michael sliker
Instructor of Criminal Justice
Preston 112

I have served over 30 years as a police officer, with the last eight years as the Chief of Police for the North East Police Department in Erie County, Pennsylvania. I retired from policing in May 2021. I have worked for Mercyhurst University since 2015 as an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Mercyhurst University Police Academy. In 2021, I was hired as a full-time instructor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. 


  • Doctoral Candidate, Criminal Justice, Capella University, 2022
  • Master of Science, Administration of Justice, Mercyhurst University, 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, Mercyhurst University, 2002 

Courses Taught

  • Police Functions
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Interview and Interrogation
  • Intro. Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • Police Administration
  • Contemporary Police Problems
  • Criminal Justice Ethics

Teaching Interests

Criminal justice courses with a primary focus on policing and intelligence. 

Research Interests

  • Small-town Policing
  • Contemporary Police Problems
  • Public Trust in Police
  • Evidence-based Policing Practices

Professional Affiliations

Volunteer as a board member to conduct oral interviews of police candidates for local police civil service commissions.

Awards and Recognitions

  • PA Boroughs Association, Certified Borough Official (7/2019)
  • NEPD Arson Investigation Commendation (12/2012)
  • PTO Fraud Investigation Commendation (8/2012)
  • Erie County Honorable Judge Russell Cunningham Commendation (12/2007)
  • Office of Attorney General Special Commendation (7/1996)
  • NEPD Burglary Investigation Commendation (1/1993)
  • Honorable Discharge U.S. Air Force (5/1991)
  • U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service (1/1991)
  • Advanced Promotion U.S. Air Force (1/1991)