Ray Hayes is an Instructor of Criminal Justice here at Keystone College. He received a Bachelor of Science in History and a Master of Science degree in Human Resources from the University of Scranton.
He is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society and the recipient of the Frank O’Hara Award for academic excellence in Human Resources and Health Administration.
He is also a graduate of Pennsylvania State Police Academy, the FBI National Academy, and the FBI Advanced Hostage Negotiation School.
He served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Police in several locations and capacities throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, including seven years as a hostage/crisis negotiation unit leader with the Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT). He retired as the Criminal Section Supervisor, Troop R Dunmore, after 25 years of service in August 2001.
He began his teaching career at Keystone College in 1999 as an adjunct criminal justice instructor, and later a full-time instructor. From 2002 to 2010, he served as the Director of Public Safety, Emergency Manager, and Deputy Mayor of the City of Scranton during the administration of Mayor Christopher Doherty. After returning to Keystone, he also served as the Director of Campus Safety.
In terms of service to his community, Hayes currently serves as the Northeastern Pennsylvania Crisis Intervention Team Co-coordinator (NEPA CIT). He holds certifications in Mental Health First Aid and Crisis Intervention Team Coordination. He currently provides instruction in crisis intervention team training (CIT) and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to numerous criminal justice, community and behavioral health organizations including the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne County police departments and prisons; and the Lackawanna College Police Academy.
His community service and engagement include past and present affiliations with several boards and organizations. Previous service includes board member of the Children’s Advocacy Center, co-chairperson of the Mayor’s Taskforce on Law Enforcement and Mental Illness, and the Scranton Sewer Authority board of directors. He is a founding member of the Scranton Area CIT Team and its board of directors.
He currently serves as co-coordinator of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Crisis Intervention Team Stakeholder Group / Planning Team and is vice-chairperson of Regional Hospital board of trustees, and a member of the Commonwealth Health Violence Prevention Sub Committee. He previously served as Red Cross volunteer, which included a deployment to the Joplin Missouri Tornado disaster, and participation as a member of several state and local civil service law enforcement and correctional oral review boards.
Training to handle a crisis
Criminal Justice students receive lesson in emergency preparedness
Hayes has taught, or currently teaches a variety of criminal justice related courses including:
- Introduction to Criminal Justice
- Policing in America
- Homeland Security
- Senior Seminar
- Community Policing
- Criminal Investigation
- Police Operations and Management
- Special Topics in Criminal Justice