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Police officer-turned-professor takes classroom to crime scenes

by Media Relations | May 6, 2014

Mike Arntfield, BA’05, MA’07, PHD’11
Mike Arntfield, BA’05, MA’07, PHD’11

With TV series like Sherlock and True Detective gripping international audiences and critics alike, it's no wonder two courses offered by Western University's Faculty of Arts & Humanities dedicated to sleuths and truths are capturing the imagination of students like a homicide investigator aims to catch a killer

Police officer-turned-professor Mike Arntfield, BA’05, MA’07, PHD’11, has developed two unique courses for the Department of English & Writing Studies and while one is based in fact and the other fiction, both are grounded in real life law enforcement and exploring the criminal mind.

In Forensic Writing, Arntfield and his students examine the evidentiary and investigative importance of delivering airtight legal documents for use in criminal prosecution, civil litigation, public inquiry, or inquest. 

"Most of my forensic writing students do not necessarily see themselves writing search warrants or wire taps down the road," explains Arntfield. "They are students that have a passion for writing, a passion for language and ultimately have found this highly detailed and very specific line of work exhilarating."  

Conceptually, his second course offering, Writing Crime Fiction, is not inimitable but having served 15 years as a police officer, specializing in robbery, vice, major crimes (homicide) and criminal intelligence, Arntfield has an exceptional understanding of criminology and shares that invaluable insight with prospective crime novelists.

For more information on Arntfield's new show on the Oprah Network and for a video interview with the alumnus/detective/professor, please visit Western Media Relations.

This article appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of Alumni Gazette
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