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 an 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.