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Jeremy M. Wilson - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

Jeremy M. Wilson

Professor | Michigan State University


Expert in brand protection, product counterfeiting, police staffing, police consolidation and violence prevention.






Introduction to Public Safety Consolidation and Contracting MSU Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Program



Dr. Jeremy Wilson is a Professor of the School of Criminal Justice at MSU, where he also founded and directed the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection and the Program on Police Consolidation and Shared Services. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Wilson was a Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he led the development of the Center on Quality Policing and the Police Recruitment and Retention Clearinghouse. He has held a wide variety of appointments and honorary titles at prestigious institutions around the world, and has served as an instructor for numerous law enforcement and brand protection training programs.

Dr. Wilson has collaborated with police agencies, communities, task forces, multinational corporations, professional associations and governments throughout the U.S. and the world on many complex public safety problems, and he has led over $10M of projects sponsored by the U.S. Congress, various units of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Interior, community and institutional foundations, local governments, police departments, professional associations, and companies. Among other areas, he has written extensively for practitioners and scholars on brand protection, product counterfeiting, police staffing and personnel planning, organizational consolidation, resource allocation, community policing, field interventions for violence prevention, data and measurement, empirical modeling and evaluation.

Dr. Wilson’s research and commentary have been featured in numerous books, professional publications, academic journals, and Congressional and State testimony, and in various forms of national and international media. The Police Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences recently honored him with the O.W. Wilson Award for his contributions to police research and practice, and he has received leadership, research, service, and supervisory awards by the American Society of Criminology, RAND Corporation, The Ohio State University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, Johnson & Johnson, Underwriters Laboratories, and the City of Lansing.

Areas of Expertise (8)

Internal Security

Community Policing

Police Consolidation

Product Counterfeiting

Brand Protection

Police Staffing

Police Administration

Violence Prevention

Accomplishments (3)

Outstanding Supervisor Award , presented by Michigan State Univ ersity upon nomination by staff, (professional)


O.W. Wilson Award , presented by the Police Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for significant contributions to police research, practice, and education, (professional)


Award in Recognition of Support and Commitment to Protecting the Integrity of the UL Mark , presented by Underwriters Laboratories (professional)


Education (3)

The Ohio State University: Ph.D., Public Policy and Management 2002

Indiana University - Bloomington: M.A., Criminal Justice 1998

University of Toledo: B.S., Criminal Justice 1996

Affiliations (3)

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
  • American Society of Criminology (ASC)
  • Associated Researcher, The Ohio State Univ ersity, Criminal Justice Research Center

Journal Articles (9)

The effects of police contracting on crime: An examination of Compton, California

Journal of Experimental Criminology

Nicholas Corsaro, Jeremy M. Wilson

2018 The utility of police consolidation, and in particular police contracting of services, has received widespread attention in academic and practitioner circles. However, the bulk of empirical research centers on potential fiduciary benefits; only limited scholarship has explored the possibility that changes in police services may correspond with differences in crimes solved and offenses observed. To address this gap, we examine consolidation in police services in a historically high crime, disadvantaged urban setting (Compton, California), which began contracting with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LACSD) after the closure of Compton Police Department in 2000.

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Organizing for brand protection and responding to product counterfeit risk: An analysis of global firms

Journal of Brand Management

Jeremy M. Wilson, Clifford Grammich, Fiona Chan

2016 Product counterfeiting represents a large, growing risk to many global firms, albeit one whose dimensions are not easily measured. While firms increasingly recognize the need to address the threat of counterfeiting, there has been little research, typically highly specific case studies, on how they do so. To advance analysis of how firms respond to product-counterfeiting issues, we interviewed representatives of 10 large global firms providing goods and services in a wide variety of industries. Our interviews covered organization for brand protection, measurement of counterfeiting and its effects, practices the organization uses for brand protection, success of brand-protection efforts and other issues related to brand-protection efforts. All these firms report a multifaceted approach to counterfeit risks. Most report multiple measures to assess prevalence and impact of counterfeit products. Programs claiming success attribute management support and adequate funding and understanding of counterfeiting problems. Respondents also agree that constant communication is a key determinant of success. Though having the shortcomings of any study with a limited sample, this work finds several common themes in brand-protection efforts, identifies several lessons for firms and identifies issues for further exploration.

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Police Consolidation and Shared Services: Identifying, Developing and Sharing Lessons

Essentials for Leaders

Jeremy M. Wilson, Clifford Grammich

2016 This document provides an executive summary of research conducted by the MSU team regarding public safety departments. In this examination, the team gathered and analyzed data and experiences regarding communities that have consolidated and deconsolidated public safety services. Through an assessment of the nature, implementation, and outcome of such efforts, this report provides decision makers considering public safety consolidation with lessons on its context and applicability for their community. For those that have implemented consolidation, it offers lessons on improving its implementation and effectiveness.

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Product Counterfeiting Legislation in the United States: A Review and Assessment of Characteristics, Remedies, and Penalties

Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

Jeremy M. Wilson, Brandon A. Sullivan, Travis Johnson, Roy Fenoff, Kari Kammel

2016 Product counterfeiting crimes have detrimental effects on consumers, brand owners, public health, the economy, and even national security. Over time, as product counterfeiting crimes and the response to them have evolved, U.S. federal legislation has developed and state legislation has followed suit, but with considerable variation across the states. The purpose of this article is to place product counterfeiting in the context of intellectual property rights, provide a historical review of relevant federal legislation, and systematically examine the extent to which state laws differ in terms of characteristics, remedies, and penalties. Additionally, we calculate indices of civil and criminal protections that illustrate the overall strength of each state’s legislative framework. Collectively, this assessment provides a solid foundation for understanding the development of product counterfeiting legislation and serves as a basis for advancing research, policy, and practice.

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Distinguishing Counterfeit From Authentic Product Retailers in the Virtual Marketplace

International Criminal Justice Review

Jeremy M. Wilson, Roy Fenoff

2014 Product counterfeiting is a large and growing crime that has many forms of victims, from consumers and corporations to governments and societies. Contributing to this growth, the Internet offers a means by which counterfeiters can easily apply their illicit trade around the globe with relative anonymity. However, little is known about the ways in which counterfeiters market their products online and whether and how they can be distinguished from authorized retailers selling authentic product...

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Police Staffing Allocation and Managing Workload Demand: A Critical Assessment of Existing Practices

Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Jeremy M. Wilson Alexander Weiss

2014 Police agencies take a variety of approaches to determining their staffing allocation needs. Among these are the per-capita, minimum staffing, authorized level, and workload-based methods. Based on a review of the literature, interviews with practitioners representing 20 diverse agencies across the USA and national focus group of 21 staffing experts, this article assesses current trends and experiences in staffing allocation...

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The nexus between terrorism and product counterfeiting in the United States

Global Crime

Brandon A. Sullivan, Steven M. Chermak, Jeremy M. Wilson & Joshua D. Freilich

2014 Terrorists use a wide variety of methods to fund their operations, obtain profits and carry out ideologically driven goals. Terrorist organisations have increasingly been linked to product counterfeiting crimes, but evidence for this connection is mostly anecdotal and speculative, lacking systematic empirical evaluation. This study mines open-source data to capture known product counterfeiting schemes linked to known extremists in the United States since 1990...

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Police Workforce Structures: Cohorts, the Economy, and Organizational Performance

Police Quarterly

Jeremy M. Wilson, Justin A. Heinonen

2012 Research has long focused on the size of police agencies, giving little attention to the composition of the workforce itself. Literature in fields such as the military, healthcare, organizational psychology, and business, highlights the importance of workforce structures in meeting both organizational and staff needs. Using data from a national survey, we examine personnel cohorts (i.e., distribution of junior, midlevel, and senior sworn staff) as an element of workforce structure in the largest, U.S. municipal police organizations. We describe the importance of cohort structures for enhancing performance (meeting both organizational and individual needs) and assess variation in cohort structures. We discuss the cohorts in light of their effects on personnel management, and highlight the importance of existing cohort structures when considering major personnel decisions such as hiring freezes, furloughs, layoffs, and buyouts. We summarize future research that could advance theory and policy regarding workforce structures in police and other criminal justice organizations.

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Articulating the dynamic police staffing challenge: An examination of supply and demand

Policing: An International Journal

Jeremy M. Wilson

2012 This work aims to summarize literature on police recruitment and retention and how changing conditions may affect these. It uses a bucket metaphor to conceptualize and present visually how these can interact with each other and create a dynamic police staffing challenge.

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