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Hal N. Wilson


1983 MA, Northeastern State University
1978 BS, Northeastern State University


Hal N. Wilson proudly joins the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University after serving as a Senior Instructor at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and more recently an Intelligence Instructor with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for their FBI National Academy (NA) program. Hal brings a diverse and authoritative background to the field of intelligence research education. Over the span of the last 10 years he has worked with the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University to establish a master’s degree program in Law Enforcement Intelligence & Analysis.

His competence is derived from nearly 40 years of law enforcement experience and extensive history of law enforcement intelligence and analysis training, field experience, curriculum development, coordination and instruction to intelligence personnel around the globe. Notably, in Iraq with the Iraqi National Police, where he earned and shares the DEA’s “Administrator’s Award” for his contributions in Iraq. More recently, while at the FBI Training Division he received a ‘peer based’ award, The Excellence in Instruction Award, presented by the FBI Academy’s Assistant Director in August 2014.

Mr. Wilson holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He served over five years as a Commissioned Police Officer with the Tulsa Police Department, Tulsa, Oklahoma, before joining the DEA as a Special Agent on August 5th, 1985. Nearly three years later he transferred to the DEA Operations/Communications Unit in Dallas, Texas.

Mr. Wilson’s instructional career became formalized in 1992 when he accepted an adjunct teaching position with New Mexico State University while serving as an Intelligence Research Specialist at the El Paso Intelligence Center—the world’s largest tactical drug intelligence processing and analysis facility. The success of Mr. Wilson’s teaching methodology and curriculum within the university’s Criminal Justice program earned him wide acclaim from law enforcement students and academia alike—accolades that eventually led him in 1998 to the DEA Academy/Justice Training Center in Quantico, VA.

Since that time Hal has taken his in-depth knowledge and critical training skills to places where it is needed most, traveling throughout the U.S., Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has broadened the intellectual horizons of thousands of law enforcement and intelligence professionals with his infectious enthusiasm and innovative teaching style.

With over twenty-five years of service with DEA he also worked in Dallas, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he began his career with DEA (August 5th, 1985) as a Special Agent, and with over four years with the FBI as an Intelligence Analyst Instructor. Prior to that, he was a Commissioned Police Officer with the Tulsa Police Department, Tulsa Oklahoma for over five years. Yet, previously he worked for the Department of Defense as a federal Police Officer for nearly one year and it was that departure that led him to graduate school to study and further his academic skills in the areas of advanced crime scene and criminal investigations.