Ronald Louie, M.A., M.PA.

Ronald Louie

Adjunct Faculty

Criminology & Criminal Justice

Office Hours (Fall 2018): Tuesdays 3 pm - 5 pm and By Appointment *
subject to change - contact to schedule



M.P.A., California State University—Hayward
M.S., Anthropology, San Francisco State University
B.A., Social Science, California State University (Magna Cum Laude)
A.A., Business Administration, College of San Mateo (with Honors)

With over 33 years of experience, Chief Ron Louie retired from the Hillsboro, Oregon, Police Department July 2007. He had been the Hillsboro Chief of Police since 1992. He was the Chief of the Astoria, Oregon, Police Department from 1987-1992. Prior to assuming command in Astoria, Chief Louie spent 13 years with the Palo Alto, California, Police Department, leaving there as a Lieutenant.

A 1999 graduate of the FBI Executive Leadership Institute, in Quantico, Virginia, he also is a 1995 graduate of the FBI National Academy, and 1988 Command College/Oregon Executive Development Institute. Chief Louie has extensive experience in teaching (Anthropology, Social Science, Crisis Intervention, Hostage Negotiation, Diversity in Law Enforcement, Strategic Planning, Executive Leadership, Management and Supervisory Skills) and consulting in community policing and organizational leadership in Alaska, California, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. He is a published author in crisis intervention, contemporary community policing, public safety leadership and law enforcement strategic planning. His most recent publication is Tactical Communication in Crisis Incidents, published by ODIN Ink Publishing, Portland State University, 2011.

An active participant in issues of diversity and anti-discrimination, Chief Louie served 10 years with the Oregon Committee, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, served on the Oregon Attorney General's Use of Force Committee, the Governor's Committee on Law Enforcement Contacts (Racial Profiling Committee), the Oregon Youth Authority Advisory Committee and the Human Rights Council of Washington County and the Pacific Institute of Ethics and Social Policy (Pacific University). Chief Louie is the 2007 recipient of the prestigious Vollum Ecumenical Ministries Humanitarian Award, the Oregon Crime Prevention Administrator of the Year Award, the American Legion Officer of the Year Award and from the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, the Max Patterson Award for Excellence in Community Policing.

The son of a Chinese immigrant and Classic Chinese Opera actor, Chief Louie was born and raised in San Francisco, dropped out of high school at age 16, joined the U.S. Marines, and served in Vietnam. He and his wife Jo Anne live in Hillsboro, Oregon with their two adult children living nearby. After his military service, he entered college with his GED on the G.I. Bill.

Chief Louie has been a guest presenter at Pacific University, Lewis & Clark College, Reed College, and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Portland State University and Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon. As a Portland community volunteer, Chief Louie currently teaches Tactical Communication and Crisis Intervention for the Portland Parks & Recreation Ranger Program.


Chief Louie is scheduled to teach the following courses for the 2018/19 academic year (subject to change):

CCJ 230 Policing in America (campus program) – Fall & Winter terms

Students in Chief Louie’s prior classes note the following about his teaching:

“In my time at Portland State I have taken a number of classes from Chief Louie, and all of them have been an absolute joy. His decades of experience in law enforcement is passed onto his students through his teaching style, and he never fails to inspire. In my time learning from him, I can honestly say there was never a dull moment - quite the opposite - and I will truly miss his classes.”


“Prof. Louie made class fun and entertaining. He welcomed all points of view. His background as a police chief really gives him a unique perspective, which he expresses in the most diplomatic way. His sweet demeanor and informative lectures made class go by quickly. You can tell he really wants to help people do the right thing in the tough profession of policing. I appreciated him addressing ethical issues and his current event discussions.”