Dr. Christopher Wydra

Assistant Professor; Program Coordinator, B.S. Criminal Justice, Homeland and International Security Concentration (Online)

Department of Social Sciences

Dr. Christopher Wydra is a recently retired detective with 20 years of professional police experience in law enforcement and investigations with the City of Pittsburgh Police Department and has over 18 years of investigative experience in narcotics, narco-terrorism, vice, homicide, and video and audio electronic surveillance. 


He is Pennsylvania State certified in wiretaps, is a certified expert witness for the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office in narcotics, is a certified instructor of Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission and has training in interview and interrogation techniques.  As an investigator, he was involved in numerous undercover operations and was deputized by FBI, DEA, and ATF to work as an operative on multi-jurisdictional cases.  Dr. Wydra continues to work as a part-time law enforcement officer in Washington County, Pa. 


Prior to his law enforcement career, he served in the United States Marine Corps and participated in Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield and also served in the Pennsylvania Air Force National Guard.  He is a graduate of Point Park University, Duquesne University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Robert Morris University.      


Dr. Wydra has conducted numerous presentations for diverse Pittsburgh communities, non-profit organizations, Allegheny County Youth and Children Service, Allegheny County Probation, and Universities in the Pittsburgh area on narcotics awareness, investigations, and criminal procedures.  Dr. Wydra’s research is based on the evolution of criminal procedures with the emphasis of cybercrime and policing and technology.  Dr. Wydra has several published journal articles and has presented at national conferences on the future of policing and the impact of technology and digital evidence in police investigations.  Dr. Wydra has also a published revised preliminary edition textbook Introduction to Law Enforcement. 


Dr. Wydra is the coordinator for the Global Online B.S. Criminal Justice Homeland and International Security Program, the coordinator for A.S. Applied Policing and Technology, the co-coordinator for the Cal U full-time PA ACT 120 Police Academy and is the faculty adviser for the Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Honor Society.

  • B.S. Criminal Justice, Police Science: Point Park University
  • M.S. Leadership and Ethics: Duquesne University
  • D.S. Information Systems and Communications, Cybercrime and Criminal Procedure: Robert Morris University