Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Cynthia C. Shain

is Director of the Southern Police Institute. In this position, she oversees all professional development courses for SPI and instructs in the Administrative Officer Course as an adjunct faculty member. Lt. Col. Shain graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA degree in Humanities from Bellarmine University and received a MS degree in Loss Prevention & Safety from Eastern Kentucky University. She retired as Deputy Chief of the Louisville Police Department after a 24-year law enforcement career, where she served as the first female District Commander and staff officer in the history of the agency. As Operations Commander, she was responsible for the coordination of security planning for major special events for the Louisville Police. She has directed and coordinated numerous federally-funded grant programs since 1999 and has been involved in local, national and international law enforcement training, outreach and development. Lt. Col. Shain served as Director of the Kentucky Regional Community Policing Institute under funding from the Office for Community Oriented Policing Services.  She is past Chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) International Managers and Police College Trainers (IMPACT) Section and has served as Co-Chair of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) International Scholarship Committee since 2005. She is a former Rotary International Scholar and recipient of the Tower Award for Women Leaders; Kentucky Women's Law Enforcement Networks Contributions to Law Enforcement and Lifetime Achievement Awards; and most recently, Women Leading Kentucky Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award.

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Office Number: 502-852-0328

Assistant Director

John Reed is the Associate Director of the Southern Police Institute and an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. He assists the Director with operational and administrative oversight of the Institute.  He also assists in the development of courses and instructs on issues related to organizational behavior, leadership and management, and police performance measurement.

Dr. Reed retired as the Chief of Police for the Henderson Police Department in 2014 where he served in that position for 7 years.  Prior to that, he worked for the Louisville Metro Police Department where he served the community in a law enforcement capacity for 28 years.  While at LMPD he worked in operational, investigative, and administrative positions and retired holding the rank of Major.

Dr. Reed is a Kentucky Law Enforcement Council certified police instructor in numerous managerial topics.  He has also been involved in the training of international police from Hungary, Slovakia, and Morocco related to the topics of community policing and democratic policing principles.

He attended the 168th Session of the FBI National Academy and was the past (1998) President of the FBINAA, Kentucky Chapter.  Dr. Reed holds a BS and MS in Justice Administration and a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs from the University of Louisville.  His research interests include organizational issues in policing, leadership and management, and government and police consolidation.

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Office Number: 502-852-0332

Course Coordinator


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Office Number: 502-852-8889
Click here to email Barry Madden.

Administrative Assistant: Administrative Officers Course & SPI Business Manager



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Office Number: 502-852-0334
Click here to email Mary Evans.

Program Coordinator: Command Officers Development Course and Continuing Education Courses Coordinator


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Office Number: 502-852-0333
Click here to email Theresa Newton.

Coordinator of Publications and Marketing

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Office Number: (502) 852-8577
Click here to email Angela Gray

Program Coordinator

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Office Number: 502-852-8923
Click here to email Khadija Shojae.