In 2007, Dr. Pendleton retired after a law enforcement career of 25 years, which began as a municipal police officer in Montclair, New Jersey. After eight years in various assignments, Dr. Pendleton transferred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, in Newark, New Jersey. During the course of more than 17 years as a criminal investigator, Dr. Pendleton has worked hundreds of cases covering the full spectrum of the criminal investigation, including arson, robbery and homicide. Specializing in fingerprint identification, Dr. Pendleton has testified as an expert over 40 times at the State Superior Court level.
Dr. Pendleton was a member of the International Association for Identification (IAI), and served one term on the Board of Directors. Previous assignments with the IAI included Chairman of the Certification Quality Assurance Board and the board representative to the Forensic Standards Accreditation Board. Dr. Pendleton is also past-president of the NJ Division IAI.
Dr. Pendleton’s academic credentials include an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ (Police Science), a Bachelors Degree from William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ (Political Science), a Masters Degree in Education (Administration & Supervision), an Educational Specialist Degree in Education (Post Graduate) and a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) all from Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey in 2001. The selected topic area for Dr. Pendleton’s Doctoral Dissertation was, “The Effect of a College/University Education on Police Recruit performance while attending the Bergen County Police Academy, Mahwah, New Jersey.”
Teaching as an adjunct professor for over twelve years, Dr. Pendleton has instructed hundreds of students at both Fairleigh Dickinson University and Seton Hall University. Dr. Pendleton has also served as a Police Academy Instructor at the Essex County College Police Academy, Cedar Grove, NJ, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Academy, Jersey City, NJ, and the NJ Attorney General Academy, Sea Girt, NJ where he also served on the curriculum revision committee.