A West Virginia University professor is available to offer commentary and insight on a recent string of murders nationwide of public officials, including Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.

Sociology professor James Nolan teaches courses in the area of crime and social control. Before coming to WVU, Nolan served as a police officer in Wilmington, Del. for 13 years working in a variety of divisions, including patrol, community policing, organized crime and vice, and planning and research. He later worked for the FBI as a unit chief in the Crime Analysis, Research and Development Unit.

His research currently focuses on police procedures, crime measurement, hate crimes and homicide.

Crum, known for cracking down on the drug trade in southern West Virginia, was fatally shot Wednesday while sitting in his car.

Nolan can be reached at 304.293.8582 or at jim.nolan@mail.wvu.edu.



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