Dr. Larry K. Gaines


  • 1975 Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University
  • 1972 M.S., Criminal Justice, Eastern Kentucky University
  • 1971 B.A., Criminal Justice, Eastern Kentucky University


Dr. Gaines is a professor and chair of the Criminal Justice Department. He joined the department in 1998, and previously he served as chair of the Police Studies Department at Eastern Kentucky University. He is interested in a variety of topics in law enforcement and crime studies. He has published extensively in these areas. He has experience with the Kentucky State Police and the Lexington, Kentucky Police Department. While at Eastern Kentucky, he also served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police for 14 years.

Dr. Gaines served as Secretary Treasurer of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 1984 and 1985, and served as President of the Academy in 1988. He has served as the Managing Editor of the American Journal of Criminal Justice and has served on the editorial board of Justice Quarterly. In 1991, he received the Founders Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and in 1995, he received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Southern Criminal Justice Association and the Outstanding Service Award from the Police Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. From 1984 to 1992, he served as the Kentucky representative to the States' Association of Chiefs of Police, a division of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. In 1997, he was appointed to the Kentucky Attorney General's Task Force on Prescription Drug Diversion

Research Interests

  • Racial Profiling and Police Traffic Stop Data Analysis
  • Community Policing
  • Gangs
  • Criminal Justice Program Evaluation
  • Drug Enforcement
  • Homeland Security
  • Email: lgaines@csusb.edu
  • Phone: 909-537-5508
  • Office Location: Social Behavioral Sciences (SB) 209P

Classes Taught

  • CJUS440: Police Administration
  • CJUS453 Gangs
  • CJUS460: Alcohol & Drugs
  • CJUS555: Homeland Security