Dr. Patrick J Solar

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Contact Info

1145 Ullsvik Hall
1 University Plz
Platteville, WI 53818-3001

Campuses and Colleges

  • Online
  • UW-Platteville
  • Liberal Arts and Education

Department Info

Associate Professor
Associate Professor - MSCJ
1145 Ullsvik Hall
Associate Professor
Masters in Criminal justice Program Coordinator



Educational Background

  • Doctorate in Philosophy, Northern Illinois University
  • Master of Public Administration, Northern Illinois University
  • Bachelor of Science, Northern Illinois Unviersity
  • FBI National Academy, Quantico Virginia
  • Certified Police Chief, State of Illinois

Professional Experience
Patrick Solar is a policing scholar who develops courses and teachies Police Administration, Police Community Relations, Criminal Investigations, and the capstone class in the on ground and online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Solar is a life-time member of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Wisconsin Chiefs of police, and a member of the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Council. He has served as a Police officer beginning in 1981 holding positions that include Police Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Chief.  He retired from policing after 29 years of service in 2010. He has been teaching, on a part-time basis, since 1995 and in addition to his full-time commitment at UW-Platteville, he hosts training seminars for in-service officers and teaches for Northwestern’s Center for Public Safety, police staff & command course.

He is the author of "Police Community Relations: A conflict management approach" now in it's second edition available from West Academic Publishing.  His current work is focused on a new title, "Police Accountability: measuring, recognizing, and rewarding excellence." 

Personal Information
Favorite quote: “Life is a gift from God. What you do with yours is your gift to God.”