Ron Becker completed his studies for a Bachelor of Science degree in Police Science at Sam Houston State University in 1969. He went on to finish his Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Agricultural & Mechanical University in 1972.
He worked with the Mineral County Montana Sheriff’s Office culminating his work there as a criminal investigator. He was responsible for all felony investigations reported to the Sheriff’s Office and successfully investigated and testified in many criminal prosecutions including murder and aggravated assault cases. He left a promising career in law enforcement and entered St. Mary’s Law School in 1980.
Upon completion of his law studies and passing the Texas Bar Examination in 1983, he became a partner in the general litigation firm of Gish, Radtke and Becker in Boerne, Texas. The firm became a successful personal injury practice. During that time Ron served as the Boerne Municipal Court Judge and as Special Judge in the County and District Courts (District Courts in Texas are felony courts). He has an intimate knowledge of court procedure and jurisprudence. He has provided professional presentations on admitting expert evidence.
In 1991 he began a teaching career at Texas State University in the Criminal Justice Department. In 1994 he created a facility for training public safety divers in underwater investigation based on a forensic protocol. As director of the Underwater Institute he started the Texas State University, Underwater Institute’s Annual Public Safety Diver’s Seminar and Competition. This annual event drew recovery divers from all over the country and was held at Texas State University, San Marcos Texas, each year during Spring Break. He has served as an instructor and judge for the Texas State University Annual Hostage Negotiation Competition and teaches a graduate course in Hostage (Crisis) Negotiation.
As a tenured Full Professor Ron has taught Criminal Investigation and has published five books and has just completed the writing of the 4th edition of his Criminal Investigation text. During his tenure he has published numerous articles and textbook chapters.
Processing the Underwater Crime Scene. 1997. Charles Thomas Publishing Co.
Using Scientific Evidence and Expert Witnesses in the Courtroom. 1999. Charles
Thomas Publishing Co.
Criminal Investigation. 2001. Aspen Publishing Co.
(With accompanying laboratory and instructor’s manual)
Criminal Investigation. 2005 2nd. Ed. Jones and Bartlett.
Criminal Investigation 2008 3rd Ed. Jones and Bartlett
Criminal Investigation 2012 4th Ed. Jones and Bartlett
Underwater Forensic Investigation. 2006. Prentice Hall
The Underwater Crime Scene. 2015. Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine.
Ron began work at Chaminade University on July 8, 2002 as program director for the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program. Since that time he has streamlined the graduate and undergraduate curricula, created an on-line Masters of Criminal Justice Administration tract and a MSCJA specialty tract in “Forensic Laboratory Management.” He was promoted to full professor in the Fall of 2006. He has worked as an underwater recovery consultant for the Honolulu Police Department and the Department of Land and Human Resources. Each summer he conducts a workshop in “Underwater Forensic Investigation”.
Ron’s hobbies include firearms, golf, scuba and sailing. He has been a competitive shooter of hand guns and shotgun and shoots regularly both trap and skeet.