Dr. Dan Silk is a 22-year veteran of law enforcement, and has served in local and campus policing roles, and as a federal agent and diplomat. In 2002 he was part of the first permanent staff at the newly re-opened US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan; he has also been a captain with the Athens-Clarke County (Georgia) Police Department, where at various times he commanded a community policing unit, internal affairs, training, and vice. He currently works for the University of Georgia, where he commands the Bureau of Field Operations at the UGA Police Department, and teaches in the Criminal Justice Studies Program.
As a Fulbright Police Research Fellow, Dan studied outreach between Muslim communities and British police in 2009, and a similar topic was the subject of his PhD dissertation. Dan has continued to conduct work in this area, publishing articles, developing and delivering training, and serving as the lead editor of the book Preventing Ideological Violence: Communities, Police, and Case Studies of “Success” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Dan has amassed substantial operational, training, and consulting experience overseas, and has been called on to provide instruction on community policing and countering violent extremism for the United Nations at conferences in Amman, Jordan and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and also for the US State Department in Kathmandu, Nepal. Dan has additionally been requested to give presentations on the same topic for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, for US Attorneys’ offices and federal law enforcement, at academic conferences in the US and UK, and for police forces and community partners in the UK.
Dan’s bachelor’s degree is in Religion, as is his master’s degree, with an emphasis on Islamic Studies. Since 1999 he has had the opportunity to study or work in a number of Muslim communities around the world, and has long been interested in studying how law enforcement and Muslim communities interact and work together.