Wright, Delmar P.

Title: Associate Professor

Department: Department of Criminal Justice

Phone: 804-861-9634

Email: delmar.wright@saintleo.edu


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Public Policy and Administration (Criminal Justice Concentration), Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Master of Science, Administration of Justice and Public Safety, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Bachelor of Science, Administration of Justice and Public Safety, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Wright joined Saint Leo in 2004. His teaching is enhanced by his education, training, major investigative and administrative experiences, and past oversight responsibilities. As a 30-year law enforcement veteran Dr. Wright has served as a police officer, enforcement deputy sheriff, federal law enforcement agent (LEA), LEA supervisor, LEA manager, and LEA senior executive with operations, administrative, and strategic planning oversight. He has led and served with federal strike and task forces and worked as an undercover operative in street crimes and white collar crimes. He has also served as a certified police trainer. Dr. Wright continually adds to his own professional and practitioner qualifications based upon societal dynamics, e.g., opioid overdose reversal and Naloxone administration certification, etc.

Community Affiliation:

  • Director at Large and Member, Virginia Association of Criminal Justice Educators (VACJE)
  • Past Public Policy Committee Member and Member, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
  • Virginia Community Criminal Justice Association
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Member of several National Honor Societies

Teaching & Professional Interests:
Dr. Wright’s teaching and professional interests include future issues in criminal justice, criminal justice and intelligence responses to terrorism, theories of criminal behavior, rehabilitation of terrorists, white collar crimes, transnational crimes, predatory crimes, crime prevention, criminal justice ethics, leadership, policing models and strategies, public policy, and criminal intelligence. He is also an erudite scholar of the Holy Bible. His interests also include authoring relevant academic and practitioner-based works for publishing in peer-reviewed criminal justice publications. His professional contributions to the discipline are achieved through mentoring, research, published works, formal conference presentations, and serving in formal professional organizational roles while developing professionally.

Honors & Awards:

  • Certified Chaplain, 2017
  • Appointed, Member of Public Policy Committee, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, 2015
  • Elected, Director at Large, Virginia Association of Criminal Justice Educators, 2014
  • Saint Leo University Social Justice Summer Fellow, Summer 2012
  • Invited SME and Group Leader, Terrorism, Gangs, and Weapons of Mass Destruction Multi-Day Symposium, Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, 2011
  • Founder, Greater Victory Christian Church non-profit ministries in 2011 with a Church Building and Multi-Acre Campus established in 2013
  • Certificate of Appreciation and Commendation, for Outstanding Contributions, U.S. Army, 2010
  • Certification, Member of the Academic Advisory Board, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2009
  • Recipient, Leadership Award, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, 2009
  • Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation in Recognition of Exemplary Performance and Valuable Contributions, SLU Fort Lee Center, 2008
  • Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation for Service to the Advancement, Growth and Development of the Virginia State Crime Clinic, Virginia State Crime Clinic, 2007
  • Ordained Minister, 2005 and Court Authorization to Perform Marriages, 2005
  • Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation for Contributions to a Federal Contractor Homicide Task Force
  • Recipient, White House Hammer Award Recognition
  • Recipient, President’s Law Enforcement Career Enhancement Award, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
  • Recipient, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) Medal of Meritorious Conduct
  • Recipient, National Asian Peace Officers Association (NAPOA) Award
  • Recipient, Letter of Appreciation, Federal Bureau of Investigation for Contributions to Successful Federal Agent Espionage Investigation
  • Recipient, Outstanding Criminal Justice Professional Award, Southern Criminal Justice Association/Southern States Police Benevolent Association

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