Crime Scene Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Former Detective, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Mathew Austin is a Special Agent (SA) with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and is assigned to the crime scene unit. SA Austin began this position in December of 2019; previously, he was a detective at the Ohio University Police Department (OUPD). Today’s presentation stems from a case he investigated at OUPD. SA Austin joined OUPD in 2012 and served as a detective for over four years. Prior to joining the police department, he studied at Ohio University, teaching and obtaining master’s degrees in Recreation Studies and Sociology. SA Austin has publications in Leisure Studies, The Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership and the Journal of Experiential Education and has presented research at the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, the 4th Biennial Adventure Research Symposium, and the Midwest Wolf Steward Meeting. Prior to his graduate work, SA Austin studied at Northland College, where he majored in Research and Evaluation for Outdoor Education and attended a Spring Semester in the Rockies with the National Outdoor Leadership School. SA Austin has experience conducting threat assessment investigations and holds a Campus Threat Manager Certificate from the Campus Threat Management Institute. SA Austin won OUPD’s Community Service award in 2017 for his part in responding to and investigating an active threat on campus and won Employee of the Year for 2018. SA Austin and Brie Sivy (co-presenter) were awarded the Law Enforcement and Survivor Special Courage Award at the 2018 Ohio Crime Victim’s Justice Center’s Models of Justice Awards Celebration in Columbus, OH.