Arthur Rizer is the co-founder of the ARrow Center of Criminal Justice Reform. An organization with the mission to improve human dignity in all aspects of the criminal justice system.  Arthur is also a Visiting Lecturer at University College London in the Department of Security and Crime Science and an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University.

Arthur previously served as associate professor of law at West Virginia University’s College of Law and visiting professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. From 2005 to 2014, he was a trial attorney with the U.S. Justice Department, primarily serving as a federal prosecutor. He joined the Justice Department after a three-year stint as a patrol officer with the police department of Cheney, Washington, having graduated the Washington State Police Academy with high honors.

Earlier in his career, Arthur served in the U.S. Army, originally enlisting as a private before later receiving a commission. He served as Acting Commander for a military police battalion and deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, with the mission to train the Iraqi Infantry. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army (WVNG). During his Army career, Arthur received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service and Iraq Campaign medals.


Research Interests

Exploring how police officers and their institutions think about the problem of police violence.  More specifically, how do police, who are the repository of legalized violence, think about controlling that aspect of their mission. 

Research projects & programmes

Centre for Criminology