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Amanda Trent, Major (Ret.)

Department Chair for Criminal Justice and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Green Hall 1661M

Office Hours
By appointment


  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Walden University
  • M.A. in Criminal Justice, Radford University
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice, Roanoke College


Amanda Trent started her career in corrections at Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office in 1997 and worked in the jail for several years before moving into a law enforcement capacity as a civil process/warrant service officer. Major Trent served as a supervisor in the court security/services division, Training Sergeant and Accreditation Manager before leaving the agency as a member of the transition team for the Western Virginia Regional Jail.

Major Trent served as the Professional Standards Unit Lieutenant responsible for background investigations, training, accreditation and safety/sanitation as well as all criminal incidents and internal investigations at the facility and served as Captain of the Services Division before being promoted in March 2013 to the Major over the Services Division.

Major Trent holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Roanoke College, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Radford University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice from Walden University. She has been utilized as a training coordinator for the jail basic academy and holds specialty certifications as a defensive tactics, use of force and intermediate weapons instructor and Certified Jail Manager through the American Jail Association.

Her thesis for her Ph.D. focused on the utilization of medication assisted treatment, specifically opioid antagonists in a correctional setting.

Professional Memberships

  •  American Jail Association
  • Virginia Association of Regional Jails
  • Prevention Council of Roanoke Valley
  • Roanoke Valley Collective Response
  • Comprehensive Opioid and Addiction Program
  • Sigma Alpha Pi
  • The National Honor Society of Leadership and Success
  • Chi Omega Sorority

Courses Taught

  • Women in Criminal Justice
  • Violence in the Media
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Comparative Corrections
  • Comparative Law Enforcement Systems
  • Police and Society
  • Corrections
  • Criminological Theory
  • Criminal Justice Report Writing
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