William Wells

Associate Professor
Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas
Sam Houston State University

William Wells is Associate Professor in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University and Director of Research and Development in the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

Dr. Wells earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1999 and his M.A. in Criminal Justice from Indiana University in 1995. He previously held appointments in the Center for the Study of Crime, Delinquency, and Corrections at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

His research interests include the nature of gun-related violence, policing responses to gun-related problems and, more generally, policing responses to crime. From 2007 through 2010 Dr. Wells worked with a team of researchers and police practitioners from the United States who collaborated with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service on a series of strategic crime control initiatives. Since 2007 he has also worked on several research projects with the Houston (TX) Police Department. He is currently working with a team of researchers on a federally-funded research project to study the way local police agencies make use of technologies that analyze ballistic evidence. His published research has appeared in journals that include Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Crime and Delinquency, Injury Prevention, Justice Quarterly, and Criminology.