Associate Director

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Michael Bassi

Mike is currently the Associate Director of the Southern Police Institute.  In this position he manages the continuing education/professional development component of the institute, is a faculty member of the Administrative Officer’s Course and assists the Director in operational and administrative functions of the organization.  He has over 25 years of Law Enforcement Experience, most recently as a Lieutenant with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, in Reno, Nevada, where he honorably retired with 21 years of service.

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, with a primary assignment in Crimes Against Children.  Mike is a third-generation U.S. Marine, serving as a Military Police Officer in CONUS and overseas assignments.

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 Dispatch/Communications, and the Training and Background Investigations Divisions. He was also assigned as the Director of the Regional Public Safety Training Center in Reno 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 courses in Criminal Justice.

He earned his BA, Summa Cum Laude in Social and Criminal Justice from Ashford University and also holds a MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. He is currently finishing his MS, 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.

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Office Number: 502-852-0332 

Course Coordinator


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

Administrative Assistant: Administrative Officers Course & SPI Business Manager



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

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


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Office Number: 502-852-0333
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Coordinator of Publications and Marketing

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Office Number: (502) 852-8577
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Program Coordinator

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