Paul Sylvestre

Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

Contact Information
Associate Professor Paul Sylvestre
I hope that my enthusiasm and passion for the field of criminal justice will be ... a catalyst to inspire my students to achieve academic and professional success through lifelong learning.


Paul Sylvestre, Ph.D., joined Johnson & Wales University in 2011 after serving as an adjunct instructor in criminal justice at Bristol Community College since 2009. He also worked as an adjunct instructor in criminal justice at Bay State College in Boston, Massachusetts.

Prior to joining academia, Sylvestre served on the Pawtucket Police Department in Rhode Island for 22 years, spending three years as a patrol officer before becoming a detective assigned to the narcotics unit. During that time, he worked in an undercover capacity for approximately two and a half years, making purchases of narcotics such as cocaine, crack, marijuana, heroin, LSD and various controlled prescription drugs in Pawtucket and the surrounding communities of Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, and other cities and towns throughout the State of Rhode Island. 

While working as a detective in the narcotics unit, Sylvestre became a member of the National Narcotics Officers Association and was recognized as an expert witness in narcotics investigations in both state and federal courts in Rhode Island. He also worked as a narcotics detection canine handler before retiring in December 2008.

Sylvestre has presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and Northeastern Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conferences on issues relating to cumulative stress in policing.

Areas of Interest

Sylvestre’s research interest is in cumulative stress in policing and its impact on the individual officer in his/her professional and personal life as well as the department and public.

Courses Taught

  • CJS1002: Intro to Criminal Justice
  • CJS1070: Criminal Courts
  • CJS1090: Law Enforcement
  • CJS2040: Corrections
  • CJS2050: Criminology
  • CJS2150: Criminal Justice Ethics
  • CJS2085: Juvenile Justice
  • CJS3075: Criminal Investigation
  • CJS3450: Comparative Criminal Justice
  • CJS3850: Homeland Security
  • CJS4030: Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • CJS4080: Criminal Justice Senior Seminar


  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
  • Northeastern Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS)
  • American Society of Criminology (ASC)