Chief Brian Johnson, El Centro Police Department, CA
Police Chief Brian Johnson has over 32-years of law enforcement experience and is currently the Chief of Police for the El Centro Police Department, El Centro, California. He honorably retired as a Captain with the Los Angeles Police Department where he served for over 26 years in a variety of assignments. Chief Johnson earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Long Beach and a Masters degree in Behavioral Science from California State University Dominguez Hills.
Chief Johnson’s last assignment with the LAPD was the Area Commanding Officer for the Pacific Community Police Station. Pacific Division is world famous as the home to Venice Beach and LAX Airport. He serviced a community of approximately 205,000 residents and area consisting of approximately 26 square miles. He was proud to serve alongside the 300 sworn and civilian members of the LAPD Pacific Division before his retirement.
Chief Johnson is a graduated of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, West Point Leadership Program, and FBI National Academy – Session 218. Chief Johnson has been the recipient of numerous external and internal commendations, awards, and he has been awarded the prestigious Police Meritorious Service Medal. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and is on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Asian American Law Enforcement Commanders and served on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Police Museum.
Chief Johnson has an unwavering commitment to community policing and his leadership style promotes community partnerships, problem-solving and proactive crime fighting strategies. He is also part of the John Maxwell Team (JMT) as a certified coach, trainer and speaker. Most recently, he graduated from the prestigious National Command & Staff College, Command & Staff Leadership (Command College) and received California POST highest award, Executive Certificate.
Chief Johnson strives to instill a sense of teamwork and collaboration with the community, faith-based organizations, non-profits, law enforcement organizations and other members of the criminal justice system.
He has been a guest speaker for various community groups and volunteers with several police organizations to provide contemporary leadership develop and professional development through varies workshops and master-mind groups.
Scott Collins, Chief of Police and Emergency Manager for the Aubrey Independent School District in Aubrey, TX; Executive Director, National Command & Staff College Association (NCSCA)
Chief Collins has a Bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas with a major in Criminal Justice, and a minor in EMS. Chief Collins us currently working on obtaining his masters degree from the University of North Texas, with a major in Emergency Management and a minor in Criminal Justice Administration.
Chief Collins has worked in various capacities during his law enforcement career such as: Patrol, Traffic, K-9 Unit (Narcotics K-9), School Resource Officer, Investigations. In 2007 Chief Collins was selected to go to the SRO Division of his previous agency, and start the Truancy Program for that district. During his tenure he worked hard to keep kids in school and focused his efforts to decrease the drop out rate, and increase the graduation rate for students. Chief Collins also brought a variety of specialized programs to the district, and was valuable at shaping the SRO Program.
Chief Collins was selected to be the Chief of Police for Aubrey ISD PD, in November of 2014, and to continue the newly formed Police Department for the district. He was also tasked with building community relations, and building the department and take the department to the next level of school policing. While serving the department, Chief Collins is an active member of the community, who works diligently on building relationships both in and out of the district, and knowing the students who are in is district. Chief Collins works hard to get into the classroom to teach, and be very visible to the kids inside the schools. Chief Collins focuses on expanding the department and training the new officers to be the best in the state of Texas. Chief Collins is a servant leader, who is the first one on duty and the last to leave to make sure the officers that works with him are taken care of.
Chief Collins is a recent graduate of several of the National Command and Staff College programs. He is a graduate of the Institute of Credible Leadership, Credible Leadership Development Program. And in July of 2020, Graduated from The Command and Staff Program Session 009. Chief Collins was chosen be the staff of the command college for the MAGNUS OVEA Award, which is one of the top graduation awards that can be given.
Chief Collins has a wide variety of School Based Law Enforcement Certifications, and is a certified instructor and teaches various topics. Chief Collins also has a wide variety of Emergency Management Certifications, and Sports / Venue Management Certifications. A little-known fact about Chief Collins is that he is triple certified in not only police work, but also is a Certified Basic Texas Firefighter, and Texas Basic Emergency Medical Technician. Chief Collins has worked in the fire and EMS field for almost twenty-seven years. While he only serves in fire and ems role currently in a minor part, he still keeps his certifications active, and practices when possible.
Chief Scott Collins is a twenty-year Master Peace Officer veteran, who is currently assigned as the Chief of Police and Emergency Manager for the Aubrey Independent School District in Aubrey, Texas.
Captain Jarod Primicerio
Jarod Primicerio is a Captain with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), assigned to the Office of Inspector General. He is a graduate student at California State University, Dominguez Hills, earning his Master’s Degree in Negotiations, Conflict Resolution, and Peacekeeping. Captain Primicerio is a twenty-plus year veteran with the CHP and has worked in numerous geographical assignments throughout the state, including: Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Francisco, Solano and Sacramento Counties. His specialized assignments include: Deputy Inspector General; supervising the Emergency Notification and Tactical Alert Center; AMBER Alert Coordinator; Auto Theft Investigator; California Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) coordinator and instructor; International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) DRE Technical Advisory Panel member; CHP Academy Instructor for Impaired Driving, Conflict Resolution, and Departmental Compliance Inspections; California Police Officer’s Association (CPOA) COPSWEST speaker for the Leading by Listening course. Captain Primicerio is a graduate of the National Command and Staff College and a member of CPOA, IACP, International Law Enforcement Auditors Association, Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Association of Local Government Auditors. Captain Primicerio has subject matter expertise in Implicit Bias and Racial Profiling training. He is a trained Compliance and Ethics officer at the Basic Academy of Compliance and Ethics from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) and a Certified Fraud Specialist sanctioned by the Association of Certified Fraud Specialists. He is an acknowledged author, whose conducted extensive research on law enforcement transparency and the use of police body worn cameras. Captain Primicerio was published by the California Peace Officers’ Association in December-2017 in an article titled: Police Body Worn Cameras: Is Transparency Achievable? and in the October-2018 issue of the IACP Police Chief magazine article titled: Transformation of Community-Police Relations Through History.
Rosalyn D Harrington, Ph.D
Rosalyn Harrington is from Charlotte NC, where she spent 11 years with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Within that timeframe, her assignments included Patrol, Community Coordinator, Public Information Officer, ADW detective and lastly, Homicide detective. Further, she taught criminal justice and forensic classes as an adjunct instructor at Johnson C Smith University and ITT Technical Institute. Two years ago, Rosalyn transitioned from full-time law enforcement to part-time in order to become an Associate Professor of Criminology at Pfeiffer University. Additionally, her education includes a pending PhD in Public Safety Leadership focusing on Emergency Management with a concentration in Forensics; a Master’s degree in Forensic Science with a focus in Investigations; a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Kinesiology with a concentration in Biology.
Ian Hesketh, Ph.D, United Kingdom Police Services
Dr. Ian Hesketh is an Organisational Psychologist. He is a 30yr veteran of the UK police service. Dr Hesketh is the Wellbeing Lead for the UK College of Policing and also supports the National Health and Wellbeing forum, established by Prof Sir Cary Cooper with Alliance Business School, University of Manchester in the UK. He is an Honorary Researcher at Lancaster University Management School and a Visiting Fellow at the Open University Business School. He is also a visiting lecturer at several other Universities. He holds a PhD in Management and Social Psychology and an MBA from Lancaster University. He is a Chartered Manager (CMgr), and holds Qualified Teaching, Learning and Skills (QTLS) status with the Society for Education and Training. His research interests are centered on Wellbeing and has written two books on the subject. Ian introduced and labelled the concept of Leaveism to explain human behaviours associated with workplace workload and stress. In 2011 his article on Transformational Leadership During Change was voted one of the Top 5 Management Articles by the Chartered Management Institute in the UK. He is the author of numerous academic and trade papers on workplace wellbeing, change and public value. His current work is centered on trauma exposure and roles within policing that involve increased psychological risks; and responses thereto. He is a Member of the Society for Education and Training, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Gordon Graham, Founder of Lexipol
Gordon Graham is a 33-year veteran of California Law Enforcement. His education as a Risk Manager and experience as a practicing Attorney, coupled with his extensive background in law enforcement, have allowed him to rapidly become recognized as a leading professional speaker in both private and public sector organizations with multiple areas of expertise.
In 2002, along with Bruce Praet, Gordon became a founder of Lexipol–a company designed to standardize policy, procedure and training in public safety operations. Today, most of the law enforcement agencies in California are using the Lexipol Knowledge Management System and nearly half of the States are now using this approach to law enforcement operations. This effort has greatly improved the safety of police personnel while also influencing a dramatic reduction in claims, settlements and verdicts adverse to law enforcement agencies.
Gordon held his law enforcement headquarters assignment until his service retirement in 2006. In 2008, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from California POST. In 2015, he received the Lifetime Dedication Award from the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute. In 2018, he received the James Oberstar Sentinel for Safety Award for his lifetime work in improving aviation safety internationally.
Today, Gordon divides his time between study, research, writing, speaking, and consulting in the discipline of risk management. His innovative programs, based on the values and beliefs he learned as a child along with a passion for continuous improvement, are the standard for any organization that wants to improve existing operations and prevent things from going wrong.
He and “Mrs. G” are the proud parents of two adult children–who hopefully will take the values and beliefs along with them in their personal and professional lives. A resident of Southern California, he enjoys spending every possible moment with Mrs. G “cruising the coast” either in their vintage wooden boat or their wooden car and finding new adventures and new places to enjoy a great meal.
Chief James F. Albrecht, Police Chief (ret.) EULEX Police – Kosovo & NYPD
James Albrecht is presently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security at Pace University in New York. James Albrecht received a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship in 1998 and worked as a Professor at the National Police College of Finland, and is considered an authority in: Police Use of Force; Community/Zero Tolerance Policing initiatives; Police Response to Terrorism; Emergency Incident Planning and Management; Democratic Policing; Law Enforcement Leadership Practices; Corruption Control; Instituting Police Volunteer Programs; and other International Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement issues. Professor Albrecht has lectured at police facilities and universities in China, Taiwan, Russia, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Canada, Dubai, Kosovo, Macedonia, Malta, Ukraine, Trinidad & Tobago, South Africa, the UK, and throughout the USA; and serves as a consultant to the United Nations, the US Department of Homeland Security, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriffs Association, and the National Institute of Justice on terrorism and policing matters. James Albrecht possesses two Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology and German Language; and separate Master’s Degrees in Criminal Justice; Human Physiology; and History. Jimmy received his PhD in Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven in 2018. James Albrecht is the recipient of a 2013 Embassy Policy Specialist Fellowship (USDOS/IREX) and was tasked with conducting research and making recommendations to improve law enforcement effectiveness and legitimacy in Ukraine. James F. Albrecht served in the European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) in Kosovo (former Yugoslavia) as the Police Chief of the EULEX Police Executive Department, in charge of criminal investigations and tasked with coordinating international law enforcement cooperation and intelligence analysis from 2008 through 2010. Jim is also a 20-year veteran of the NYPD who retired as the Commanding Officer of NYPD Transit Bureau District 20, responsible for the supervision and deployment of over 300 police officers tasked with the prevention of crime and terrorism in the subway and rapid transit system in the borough of Queens, New York City. Captain Albrecht was a first responder and incident command staff member at the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the incident commander at the November 12, 2001 commercial airliner accident in Queens, NYC. Captain Albrecht has extensive law enforcement experience in the NYPD, having served as an auxiliary police officer, patrol officer, community policing beat officer, Police Academy criminal law instructor, firearms investigator, sergeant patrol supervisor, press information officer, community policing unit commander, supervisory research analyst for the Police Commissioner, lieutenant platoon commander, special operations lieutenant, lieutenant detective commander of internal civil rights violation investigations, executive officer (deputy precinct commander), and duty captain (designated critical and emergency incident commander). Captain Albrecht served on Police Commissioner Bratton’s NYPD Reengineering Committees from 1994 through 1995 and from 2014 through 2015. James Albrecht is the author, editor and co-author of four books: “Effective Crime Reduction Strategies: International Perspectives;” “Policing Major Events: Perspective from Across the World;” “Police Reserves and Volunteers: Enhancing Police Effectiveness and Public Trust,” and “Police Brutality, Misconduct and Corruption: Criminological Explanations and Policy Implications.” Professor Albrecht has many published works dealing with law enforcement, community policing, legal history, corruption control, crime reduction strategies, justice-related gender issues, criminology, and international terrorism/counter-terrorism.
Robert Almonte, US Marshal (Ret.), President, Almonte Consulting & Training
Robert Almonte was appointed by President Barack Obama as the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas in 2010 where he served for six years until 2016. Under his leadership, the Western District of Texas was one of the top Districts in the United States Marshals Service in arrests of dangerous fugitives. He also implemented the first U.S. Marshals Citizens Academy in the history of the U.S. Marshals Service. He had previously retired from the El Paso, Texas Police Department after 25 years of service. He spent most of his career in narcotics investigations and retired as a Deputy Chief in 2003. As the Narcotics Commander with the EPPD, he championed innovative programs like the Hotel/Motel Narcotics Interdiction Unit and the West Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Stash House Task Force, both of which yielded successful apprehensions through community-policing initiatives. The West Texas HIDTA Stash House Task Force earned the prestigious Task Force 2000 White House Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) award for “Outstanding HIDTA Interdiction Unit”. Robert Almonte has received numerous awards, including the 1999 White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) award for National “Outstanding HIDTA Task Force Commander”, a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in 2003 as well as an Award Citation from the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico regarding his testimony on two major drug cases. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with his colleagues across the nation on narcotics issues, holding leadership positions such as the Executive director of the Texas Narcotic Officers’ Association, where he once served three terms as President for the association and as Vice-President for the National Narcotic Officers’ Association Coalition. He is the author of two published books: “The Evolution of Narcotics Investigations” and “Managing Covert Operations”, as well as the creator and producer for the law enforcement training video: “Patron Saints of the Mexican Drug Underworld”. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States training law enforcement officers on narcotics investigations. Robert Almonte has been qualified as an expert witness in federal and state court and has testified regarding Santa Muerte and other “patron saints” related to criminal activities. He attended El Paso Community College and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University.
Inspector Cathy Bawden, Inspector Durham Regional Police Service
National Command & Staff College
Cathy Bawden is an accomplished police officer and leader. Now in her 28th year, Cathy has broad experience in uniform, investigative and administrative roles and is currently an Inspector for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Unit; Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS). Cathy is committed to on-going education and development. In 2010, she completed her Bachelor in Policing degree with Charles Sturt University while working 12 hour shifts and raising a family. She considers herself a “Student of Leadership” and her determination to balance both aspects of her life demonstrates that; “This journey is not about the destination.” Cathy has faced many personal and professional obstacles, including cultural and gender barriers. Rather than allowing these challenges to thwart her ambitions, she has used each experience as a source of learning and inspiration and to champion diversity, inclusion and equity efforts. Her willingness to share these experiences and her lessons learned with others has earned her national and international recognition as a leader. Cathy continues to actively mentor and coach many women and men within the policing profession and maintains a strong professional network to support her both internal and external to the DRPS. In addition to her work within the DRPS, Cathy supports the development of police leaders internationally through fellowship programs provincially and internationally. Her Authentic Leadership style is truly infectious; she has a unique ability to ignite the mind and heart simultaneously.
Peter C. Bishop, Ph.D, University of Houston
Dr. Peter C. Bishop is President of Strategic Foresight and Development, a firm that offers training and facilitation in strategic foresight (long-term forecasting and planning). Dr. Bishop retired as an Associate Professor of Strategic Foresight and Director of the graduate program in Foresight at the University of Houston. He has published two books on the subject: Thinking about the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight (2007) and Teaching about the Future: The Basics of Foresight Education (2012), both with co-author Andy Hines. He delivers keynote addresses and conducts seminars on the future for business, government and not for-profit organizations. He also facilitates groups in developing scenarios, visions and strategic plans for the future. Dr. Bishop’s clients include IBM, the NASA Johnson Space Center, Nestle USA, Tetra Pak, the Shell Pipeline Corporation, the Defense and Central Intelligence Agencies, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Texas Department of Transportation, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Houston’s Future. Dr. Bishop is a founding Board member of the Association of Professional Futurists. Dr. Bishop came to the University of Houston in 2005, having taught futures studies at the Clear Lake campus since 1982. Dr. Bishop started teaching at Georgia Southern College in 1973 where he specialized in social problems and political sociology. He received his doctoral degree in sociology from Michigan State University in 1974. Dr. Bishop received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Louis University where he also studied mathematics and physics. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where he was a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) for seven years. Dr. Bishop is married with two children and two grandchildren.
Andrew Bringuel, II, II, FBI & FBI Academy
Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Andrew Bringuel, II, (Ret.) MA.Ed. , an Agent Supervisor Instructor at the FBI Academy, has over 27 years investigative, management, research, and academic instructor experience. Mr. Bringuel’s investigative accomplishments include finding a key piece of evidence used in a bomb that killed Federal Judge William Vance. He was the case agent in a five year organized crime investigation involving a landfill and associates of the Genovese crime family. The landfill was closed with the largest environmental fine in the history of Alabama, and Mr. Bringuel received the Attorney General’s Award for environmental crimes investigation. Mr. Bringuel worked as an undercover agent for a year operating a cover company investigating intellectual property theft. Mr. Bringuel was a crisis negotiator during the Montana Freemen barricade, and a first responder to the Eric Rudolph abortion clinic bombing as well as the attack on the Pentagon 09/11/2001. Mr. Bringuel was Weapons of Mass Destruction supervisor and program manager at the National Domestic Preparedness Office where he created, edited and co-wrote the Beacon newsletter as well as the On-Scene Commanders Guide for Responding to Chemical and Biological Threats. The NDPO published 25,000 copies of the job aid and a .pdf can still be found online. Mr. Bringuel is considered a subject matter expert regarding combating violent extremism, relational policing processes, emerging technologies, and conflict and crisis management practices. From 2005 to 2012 Mr. Bringuel was the principle FBI instructor at the National Academy for countering terrorism and violent extremism. He taught 3 graduate level courses as an adjunct instructor for the University of Virginia as well as an undergraduate class for Catholic University. He has instructed at the National Fire Academy on interagency cooperation and crisis response. He instructs around the world for the DoS at the International Law Enforcement Academies (ILEA) on terrorism, functions of policing, intelligence analysis, conflict and crisis management, stress management and resiliency, relational leadership, developing human intelligence, and understanding criminal enterprise structures and effective government response. Mr. Bringuel has a long working history with the U.S military participating in red cell exercises, collaborative writing, and training military personnel from the Pentagon to Ft. Bragg, Quantico, Camp LeJeune, and Camp Pendleton. Mr. Bringuel has published articles and books on the topics of terrorism and policing. He has been awarded the Thomas Jefferson award for research by the University of Virginia. He was the program manager for the Terrorism Research and Analysis Program (TRAP) and Behavioral Informatics and Technology Studies (BITS) program. The programs developed two evidence-based structured professional judgment (SPJ) tools, the Terrorism Threat Assessment Source Evaluation Report (TTASER) and the Group Analysis Protocol (GAP), the first is intended to improve the threat assessment process during an initial CT investigation and the second to improve potential confidential human source (PCHS) targeting, development, and recruitment. Mr. Bringuel is also working on a bio-optic sensor that is intended to improve a police officer/ war fighter’s emotional intelligence. Mr. Bringuel has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from St. Leo University, and a Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Virginia.
Robert H. Handfield, Ph.D
Rob Handfield is the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at North Carolina State University, and Director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (http://scm.ncsu.edu/blog). He also serves as Faculty Lead for the Manufacturing Analytics group within the International Institute of Analytics, and is on the Faculty for Operations Research Curriculum at NC State University. The SCRC is the first major industry-university partnership to integrate student projects into the MBA classroom in an integrative fashion, and has had 15 major Fortune 500 companies participating as industry partners since 1999. Prior to this role, Handfield was an Associate Professor and Research Associate with the Global Procurement and Supply Chain Benchmarking Initiative at Michigan State University from 1992-1999, working closely with Professor Robert Monczka. Handfield is the Consulting Editor of the Journal of Operations Management, one of the leading supply chain management journals in the field, and is the author of several books on supply chain management, the most recent being Biopharmaceutical Supply Chains, Supply Market Intelligence, Supply Chain Re-Design and Introduction to Supply Chain Management (Prentice Hall, 1999, 25,000 copies sold, and translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean). He is also the new co-editor of the online journal, Logistics. He has co-authored textbooks for MBA and undergraduate classes including Purchasing and Supply Chain Management 6th revision (with Robert Monczka) and Operations and Supply Chain Management 3rd revision (with Cecil Bozarth). He recently led a global study on Global Logistics Trends and Strategies for BVL International in 2013, Future Buy: The Future of Procurement published by KPMG, and Procurement Cognitive Analytics published by IBM. His current research involves work with two doctoral students on a project focused on natural language processing and machine learning algorithms to develop insights into supply chain maturity using a web-crawler. He is also working on a study of Data Readiness levels, in a grant supported by the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences at North Carolina State University, and on transportation research by the Transportation Research Board in Washington DC. He also is supported by grants from the United States Department of Agriculture to study market forecasts for bio-based products, as well as a grant to study the development of local agriculture market channels. Handfield received the Emerald Citation of Excellence award in 2011 and again in 2013, for two articles, each cited as one of the top 50 articles from the 300 top management publications worldwide that have had a proven impact since they were published. In 2009, he was nominated as an Honorary Fellow of Contract & Commercial Management (FCCM) by the International Association of Commercial and Contract Management. This honour is bestowed on individuals who have made exceptional contributions in the field of contracting and commercial management. His blog, Supply Chain View from the Field (http://scm.ncsu.edu/blog) was listed as the #3 top business school blogs by OnlineMBA.com. Handfield is regularly quoted and has published op ed pieces, and is quoted in blogs and global news media such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Spend Matters, Microsoft Live, Ariba Live, Inc., CIO, CFO, the Supply Chain Management Review, and other media. Handfield has consulted with over 25 Fortune 500 companies, including Biogen Idec, Caterpillar, John Deere, GlaxoSmithKline, Boston Scientific, Delphi, Chevron, British Petroleum, Chevron Phillips, Bank of America, Tennessee Valley Authority, Timken, Sensata, KPMG, Shell, Federal Express, SAP, Toshiba, and others. He has published more than 100 articles in top management journals including California Management Review, Sloan Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Decision Sciences.
Chief David L. Harvey, Deputy Director, International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training ( IADLEST)
David is the current Deputy Director of IADLEST, responsible for the supervision of staff and various grants. He is also the Director of the Madonna University Public Safety Training Institute and is also an Assistant Professor. Prior to his current positions David was Director of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards for seven years. David is a retired police officer spending most of his career with the City of Garden City Michigan, advancing through the ranks and retiring as the Chief of Police. He was also the Police Chief of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport Authority and was the City Manager for the City of Garden City. He also began his law enforcement career as United States Army Military Police officer. David has traveled to other countries to consult and speak on law enforcement issues and led a team to audit and consult with the Lagos Nigeria Law Enforcement Institute. He also spent most of his career as a trainer in firearms, drunk driving enforcement and crowd control. David earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Madonna University in Livonia Michigan and Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan Dearborn.
Mark Lewis, Director of Security at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA
Completing a four year tour of active duty with the USAF Security Police and earning an honorable discharge, Mark joined the Bellevue, WA, police department in 1981. During Mark’s 33 years of service to the citizens of Bellevue he succeeded in several assignments including as an FTO, SWAT operator, originating member of a proactive bicycle patrol unit, honor guard member and supervisor, white collar detective, and supervisor of patrol squads, SRO’s and the crime analysis section. In 2003-04 Mark took a leave of absence from the PD to serve as an International Police Advisor through the US State Department CivPol program in Kosovo where he was assigned as the Deputy Station Commander of a police precinct of over 225 officers and civilians. Mark retired from Bellevue PD as a Lieutenant in 2014 and served as an interim Commander with the Duval Police Department nearby. Mark is an editorial writer and is currently working on a book on police culture and leadership. He is also currently the Director of Security at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. Mark has a bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration, Summa Cum Laude, also from Northwest University
Captain Juliette Scioneaux
Captain Juliette Scioneaux has proudly served St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office for 20 years. Captain Scioneaux started her career with St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office in 1999, also while attending Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge. She started her career as part-time in the Clerical Division, then becoming a sworn deputy, moving into the Warrants Division. In 2002, Captain Scioneaux was promoted to Detective in the Criminal Investigations Division. Currently Captain Scioneaux is the Chief of Detectives and oversees the Criminal Investigation Division. In 2001, Captain Scioneaux graduated Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge with a major in Sociology and a minor in Political Science. In 2016, she graduated Southern University Law Center with a Juris Doctorate. In 2017, Captain Scioneaux was sworn into the Louisiana Bar. Captain Scioneaux has also attended IPTM Drug Unit Commander training. She is also a Certified Level III Crisis Negotiator. Captain Scioneaux is also a Certified RAD Instructor. In 2018, Captain Scioneaux graduated Session I of Command and Staff Course. Captain Scioneaux also serves at the in-house legal counsel for St. James Sheriff’s Office. She has also taken on the task of modernizing the Policies and Procedures for the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office. Captain Scioneaux is an instructor at St. James Sheriff’s Office, where she also teaches Report Writing and Legal Updates for both Patrol Division and Corrections Division.
Captain Hajir I. Nuriddin, Bakersfield California Police Department (Ret.)
Ms. Nuriddin is a 30 year veteran of the Bakersfield California Police Department. Recently retired as Captain, she has commanded a variety of divisions
throughout her career, inclusive of Operations, Narcotics, SWAT/EOD and Violent Criminal Apprehension Teams.
Ms. Nuriddin holds a Bachelor and Master of Public Administration Degree from California State University, Bakersfield. She is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum/Harvard University Senior Management Institute for Police, the FBI National Academy 242nd Session, and various other executive development courses. Ms. Nuriddin is a nationally recognized speaker on leadership and diversity in the public and private sector and has trained thousands of law enforcement officers and executives nationally. She has also instructed internationally with the Federal Bureau of Investigations International Police Academy. She is certified as a Cultural Diversity instructor by the Department of Justice, the California Peace Officers Standard of Training and Souder, Betances & Associates trainers. She is also certified as an instructor for Penn State Safety & Justice Institute and has served as a certified training consultant for FranklinCovey working with agencies across the country. Her dynamic workshops allow participants the opportunity to examine personal perceptions of groups and value systems, how changing demographics impact professional services and the role of teamwork in building strong teams. Through the use of experiential learning, self-discovery tools, and practical application, participants learn about leadership in enhancing the organization’s ability to meet its goals and achieve its mission! Ms. Nuriddin is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Training and Educational Committee and Civil Rights Committee, the Police Executive Research Forum, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and various law enforcement professional organizations. She is also dedicated to community service as a member of the Rotary Club-Paul Harris Fellow and has served on the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic.
Sheriff Dallas G. Pope, Maryland State Police / Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, MD (Ret.)
Commissioner, The National Command & Staff College
Sheriff Pope’s background includes assignments in criminal investigation, homicide, internal affairs, and command leadership in intelligence, narcotics, and field operations. He is well versed in policy formulation and implementation, ethics, legal guidance in best policing practice, staffing, and budgetary construction and analysis. He concurrently served with the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a Squadron Superintendent (now retired), and participated in several worldwide deployments and contingency operations. Military skill sets included aircraft operations and readiness, deployment planning and exercises, logistics, and staff training and sustainability. Sheriff Pope holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland in Business Administration, an Associate’s Degree in Business, and an Associate’s Degree in Aeronautical Science. He has attended and supported countless leadership training events, and graduated from the National Sheriff’s Institute, later returning as a class mentor to new sheriffs.
Lieutenant (Ret.) Darius Bone, Los Angeles Police Department
Lieutenant (Ret.) Darius Bone has 30+ years of professional experience that spans a wide range of disciplines. Woven throughout his careers are homeland security, public safety and service, risk management, liability mitigation, human factors analysis and aviation safety. His professional career began as an electrical engineer for Hughes Aircraft, a prominent government contracted aerospace corporation. His eight-year engineering career noted his ability to develop working teams and solve complex problems. After deciding to become more directly involved in public service he began a career with the Los Angeles Police Department (Retired after 25 years). His law enforcement career consisted of various challenging and rewarding assignments. He has held the ranks of police officer, detective, sergeant and lieutenant. Some of his notable assignments include: vice, robbery investigation, internal affairs investigator, researcher, human relations, and helicopter command pilot. During his leadership role at the Los Angeles Police Department he participated in numerous activities, including: grievance investigator, incident command member during 9/11, contract negotiation team member, department arbitration representative, consent decree negotiation team member, assistant watch commander of Air Support Division, division watch commander, liaise with national consulates, officer-in charge of gang and narcotics enforcement, officer-in-charge at Legal Affairs Division and adjutant for the First Assistant Chief and Operations South Bureau. Darius earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry University in 1985. He later earned his Master’s Degree from California State University Dominguez Hills in 2000. In 2014, Darius was acknowledged for his leadership role in the development and implementation of the Credible Leadership Learning System at the Los Angeles Police Department. That same year he proudly received a Credible Leadership Certificate from the International Academy of Public Safety. He currently shares his passion for public safety and education as an adjunct professor and instructor for Rio Hondo Police Academy and the International Academy of Public Safety.
Joseph A. Schafer, Ph.D, Ph.D, Southern Illinois University
Joseph A. Schafer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Northern Iowa and graduate degrees from Michigan State University. Dr. Schafer’s research focuses on policing, organizational change, leadership, communities and crime, citizen perceptions of police, and futures research in policing. He was the 2006-2007 President of Police Futurists International, was a member of the PFI/FBI Futures Working Group, and served a visiting scholar in the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI Academy (2006-2008 & 2012-2013) and the Centre of Excellence in Policing & Security at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia (2012). He completed a three-year term as Region 3 (Midwest) Trustee to the Executive Board of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and is currently a Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. His recent writings include Policing 2020: Exploring the Future of Crime, Communities and Policing (2007, project editor), The Future of Policing: A Practical Guide for Police Leaders and Managers (2012), Effective Leadership in Policing: Successful Traits & Habits (2013), and more than 50 research and policy articles appearing in various academic journals and policing periodicals. Dr. Schafer routinely conducts workshops on leadership, organizational change, and the future of policing for police executive development programs, including recent programs for the California POST Command College, the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Major Cities Leadership Series, the Australian Institute of Police Management, the Danish National Police, the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Public Safety Canada, and the New England Association of Chiefs of Police, among others.
Kyle Snyder, Ph.D
Kyle Snyder, director of NC State’s NextGen Air Transportation (NGAT) Center on Centennial Campus, is hoping that North Carolina will be first in the future of flight. For him, the future flies with Vireo, a small unmanned aviation vehicle with enormous capabilities in the fields of agriculture, law enforcement and first responders. “North Carolina’s legacy as a leader in aviation is indisputable,” Snyder said. “To miss out on this opportunity would be crazy.” Snyder recently purchased a prototype UAS system from UTC in Charlotte to conduct his research out in Hyde Co. airport. UTC’s Vireo includes two airplanes, high-resolution cameras and two control systems for flight management and data analysis. Kyle believes that North Carolina is in the position to be a turnkey leader in the industry due to its high-skill workforce provided by NC State and the region’s other universities. North Carolina has a uniquely qualified workforce of analysts and operators who understand how to analyze the information from UAVs and safely integrate UAVs into commercial operations. Kyle also believes that there are additional opportunities for manufacturing and research within the state’s boarders, along with well-trained operators who are transitioning out of the military and into the civilian workforce that can make a major impact on the economy.
Erik Therwanger, Think Great
Erik is the founder of Think GREAT and draws from his experiences as a U.S. Marine, executive business leader, sales professional, and entrepreneur to help organizations achieve new levels of success. He uniquely combines leadership development, team building, sales training, and goal-setting into strategies and techniques that empower team members and leaders to exceed expectations. Erik has inspired audiences at companies such as US Bank, Sam’s Club, Shutterfly, RE/MAX, Hubbard Broadcasting, Thomson Reuters, U.S. Foods, armed services commands ranging from the Air National Guard to the U.S. Marine Corps, charities like The American Cancer Society, law enforcement and government agencies, and organizations in the health care and education industries. Think GREAT is a Certified Veteran-Owned Business and Erik is also author of The Think GREAT Collection. Erik shares the successful, proven concepts in his six books to give individuals and organizations the competitive edge needed for achieving new levels of success.
- The LEADERSHIP Connection
- The GOAL Formula
- 3-D Sales
- The SCALE Factor
- GPS: 90-Day Power Journal
As a speaker and coach, Erik’s training sessions provide the tools needed to achieve greater results. With a lasting message of inspiration, he also empowers audiences as he describes his life-changing experience of being his wife’s caregiver, during her four bouts with cancer. Erik’s interactive and entertaining style engages audiences as he empowers them to open new possibilities in their personal and professional lives. The Business Elevation System (BES) is Erik’s customized strategic planning system that allows businesses to elevate to the next level by providing the tools necessary to build and develop their plan and their teams. As a trainer and speaker for the spouses of armed services personnel, Erik is deeply aware of their challenges and sacrifices. To help support their education and career goals, Erik founded the Think GREAT Foundation, which is dedicated to awarding scholarships to military spouses.
Chief Percy Crutchfield, Pittsboro Police Department
Chief Percy Crutchfield has been a Law Enforcement Officer since 1988. Chief Crutchfield has a broad scope of law enforcement experience both as a town police officer and county deputy sheriff. He has served as a patrol officer, sergeant, investigator, and was the Lieutenant of Special Investigations for the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office prior to his appointment as Pittsboro Chief of Police. Chief Crutchfield has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice & Criminology, the Criminal Investigators Certificate from the North Carolina Justice Academy, is a certified law enforcement instructor, a specialized law enforcement instructor in Firearms and Hazardous Materials, and has his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificates from North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission. Percy also instructs in Basic Law Enforcement Training, In-Service law enforcement training, and has instructed for the International Academy of Public Safety. Chief Crutchfield has attended thousands of hours of law enforcement and emergency services related courses throughout his career. He has also served as a hostage negotiator, tactical team member, and has been trained in telecommunications. Chief Crutchfield has been a lifelong resident of the Pittsboro area and has a strong commitment to the community. He has been a volunteer fireman with the Pittsboro Fire Department since 1986 and is involved in various community service organizations and/or committees. He is married to his wife of over twenty years Janet, and has a daughter, Morgan and son, Owen who both currently attend Chatham County Schools. Chief Crutchfield believes that the community of Pittsboro is and wonderful place to live and raise a family.
Sheriff Van Duncan, The Buncombe County sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Van Duncan has been a career law enforcement officer since graduation from Western Carolina University with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1986. He has served in the role of Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant and Detective as well as serving as the Chief of Company Police for Biltmore Estate House and Gardens. Sheriff Duncan is a graduate of the Administrative Officers Management Program that is delivered by North Carolina State University, and he is a certified North Carolina General Instructor as well as a Certified Problem Based Learning Instructor. Van also has an extensive instructional background in firearms training and response team tactics. He served as assistant team leader for the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team for six years. In 2004, he went to work for the North Carolina Justice Academy as an Instructor/Coordinator in the Management/Supervision section. It was there he had the opportunity to teach First Line Supervision and create a course in leadership development for the law enforcement supervisor. Sheriff Duncan believes it was this experience that enabled him to understand the commonalities and challenges in law enforcement agencies across the state as well as understand the similarities between law enforcement leadership and corporate leadership. In 2006, Van was elected Sheriff in Buncombe County and is in his second term in office. During the past 8 years, the Sheriff’s Office has established its own Law Enforcement Leadership Academy in partnership with Asheville-Buncombe Technical College. Community Based Problem Solving teams have been established within the Sheriff’s Office that partner with specific communities to identify problems and work toward collaborative solutions. The Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Buncombe County Schools, has developed an On Track Leadership program for at-risk youth. This program identifies 50 kids each summer which go through a two-week leadership development, character building and decision making program.
Commander Paul R. Howe, Combat Shooting and Tactics (CSAT)
Paul R. Howe has 20 year veteran and former Special Operations Team Leader and instructor with combat experience in multiple venues. Paul built and leads Combat Shooting and Tactics (CSAT) www.combatshootingandtactics.com CSAT began as a Tactical Law Enforcement Training organization teaching Advance Hostage Rescue and has evolved into Government Security Training, Civilian tactical training and Leadership Training. Paul began work in law enforcement and then entered military service to establish a solid hands on career in public and national service. Paul has trained top tier organizations and agencies throughout the operational spectrum for over 25 years in all aspects of high risk training. He has authored numerous tactical articles and delivered numerous seminars on leadership and training, most recently working the State Department’s MSD program. Paul has authored the book “Leadership and Training for the Fight.” Paul holds a bachelor from Liberty University and a Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University (Communications, Political Science and History) where he received the 1999 “Teaching Excellence Award” for the schools Applied Arts and Science Department while assigned to the ROTC program there.
Chief David L. Perry, Florida State University
Florida State University’s Chief of Police, David L. Perry, has worked in law enforcement since 1993. He began his career as a police officer for the Albany Police Department in Albany, Georgia where he quickly rose to the rank of investigator then transferred to the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit. At age 26, he was appointed Chief of Police at Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. From 2003 to 2006 Perry served as the Deputy Chief of Police for Clemson University. In 2006, David accepted the position as Chief of Police for Florida State University (FSU). As FSU’s Chief of Police, his responsibilities include overseeing safety, police and security services on campuses in Panama City Florida, Sarasota Florida and the Florida State University School (K-12) in addition to his main campus responsibilities. The FSU Police Department currently has 67 sworn officers and a number of security and administrative personnel at each location. In 2014 Perry was promoted to Assistant Vice President for Safety and Chief of Police for Florida State University. His additional responsibilities include overseeing access control and CCTV systems, transportation-parking enforcement and emergency management. Chief Perry shares his extensive knowledge of the campus law enforcement profession while teaching as an adjutant professor with FSU’s College of Criminology and as a Certified Instructor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Leadership Academy. He has provided instruction related to criminal justice to hundreds of students in a traditional instruction setting and online, as well as presenting in-service training courses to campus, city, and county law enforcement agencies. David is a graduate of Albany State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice (1993). He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Albany State University (2002) and is currently enrolled in the PhD program for Educational Leadership at Florida State University. He has also completed the basic police recruit training academies in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.
Sheriff Michael Roberson, The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Michael Roberson has served as a law enforcement officer for twenty-two years. He started his career as a volunteer EMT with East Chatham Rescue Squad in 1984 and received his EMT- Paramedic Certification from Alamance Community College in 1989. He also volunteered as an EMT Paramedic with South Orange Rescue Squad from 1988 to 1991. October 1990, he was hired at a Public Safety Officer with the Town of Chapel Hill. He completed Fire School as a Level III firefighter and BLET as a police officer. He was selected to be on their tactical team where he was eventually was appointed to Team Leader for the team. He worked for the police department for 12 years and for 6 years he was an Investigator specializing in juvenile and sexual assault investigations. In 2002, he began working with Chatham County Sheriff’s Office as the Lieutenant of Training and SRO’s. He volunteered to lead the jail as the Jail Administrator, graduated detention school, and became a North Carolina School Director to deliver that same Detention Officer’s State Certification Course. In 2004, he was appointed as the Sheriff’s Tactical Team Commander. In 2006 he was promoted to Captain of Special Operations Division and has worked on the design and construction of three court complexes and a new jail. He is currently a specialized physical fitness instructor with Criminal Justice Training and Standards. He was promoted to Major, Chief of Staff, for the Sheriff’s Office in 2012.
Lorraine Snyder, The Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development
Lorraine Snyder, Director of Certified Credible Leader (CCL) of the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development is a Law Enforcement Instructor and has been in the field of public service and law enforcement for twenty-nine years. She began her career at the NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety serving as a Crime Prevention Specialist and a member of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). Lorraine was recruited and selected by the NC Department of Justice to develop and implement the state’s first Hate Crime Reporting Curriculum. Recognized nationally for her work, she was chosen to be a speaker at Yale University’s Research Forum on Hate/Bias Crimes. During her time at the Department of Justice, NC Justice Academy, she has developed, revised and taught a variety of courses. Being fluent in Spanish, she has instructed numerous effective Spanish-language learning courses ranging from a Basic Spanish for Law Enforcement, to a more advanced El Curso Para Leer y Practicar Español. Two of her favorite topics have been instructed in an online format; Investigator Ethics and Interrogator Personality Dynamics. She has worked with Alzheimers NC, NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, the NC Attorneys General’s Office – Medicaid Fraud Investigations Unit in offering two courses regarding investigation and protection of North Carolina’s elder and disabled population; Understanding Dementia and Investigating Crime in Long Term Care: Voiceless Victims. For her work in this area, the Southeastern Area Agencies on Aging awarded her the “Outstanding Community Service Award” in 2007, and went on to co-present a lecture at their annual conference in 2012. Lorraine received honors in 2013 by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Strategic Alliance For Elders (S.A.F.E.) Taskforce and Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. presented her with the “Potter’s Hand: Senior Advocacy Award”. She is honored to have been a requested speaker in state and nationally for the last seven years. The curriculum she co-developed has been requested internationally. She is also a Challenge Course (High and Low Ropes) instructor. Lorraine holds BA in Political Science and Spanish Language, from UNC Greensboro, NC.
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) R’ami Spain
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) R’ami Spain is a native of West Springfield, MA. She graduated from Norwich University – Military College of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She also holds a Masters Degree in Management from Webster University. Her military education includes the Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, and the US Army Combined Arms Services Staff School. Lieutenant Colonel Spain entered the Army as a Private in April 1981 and was commissioned as a Military Police Officer in August 1984. In her nearly 25 years in the Army she served in a variety of leadership positions. Some of her key assignments include: Military Police Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Company Commander, and Provost Marshal Operations Officer at the Law Enforcement Command at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; the Personnel Officer for the Military Prison also at Fort Leavenworth; Provost Marshal (Military Police Chief), Frankfurt Germany; Assistant Operations Officer, Camp Zama Law Enforcement, Japan; Commander for Law Enforcement for Garrison Support Units, at both Fort Bragg, NC, and Fort Polk, LA. Some of her awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (awarded three times), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, United States Army parachutist badge, and the Military Police Bronze Order of the Marechanssee. LTC Spain’s career path focused primarily on law enforcement and corrections. Her specialty training includes Special Reaction Team Training, Instinctive Shooting, and Officer Safety Training. Upon retirement from the military, LTC Spain entered the corporate world where she initially was the Regional Manager for an access control contract for 8 Army installations, across 3 states, operating out of Chesapeake, VA and Aiken, SC. Following the conclusion of that contract, she was the Police Chief for the Law Enforcement Department at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC. She currently is the Director of the Security Operations Division at Savannah River, with responsibilities for the Law Enforcement Department, the Perimeter Protection Department and the Aviation Operations Department.
Colonel Ted Spain, US Army (Ret.)
Colonel (Retired) Ted Spain is a native of Wendell, North Carolina. He graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He also holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Webster University and a Masters Degree in Military Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. His military education includes the Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the US Army Command and General Staff College, and the US Army War College. Colonel Spain entered the Army as a Private First Class in June 1978 and was commissioned from the US Army Officer Candidate School in December 1978. He was inducted into the US Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame in March 2006 and inducted into the US Army Military Police Regimental Hall of Fame in September 2009. Before joining the Army he was a police officer in Greenville, North Carolina. He is the co-author of a recently released book entitled, “Breaking Iraq: The Ten Mistakes That Broke Iraq”, where he reveals his first hand involvement in the planning for, and the execution of, the ground war and the first year of the occupation of Iraq in 2003-2004, while serving as the Commander of the 18th Military Police Brigade. Some of his awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (awarded seven times), Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Iraqi Campaign Medal (with one service star), and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals. He earned the United States Army parachutist badge, the parachutist badge from the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Military Police Silver Order of the Marechanssee.
Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia
Matthew Tobia is a Battalion Chief with the Anne Arundel County, MD Fire Department, a metropolitan combination Fire / Rescue / EMS agency in Suburban Baltimore, MD. With over 20 years of diverse experience, Chief Tobia currently serves as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Planning and is a Public Information Officer for the Department. He is also certified as a Type III IMT Public Information Officer and a member of the Baltimore Regional Type III Incident Management Team. Tobia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland and is a nationally certified Fire Officer IV and Instructor III. He teaches extensively throughout the United States, lecturing frequently on safety and leadership issues. He has served on curriculum development teams at the Maryland Fire Rescue and at the Pennsylvania Fire Academy. Chief Tobia also writes for several national publications, currently serving as Fire-Rescue Magazine’s back page columnist.
Chief Mike Alexander (Ret.)
Founder, LION Organizational Development Institute
Mike Alexander attended St. Edwards University in Austin Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie Texas. Mike has spent 30 plus years in law enforcement which began as a Correctional Officer and Deputy Sheriff at the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. Mike continued his career at the Austin Police Department as a Patrol Officer and a D.A.R.E. Instructor, teaching adolescents the importance of staying drug free. Mike spent 25 years with the Austin Police Department. Mike worked in patrol, as a patrol officer, corporal and sergeant. Mike also worked as a District Representative where is was responsible for developing strategies to effectively address, crime, the fear of crime, disorder and quality of life issues. Mike retired from the Austin Police department as a Sergeant. Mike’s last assignment with APD gave him the opportunity to lead the Continuing Education Division and the Leadership Command College. Mike also worked with the Louisiana Community Policing Institute where he evaluated the performance of police departments and sheriff offices in the area of community policing; he made recommendations for implementation. Mike designed leadership and ethics curriculums that are currently being taught throughout the United States. After his retirement from APD Mike was employed as a Major with the Office of Inspector General Internal Affairs Section, where he was in charge of a statewide Internal Affairs investigation division. This division is responsible for investigating State Employees accused of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of the elderly and people who are mentally and physically incapacitated and who reside at state supported living centers, state hospitals, group homes. Mike’s team also investigated various other criminal and administrative violations committed by state employees or any outside entity that had an affiliation with state government as it related to Health and Human Services.
Mike retired from the business as a City Manager after serving first as the Police Chief and Interim City Manager in Palestine Texas. Mike later served as the Interim Chief of Police for the City of Corinth Texas. Mike is the founder LION (Loyalty Integrity Optimism Nobility) Organizational Development Institute. LION is a leadership development institute with a focus on Healthy Work Environments, Officer Wellness, Ethics, Emotional Intelligence and Leadership. Mike is also the Co-founder of Commandpresence.com with a focus on stress management, mental health and the effects of trauma within emergency services. He is also the co-owner of LION Strategy Group with a focus on organizational audits, organizational development, security—onsite assessment; crime prevention through environmental design; violence in the workplace, active attack, personal safety training, expert witnesses, leadership placement and risk mitigation.
Mike is a National Certified Instructor on Ethics and Integrity through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). Mike traveled the Nation, training officers and Community members on Ethics and Integrity issues. Mike spent time in Belo Horizonte Brazil as well as the Virgin Islands, teaching and lecturing on Leadership, community policing, ethics, etc. Mike is also a licensed Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) instructor as well as a national instructor with the Multijurisdictional Counter Drug Task Force Training Center (MCTFT) located in St. Pete Florida. He is also a Master peace officer. He is a graduate of The University of Texas Leadership Academy, which is a collaborative effort between the Austin Police Department, the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs. Mike attended and graduated from the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership train the trainer program on Developing Police Leaders. Mike is an instructor with the Texas Police Chiefs Association on Developing Police Leaders in Texas. Mike is also a leadership consultant for Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool working with cities across Texas. Mike is a trainer and Executive Coach using the Enneagram Narrative Tradition.
Sergeant Robert Peters
Los Angles Police Department
In his Naval Career, Robert has served in many roles to include ship’s crew aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) from 1991 – 1992, navigator for Lansing Craft, Air Cushioned (LCAC) in 1996, and a firearms and basic combat skills instructor for 31st Seabee Readiness Group (31st SRG) from 2000 – 2005. In addition, Chief Peters has performed in various leadership roles as an Enlisted Officer in Charge of a Naval Security Force and has served two tours as a member of Naval Special Warfare (NSW) from 2007 – 2011, where he is currently the Senior Enlisted Advisor at SEAL Team 17 volunteer training unit in Coronado CA. Chief Peters has served in Iraq and Afghanistan in direct support of SEAL platoons and NSW Task Units in force protection, intelligence and counterintelligence roles.
As a Sergeant for the Los Angeles Police Department, Robert is well recognized for his leadership. He has taught firearms and tactics for recruit and in-service officers as both a full-time and adjunct instructor since 1999. Most recently Sergeant Peters spent two years presenting classes on leadership, command and control, Use of Force and Public Trust to in-service officers and line supervisors as the LAPD adjusted its policies in those areas. Currently, Sergeant Peters is the Officer in Charge of a Special Problems Unit for the LAPD Transit Services Division.
Robert is currently completing his Bachelor’s Degree in United States at Grand Canyon University and has plans to continue his education with a Master’s degree in military history.
Chief Harry Dolan
Founder, Dolan Consulting Group
Harry P. Dolan is a 32-year police veteran who served as a Chief of Police since 1987. As one of the nation’s most experienced police chiefs, he brings 25 years of public safety executive experience to Dolan Consulting Group. He retired in October 2012 as Chief of Police of the Raleigh (N.C.) Police Department, an agency comprised of nearly 900 employees in America’s 42nd largest city.
Chief Dolan began his law enforcement career in 1980 as a deputy sheriff in Asheville, North Carolina and served there until early 1982, when he joined the Raleigh Police Department, where he served as a patrol officer. In 1987, he was appointed Chief of Police for the N.C. Department of Human Resources Police Department, located in Black Mountain. He served as Chief of Police in Lumberton, N.C. from 1992 until 1998, when he became Chief of Police of the Grand Rapids, Michigan Police Department. He served in that capacity for nearly ten years before becoming Chief of the Raleigh Police Department in September 2007. As Chief, he raised the bar at every organization and left each in a better position to both achieve and sustain success.
Harry Dolan has lectured throughout the United States and has trained thousands of public safety professionals in the fields of Leadership & Management, Communications Skills, and Community Policing. Past participants have consistently described Chief Dolan’s presentations as career changing, characterized by his sense of humor and unique ability to maintain participants’ interest throughout his training sessions. Chief Dolan’s demonstrated ability to connect with his clientele and deliver insightful instruction all with uncompromising principles will be of tremendous value in the private sector.
Chief Dolan’s unbridled passion to achieve service-excellence is a driving force behind Dolan Consulting Group. He is a graduate of Western Carolina University and holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Sheriff Tim Troyer
Tim is a distinguished and respected 32-year veteran of Indiana’s Law Enforcement profession. Sheriff Troyer has held ranks and positions in the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office including: Sheriff, Chief Deputy, Lieutenant of Operations, Detective Sergeant, Special Operations Commander, and Jail Administrator. These duties and responsibilities have included management and leadership positions of the patrol deputies, detectives, SWAT Team, narcotics investigations and confinement division in Steuben County.
Sheriff Troyer is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy 198th session, the National Sheriff’s Institute 103rd session, the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy 100th session, and the Ft. Wayne Police Academy. He was the 2019 President of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association and the recipient of the Magnus Leadership award from the National Command and Staff College.
During Sheriff Troyer’s administrative tour, he was successful in developing proactive, responsive and well-rounded professional law enforcement that better served the agency and public. Sheriff Troyer was highly effective in creating trusting relationships between communities and law enforcement. During Sheriff Troyer’s operational career, he created the Special Response Tactical Team (SWAT) and supervised the department’s firearms training. Sheriff Troyer has also spent over 15 years in drug and narcotics law enforcement as an undercover operative and supervisor working with multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force units.
Sheriff Troyer was active in the Indiana Sheriff’s Association leadership and legislative committees where he chaired many responsibilities. He was also appointed to the National Sheriff’s Association Drug Enforcement and school safety committees. In 2018 Sheriff Troyer Co-Authored the National Sheriffs Association School Safety Resolution that was unanimously adopted by our nations Sheriffs.
Sheriff Troyer presented at the first Marjory Stoneman Douglas school safety commission in Parkland Florida in March 2018 on the advancements in school safety in Indiana. Sheriff Troyer also gave testimony at the Senator Marco Rubio legislative summit and presentation at the F.B.I. headquarters in Washington DC. Sheriff Troyer testified before the U.S. Presidents School Safety Commission in Las Vegas Nevada at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In addition to a broad range of law enforcement leadership and management initiatives that he drove and directed, Sheriff Troyer is a tireless advocate for school safety priorities and a dedicated leader in solving “life protection” challenges for all people.
Sheriff Troyer is also the recipient of the SAGAMORE OF THE WABASH AWARD from the Honorable Eric J. Holcomb, Governor of Indiana. Presented to Sheriff Troyer at the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Annual Conference in French Lick, Indiana, by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, the Sagamore of the Wabash is a personal tribute given to those Indiana individuals who have rendered distinguished services to the State of Indiana and the Governor. The Sagamore of the Wabash Award is the highest distinction of an individual in the State of Indiana by the Governor of Indiana.
After his two terms and 8 years in office, Sheriff Troyer retired, as required by Indiana law, from his position as Sheriff of Steuben County, Indiana on January 1, 2019. He currently counsels in Leadership Development, Law enforcement related matters and public and private safety -security strategies.
Master Sergeant Andrew J. Post
United States Air Force
Master Sergeant Andrew J. Post is the Commandant, Rogers Airman Leadership School, 802d Force Support Squadron, 502d Air Base Wing, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland Texas. Master Sergeant Post leads a seven member instructor cadre in the delivery of the 192 hour ALS curriculum in the largest ALS in the CONUS, graduating 672 students annually. Additionally, he ensures compliance with Air Force policies and programs by evaluating the facilitation of 30 EPME course subjects, and preparing the 26K square foot facility through judicous mamangement of a $70K annual budget.
Master Sergeant Post entered the Air Force in January 2003. He has an extensive experience in Air Force communications systems. His background includes theater deployable network infrastructure and telephones; Air Operations Center Falconer weapon system support; and the acquisition, depot maintenance, and lifecycle management of offensive and defensive cyber weapon systems. In 2009, he was one of 15 communications technicians selected to deploy with Army Special Operations Forces to Afghanistan in support of intelligence collection missions for OEF. Before assuming his current position, Master Sergeant Post was the Superintendent of the Responsive Cyber Acquisitions Branch in the Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division and was responsible for the operations and management of 250 military and civilian personnel providing the only lifecycle acquisitions programs for cyber weapons in the Air Force. His assignments include bases in Arizona, Texas, and Germany. Master Sergeant Post assumed his current position in February 2017.