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

Associate Director

Photo of SPI Assistant Director Mike Bassi

Michael Bassi

Mike Bassi comes to SPI with over 25 years of Law Enforcement Experience, most recently as a Retired Lieutenant with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, in Reno, Nevada, where he spent 21 years.

During his time in law enforcement, Mike worked a variety of assignments, to include Corrections, Boot-Camp, Patrol, SWAT, Marine Patrol (Lake Tahoe), Academy Staff Officer and multiple genres of training, to include FTO/PTO. Mike was also a Detective, serving on the FBI Innocent Images Task force, and was also trained by the FBI in Forensic Child Interview. Mike worked several homicide investigations, receiving awards for being case agent and co-case agent on solved and adjudicated murders.

As a leader, Mike worked line supervisor and Watch Commander positions in Corrections and Patrol, had supervisory positions in Research/Development and Training and served as SWAT Assistant Team Leader. Additionally, he filled Command roles in several areas of responsibility, to include, Dispatch/Communications, Training Division and the Background Investigations Division. He was also assigned as the Director of the Regional Public Safety Training Center and Commander of the Northern Nevada (Regional) Law Enforcement Academy.

Mike served as Vice-Chair of the Washoe County Emergency Response Advisory Committee and as a Board Member for the Trauma Intervention Program of Northern Nevada. He was Adjunct Faculty at both Western Nevada College and Truckee Meadows Community College, teaching Bachelor level courses in Criminal Justice. He is a third-generation Marine, serving as a Military Police Officer in both US and overseas assignments.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude in Social and Criminal Justice from Ashford University and also holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. He is currently finishing his second Masters, in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Louisville and is a graduate of the 141st Administrative Officer's Course at the Southern Police Institute. He is a proud husband to Erin and father to their three kids, Austin, Sierra and Kaili.

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Phone: 502-822-6225
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.