Interim Director

Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Cynthia C. Shain is Interim 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 currently serves as Director of the Kentucky Regional Community Policing Institute under funding from the Office for Community Oriented Policing Services; Chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) International Managers and Police College Trainers (IMPACT) Section; and Co-Chair of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) International Scholarship Committee. 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

Police Training Officer (PTO) 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 Assistant: Reception & Continuing Education Course Materials



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Office Number: 502-852-6561
Click here to email Ree Gibbons.
Administrative Assistant: Command Officers Development Course and Continuing Education Courses Coordinator

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