Criminal Justice Faculty
Dr. Rick Patterson
A.A. (Criminal Justice) Eastern Wyoming College
B.A. (Criminal Justice & History) Chadron State College
M.A. (Counseling) Chadron State College
Ed.S. (Counseling) Chadron State College
Ph.D. (Counselor Education) University of Wyoming
Richard Patterson teaches in the criminal justice program at Eastern Wyoming College as well as training probation/parole officers at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy. In addition to his academic and teaching credentials, he brings an extensive amount of practical experience to the college. He has been employed in the criminal justice field as a police officer, field-training officer, and police supervisor. He also worked a number of years in various institutional and community correctional settings, both with adults and juveniles. Dr. Patterson has worked as a therapist, program director and executive director of a community mental health center.
He is licensed by the State of Wyoming as a professional counselor and addictions therapist and certified by the Wyoming Peace Officers Standards & Training Commission (P.O.S.T.) as a police instructor. In addition, he does sex offender evaluations and runs a treatment program for the Wyoming Department of CorrectionsA Wyoming native, he is married and has four grown children. He also has six grandchildren.
Education: B.A. (Justice Studies) Chadron State College
Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy
FBI National Academy
Biography: Lawrence Curtis teaches in the criminal justice program at Eastern Wyoming College. Along with his academic credentials he brings an extensive amount of practical police experience to the college. He served with the Torrington Wyoming Police Department for twenty years; ten years as a patrolman and ten years as detective and supervisor. Additionally he served in Iraq for two years as an International Police Liaison Officer. During that time he worked closely with U.S. and Coalition Military Forces and Danish, Italian, British and other Commonwealth Police Advisors. He is married and has made Torrington his home for over 25 years.