B.S., Fayetteville State University; M.F.S., George Washington University; D.B.A., Northcentral University


Dr Steve Downs is a retired United States Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CW5) and serves as an Associate Professor of Applied Forensic Science at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.  His core courses taught here are focused on practical, hands on, crime scene investigations. Prior to his current position he was a Senior Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Ga., where he taught Federal, State, and Local law enforcement officers multiple forensic and law enforcement courses.  Prior to FLETC, he served nearly 30 years in the US Army with over 25 years of experience a CID Special Agent culminating in his last assignment at Fort Hood, Texas, where he provided investigative oversight of all felony investigations in which the US Army has an interest in the southwest United States.  Steve led the multi-agency task force of the mass murder on 5 Nov 2009 there at Fort Hood.  Steve retired as the second highest ranking CID Agent in the US Army.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Fayetteville State University, master’s degree in Forensic Science from George Washington University, and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) with a specialization in Criminal Justice from Northcentral University.  He is a fellow with the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS), a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Session 214), a graduate of the Canadian Police College Major Case Management Course, and a graduate of the Fire/Arson Course at The National Fire Academy.  He currently is the faculty advisor for the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Association (CJFSA) here which is a club for students interested in these areas.

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