redesign of the police officer interview and selection process for the Richardson TX Police Department; 5) The development and distribution of a citizen survey for the Longview TX Police Department; 6) The evaluation of a domestic violence intervention program for the Bedford TX Police Department; and, 7) The development of an intelligence (fusion) center for the Dallas TX and El Paso TX Police Departments. 

Dr. Fritsch has also been active in law enforcement training.  He has been a faculty member at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in their Management College/School of Executive Leadership and Supervision School and has developed and conducted training seminars for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas in its Executive Issues series, the Caruth Police Institute, and the El Paso TX Police Department.  Dr. Fritsch has also been a Senior Writer for the Law Enforcement Training Network (LETN) and has worked on the development of distance learning initiatives for LETN.