Paul Zipper



Research Interests
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Youth Fire Setting
  • Hate Crimes
  • Clandestine Drug Labs
  • Fire and Explosion Investigation
  • Law Enforcement Ethics
Research Summary

A 34 year Massachusetts State Police career included being the Duty Officer at SP Danvers, a Station Commander at SP Newbury and the section commander of the Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit and Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team (CLET). These first hand experiences included conducting hundreds of fire investigations, expertise in witness and suspect interview and interrogation techniques, conducting research on motivations for juvenile and adult fire setting as well as researching clandestine drug labs. A significant amount of research involved maintaining ethics in law enforcement.

  • Ph.D., Sociology, Northeastern University
  • M.S., Justice, American University
  • B.S., Criminal Justice, Westfield State University
Areas of Expertise
  • Fire and Explosion Investigation
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Clandestine Drug Labs
  • Youth Fire Setting
Recent Publications

Zipper, P.T., & Adams, T. (2014) The Psychology of Marginality: The Role of Subculture in Shaping, Developing, and Reinforcing Work Ethic. In B.D. Fitch (Ed.), Law Enforcement Ethics: Classic and Contemporary Issues. (pp. 181-204). Sage.

Zipper, P.T., (2002) Talking the Talk: Tips and Techniques for Interviewing Juveniles. In D.J. Kolko (Ed.), Handbook on Firesetting in Children and Youth. (pp. 99-140). Academic Press.

Zipper, P.T. (2005) “Juvenile Arson The Importance of Early Intervention.” FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin 74(4), 1-9.

Honors and Awards
  • Top Gun Award presented by Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office
  • Massachusetts State Police Medal of Merit for work on Bomb Legislation