Faculty & Instructors
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SPI Faculty (Administrative Officer's Course)
Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Cynthia C. Shain
Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Cynthia C. Shain is the 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.
Office Number: 502-852-0328
Gennaro F. Vito is Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Ohio State University. Active in professional organizations, he is a Past President, Fellow, and recipient of the Bruce Smith Award (2012) of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has been recognized as one of the “Top 25 Criminal Justice Professors” by the Forensic Colleges’ web site. Pursuant to his research agenda, Dr. Vito has been principal or co-principal investigator on over 40 research grant projects. He is the author of over 100 professional, refereed journal articles (in such journals as Criminology, The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Police Quarterly, and the Prison Journal). He has published on such topics as capital sentencing, police consolidation, police leadership, police traffic stops, policing strategies for drug problems in public housing, attitudes toward capital punishment, and the effectiveness of criminal justice programs. He has made over 100 presentations at professional meetings. He is the co-author of ten textbooks in criminal justice and criminology including Practical Program Evaluation in Criminal Justice (Elsevier, 2014).
Office Number: 502-852-6509
Tom "Tad" Hughes, JD, Ph.D., is the former Director of the Southern Police Institute and Former Interim Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice. He holds the rank of Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. Dr. Hughes received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Dayton. He graduated cum laude with his law degree from the University of Dayton in 1991 and is a member of the Ohio Bar. He received his master's in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 1993 and his PhD in 2000.
Dr. Hughes has authored or co-authored a number of peer-reviewed research articles His research interests include criminal procedure, police liability, police human resource issues, and organizational issues in policing. Dr. Hughes has worked with various local and state police departments on multiple research projects and has presented numerous papers at regional, national, and international conferences.
Dr. Hughes has served on a number of promotional boards for police agencies in Kentucky. He served on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council for six years, which governs all law enforcement training for the state.
Office Number: 502-852-6696
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.
Office Number: 502-852-0332
David J. Beyer began his legal career with the Louisville firm of Nold, Mosley, Clare, Hubbard and Townes where he assisted with litigation involving the Jefferson County Police Department. In 1985, he was sworn in as an FBI Special Agent. Assignments with the FBI included the Oklahoma City Field Office where he investigated a wide variety of criminal matters and was a member of the SWAT team. He also taught civil liability and use of force at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy. He was promoted to FBI Headquarters where he provided legal advice to field and headquarters personnel with emphasis on undercover operations, electronic surveillance and search and seizure matters. He also served two years as a Supervisory Special Agent in the Undercover and Sensitive Operations Unit. Throughout his FBI career, Mr. Beyer was a frequent speaker at state, national and international law enforcement conferences on the topics of electronic surveillance, undercover operations, civil liability, use of force and the U.S. Patriot Act. He finished his FBI career as Supervisory Special Agent/Chief Division Counsel for the Kentucky FBI office. He was responsible for employment law matters, defense of Federal Tort Claims, legal compliance with FBI policies, procedures and ethics mandates, as well as supervision of the informant program, undercover operations, and forfeiture matters. Following his retirement, he served as the Legal Advisor for the St. Matthews, Kentucky Police Department and also served as the Assistant Chief and as Acting Chief. Mr. Beyer holds a law degree from the University of Louisville and an undergraduate degree in Police Administration from the University of Louisville.
Mobile Number: 502-435-8892
Administrative Officer’s Course (AOC), Command Officer Development Course (Budget Mini-Course) and
Performance Management: From Budgeting to Operations
Since June 29, 2015, Alex Alfonso has been employed as the Division of Miami-Dade County's Internal Services Department's Fleet Management Division. As part of this assignment, he has purview over a staff of over 256 civilian employees who provide repair and maintenance services to over 8,500 motorized vehicular assets. His Division also oversees the purchase of vehicles, fuel, various parts, and administrative responsibilities in order to support the County's mission to provide services to visitors and citizens of Miami-Dade County.
He also currently serves as a Reserve Officer for the Miami-Dade Police Department's Sergeant-at-Arms unit, where he aids in providing specialized security services to the Board of County Commissioners during public meetings and various initiatives.
He was a 20-year veteran with the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), where he honorably served as a Police Lieutenant. He was previously assigned to the Department's Fiscal Administration Bureau. During his tenure, he has worked in various facets of the Department's operations including uniform patrol, general investigations, Domestic Crimes Investigations and various administrative assignments. He is currently assigned to the Department's Fiscal Administration Bureau. As part of this assignment, his responsibilities include but are not limited to: the general oversight of the Department's approximate $600 million budget; the coordination of the preparation, development, and presentation of the Miami-Dade Police Department's annual budget; the formulation of policy; and the administration of the Department's Fleet Management Unit, which is responsible for the procuring, issuance, and repair of MDPD's fleet, consisting of over 3,500 vehicular assets.
He was also a former Executive Vice-President of the Hispanic Police Officer's Association (HPOA). A non-for-profit organization that provides community support, leadership training to its membership, educational scholarships to youth, and provides financial assistance to officers and their families who have been injured or mortally wounded in the line of duty.
He attended the New World School of the Arts College where he obtained his Associate's Degree and then later attended Lynn University's School of Criminology where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.
He recently attained his Lean 6 Sigma Green Belt Business Process Improvement certification and he is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute's 60th Command Officer's Development Course in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Command Officer’s Development Course (Establishing Command in Events & Emerging Incidents)
Rob Allen graduated from Beloit College in 1984 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. After graduating, he worked in Loss Prevention and Risk Management jobs with Carlson Companies, the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota North Stars. In 1989, he left private industry and joined the Minneapolis Police Department. He has been involved in patrol work, community policing, investigations, instructing bike patrol officers, and research and development. A graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police and the Southern Police Institute (SPI) at the University of Louisville, Deputy Chief Allen teaches courses in "Critical Incident Management" for SPI. He also served on the curriculum development team and instructs in "Managing Complex Coordinated Attacks" for the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training at LSU. He attended the Master's Degree program in Homeland Security at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the United States Naval Postgraduate School where his thesis research examined the incidence of ethical lapses by responders during homeland security incidents and proposed steps to prevent the problem.
In 1997, he was assigned to develop a citywide crime reduction strategy called CODEFOR, based on the principles of New York City Police Department's COMSTAT philosophy. CODEFOR was credited with a 35 percent reduction in Part I Crime in Minneapolis within its first five years, and remains in use as Minneapolis's primary strategy to reduce crime. As a precinct commander, he developed a partnership with the downtown business community called SafeZone. Based on successful retail crime initiatives in Great Britain, SafeZone ties a closed circuit video camera system with an infrastructure that allows businesses to share crime reduction and intelligence information through a radio system, website and regular meetings. SafeZone has been awarded the 2006 ITT/IACP community policing award for communities over 250,000. He also led the planning team for Minneapolis' role in the 2008 Republican National Convention, and served as the Incident Commander for the I-35W bridge collapse in August 2007.
After leaving the Minneapolis Police Department in February 2013, Allen joined the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office as Director of Planning and Policy Analysis, where he is working on a wide range of projects including streamlining intelligence sharing within the agency and with partners throughout the Twin cities area, assisting the agency's Office of Information Technology as they developed a county-wide records management platform, and coordinated emergency notification systems both internally and for the citizens of the county.
In 2015, Allen joined a company that provided technology and commissary services for jails where he worked as VP for product and business development and president until he left in late 2017. He is currently working as Chief of Staff for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minneapolis.
Strategic Management for 21st Century Policing
Shon F. Barnes joined the Salisbury Police Department (NC) in May 2017 as the Deputy Chief of Police. He was previously a Captain with the Greensboro Police Department where he began his career as a patrol officer in November 2000. He has vast experience in police leadership serving as the commander of the Central Patrol Division, Southern Patrol Division, Operational Support Division, and the Training Division. He attended Elizabeth City State University where he received a B.A. Degree in History/Pre-Law, and the University of Cincinnati where he received a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He has earned a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where his dissertation focus was; “Racial disparities in traffic stops and the role of police leadership in community engagement efforts.” He has completed the Senior Management Institute for Police and is an alumnus of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville where he served as the president of the alumni association (2017-2018). Deputy Chief Barnes was selected as the 2015 National Institute of Justice LEADS Scholar for conducting research using a meta-analysis predictive-policing algorithm based on five years of reported crime data. The project led to a 43% reduction in residential burglaries.
Police Training Officer (PTO) Basic Course, Police Training Officer (PTO) Train-the-Trainer Course, and Police Training Officer (PTO) Implementation Course
Officer John M. Bradley began his law enforcement career with the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) in 2000. He is a graduate of the LMPD Field Training and Evaluation Program and was selected as a Field Training Officer in 2003. Since that time, he has directly trained and evaluated police recruits and probationary officers in all aspects of police patrol. He is certified through the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council as a police instructor specializing in the areas of Police Training Officer Certification, Instructor Development, and Patrol Activities. Off. Bradley is a certified instructor in Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Police Training Officer (PTO) after completing over 200 hours of instructor development training provided by the Kentucky Regional Community Policing Institute at Eastern Kentucky University, the Kentucky Department Criminal Justice Training and the Louisville Metro Police Department. He has taught PTO classes to officers and supervisors from throughout the nation through the Southern Police Institute. He has presented at annual conferences of the Police Society for Problem-Based Learning in Duluth, MN, Seattle, WA, and Coeur d’Alene, ID, as well as IACP and COPS conferences on the topic of PTO training. In 2007, Off. Bradley received the Louisville Metro Police Department Police Training Officer of the Year Award.
Executive Leadership Strategies: Organizational Health in the 21st Century
Chief (Ret.) Ed Brodt is the former Associate Director of the Kentucky Regional Community Policing Institute where he has been a consultant/trainer since its inception in 1996. He served as Chief of Police in Anchorage Kentucky from July 1994 through July 1997. Chief Brodt retired as a Captain from the Jefferson County Police Department after twenty (20) years of service to accept the chief’s job in Anchorage. He holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Police Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville. Chief Brodt has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Louisville where he taught Police Administration and Police Management. He has been a certified police Instructor in Kentucky for over twenty (20) years and served a term on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.
Chief Brodt has made presentations to numerous groups including the International Association of Police Planners, the National Problem Oriented Policing annual conference, the Kentucky Municipal Risk Managers Association, the Kentucky Women’s Law Enforcement Network, and the US Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing annual conferences. He has served as an advisor to the Louisville Metro Police Training Academy staff during their implementation of the PTO program. As a result of his service, the Louisville Metro Police Department established an annual award to be given to the Police Training Officer of the year in honor of Brodt and his partner Tracy Schiller – named the Schiller/Brodt Award.
In 2006, Chief Brodt was awarded the Melvin Shein Award by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council. This prestigious award is given to an individual for distinguished service in and contributions to the field of law enforcement in the Commonwealth. He was recognized for his contributions to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Community in the areas of PBL and PTO.
Command Officer's Development Course, Strategic Management for 21st Century Policing, Performance Management: From Budgeting to Operations
Jason A. Brown currently serves as the Chief Deputy of the Henderson County (NC) Sheriff’s Office. In this position he is directly responsible for the strategic planning and day to day supervision of the entirety of the agency’s operations, from Patrol and CID to Detention and Support Services. Chief Deputy Brown began his career in law enforcement in 1996, and has served with the Cary Police Department, Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. His past assignments have included patrol Deputy and supervisor, violent crimes investigator, supervisor in Professional Standards. From 2012 to 2014 he served and the project manager for Sheriff Charles McDonald’s agency-wide human resources project, revamping the entirety of the agency’s human resource function, from hiring, transfer and promotion to job descriptions, performance appraisals and strategic planning. His most recent position was as Major over the Sheriff’s Office Operations Bureau.
Chief Deputy Brown holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Western Carolina University, and is a graduate of the 131st Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute-University of Louisville. Chief Deputy Brown’s primary areas of study are strategic planning and management and constitutional law. He is a state certified general, officer safety/ readiness and specialized firearms instructor, serving as an adjunct instructor at the North Carolina Justice Academy and Blue Ridge Community College where he specializes in search and seizure/constitutional law, use of force, and legal updates. He also teaches in the area of strategic management for the Southern Police Institute-University of Louisville. Chief Deputy Brown and his wife, Melanie, have two children.
PTO (Police Training Officer) Basic Course, PTO Implementation Course, PTO Train the Trainer Course
Jessie L. Browning has twenty-five years of police experience and is currently a patrol Lieutenant with the Louisville Metro Police Department. In addition to thirteen years as a patrol officer, she has served as a detective, School Resource/D.A.R.E Officer, New Mexico D.A.R.E. Association Public Information Officer, Field Training Officer, Research and Development staff writer, Patrol Sergeant, Training Sergeant, and Adjutant Lieutenant to the Administrative Bureau Commander.
Lt. Browning is a Dean’s Scholar from the Southern Police Institute’s 125th AOC class and is currently earning her degree in Criminal Justice. She has been active in several organizations; including the Peer Support Team, Shield of Faith and the Girl Scouts of America. She is a recognized instructor by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council to teach Leadership, Police Training Officer Certification, CPR, Homeland Security and patrol functions.
In 2006, Lt. Browning led LMPD’s transition to the Police Training Officer program for recruits entering their post-academy training phase. The department’s program became a model for other agencies throughout the region. She has received hundreds of hours in specialized training regarding police training philosophies and organizational leadership. Lt. Browning has written several state and federally approved PTO curricula and continues to teach and consult for agencies across the United States.
John R. Clemens, Jr. is a Forensic Scientist Specialist II with the Kentucky State Police Central Forensic Laboratory in Frankfort, Kentucky where he has served for 10 years. He is assigned to the Violent Crimes section of the Biology Casework group, where he performs serological and DNA analysis. Mr. Clemens has served as the Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Technical Leader for Kentucky since 2015. He is a former member of the Crime Scene Response Unit and has assisted law enforcement at the scene of several high profile murders in Kentucky.
Currently, Mr. Clemens is working on the review of untested rape kits from Kentucky and has recently been tasked with the review of untested rape kits from Austin, Texas. He also provided a 40-hour Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis course for new hires in the Biology Casework group. Mr. Clemens holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry from Eastern Kentucky University and completed his required courses for Forensic while enrolled in graduate school with the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame.
PTO (Police Training Officer) Basic Course and PTO Implementation Course
Sergeant Jeremy Coleman started his law enforcement career in 1998 with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. In 2001, he joined the Louisville Police Department. After completing his Field Training Officer program (FTO) training, he gained valuable knowledge and experience while working a variety of patrol districts within the city of Louisville. With the merger of the departments into the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) in 2003, the LMPD transitioned from the FTO program to the Police Officer Training program (PTO). Sgt. Coleman volunteered to become a certified PTO as a member of the first implementation class at the LMPD in 2006. In 2007, he was awarded the LMPD’s Schiller-Brodt PTO Award and represented the LMPD at the national PTO conference in Seattle, Washington. He received his certification as an Instructor from the Department of Criminal Justice Training in 2009, and is certified to instruct officers on the LMPD's PTO program.
In 2012, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned as a patrol division Police Training Sergeant (PTS) within the LMPD's PTO program. After almost 5 years as a Patrol Sergeant, Sgt. Coleman transferred to the LMPD's Professional Standards Unit. After a six month period at PSU, he then transferred to the LMPD Training Academy and was assigned as the Sergeant responsible for the LMPD’s post academy PTO program. Sgt. Coleman has had over 396 hours of Leadership training, has experienced multiple aspects of the PTO program to include the transition and implementation of the PTO program from FTO, PTO coaching/training, PTS coaching and training responsibilities, and PTO program management. He has a decade of experience training law enforcement officers as a DOCJT certified instructor in Leadership and PTO.
Sgt. Coleman’s unique knowledge and experience with the PTO program provide an opportunity for officers and/or law enforcement agencies to obtain a thorough knowledge of PTO and how the PTO program can benefit their officers, department and community.
Mary Collins-Morton retired as a Supervisory Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in October 2018 after 27 years of service. At the time of her retirement, she was a criminal profiler assigned to the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC), Behavioral Analysis Unit 4 (BAU-4). NCAVC serves as a national and international resource center for law enforcement agencies, providing assistance in unusual, bizarre, and repetitive violent crimes. Ms. Collins-Morton consulted in cases involving homicide, cold case homicide, no body homicide, serial murder, serial sexual assault and other violent crimes including equivocal death, threats and terrorism. In examining these cases she has provided a variety of services. These services include: crime scene analysis and reconstruction; investigative strategies; case linkage analysis in serial cases; development of unknown offender characteristics; the development of interview designs for suspects; major case management; media strategies; and assistance with strategies for prosecution. Ms. Collins-Morton has consulted in hundreds of violent crime cases for both domestic and international law enforcement organizations.
Prior to her assignment as a criminal profiler Ms. Collins-Morton was assigned as an investigator to both the Chicago and Washington DC field offices of the FBI. During those assignments she served as a member and team leader for the FBI's Evidence Response Team, processing and administrating crime scenes, and collecting and processing evidence. In 2006 Ms. Collins-Morton was assigned to the FBI Laboratory in the Hazardous Evidence Response Team Unit as a Supervisory Special Agent. In this assignment she ran high hazard crimes scenes, and provided specialized certification and continuing education training to multiple federal agencies. Ms. Collins-Morton has participated in the processing of a number of major crimes scenes to include the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Park Bombing, the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya, and served as one of two evidence team leaders responsible for overall administration of the crime scene resulting from the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.
Ms. Collins-Morton holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree from the University of Michigan in Microbiology, and a Master's of Science Degree in Biodefense from George Mason University. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). Ms. Collins-Morton previously worked as a forensic DNA technician in the FBI Laboratory and in scientific research. She served as a police instructor for the FBI, teaching numerous law enforcement audiences for 24 years.
Whitney Collins is the Laboratory Supervisor for the Forensic Biology Casework Section for the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Central Forensic Laboratory and has been employed there since 2001. She started her career as a Forensic Biologist and is competent in Serological, DNA (autosomal and Y-STR), and Bloodstain Pattern Analyses. In 2006, she was promoted to her current position. She audits laboratories utilizing the FBI’s Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories and has served as an assessor for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB). Ms. Collins also received her certification through American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) in Molecular Biology.
Ms. Collins’ regular duties include supervising 15+ forensic biology analysts, creating grant proposals and making purchases for grants received, providing case management to law enforcement and attorneys, auditing, exploring new technologies in the forensic biology field, general trouble-shooting and problem solving. She presents to college students, law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Teams.
Ms. Collins graduated from Transylvania University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and continued her studies at Eastern Kentucky University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science with concentrations in both Chemistry and Biology. Ms. Collins also completed a Master’s Degree in Biology from the University of Kentucky while working at the laboratory.
Rosanna Cordero-Stutz is a 22 year veteran Police Major with the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Originally from New York City, she received her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, in 1991. She relocated to the Miami area in 1993 and began her career with Miami-Dade Police Department in 1996.
She is currently assigned to the Robbery Bureau in the Criminal Investigations Division. Her previous law enforcement experience includes Uniform/Road Patrol, General Investigations, Robbery Intervention Detail, Homicide Bureau, Professional Compliance Bureau (Internal Affairs), the Economic Crimes Bureau's Mortgage Fraud Task Force, Media Relations Public Information Officer and Personnel Management Bureau.
In 2001, she obtained her Master's degree from Florida International University in Public Administration and a Certification in Human Resource Policy and Management. She earned a certification in Executive Leadership from Nova University and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 265.
Dr. Tracey Corey is the Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and Professor of Pathology and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of the Louisville School of Medicine. A native of Kentucky, she graduated With Distinction from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1987. She is certified in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology.
Dr. Corey has served as a guest instructor for such organizations as the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, the FBI Academy, and the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. She is a consultant to the FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime within the Child Abduction Serial Killer Program, and serves on the Research Advisory Board thereof. She is an instructor for the Southern Police Institute’s professional development Homicide Investigation Course.
Dr. Corey serves on several committees and has held offices in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME). Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for NAME. Within the AAFS, she has served as Chair, Secretary, and Program Chair of the Pathology/Biology Section of the AAFS, as well as Workshop Chair, Breakfast Seminar Chair, and Program Chair.
Dr. Corey’s major scientific area of interest involves injury and death in childhood. She has lectured widely on this subject, and has many published articles in peer-reviewed national scientific journals and medical textbooks.
Command Officer Development Course (Organized Crime and Managing Major Criminal Investigations)
Joyce S. Dawley, Retired, Special Agent in Charge of FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) in Central Florida. Ms. Dawley has 32 years of diversified law enforcement and command experience. She attended both the FBI National Academy (186) and the 5th CODC/SPI. She has received numerous awards and recognition during the course of her career in law enforcement. During her tenure with FDLE, she was credited with establishing and implementing the CART (Crimes Against Children Response Team) and the ESST (Electronic Surveillance Support Team). Both concepts were adopted statewide and CART was adopted as a "best practice" nationally. Ms. Dawley was appointed by the Governor to serve as the Co-Chair for the Central Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force and represented Central Florida at the Statewide Domestic Security Oversite Board. Additionally, Ms. Dawley was instrumental in implementing the first regional fusion center in Florida to be a recognized by DHS. She is a graduate of Florida International University.
Command Officer's Development Course (Strategic Policing)
Major Ruben "Butch" Delgado began his career with the Tampa Police Department in 1998. He is currently the Major of District One, which consists of approximately 250 officers and covers about 42 sq. miles and over 150,000 residents.
Major Delgado has twenty years of law enforcement experience, with the past ten years in a command position. He has served in all divisions of the Tampa Police Department, having been assigned in a command capacity over patrol divisions, administrative bureaus, and latent investigative sections. In 2017, Major Delgado assisted in starting up the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) squad to target the increase in internet crimes against children. Most recently, he oversaw the operations of a serial killer investigation in the Seminole Heights area.
Major Delgado has extensive experience in working, planning, and managing special events, such as the 2012 Republican National Convention, the 2017 National College Football Championship, and the 2018 National Hockey League All-Star game. He is currently the head law enforcement official for all events at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
Major Delgado served on the Tampa Police Department's Honor Guard for over 12 years with 3 of those years as the Sergeant of the Guard.
Major Delgado holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville's Southern Police Institute (SPI), where he was a Dean Scholar of the 136th Administrative Officers Course.
Command Officer Development Course (Development & Management of Major Criminal Investigations)
Jo Carole Dickson has recently retired from the Jefferson Community & Technical College, where she served as the Chief Institutional Advancement Officer of the College and as Executive Director for the Jefferson Community & Technical College Foundation. Ms. Dickson is an adjunct instructor for the University of Louisville where she conducts Interpersonal and Organizational Communication classes for the Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Southern Police Institute’s Commanding Officer’s Development Course (CODC) at various locations across the US.
As a consultant for the Louisville Police Department she was instrumental in researching and developing a Field Training and Evaluation Program which was certified by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council (KLEC). She was also instrumental in the development of a Field Training Sergeant’s Program for the agency. She has developed and conducted numerous leadership, management and communications courses for agencies across the country, including the US Naval Training Center at Great Lakes and The Performance Institute in Washington, DC.
Ms. Dickson participated in a panel discussion on the impact of generational issues in law enforcement sponsored by the John Jay College Leadership Academy and the Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS); worked with focus groups in Slovakia to assess progress in Democratic Policing; and was invited to participate in a discussion of generational issues with a delegation from the Netherlands Police Agency.
Ms. Dickson is a recipient of the KWLEN Contributions to Law Enforcement Award and the Louisville Police Community Partnership Award. She holds Master’s Degree in Education, Training & Development from the University of Louisville.
Administrative Officers Course (AOC), Leadership for the Law Enforcement Executive, and special topic seminars
Alex Ferguson retired as a Deputy Director of the Illinois State Police in 2002 with experience at the command level for many years in both administrative and operational capacities. Following his state police career, he served as Chief of the Bluffton (SC) Police Department and as the Associate Director of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville. He left SPI in 2009 and currently teaches and consults on a contract basis. He has instructed thousands of command level officers from jurisdictions throughout the United States. He focuses primarily on strategic leadership and thinking interactive presentations and exercises. He developed the Administrative Officers What Makes Me-Me course concerning the leadership authenticity and the importance of personal stories in leadership. He served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Sergeant and served in Viet Nam from 1969 through 1971. Following his service, he obtained his B.S. in Law Enforcement Administration and M.S. in Criminal Justice Education from Eastern Kentucky University. He served with the Kentucky Department of Justice, Bureau of Training, and began his career with the Illinois State Police in the fall of 1977. He is the recipient of the Award of Achievement and Problem Solving Award from the Illinois State Police and the Distinguished Service Award from the Southern Police Institute. He also received one of ten honorable mentions by the International Chiefs of Police and Parade magazine in 1988. He lives in Springfield, Illinois with his wife, Carol.
Command Officer Development Course, Management of the Small Law Enforcement Agency,
Personnel Development, Assessment and Liability
Gilbert Frazier retired as Deputy Chief of Hollywood Police Department, Florida, with over 27 years of law enforcement experience. Chief Frazier has developed entrance and promotional exams for State, Municipal and County agencies. He has conducted audits on both Sheriff’s Departments and Municipal Police Departments and has assisted in law enforcement CEO placement.
He served as co-project manager for a $2 million computerization project, including computer-aided dispatch and records management systems for the Hollywood Police Department. During his career, Chief Frazier has also been responsible for governmental disaster response city-wide as Director of Disaster and Emergency Management.
Chief Frazier is a member of the Florida Bar Association and has supervised the Police Legal Unit and reviewed the legal aspects of law enforcement. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Southern Police Institute. He holds a Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science degree from Nova University.
Police Training Officer (PTO) Basic Course
Officer Matthew A. Gelhausen is currently assigned to the Louisville Metro Police Department’s (LMPD) Training Division Special Projects Unit and serves as a coordinator and instructor of the agency’s Police Training Officer (PTO) Program. He became a police explorer with the Jefferson County Police Department (JCPD) at the age of 15. Officer Gelhausen worked his way through the youth leadership ranks of the Explorer Program to be promoted to the Explorer Captain-Program Commander position of the JCPD Explorer Program, later as the first Explorer Major-Program Commander position in the newly merged LMPD Explorer Program and then as a Civilian Advisor. He also served as a police cadet with the University of Louisville Police Department and as a police intern with the LMPD’s Special Operations Division. In 2008, he became a sworn police officer and continues to assist with the Explorer Program as a Sworn Advisor and with Law Enforcement Exploring on the national level. He also serves as the Administrative and Operations Coordinator for the Kentucky Law Enforcement Explorer Academy (KLEEA) and the Physical Arrangements Coordinator for the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference (NLEEC).
Off. Gelhausen’s agency experience includes assignments in the First, Second and Sixth Divisions, in the Special Operations Division Community Relations Unit coordinating the Citizens Police Academy (CPA), and as a member of the LMPD Violent Crimes Task Force. He graduated from the 2011 LMPD Police Training Officer (PTO) Program Basic Course. Since that time, he has provided effective mentoring and direct assessment of the continued development of a number of police recruits and probationary officers. He is a Drug Recognition Expert, a Kentucky Law Enforcement Council Instructor specializing in the areas of Patrol General Studies and Drug Interdiction, and a Board Member with the Kentucky Narcotic Officers’ Association (KNOA). Officer Gelhausen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville.
Strategic Management for 21st Century Policing, Intelligence-Led Policing: Turning Theory Into Practice
Captain Daniel W. Gerard, M.S. recently retired after 31 years of service with the Cincinnati, Ohio Police Department (CPD). He received his B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.
Immediately prior to his retirement, Captain Gerard served as the CPD District Three Commander and through the use of evidence-based strategies, both crime and calls for service in District Three were reduced to 10-year lows during his tenure as commander.
Captain Gerard also served as the CPD operational commander for the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV). The CIRV effort resulted in a 41% reduction in gang-member involved homicides over a 42-month period, and the CIRV Law Enforcement Team was awarded the 2008 National Criminal Justice Association’s Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award, the 2008 IACP /Motorola Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement, and the 2009 IACP /West Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigations.
Captain Gerard has served as an invited speaker, trainer, instructor and consultant for numerous police agencies and universities throughout the United States and Canada. His areas of expertise include: data analytics and visualization, identification of co-offending and co-addiction networks, gun violence reduction, violent criminal gangs, focused deterrence, traffic safety, evidence-based policing, place-based policing, police and academic partnerships, police management and police research.
Intelligence Preparation of the Beat, Intelligence Analysis of the Beat
Jon W. Glassford, Major (Military Intelligence, U.S. Army, retired) has over 35 years in the military intelligence and special operations communities. His specialties and assignments included Intelligence Analyst, Electronic Warfare (German Linguist), Psychological Operations (Russian Linguist), Counterintelligence, and Counterinsurgency Operations.
Upon his retirement in 2001, Major Glassford worked as a Human Intelligence instructor and training developer for the U.S. intelligence community, focusing on tactical questioning and debriefing, interrogation, intelligence targeting, surveillance, and source development. He has served as an intelligence instructor with the Counterinsurgency Center of Excellence in Iraq, helping to train "surge" leadership in 2007, as well as working as an intelligence coach and mentor for the U.S. State Department's African Contingency Operations and Training Assessment program in Rwanda, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, and Nigeria.
Major Glassford earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a MS in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville. He currently serves as an adjunct instructor for the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville where he teaches courses on policing, intelligence, and terrorism and risk mitigation. His area of research interests are in Intelligence-Led Policing, planning and operations in policing, and developing intelligence training projects curricula for law enforcement agencies.
Internal Affairs: Policy, Practice & Legal Considerations
Rudy Gonzalez is the Internal Affairs Unit Commander for the City of Coral Gables Police Department, where he oversees all internal investigations for the City of Coral Gables, which includes police, fire, and civilian personnel.
In 2019, he retired after 29 years with the Miami‑Dade Police Department (MDPD). During his tenure with the MDPD, he held many investigative assignments. These assignments included General Investigations, Cargo Theft, and Criminal Intelligence. At the MDPD, he was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 and was assigned to the Field Training Unit, which is responsible for training recent police academy graduates in their transition to road officers. In his 14 years as a sergeant, he supervised various units, including the Gang Unit, Street Narcotics Section, and the Cutler Ridge Neighborhood Policing Unit. In addition, he was assigned to the Professional Compliance Bureau for over nine years as an Internal Affairs Investigator. In eight of those nine years, he served as part of the Criminal Conspiracy Section and was directly responsible for the proactive investigation of police corruption. In 2012, he was promoted to lieutenant and was assigned as the Executive Officer for the Seaport Operations Bureau in charge of Police Operations and Investigations at Port Miami. He then transferred to the Warrants Bureau U.S. Marshals Task Force and ended his tenure at the MDPD with the Homicide Bureau.
Commander Gonzalez has an expertise in proactive investigations and the use of technology during these investigations. He is a certified police instructor and teaches Departmental courses, as well as courses for United States Department of State International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), in internal affairs investigations, proactive investigations, operations planning, surveillance techniques, and search warrants.
Commander Gonzalez has completed numerous investigative training courses and law enforcement continuing education courses during his career. He has been the recipient of many departmental and governmental awards and honors over his career. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s 70th Command Officer Development Course.
Internal Affairs: Policy, Practice & Legal Considerations
Blanca Torrents Greenwood is the Executive Director for the Dade County Police Benevolent Association (PBA). She has been with the PBA since 1998, earning promotions from staff counsel to Assistant General Counsel to General Counsel to her current position, where she oversees all aspects of the Association, including a staff of twenty employees, seven in-house attorneys and several associate law firms. Ms. Greenwood is licensed to practice in the State of Florida and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Prior to working at the PBA, Ms. Greenwood served as an Assistant State Attorney with the Dade County State Attorney's Office for seven years. During her tenure at the State Attorney's Office, she tried all levels of felony and misdemeanor cases, was in charge of the Drug Court Division and served as Deputy Chief of the Crimes Division for County Court, where she supervised and trained new assistant state attorneys.
Ms. Greenwood has lectured in numerous venues regarding issues affecting law enforcement, including internal affairs investigations and officers' rights; she has been a panelist and participated in the Harvard Law School Police Union Leadership Symposium; and, was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Use of Force Advisory Board for the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. Ms. Greenwood has repeatedly appeared on radio and television to speak on behalf of law enforcement rights and continues to lobby for the passage of legislation benefitting all law enforcement. She has drafted and enacted legislation affecting all law enforcement, including enhancements to the Officer's Bill of Rights.
Ms. Greenwood received her Bachelor's Degree in psychology, with a minor in chemistry, as a Dean's List graduate from the University of Miami. She attended the University of Miami School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate degree in May 1991 and was selected for the Law School Honors Program. She served as the President of the Hispanic Law Students Association and was on the Executive Board of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Organization. Ms. Greenwood was the University of Miami, School of Law Mock Trial Competition Champion and represented the University in national trial competitions. She was also selected as a National Member of the Order of the Barristers for having exhibited excellence and attaining high honor in court advocacy.
Sex Crimes Investigations
Tim Hardiman retired from the New York City Police Department at the rank of Inspector after 23 years of service. During his tenure with the NYPD Tim commanded the 71 Detective Squad, the Brooklyn Special Victims Squad, Queens South Task Force, Leadership Development Section and 50 & 47 Precincts. He has made presentations on Sex Crimes investigations to a number of organizations. He has led the investigation of numerous sex crimes and coordinated the search for many missing children. Tim has an MPA from Marist College and is a graduate of the 194th Session of the FBI National Academy. He teaches undergraduate criminal justice classes for American Military University and is a technical advisor for the TV show Law & Order: SVU. Tim is a member of numerous police organizations. Prior to his police career Tim served in the United States Marine Corps.
Dean A. Hawley, M.D. is a forensic pathologist, tenured Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Director of Autopsy Services, at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is board certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology and forensic pathology. He has been practicing forensic pathology and testifying as an expert witness in Indiana for 25 years, including hundreds of trials. Dr. Hawley’s primary research interest is family violence, with current research in domestic violence and elder abuse and neglect. Dr. Hawley has authored multiple peer-reviewed scientific medical papers about fatal and non-fatal strangulation assault in domestic violence.
Organizational Leadership and Problem Solving
Keith Ikeda is the Security Manager for the Aspen Skiing Company. He is a retired law enforcement executive with over 30 years of service in law enforcement, the last ten years as Chief of Police for the Basalt Police Department in Colorado. Prior to this he served as the Assistant Chief of Operations for the Aspen Police Department for seven years from 1994 until 2001 implementing the principles and practices of community-oriented policing. He was born and raised in the Seattle area and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. In May 2008, Keith graduated with a Masters Degree in Public Administration with honors at the University of Colorado in Denver.
Chief Ikeda has law enforcement experience working with the National Park Service, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department, Kirkland Police Department, Aspen Police Department and the Basalt Police Department. He is a curriculum developer and a trainer for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, the Colorado Regional Community Policing Institute, and the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy at the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley Campus, in the areas of Community Policing, Domestic Violence, Ethics & Integrity, Executive Management, Organizational Leadership and Problem Solving.
Chief Ikeda also works as a consultant and trainer in the areas of Community-Oriented Policing, Domestic Violence, Problem Solving, Ethics & Integrity, Violence in the Workplace, Organizational Development, Organizational Leadership, and Strategic Planning. He has served on or currently serves on the boards of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, Colorado Regional Community Policing Institute, the CMC Spring Valley Campus-Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy, Aspen/Pitkin Combined Communications, E-911 Authority Board, Leadership Aspen, RESPONSE (A Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Advocacy Organization), Aspen Recovery Center, Young Adult Rock Club, and is a member of the Colorado Mountain College Community Advisory Committee, Public Safety Council, Victim Services Task Force, Chemical Dependency Task Force and the Colorado Northwest Region All-Hazards Incident Management Team.
Jonathan Lusher is an independent security consultant with international experience in crime prevention, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), security management and building design. Formerly Principal Consultant and Executive Vice President at IPC International Corporation, a security firm, Mr. Lusher was a Detective with the Baltimore Police Department, a government regulator, and Chief Security Officer. Mr. Lusher holds a Bachelor's Degree from The American University and completed graduate-level work at several institutions, including the Advanced CPTED curriculum at the National Crime Prevention Institute. He is a past Chair and Board Member of the International CPTED Association, by which organization he is designated a Certified CPTED Practitioner-Advanced. This Certification is the only CPTED certification based upon demonstrated project experience, competence in numerous key areas and peer review of submitted documentation of these achievements.
Mr. Lusher's CPTED practice has included urban environments, traditional and mixed-use shopping centers, parks, residential, and commercial facilities; he has instructed in CPTED and crime prevention for police departments, private security entities, corporate management and facility staff at all levels. He is the author of numerous articles on CPTED, security and crime analysis and prevention.
Command Officers Development Course
Earl Mitchell retired in 1999 from the Hollywood Florida Police Department with 32 years of service, at the rank of Deputy Chief. During his 17-year tenure on the command staff, Mr. Mitchell had the opportunity to command each of the Department’s divisions, including Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Special Operations/Traffic and Administration. As a certified instructor, he has worked in various venues, including the Southern Police Institute. Since retiring from the Hollywood Police Department Mr. Mitchell has provided management consulting services in both the public and private sectors. He maintains his membership in the International Association of Chiefs of Police. In 2002, Mr. Mitchell returned to the Southern Police Institute as a Course Coordinator/Instructor for The Command Officers Development Course, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Mr. Mitchell is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course (CODC). He holds an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Broward College; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Nova Southeastern University; a Master of Science in Management, Summa Cum Laude, from St. Thomas University, and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from St. Thomas University.
Homicide Investigation, Sex Crimes Investigations
Robert J. Morton retired as a Supervisory Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's in July 2014 after 26 years. At the time of his retirement, he was a profiler assigned to the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, Behavioral Analysis Unit, which serves as a national and international resource center for law enforcement agencies, providing assistance in unusual, bizarre, and repetitive violent crimes. He served there for over 16 years and has extensive experience analyzing homicide cases and other types of violent crimes, specializing in serial murder, sexual homicide, and “No Body Homicide” cases. He has consulted in hundreds of these types of cases for law enforcement in the United States as well as a number of international law enforcement agencies. He has provided expert testimony in regards to his duties in Federal Court as well as state courts in Indiana, Colorado, Michigan, New Mexico, and Wisconsin. He has received various commendations and awards, including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences’ John R. Hunt Award for Outstanding Contribution to Forensic Science. Mr. Morton has conducted extensive research into serial murder, sexual murder, and taphonomy, He has also published numerous monographs, book chapters, and journal articles regarding his expertise.
Prior to his assignment as a profiler, Mr. Morton was assigned to the FBI’s Chicago Field Division, and was the Primary Team Leader on Chicago’s Evidence Response Team (ERT). He processed numerous crime scenes, including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Park Bombing, and the 9/11/01 attack on the Pentagon. He also worked for the Virginia State Police from 1981 to 1988 as a Trooper, and previously worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene. He is currently a “Cold Case” Detective with the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia, specializing in homicide cases.
Mr. Morton is certified from the International Association of Identification (IAI) as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst, and is a Fellowin the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, General Section. He has a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University, a B.A. in Sociology from Canisius College and an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice from Erie Community College North.
Command Officer Development Course (Strategic Management; Organizational Performance Management): Strategic Management for 21st Century Policing; Personnel Development, Assessment and Liability; Proactive Leadership: Budgeting & Survival Strategies.
Les Poole has over 40 years of law enforcement experience in England and the United States. He served in eight ranks with Scotland Yard, Metropolitan Police Service, London, 30 as a manager including 10 years as a Commander - one of 264 Chief Officers nationally.
Her Majesty the Queen awarded him the Queen's Police Medal for services to British policing.
Les has his own company, I.M.P.A.C.T. Consulting based in New York City. In the past 4 years he has carried out numerous management and staffing audits in large agencies across the USA. Some were working as an independent consultant including creating a "cradle to grave" personnel system and establishing major organizational change. Others were working as a consultant to the National Sheriffs' Association on staffing and strategic planning.
Other consultancies include, IACP, the Police Foundation and the COPS Office and independent work with State and local law enforcement agencies, completing audits, promotion assessments and pursuing change management. He also undertakes teaching and training assignments for Universities and agencies and has published widely on law enforcement topics.
During his police career he was Operations Chief of one fifth of London with 1.5 million population, a staff of 5,500 officers, detectives and civilians; a member of the Force Inspectorate team (similar to the Inspector General’s Office); Director of National Training and Police Promotions for 120,00 officers up to the rank of Captain, and before retiring, Acting Director of Police Personnel for Scotland Yard with 29,000 officers.
He has extensive experience in patrol, detective, traffic, and internal affairs divisions during his career and in the development of community policing in diverse communities across London. All his operational and administrative positions involved making significant transformational change in investigations, operations, training and personnel. He has been Visiting Professor at City University, John Jay College, New York, teaching Bachelors and Masters classes. He has an Adult & Continuing Education Teaching Qualification; a B.A. in Law, and a Master of Philosophy in Police Management and Policy Analysis. Les has been teaching in both law enforcement and academic institutions since 1976.
Command Officers Development Course (Ethics & Innovations)
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Joe Preston recently retired from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office where he served as Director of Business Development and Chief Technology Officer. In his 22 years of Law Enforcement, Lt. Col. Preston has served as Director of Law Enforcement Operations, Director of Support Services and Director of Emergency Management. During his tenure as the WCSO EM Director, Lt. Col. Preston led the Walton County recovery response to the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. He worked with many local, state, and federal agencies to manage the disaster and instil confidence in the WCSO's ability to manage emergencies.
Lt. Col. Preston is an experienced deputy, and has served as a sergeant of patrol, sergeant of traffic, and lieutenant of training. He holds various trainer/instructor certifications including: firearms instruction, defensive tactics, communications, DWI instruction, traffic crash investigation, and traffic homicide investigation. In addition, he is an adjunct instructor for the CJSTC Basic Recruit Academy at Northwest Florida State College where he teaches line supervision, middle management, traffic crash and criminal investigations, communications, and firearms courses. He is a graduate of Southern Police Institute (127th AOC) in Louisville, KY and holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Prior to entering the law enforcement field, Lt. Col. Preston spent 20 years in the corporate world with both Fairbanks Scale Company and the Hill-Rom Company, where he served as executive director of service operations. His experience is focused in managing large, decentralized operations on a national scale.
Dr. Bill Ralston is a forensic pathologist currently working as a State Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He served as Chief Deputy Coroner/ Senior Forensic Pathologist for Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Ohio from 2008 until 2015. Prior to that time he attended the University of Louisville School of medicine, completed a forensic pathology fellowship at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Louisville Kentucky, and then served as a medical examiner in Kentucky. He is board certified in anatomic and forensic pathology and has held faculty positions at University of Louisville, University of Cincinnati, and the University of Kentucky. He has trained forensic pathology fellows, taught medical students and other medical and non-medical professionals, as well as, lectured around the country to law enforcement regarding death investigation.
Command Officer Development Course (Cultural Diversity)
Robert Ross has served as President and CEO of Professional Consulting Associates, LLC (PCA) an independent consulting group in Columbus, Ohio for the past 20 years. Since 2010, Mr. Ross has served as Chief Collaborative Officer of the Public Service Leadership Institute, (PSLI), a division of PCA. PSLI focuses exclusively on collaborative leadership competencies for Public Safety, K-12 Educator, Government Service, and Clergy professional development.
Mr. Ross has in excess of thirty years of experience in organizational consulting, training and development and educational program management. He has developed highly successful courses and seminars that deliver “how-to” people skills in the areas of interpersonal communication, diversity & inclusion, time management and collaborative team effectiveness. He is an Adjunct Faculty member of Columbus State Community College, the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute, and The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business – Executive Education. He travels extensively providing consulting assistance to organizations in leadership transition, and interpersonal crisis intervention services to leaders and communities seeking inclusive solutions. He is also a highly engaging frequent speaker at conferences and seminars.
Mr. Ross has a comprehensive background and business management experience in both service industries and all sectors of government, including extensive experience working with large and small Law Enforcement Agencies, Public & Private Health Care, as well as Manufacturing organizations and he is a former Steering Committee member for WINGS (Women In New Growth Stages). He earned his Bachelors degree from The Ohio State University and pursued graduate studies at Capital University Law & Graduate Center.
Chief Executive Leadership
In September 2017, Chief Tracy A. Schiller retired from the Elizabethtown Police Department, Elizabethtown, KY, where he served as Chief of Police since August 2011. Tracy started his law enforcement career in 1978 in the City of Plantation, KY. In 1982 he became an officer for the City of Shelbyville, KY where he was promoted to the rank of Captain and served as the Assistant Chief. In 1989 he was hired by the Louisville Division of Police where he served until his retirement in 2003, shortly after the City of Louisville and Jefferson County governments merged. Tracy held the rank of Major and the position of Assistant Chief upon his retirement from the Louisville Metro Police Department.
After retiring from Louisville Metro, he continued his career in law enforcement by way of his employment with the Eastern Kentucky University and the Kentucky Regional Community Policing Institute (RCPI) where he served as a training specialist and program manager. In 2009 the Kentucky RCPI moved to the University of Louisville's Southern Police Institute (SPI). At both locations, Tracy provided technical assistance and served as a consultant for a number of law enforcement agencies throughout the nation and internationally.
Tracy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Southern Police Institute's Administrative Officers Course.
He has received the following recognitions: 2013 "Chief of the Year Award" from the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police; 2017 "Melvin Shein Award" for distinguished service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky from the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council; 2017 "Inspiration Award" from The Hardin County Fire Chief's Association, and; 2017 "President's Award" from the Hardin County Branch of the NAACP.
Tracy currently serves as a Board member for both the Elizabethtown Police Foundation and the Hardin County KY Habitat for Humanity.
Management of the Small Law Enforcement Agency
Chief Paul Schultz has 44 years of law enforcement experience with the last 22 years as Chief of Police. He retired from the Thornton (CO) Police Department after 20 years of service. During his career with the Thornton Police Department, he held every rank from Police Officer to Commander. He has served as Chief of Police in La Vista (NE), Lafayette (CO) and Canon City (CO). He was appointed by Colorado's Attorney General to serve as the Director of Colorado's Peace Officer Standards and Training. In January 2017 he was appointed as Chief of Public Safety for the City of Fort Morgan, Colorado where he manages emergency services to include Police.
Chief Schultz holds a Master's Degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Colorado at Denver, He is a graduate of the FBI LEEDS, LEEDA and Command College training programs. He has attended the PERF Senior Management Institute for Police and the New England Institute for Law Enforcement. He has been an instructor for the Southern Police Institute for the past 21 years and has presented a different training program for the IACP annual training conference for the past 21 years. Chief Schultz also teaches criminal justice at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Regis University. He has been teaching college-level criminal justice courses for the past 27 years. Chief Schultz also teaches at the new chief's training school in Colorado and at the FBI Command College.
Chief Schultz has served as President of the Police Chiefs Association of Nebraska and as President of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. He currently is the Chairman of the Professional Standards Committee for the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police and is a member of the IACP Crime Prevention Committee. He has been recognized as Chief of Police of the Year for the State of Nebraska and as Chief of Police of the Year for Boulder County, Colorado. He also won the prestigious Webber Seavey Award for quality in law enforcement and the National Award for best National Night Out a record seven times.
He has been certified as an expert witness in Police Policy and Use of Force in the 10th Federal Court Circuit. Chief Schultz has served as an expert witness in over 20 cases throughout Colorado. He is married and has one adult daughter.
Lt. Albert Selke has over 20 years of combined experience in both federal and local law enforcement. In the late 80s and early 90s, he was involved with some of the Nation’s most sensitive criminal intelligence relative to the War on Drugs.
Most recently, Albert pulled from his experiences as a line officer, latent detective, and field supervisor to coordinate the development of an intelligence center to support intelligence-led policing at one of the largest U.S. law enforcement agencies. His leadership provided for the development of innovative solutions for the successful implementation of the new policing paradigm. As a result, substantial and sustained crime reduction was achieved without additional funding.
Albert has a straightforward approach to converting valid theory into effective police practice. In addition to his practical experience, Albert holds a B.S. degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida, an M.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from Saint Leo University and graduated valedictorian of the 123rd Administrative Officers Course at the University of Louisville's Southern Police Institute.
Deputy Chief Siegel began his law enforcement career in 1984 with the Hollywood Police Department, in South Florida. During his tenure, he worked, supervised and managed patrol, street crimes, criminal investigations, vice intelligence and narcotics and administration. He also spent nine years as a member of the SWAT team. Deputy Chief Siegel spent a great deal of his twenty-eight years with Hollywood assigned to the South Florida High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, where he was the Director of the South Broward Drug Enforcement Unit, a coalition of Local, County, State, and Federal Law Enforcement Officers targeting drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. In 2009, he presented to a Federal sub-committee, representing HIDTA for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the issues and concerns surrounding drug trafficking of diverted pharmaceuticals. This led to an additional $500,000 of Federal funding to the South Florida Area to address these issues. As a result, Florida Law was changed in 2010, giving local law enforcement the ability to address Pill Mills.
In February 2012, Deputy Chief Siegel retired from the Hollywood Police Department, after 28 years, and was hired as the Assistant Police Chief for the City of Lauderhill. He was promoted to his current rank of Deputy Chief in 2013. As the Deputy Police Chief, he holds command authority over all operational aspects of the police department. The Lauderhill Police Department has a sworn complement of 124 officers and 42 civilian employees.
Deputy Chief Siegel holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Barry University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He is a graduate of the Southwestern Command Officer’s Development Course in Dallas, Texas and the Police Executive Research Forum’s, Senior Management Institute for Police. He worked as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Phoenix and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Broward College.
Executive Leadership Strategies: Organizational Health in the 21st Century
Colonel (Ret.) Glenn Skeens is the former Police Chief for the City of Owensboro, Kentucky. Colonel Skeens is a twenty seven year veteran of law enforcement. He began his career as a member of the Owensboro Police Department and was appointed Chief of Police in 2007. Colonel Skeens retired on September 1, 2012. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University. Colonel Skeens is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Criminal Justice Executive Development and the School of Strategic Leadership. He is a certified Kentucky Law Enforcement Council Instructor. Colonel Skeens was appointed in 2007 by Governor Steve Beshear to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council and served on the curriculum committee until his term expired in July 2012. Colonel Skeens is a Marine veteran of the Persian Gulf War.
Colonel Skeens is currently a full time lecturer in the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University and an Instructor for the Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville. Colonel Skeens frequently conducts leadership training for both private and public organizations. His area of expertise includes police culture and behavior, police liability, police operations; values based leadership, organizational communications, strategic planning and organizational issues in policing.
Peter A. Smerick has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Penn State University in Political Science and a Masters of Education Degree from the University of Virginia in the field of Instructional Technology. He served in Vietnam as a US Army Combat Photography Officer. He was appointed as a Special Agent for the Naval Investigative Service, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, responsible for investigative photographic operations. As a FBI Special Agent, Mr. Smerick became Photography Coordinator in the Portland (OR); Los Angeles (CA); and New York (NY), FBI field offices, responsible for surveillance /crime scene operations during criminal, organized crime, drug/gang-related activities, counterintelligence, and terrorism investigations. Promoted to the FBI Laboratory as a Supervisory Special Agent, Mr. Smerick became certified as an expert in Forensic Photography and Questioned Document Examinations. Later on, he transferred to the FBI Laboratory’s Forensic Science Unit (Quantico) as an Instructor (Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigations) and trained new FBI Special Agents and police officials attending the National Academy. Subsequently, Mr. Smerick was selected to become one of the original Criminal Profilers-Violent Crime Analysts for the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. He is currently Executive Vice President and Chairman of the Board for the Academy Group, Inc., Manassas (VA), the largest behavioral forensic science consulting firm in the world, where he continues to train law enforcement officers in Criminal Profiling techniques and assists in Cold Case investigations.
Upon retirement from the FBI, Mr. Smerick became a partner in a Forensic/Behavioral Science consulting firm in Manassas, Virginia known as "The Academy Group. Inc." (AGI), where he provided training to the law enforcement, legal, academic, and psychological communities in the field of Criminal Profiling Techniques. He and his colleagues also conducted Threat Assessments, were expert witnesses in legal and civil case, and conducted Cold Case Analysis.
Mr. Smerick retired from the Academy Group effective January 2017 but remains an instructor for The Southern Police Institute providing Criminal Profiling training to students attending SPI's Homicide and Sex Crime schools.
Command Officer's Development Course (Human Resources)
Cheryl Triplett Snyder has over 33 years of progressive human resource experience and is currently the Executive Administrator overseeing the Human Resource unit for the Louisville Metro Police Department. Mrs. Snyder graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Personnel Administration/Industrial Relations. She started her first job with Eastern Kentucky University as a HR Generalist. While working there she earned her Master’s in Business Administration and the Professional in Human Resources professional certification. She moved back to her home town of Louisville where she joined the City of Louisville in Classification/Compensation in the Recruitment unit, where she earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources certification. She promoted to Administrator III overseeing Benefits/
Compliance and the HRIS units with a Benefits budget over $70 million and implemented a new HRIS system (PeopleSoft). When the City of Louisville and Jefferson County Governments merged in 2003, Classification/ Compensation fell under her responsibilities. With merger, she was directly involved in integrating benefits, payroll systems, classification/compensation systems and policies for over 6,000 employees with two very distinct cultures. Mrs. Snyder joined the Louisville Metro Police Department to oversee their Human Resource unit as their HR Director and later earned the Society of Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional certification. She is frequently used in HR cross functional teams across Louisville Metro Government (LMG) for process improvement projects and frequently used as a subject matter expert with other HR professionals and lecture boards.
Outside of her employment, Mrs. Snyder has served as the Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Kentucky Chapter of College/University Personnel Association (CUPA) and Scholarship Chair for the Bluegrass Personnel Association while living in Richmond, KY. She served as the Registration Chair for the annual Kentucky Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference for several conferences. After moving to Louisville, she became involved with the Louisville SHRM chapter and has served as Membership Director, Vice President, President and Immediate Past President for this organization of over 500 professionals. Currently, she is serving the Center for Women and Families on their HR board, HR advisory to her church as well as LMPD’s HR designee for the IACP. Most recently she was named LMPD’s Civilian Supervisor of the Year for 2016.
Strategic Management for 21st Century Policing
Kenneth S. Tucker is the Retired Assistant Commissioner, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Secretary, Florida Department of Corrections. Ken Tucker is a 40-year law enforcement veteran with diversified experience in investigations and agency leadership.
Asst. Commissioner Tucker began his career as an officer with the Daytona Beach Police Department. From 1983 to 2011, he rose from Special Agent to Assistant Commissioner with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). As Assistant Commissioner, he was responsible for coordinating the agency’s investigative and forensic services as well as developing the agency’s statewide investigative strategy and strategic plan. During his tenure with FDLE, he served on numerous statewide, interagency boards and councils and received numerous awards and recognition for his service. In 2004, he was awarded the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for his role in establishing Florida’s Domestic Security Task Force in FDLE’s Northeast Florida Region.
Assistant Commissioner Tucker also served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC) and participated in developing National Policy on sharing of information relating to terrorism between law enforcement agencies. CICC serves as the cornerstone of nationwide coordination. The CICC is a group under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Global Justice Sharing Initiative (Global), an advisory body to the U.S. Attorney General. He has also participated in numerous mutual aid responses as both a responder and as the lead person for Emergency Support Function (ESF) 16 of Florida’s Mutual Aid Plan, coordinating the response of state and local law enforcement agencies to areas impacted by natural disasters.
Asst. Commissioner Tucker left FDLE in 2011 when he was appointed Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections by Governor Rick Scott. Following his service to the Department of Corrections, he gained experience at the federal level as the Law Enforcement Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Florida.
Asst. Commissioner Tucker is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and the FBI National Academy, as well as a United States Army veteran.
Managing the Media in Law Enforcement
Rob Tufano is the founder of the Tufano Media Group and trains law enforcement professionals how to confidently communicate with the media. He also currently serves as the Public Affairs Director with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD). His success is driven by his ability to effectively communicate, leverage the power of social media, news sources and in-house department videos he produces to reach a wide audience. This ability to connect to the public has made the CMPD one of the industry leaders in media relations. Mr. Tufano’s unique background is unrivaled in the industry after serving in government, the media and public relations.
Mr. Tufano began his career in law enforcement in 1990. He was a police officer with the New York City Police Department for more than eleven years patrolling Manhattan’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and producing content for the department’s Video Production Unit. Eleven years later, he followed his passion for television news and began a career in the media as a writer for the FOX News Channel in New York before taking on-air assignments as a television crime reporter with ABC and CBS news affiliates. He has been invited to the White House to participate in discussions on the topic of police-media relations as part of the President’s Task Force on 21 Century Policing.
Mr. Tufano is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Police (SMIP). He consults for and trains executive members of police departments, government agencies and private organizations to maximize integrity, confidence and effectiveness when communicating with the media. He is working currently with the Southern Police Institute in professional development training focusing on assisting supervisory, command and executive level law enforcement professionals in honing their skills and interactions with the media. His unique style of coaching and instructing is critical for anyone who works with the press.
Patrick J. Welsh is the Founder and President of PJ Welsh and Associates, LLC, a company specializing in consulting, training and expert witness services on law enforcement issues centered around Use of Force, Policy and Procedures, Courtroom Testimony and a variety of other law enforcement matters. He has enjoyed a distinguished 30-year career in the criminal justice arena in Ohio. He retired from the Dayton Police Department where he served as Superintendent (Major) of the Patrol Division and Commander (Lieutenant) of Patrol, Narcotics and Criminal Investigations Bureaus. Mr. Welsh also served as Assistant County Prosecutor for Montgomery County, and as Assistant City Law Director and City Prosecutor for Huber Heights. Mr. Welsh has experience as a trial attorney in both Municipal and County Court systems and as an expert witness in Federal and State Court systems, Title 42USC1983 actions.
Mr. Welsh is a certified Academy Instructor for the Ohio Police Officer Training Council, a former instructor in the Criminal Justice degree program Sinclair Community College, and instructor for the Southern Police Institute.
Mr. Welsh has extensive training in the legal and law enforcement professions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Dayton (1979) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton (1982). He was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1982. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Leadership College.
Mr. Welsh has been recognized throughout his distinguished career by such groups as the National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, The National Police Athletic League (President’s Leadership Award), the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Dayton Police Department, where he received Department Commendations (13), Department Citations (3) and Award of Merit (2).
Erin C. White, J.D., is an Assistant County Attorney in Louisville, KY. She currently prosecutes all of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault cases in Juvenile Court. While in Juvenile Court, she has worked with Seven Counties Services to set up a group treatment program for teens to help break the cycle of domestic violence.
Prior to moving to the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office in 2014, Ms. White spent a decade working at the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, prosecuting serious felony cases including murder, robbery, rape and child sexual abuse. She tried over 30 felony cases, including numerous homicide trials, and she trained new prosecutors and police recruits on courtroom presentation and the law.
Ms. White began her career as a social worker, providing in-home services for families with children who are truant or beyond control in hopes of helping them to avoid the Family Court system. This work, and the desire to do more for these children who were so often victims of abuse, inspired Ms. White to go to law school, and she has been a prosecuting attorney ever since.
She has an Honors Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Saint Louis University (Summa Cum Laude, 1997) and earned her Juris Doctorate from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 2005.
Command Officer's Development Course
Philip B. Williams has over 40 years of diverse law enforcement experience. From 2009 through 2011, Mr. Williams was the Director of the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, a multi-jurisdictional federal, state and local agency drug and organized crime task force. Mr. Williams was the Assistant Sheriff of Orange County, Florida from 2005 to 2009, and the Elected Sheriff of Brevard County, Florida from 1996 to 2004. Mr. Williams also served as an Assistant State Attorney for the 18th Judicial Circuit from 1985 to 1993, and again in 1994 until 1996, prosecuting homicides, robberies and sexual battery cases. Returning to the 18th Judicial Circuit in 2014, Mr. Williams is again serving as an Assistant State Attorney for the Felony Intake Division.
Mr. Williams received his Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida in 1982, and earned his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in 1985. Mr. Williams is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Executive Institute, and is currently an Adjunct Professor in Criminal Justice for the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute's Command Officer’s Development Course (CODC), and for the University of Central Florida. Mr. Williams is an active member of the Florida Bar and the National Sheriff’s Association.
Background Investigation, Working, Controlling & Managing Major Cases, Homicide Investigation,
Basic Death and Homicide Investigation
John Yerardi has 35 years of law enforcement experience. He began his police career with the Dover Police Department in New Hampshire in 1984 as a Patrol Officer and Field Training Officer and became certified as a police instructor in 1986. In 1987 he transferred to the Portsmouth, NH Police Department.
John worked in a variety of positions in Patrol, Investigations and Administration. He served as an investigator in the Sex Crimes Unit, Accident Investigation Team, Youth Services Division, General Investigations Division, Internal Affairs, and Personnel & Training Division. He commanded a number of specialized units during his career and established the department’s Honor Guard.
John spent many years in the Bureau of Investigative Services as a Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant. He worked a multitude of major cases and death investigations during his career. He received more than a dozen commendations for his work.
John completed his full-time career as the Commander of the Personnel and Training Division where he established new training programs for officers. He was responsible for the hiring of all personnel and vetted thousands of applicants while coordinating the background investigation process.
After retiring, John has remained active in law enforcement maintaining a per diem position with the Portsmouth Police Department until 2019. He also held positions as a deputy sheriff with the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office for seven years and Training Coordinator for the Rochester Police Department for three years. In addition, John worked in executive protection and risk management for a company CEO as well as a presidential candidate during the 2012 U.S. Presidential Campaign.
John has conducted classes, lectures, presentations and seminars on criminal investigations, death investigations, crime scene response and processing, as well as background investigations and a variety of other topics for officers and organizations.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He is also a graduate of the 204th session of theFBINationalAcademy.