Matthew Adamson

Assistant Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Social Work and Criminal Justice
M.P.A. (Public Administration), 2015, Kaplan University
Certified law enforcement officer in the State of Illinois, 1986-2014
B.S. (Criminal Justice), 2013, Kaplan University
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy, 2011
Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, 1993-1994, Northwestern University
Basic Police Training, 1986, Illinois State Police Academy

Professor Adamson joined Olivet's full-time faculty in 2015. He teaches courses in police and society, criminal law, criminal procedure, and fundamentals of police training. He enjoys working as the coordinator in the Law Enforcement Concentration, preparing students for a future in federal, state, municipal, and county law enforcement.

In 2014, he completed his professional law enforcement career after serving 27½ years as a police officer with the Kankakee Police Department. He has a wealth of experience in SWAT, police administration, hostage and crisis negotiation, firearms instruction, and armoring. He has taught statewide classes on the Incident Command System (ICS), for the Illinois Fire Institute, and served on the Illinois Incident Management Team.  In basic training at the Illinois State Police Basic Academy, Professor Adamson was elected as class president of the Basic Train Class 400-18 in 1986. His career in law enforcement has included a promotion to the rank of Sergeant (1992), to Lieutenant (1998) and to Patrol Commander (2010). Additionally, he was selected by local Chiefs of Police to serve as the director of the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG), specializing in statewide drug enforcement efforts with federal, state, and local agencies. Chosen by the local Chiefs of Police, he was the first and only local officer to be assigned to this position. He has also served as the accreditation manager for the initial accreditation process at the Kankakee Police Department becoming the first police agency in Illinois to attain state accreditation (ILEAP), and also the first police agency to hold both state accreditation (ILEAP) and national accreditation (CALEA). He enjoys being a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Illinois Police Association, FBI National Academy Associates, and Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society. 

His leisure interests include working through his doctoral degree, lifting weights, reading, traveling and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Michele, live in Kankakee and are the parents of three children: Benjamin, Joseph and Rachel.

Professor Adamson has been an active member of Calvary Bible Church in Bourbonnais since 1990, where he has served in leadership as an elder and deacon, in men's ministry, and as teacher of adult and junior high school ministries. He has also participated in AWANA and Vacation Bible School, led home Bible studies, and operates on several para-church boards, and contributed in several overseas mission trips.