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Jennifer L. Freeman-Walker

College of Social Sciences & Humanities

Chair, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice


Ph.D. in Public Affair, University of Central Florida
MS in Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida
BS in Criminology, Florida Southern College


Dr. Freeman-Walker began her career as a child protection case manager in Polk County, Florida. During her tenure in the field, she became a child protection specialist, where she facilitated and co-facilitated Family Team Conferences for those families involved in the child protection system and later a child protection supervisor; where she led a team of case managers that ensured the protection and safety of children within the county.

In 2007, Dr. Freeman-Walker joined the Polk County Sheriff’s Office as the Senior Research Analyst, where she participated in the agency’s yearly goals and objectives, yearly Strategic Plan, as well as facilitating internal and external research projects and survey requests. She was later promoted by the Sheriff to Deputy Director of the Records Management Bureau. Dr. Walker oversaw the Warrants Unit, Crime Information Center, suspect extraditions, and agency records. Dr. Freeman-Walker administered agency compliance with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement guidelines and audit procedures as they pertained to the Criminal Justice Information System, as well as agency compliance with the Florida Department of Highway and Safety Motor Vehicle guidelines and audit protocols. She managed requests for public records within the Records Management Bureau, while ensuring compliance with Florida State Statute. In addition, Dr. Freeman-Walker ensured the completion and accuracy of the agency’s semi-annual and annual Florida Uniform Crime Report to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Dr. Freeman Walker has earned a Graduate Certificate in Corrections Leadership from the University of Central Florida and is a graduate of Florida State University’s Certified Public Manager’s Program, the Florida Sheriff’s Association Commander’s Academy, and the Tenth Judicial Circuit State Attorneys Citizen Academy.

Dr. Freeman Walker’s primary passion within the criminal justice system involves law enforcement and she is currently researching the relationship between law enforcement and mental health.