Tom Kukowski


(414) 288-4037
Retired Captain, West Allis
Criminology and Law Studies
Lalumiere Language Hall, 108


After receiving my undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, I was hired by the West Allis Police Department, where I was employed as Captain of the Patrol Division. I have nearly 30 years law enforcement experience, twenty-three of these years as a supervisor. I was also in charge of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, where I was responsible for the Sensitive Crimes Division, the Drug Unit, the Forensic and Technical Services Bureau, and the Gang Unit. I was also a former Police Association president for the labor union and later, president of the Administrative Officers Association. My experiences in labor-related issues, including collective bargaining, the legal issues in the administration of discipline, and being a member of our hiring board as an assessment center representative have been invaluable.


Over the years, I have continued my education in and outside the classroom. I graduated from the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, which is a 400-hour course for law enforcement executives. I’ve also received advanced training in Emergency Management, and I am the lead member on our Department’s Critical Incident Review Board.


Also, I instruct seminars on Critical Incident Response for Law Enforcement so that officers and administrators can manage critical incidents in a safer and more organized method. In addition to managing the initial response, the instruction emphasizes the National Incident Command System, Emergency Operations Centers, and Critical Incident Stress Management.


I obtained my Master’s Degree in Public Service from Marquette University. While attending Marquette, I had the privilege to get to know many professors who gave me a greater understanding and broader perspective of public service.

Dr. Farkas encouraged me to consider teaching at Marquette, and for that I am forever in her debt. I have noticed that as I progress, my perspectives and rewards have changed. I enjoy to train, coach, mentor, and encourage students and police officers to be the absolute best that they can be. When successful, for me, there is no greater reward.


Contact the Department of
Social and Cultural Sciences

Lalumiere Language Hall, Room 340
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-6838 | Fax: (414) 288-6444