Sullivan, Robert

Title: Instructor of Criminal Justice

Department: Criminal Justice

Phone: 352-428-7778



  • Doctorate in Business, Criminal Justice Concentration (2017), Northcentral University
  • Masters in Science, Criminal Justice Administration, Saint Leo University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, Saint Leo University

Robert "Bobby" Sullivan spent three decades policing in central Florida. Over two decades were spent in narcotics enforcement where he served as an undercover detective, detective sergeant, and then commander over the narcotics, intelligence, street gang, and counter-terrorism units. He has particular interest in the causation and effects of radical Islamic terrorism and has traveled and studied the topic extensively in Israel. Bobby is certified in circuit court as an expert in covert operations, informant liability, and latent fingerprint analysis.

Upon his retirement, Bobby joined his alma mater, Saint Leo University. He teaches academic courses to traditional, military, on-line, and adult college students that include: Criminal investigations, police leadership and management, terrorism, and police organization and administration. He also annually takes counter-terrorism students to the Middle East to study with the Israeli Defence Forces, Israeli police, and Israeli Special Forces.

Community Affiliation:

  • Member, Regional Organized Crime Information Center, Central Florida Region
  • Member, Security Solutions International Counter-Terrorism Organization
  • Kentucky Colonel

Teaching & Professional Interests:
Radical Islamic Terror, Middle Eastern studies, Crime Causation, Higher Educational Requirements for Entry Level Policing, Ethics in Covert Operations, University Policing and the Clery Act (dissertation).

Honors & Awards:

  • Police officer of the year
  • Purple Heart recipient
  • Graduate of the Administrative Officers Course, University of Louisville
  • Governor’s Citation for Excellence in Narcotics Enforcement
  • Doctor of Humane Letters (hc), Everest University
  • Administrator of the Year, Saint Leo University
  • Graduate of Leadership Saint Leo, Class of 2013

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