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Steve Corder – Criminal Justice

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Office Location :  Adjunct

Office Phone :    (541) 917-4237 (message)

Office Hours :   By appointment

I began my law enforcement career as a cadet with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in 1980.  Upon graduation from Roseburg Senior High School, I enlisted in the United States Army as a Military Policeman and served a two year enlistment in Europe.  When I finished my military commitment, my family and I moved to Albany and I attended Linn-Benton Community College.

While attending classes at LBCC, I was selected as a Reserve Deputy for the Linn County Sheriff's Office.  I worked as a Marine Deputy during the summers while I attended college.  I transferred to Western Oregon State College, where I majored in Law Enforcement and minored in Military Science.  I enrolled in the United States Army, Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program.   I graduated from Western Oregon State College on December 17, 1988, at which time I was also commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. 

I was a part-time hire as a Linn County Deputy Sheriff until I went on active duty as an Army Officer.  I served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army, while stationed in Germany.  After my wife and I had our first daughter, we decided to return to Oregon and return to law enforcement.  I attended the Oregon Police Academy and graduated with the Victor G Atiyeh Outstanding Student Award.  I was assigned patrol duties during that time and in October of 1992, I was assigned to the Valley Interagency Narcotics Team (VALIANT).  I worked as a Case Agent and Undercover Officer until I moved to the City of Albany as a Police Officer on May 3, 1993.

I have served as a Police Officer, Corporal, Patrol Sergeant and Detective Sergeant, Special Services Captain and Deputy Chief of Police.  In October of 2005, I made the unique decision to voluntarily demote to Police Officer and return to case work. I have always considered criminal investigation and patrol to be the best duties in any police department and am truly grateful that I had the means and opportunity to return to this position.  I was assigned for almost five years as a Detective working primarily adult and juvenile sex crimes, child abuse, major assaults and homicide.  After completing that assignment, I again have returned to the patrol division, where I currently work a rotating shift. 

In addition to my Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement from WOSC, I hold a Master of Science Degree in Correctional Administration from WOSC as well.  Part of my graduate degree included a minor in Substance Abuse Prevention from the University of Oregon. 

One of my proudest professional accomplishments has been my selection as a Part-Time Faculty Instructor at Linn-Benton Community College in April of 1997.  I have many mentors and friends who have guided by career.  Rod Carter, Jackie Turle, Sheriff Art Martinak (Retired), Assistant Chief Phil McLain (Retired), and the late Jerry Phillips (LBCC), have all inspired me to be an outstanding law enforcement professional and instructor.  My most important goal is to pass their mentorship on to my students.

SYLLABI CJ112-Police Field Operations

SYLLABI CJ250B-Criminal Justice Capstone



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