Faculty & Instructors
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).
John Reed is the Associate Director of the Southern Police Institute and an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. He assists the Director with operational and administrative oversight of the Institute. He also assists in the development of courses and instructs on issues related to organizational behavior, leadership and management, and police performance measurement.
Dr. Reed retired as the Chief of Police for the Henderson Police Department in 2014 where he served in that position for 7 years. Prior to that, he worked for the Louisville Metro Police Department where he served the community in a law enforcement capacity for 28 years. While at LMPD he worked in operational, investigative, and administrative positions and retired holding the rank of Major.
Dr. Reed is a Kentucky Law Enforcement Council certified police instructor in numerous managerial topics. He has also been involved in the training of international police from Hungary, Slovakia, and Morocco related to the topics of community policing and democratic policing principles.
He attended the 168th Session of the FBI National Academy and was the past (1998) President of the FBINAA, Kentucky Chapter. Dr. Reed holds a BS and MS in Justice Administration and a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs from the University of Louisville. His research interests include organizational issues in policing, leadership and management, and government and police consolidation.
Office Number: 502-852-7186
Terry Edward, J.D.
Professor Terry D. Edwards, J.D. has held the position of Criminal Justice Instructor at Skagit Valley College (Washington) since September 2013 after retiring from the University of Louisville with 23 years of service with the Department of Justice Administration (known today as the Department of Criminal Justice). While at UL, Professor Edwards taught law and police-related courses in the undergraduate and graduate degree program and in the Southern Police Institute, including instructing the law-related classes in 40 sessions of the Administrative Officers Course. He served as Senior Legal Counsel/Adviser for the Kentucky State Police for the period December 2002-April 2004 while on leave from UL. His research interests include police civil liability, environmental crime, and Constitutional Law and he has authored, or co-authored, a textbook on Criminal Law, various book chapters on criminal and environmental law, and several articles on police legal issues. He is a member of the Southern Criminal Justice Association (Past President), the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Kentucky and Washington Bar Associations. In 2000, he received the Southern Criminal Justice Association’s Educator of the Year Award. Before accepting an appointment with UL in 1990, Professor Edwards was an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Kentucky Wesleyan College for two years. Before that, he worked as a trooper with the Kentucky State Police and as a military attorney with the United States Air Force. Professor Edwards holds a law degree from the University of Louisville and a Masters' Degree in Justice Administration from Golden Gate University.
Administrative Officer’s Course (AOC), Command Officer Development Course (Budget Mini-Course) and Managing Within Your Budget - Financially & Operationally
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 (Incident Management and Patrol Operations)
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 "Strategic Management" and “Critical Incident Management” for SPI. He is currently completing a Masters Degree in Homeland Security at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the United States Naval Postgraduate School.
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 develop a county-wide records management platform, and coordinating emergency notification systems both internally and for the citizens of the county.
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.
Command Officer's Development Course
Rodney Brewer, a native of Louisville, was named Kentucky State Police Commissioner in December 2007. A thirty-three year veteran of the agency, he has served in numerous assignments including uniformed operations, special investigations, narcotics, strategic planning, academy commander, and the executive protection detail assigned to protect the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. He has held every merit and non-merit rank within the organization.
Commissioner Brewer has instructed at the Department of Criminal Justice Training, National Crime Prevention Institute, the Southern Police Institute, and the Kentucky State Police Academy. He has also lectured in Europe on leadership and ethics to police agencies in Romania, Slovakia and Turkey. He has traveled extensively in Mexico regarding language programs and intelligence sharing initiatives. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Executive Institute and recently completed the Leadership in Counter-terrorism (LINCT) course in Australia that involved leadership from six different countries.
A nationally published author regarding various law enforcement topics, Commissioner Brewer is frequently a sought after speaker by various police agencies across the United States. He is the recipient of the United States Senator Wendell H. Ford Law Enforcement Leadership Award, the Southern Police Institute Alumnus of the Year Award, the Optimist Club Law Enforcement Official of the Year, the University of Louisville “Red Apple” Award for teaching excellence, and the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council Melvin Shein Leadership Award.
Commissioner Brewer completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Louisville, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Police Administration in 1979 and his Master’s degree in Criminal Justice in 1993. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officer’s Course.
Command Officer Development Course (Human Trafficking: The Supervisor’s Role)
Greg H. Bristol is a retired FBI Special Agent with a background in white-collar crime and civil rights investigations. In December 1978, he was sworn in as a Trooper with the Michigan State Police and served nine years at their Northville Post and Detroit Freeway Post. In September 1987, he joined the FBI as a Special Agent and was assigned to the FBI’s Washington Field Office, where he focused on Foreign Counterintelligence cases. In 1996, he was reassigned to a Public Corruption Squad investigating corrupt D.C. government officials. In January 2002, he was reassigned to the Department of Justice’s Enron Task Force to investigate securities fraud involving Enron Corporation, resulting in 37 arrests and a four and one half year assignment. After Enron Corporation executives Jeffrey Skilling and Kenneth Lay were convicted, in 2006, Mr. Bristol returned to the FBI’s Washington Field Office, where he was reassigned to a Civil Rights Squad, investigating color of law, hate crimes and human trafficking violations. He quickly focused on human trafficking cases in the D.C. area that included domestic servitude and sex trafficking. He was a member of the D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force and the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Working Group. He lectured frequently at police academies and community groups on civil rights investigations.
After retiring from the FBI in 2010, Mr. Bristol took a position as Special Agent with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a federal agency created in 2008. For two years, he worked in Afghanistan on contract fraud and bribery cases involving funds appropriated by Congress for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. He was a member of the Department of Justice’s International Contract Corruption Task Force until his appointment ended on April 7, 2012. He is now devoting his full time to Bristol Public Safety Consultants, which involves public speaking about our country’s human trafficking problem and focusing on training law enforcement officers how to investigate human trafficking crimes. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University.
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, Managing Within Your Budget - Financially & Operationally
Jason A. Brown is currently assigned as the Major over the Operations Bureau of the Henderson County (NC) Sheriff’s Office. In this position, he is directly responsible for the day to day supervision of the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions and the Office of Professional Standards. Major 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 and 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.
Major 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. Major 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 specializing in search and seizure/constitutional law, use of force/firearms and legal updates. He also teaches in the area of strategic management for the Southern Police Institute, at the University of Louisville. Major 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.
Command Officer Development Course (Human Resources)
Gary Brunker began his state government career as a Hearing Officer for Kentucky’s Division of Driver Licensing in 1976. During that time, he served in various supervisory roles culminating in his being appointed Director during the last part of Governor John Y. Brown’s administration.
Subsequently, Gary held a position for 10 years with the Kentucky State Police as a Grants & Contract Administrator and Personnel Manager. He also served as Assistant Director of Grants Management within the Justice Cabinet at a time when the Federal Crime Bill was being implemented. Gary retired from his position with state government as Executive Director of Personnel Services and as Special Assistant to the Cabinet Secretary of the Cabinet for Workforce Development in 2000.
Following his retirement, Gary began his second stint as Director of the Division of Driver Licensing in March 2002. During this time, he also served as Vice Chairman of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators’ (AAMVA) Uniform Identification Subcommittee.
Gary is a Chief/Certified trainer in Fraudulent Document Recognition. He also is a contractor for the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville where he formerly coordinated the Kentucky State Police Promotion Process. In addition, Gary teaches Human Resources issues to law enforcement officers attending Command Officer Development Classes. Gary served as Commissioner of Public Safety for the city of Cynthiana, KY from 2010 until 2014. He recently served as a Human Resource consultant to the Kenyan Police on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Kentucky State University. He resides in his hometown of Cynthiana, Kentucky with his wife Cathy, who is a registered nurse at the WEDCO District Health Department.
Basic CPTED and, Advanced CPTED
Stan Carter, ICACP, is a partner and law enforcement specialist for Carter & Carter Associates. Prior to joining the Sarasota Police Department, Mr. Carter served four years in the U.S. Navy as part of the Naval Security Group. He served 27 years with the Sarasota Police Department in a variety of duty assignments including uniform patrol, investigative division, tactical patrol, background and internal affairs investigations. In 1978, he was assigned as Planning and Research Division Commander and served in that capacity for 12 years. Division responsibilities included long range planning, capital improvements budget, crime prevention, crime analysis, computer operations, telecommunications, public information and neighborhood watch. Mr. Carter retired in 1996 as the department’s senior Police Captain.
In 1993, Mr. Carter along with his wife/business partner, Sherry Plaster Carter, formed Carter & Carter Associates. In addition to his normal police duties he was a founder and co-chair of the City's Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Task Team and initiated the formation of the Florida CPTED Network (now the Florida Design Out Crime Association. Mr. Carter was also a founding member of the International CPTED Association (ICA), a past board member and currently acts as an ICA peer reviewer for both basic and advanced certification for CPTED practitioner.
Mr. Carter holds an Associates of Arts in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the 83rd Administrative Officer’s Course, Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville. Since, 1991, he has been an instructor and curriculum developer with the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute/National Crime Prevention Institute. Mr. Carter has worked in numerous locations throughout the United States and Canada. Major CPTED projects include participating in the development and field trials for the National Crime Prevention Council’s Safer Schools and Communities by Design Program; City of Oakland, California’s CPTED Program; Bay Area Rapid Transit Oakland Coliseum Study; Boys and Girls Club of America Safe Spaces Program; Project Safe Neighborhoods trainer for the United States Department of Justice; 4th Street Underpass Study for the City of Tucson, Arizona; Ronstadt Transit Center CPTED Study, Tucson, Arizona; City of Hallandale Beach CPTED Study; and the Smoketown/Shelby Park CPTED Study, Louisville Metro Department of Health.
Mr. Carter participated in the research, design and development of a CPTED School Assessment (CSA) tool for the Centers for Disease Control, Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention, Atlanta, GA. The tool was a central element in a CPTED Study of 50 middle schools in the metro Atlanta area during the fall of 2011. The Carters participated as field researchers in that study.
Most recently Mr. Carter has developed and presented a School CPTED Practitioner curriculum for the National Association of School Resource Officers. He continues to provide training and technical assistance to a wide variety of clients. Additional information may be found at CCCPTED.com
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.
Chief Executive Leadership
Cindy M. Combs, Assistant Chief (Retired) spent 32 years as a sworn member of the Cincinnati Police Department before retiring in 2012. Over the course of her career she served in a variety of patrol, investigative, and administrative positions and is the first woman to attain the rank of Lt. Colonel with CPD. She now serves as a consultant for a local police department and for private companies regarding law enforcement technology, records/data management, and promotional test development/assessment centers.
Coaching and teaching are Combs’ passion. She has presented on a variety of topics such as Intelligence Led Policing, Problem Solving, Technology Applications, Leadership, and Partnering to Address Quality of Life Issues at various regional and national conferences, police academies, and college classrooms. She has received numerous awards for leadership, mentoring, and program development; including a national award from Neighborhoods USA for a program she co-developed in Cincinnati which is being replicated as far away as Seattle, WA.
Lt. Colonel Combs is a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati where she obtained Associate, Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Criminal Justice, graduating with honors. She is also a graduate of PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Policing, Leadership Cincinnati, WE Lead Leadership America, the U.S. Secret Service Dignitary Protection School, the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC), and the University of Cincinnati’s Executive Program. She is currently on the executive board and an active volunteer with several community service organizations. Combs has held leadership positions with professional organizations including terms as President of the Hamilton County (Ohio) Police Association, Cincinnati Police Supervisors’ Association, and the PELC Alumni Association.
Ryane Conroy, J.D. is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Jefferson County, Kentucky. She currently prosecutes felony criminal cases and is Chief of General Trial Division C. In addition, she is the Co-Chief of the Prosecutor Training Program and participates in the training of new and experienced police officers at the Louisville Metro Police Department Training Academy. Ms. Conroy serves as the liaison to the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Cold Case Homicide Unit. During her time at the prosecutor’s office, Ms. Conroy has tried over thirty felony criminal cases, including ten homicide cases.
Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Ms. Conroy attended Bellarmine College, from which she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2000. At Bellarmine, she was a member of the Bellarmine College National Championship Mock Trial Team in 1999. Ms. Conroy graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003 from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.
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.
Administrative Officers Course (Grant Writing)
Susanna Cornett has worked as a grant writer for more than 12 years, for a police department, a social service agency, and now a university. She has written proposals funded for a total of more than $30 million. She has also worked as an adjunct college professor teaching criminal justice, sociology, and psychology courses, and has taught classes on grant writing as well. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in justice administration, and has completed all but a dissertation toward a doctorate in criminal justice. She is currently a Grant Manager Specialist working with the faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Louisville.
Dr. Gregory Davis has been a Medical Examiner/Forensic Pathologist for over two decades and is Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where he is the Director of Forensic Consultation Services and Autopsy. He is former Associate Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and now serves as a State Medical Examiner. He is also a Professor in the Graduate Center for Toxicology at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Davis is the former Chair and Advisor to the Forensic Pathology Committee and former Chair of the Technology Assessment Committee of the College of American Pathologists, the leading organization of board-certified pathologists, serving patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine. Dr Davis is honored to be a faculty member in the Southern Police Institute, having taught with SPI since the early 1990’s.
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.
Practical Recruitment for Law Enforcement
Barry D. Denton currently serves as the Executive Director of the Louisville Metro Police Foundation. He is recently retired from the Louisville Metro Police Department where he served as commander of the Department's Recruitment & Selection Unit as well as the Assistant Commander for the Department's Bomb Squad. Mr. Denton is a three-time recipient of the Medal of Valor and was awarded the Jefferson County Judge's Millennium Award for his volunteer work and outstanding service to the prevention of domestic violence in 2000. Outside of working for the Southern Police Institute and the Louisville Metro Police Department, Mr. Denton teaches for Indiana Wesleyan University and Ashford University as an Adjunct Professor. He also just published his first book, "Practical Recruiting for Law Enforcement" in January of 2009. Mr. Denton holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville and a Certificate of Police Science at Eastern Kentucky University. He also earned a Master's degree in Homeland Security from the American Military Institute and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute's Administrative Officer's Course #117, where he earned the B. Edward Campbell Service Award. He is a graduate from the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice School of Strategic Leadership.
Command Officer Development Course (Interpersonal Communication and Organizational Communication)
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), Command Officer's Development Course, Leadership for the Law Enforcement Executive
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 served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Sergeant and served in Viet Nam from 1969 through1971. 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, and Organizational Management Certificate Program (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.
Intelligence-Led Policing: Turning Theory into Practice for Decision-Makers
Colonel Albert Frost began his career with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in 1978. He has worked in law enforcement operations in the capacity of Uniform Patrol as a Deputy and Corporal; Homicide/Robbery/Narcotics as a Detective; Criminal Intelligence as a Sergeant of Detectives; and the Crime Prevention Bureau as a Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain and as the District III Patrol Major. Major Frost was then assigned as commander of the Special Investigations Division. He has also served on a FBI Corruption Task Force working cases involving drug dealers, local politicians, and public corruption; and a Secret Service Task Force with assignments including presidential protection, fraudulent ID, and counterfeit currency. His career choice to serve the public began with his duty and honor to serve his country in the United States Air Force, including one tour in Vietnam.
Colonel Frost holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Police Science from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University. He has also attended classes at the University of South Florida. Colonel Frost is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute's 116th Administrative Officers Course at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. Additionally he has completed various law enforcement training courses and has successfully participated in Leadership Hillsborough in Tampa, Florida.
Colonel Frost is a longtime member of ROCIC (Regional Organized Crime Information Center), and has served on its board since 2004, including a term of president in 2006-2007. ROCIC is an organization composed of criminal justice agencies in the southeastern and southwestern United States working together to combat multi-jurisdictional criminal activities.
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.
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.
Trends and Techniques in Internal Affairs
Lieutenant Rudy J. Gonzalez is a 26-year veteran of the Miami-Dade (FL) Police Department (MDPD). During his tenure with MDPD, he has held many investigative assignments that include General Investigations, Cargo Theft, and Criminal Intelligence. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 and has supervised the Field Training Unit, 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. Eight years of which he served as part of the Criminal Conspiracy Section, directly responsible for the pro-active investigation of police corruption. During this time, he investigated hundreds of cases covering a variety of crimes and administrative violations, presented cases in both State courts, Federal courts for prosecution and testified in Administrative hearings. Lt. Gonzalez has an expertise in the proactive investigations, operational planning and the use of technology during these investigations. In 2012, he was promoted to Lieutenant and has been assigned as the Executive Officer for the Seaport Operations Bureau at Port Miami, the Warrants Bureau U.S. Marshals Task Force, and is currently assigned to the Homicide Bureau.
He is a certified police instructor and teaches Departmental courses and United States Department of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) courses on Internal Affairs Investigations, Pro-Active Investigations, Advanced Investigations, Operations Planning, Surveillance Techniques, and Search Warrants amongst others.
Lt. Gonzalez has completed numerous investigative training courses and law enforcement continuing education courses during his tenure. 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 Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Development Course, Class #70.
Command Officer Development Course (Strategic Policing)
Assistant Chief Marc Hamlin began his career with the Tampa Police Department in 1990. He is currently the Assistant Chief of Operations, overseeing the departments patrol function and crime reduction process.
Assistant Chief Hamlin has worked in all of the divisions of the Tampa Police Department. He has vast experience with criminal investigations and plainclothes/undercover operations in narcotics and vice type units. He also has extensive experience planning and managing major special events, such as Tampa’s annual Gasparilla Parade. He oversaw the security of Raymond James Stadium for Super Bowl XLIII in 2009 and was one of the lead local law enforcement officials for the 2012 Republican National Convention, held in Tampa in August 2012. He was on the committee to develop the security plan for the College Football Playoff National Championship games and will be the lead for the Tampa Police Department for the 2017 game in Tampa. He was also the lead law enforcement official for the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final games in Tampa.
Assistant Chief Hamlin served as a trustee on the City of Tampa Fire and Police Pension Fund for nine years and was Chairman of the Board for four years.
Assistant Chief Hamlin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Marist College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute, where he was a Dean’s Scholar and President of the 106th Administrative Officers Course, as well as a graduate of the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Seminar and the FBI Hazardous Devices School.
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.
Working, Controlling and Managing Major Cases; Trends and Techniques in Internal Affairs; Homicide Investigation (80 hour); and Basic Death and Homicide Investigation (40 hour)
Chuck Hemp began his police career with the City of Oakland Park Public Safety Department in South Florida, now District #12 Broward County Sheriff’s Department. He served from 1962 until he retired in 1989, receiving 17 decorations for outstanding work in the field and 3 Mayor’s Citations for valor. His assignments varied from Patrol, Narcotics, Vice, Intelligence Unit, Organized Crime Unit, and 12 years as a Lieutenant in the Major Case Squad. In 1989, Mr. Hemp received a lateral transfer as a Lieutenant with the State of New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council and was later promoted to Captain. His duties involved teaching in the police academy and in-service training involving certified courses in Death Investigation, Internal Affairs Investigations and Crime Scene-related topics. He also served as the State’s compliance investigator involving police officer decertification issues. He remained with the State of New Hampshire until 2001, when he retired and returned to Florida.
As an expert in death investigations, he lectures throughout the country. In addition to being an adjunct instructor for SPI, he is a former International Association of Identification (IAI) board-certified “Senior Crime Scene Analyst,” a licensed Scuba Instructor, and a licensed Coast Guard Boat Captain and a member of the National Association of Underwater Instructors. He has taught POST-certified courses throughout the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mr. Hemp is a member of the SPI Alumni Association and the National Association of Underwater Instructors. Mr. Hemp has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Administration from Nova University. He is a graduate and Class President of the 76th Session of the Administrative Officers Course at University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute (SPI) and a member of the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association.
Trends & Techniques of Internal Affairs
Major Tandeta Hettich is currently assigned as the Director of Training with the Louisville Metro Police Department and is the former Commander of the Special Investigations Division. On September 10, 1990, Major Hettich began her career in law enforcement with the former Louisville Division of Police. As a patrol officer, she served in the former Fourth and Sixth Districts. As a detective, she served in the Crimes Against Children Unit (CACU). After being promoted to sergeant in 1997, she served in the former Fifth District and CACU. In 2001, she was promoted to lieutenant and served as an investigator in the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) before going to the Training Academy to serve as In-Service and Basic Training Commander. She returned to PSU as assistant commander and, in 2007, she was promoted to Commander of the unit.
Major Hettich is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Police Administration and a Master of Science in Justice Administration. She graduated from the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course and the FBI National Academy.
James R. Itschner is the current Commander of the Recruitment and Selection Unit of the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Training Division. Before joining the Louisville Police Department as a sworn officer in 1999, Sgt. Itschner served as a Cabinet for Health and Family Services civilian investigator with the former LPD Crimes Against Children Unit.
Sgt. Itschner has served in all patrol duties as well as a Warrant Officer, District Resource Officer, as well as a Housing Authority Liaison Officer. In 2008, he was promoted to Sergeant and served for three years as an LMPD 4th
Division patrol commander. During that time Sgt. Itschner graduated from the Southern Police Institute’s 123rd AOC class. In 2011, he was selected to command the Recruitment and Selection Unit and has since become a Kentucky Law Enforcement Council instructor in Leadership, Hostage Negotiation, Patrol Techniques, Driving Instruction and Firearms.
A 1995 graduate of the University of Louisville with a degree in Psychology/Modern Humanities, Sgt. Itschner is currently completing a Masters in Justice Administration at the University of Louisville.
Organizational Management Certificate Program (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.
Command Officer Development Course (Asset Seizure and Forfeiture for the Law Enforcement Executive)
Ray Leezer is a retired Louisville Metro (KY) Police Department Narcotics detective with over 30 years of experience in law enforcement specializing in asset forfeiture processing involving major narcotics investigations. He was last assigned with the Louisville, Kentucky District Office DEA Task Force. Since 2006, Mr. Leezer has assisted Federal and State law enforcement agencies in asset seizure and forfeiture. As a financial analyst, he has assisted in the processing of financial evidence for judicial processing through financial investigative techniques.
Mr. Leezer began his career as a police officer with the Jeffersonville Police Department, Jeffersonville, IN, and in 1988, he accepted a sworn position with the Jefferson County Police Department, Louisville, KY, where he was served in patrol and in the Special Investigation Unit. After transferring to the Metro Narcotics Asset Forfeiture Unit, he was assigned as a task force officer with the Louisville (KY) DEA District Office, specializing in financial investigations involving major narcotics cases until his retirement from the agency. In July 2006, Mr. Leezer accepted a civilian contractor position as a financial analyst with the Louisville Metro Police Department Narcotics Unit and the DEA Task Force and is presently continuing his assistance in that position today.
An experienced trainer, Mr. Leezer has conducted training courses on asset seizure and forfeiture for the Louisville Metro Police Department Training Unit, Paducah, KY Police Department, the Warren County Drug Task Force, Bowling Green, KY and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky. He has assisted other local law enforcement agencies in implementing training programs, writing policies and procedures, establishing pre-seizure planning and understanding compliance requirements for asset seizure and forfeiture resulting from state and federal processing.
Mr. Leezer is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia. He has also completed the Internal Revue Service Fraud / Financial Investigation Course, Criminal Investigation in an Automated Environment Course and Domestic Money Laundering Investigation Course at FLETC in Glencoe, GA and the Fraud Investigations Course in San Jose, CA. He also attended the OCDETF Conference on Money Laundering and Financial Investigations conducted by the Department of Justice in New York, NY and the Financial Investigations Seminar, Bethesda, MD. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville Business School achieving a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce in 1974.
In 2011, Ray and his wife, Sally, formed RSL Enterprises, LLC to better serve law enforcement agencies in asset recovery. He is a member of the Certified Financial Crime Specialists (CFCS) and is participating in their course of studies for certification as a financial crime specialist.
Jonathan G. Lusher, ICACP 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 current 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
Chief Larry Massey (Ret.) started his journey into law enforcement by serving in the US Army Reserves where he received general medical orientation as a combat medic and more advanced training as a pharmacy specialist. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Broward College, graduating with highest honors, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University, graduating summa cum laude. He is currently completing a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Oklahoma.
Hired by the City of Plantation Police Department (Florida) in 1986, he successfully promoted through the ranks and was ultimately appointed its Chief of Police, a position he held for almost 7 years before retiring in 2009. He was then recruited to serve as the Interim Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Management for his alma mater, Broward College, while a nationwide search was launched to fill the leadership position permanently. In addition to serving on the search committee, among his other significant responsibilities was providing a recommendation to the college president and District Board of Trustees about whether the college should bring into existence its own campus police department or contract for law enforcement services.
Upon leaving Broward College, Mr. Massey was recruited to join the Seminole Police Department where he served as an Assistant Chief for over 3 years. Perhaps his most important internal role was assisting the police chief with identifying, developing and releasing leadership talent in favor of hiring outside police administrators. The goal was to better serve the Seminole Tribe of Florida by building legitimacy and trust.
Mr. Massey’s exposure to military leadership is complemented by his being one of few people to hold leadership positions in municipal, academic and tribal law enforcement settings. As a professional police administrator with over 28 years of experience, he has attended more than 100 career development courses and once held a U.S. Government Secret Clearance for the appropriate sharing of classified intelligence information relating to homeland security. He is a graduate of the 37th session of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Chief Executive Seminar, the 50th session of the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, and the 202nd session of the F.B.I. National Academy. Mr. Massey maintains professional memberships in the Broward County Chiefs of Police, where he served as the Association’s president, the F.B.I. National Academy Associates, the Florida Police Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Command Officers Development Course; NSA-SPI Executive Leadership Program; Skills Courses
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.
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, Organizational Management Certificate Program (Strategic Management, Managing within Your Budget, and Personnel Development, Assessment & Liability)
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 and 10 years as a Commander - one of 264 Chief Officers nationally. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal by Her Majesty the Queen for services to British policing.
Since 2012 he has carried out management audits on three large Sheriff's Offices in the USA. Two were working as an independent consultant and creating a "cradle to grave" personnel system and making organizational change, another 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.
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 (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. 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, New York teaching Bachelors and Masters classes; he has an Adult Education Teaching Qualification, a B.A. in Law and a Master of Philosophy in Police Management and Policy Analysis.
Command Officers Development Course (Ethics & Innovations)
Major Joe Preston currently serves as Director of Law Enforcement Operations with direct oversight of Patrol and Criminal Investigations. He has served more than 14 years with the Walton County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) beginning as a patrol deputy and serving in several specialized units including; SWAT, Traffic Enforcement, Traffic Homicide Investigations, and Training. During his tenure as the Walton County Emergency Management Director, Major 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.
Prior to entering the law enforcement field, Major Preston spent 20 years in the corporate world with the Fairbanks Scale Company as director of service operations. He also worked with the Hill-Rom Company as executive director of service operations. His experience is focused in managing large, decentralized operations on a national scale.
In addition to his daily responsibilities at the WCSO, he is an adjunct instructor for the CJSTC Basic Recruit Academy at Northwest Florida State College where he teaches ethics, line supervision, middle management, traffic crash and criminal investigations, communications, and firearms courses. He also teaches and is a frequent Ethics panel member for the Florida Sheriff’s Association Commander’s Academy. He has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and graduated Suma Cum Laude. Major Preston has also completed more than 30 courses related to Emergency Management, totalling more than 500 hours of coursework. He is a graduate of the prestigious Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer’s Course class 127.
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.
Trends & Techniques of Internal Affairs
Major David Ray is currently assigned as the commander of the Major Crimes Division with the Louisville Metro Police Department. On August 1, 1988, Major Ray began his career in law enforcement with the former Louisville Division of Police. As a patrol officer, he served in the former First and Second Districts. As a sergeant, he was assigned in the Fifth District as a patrol sergeant, and in the Second District as a patrol sergeant and flex platoon sergeant. After being promoted to Lieutenant in 1999, he served as a platoon commander in the First District and in 2001 was assigned as commander of the Economic Crimes Unit in the Criminal Investigation Section. In 2003, when the former Louisville Division of Police and Jefferson County Police were merged into the current Louisville Metro Police Department, he was promoted to major and has been assigned as commander of the Third Division, Fourth Division, and The Special Investigations Division prior to his current assignment in Major Crimes.
Major Ray is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is also a graduate of the 95th Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course, and the 198th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Securing Houses of Worship: Church Safety & Security in a Changing World
James G. (Jim) Richter currently serves as the Global Security Director/Child Protection Officer for Team Expansion (an international missionary organization) headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. He has served in that capacity since 2005. Mr. Richter has served in various law enforcement capacities for over 18 years, serving as a police officer/deputy sheriff in suburban Chicago and in the Florida Keys, and a Corrections Officer with the Florida Department of Corrections. He has also previously served as a Fingerprint Technician for the FBI in Washington, D.C.
For over twenty years, Mr. Richter has worked in the private security industry in ownership and upper level management positions of contract security. He owned and operated his own company and then affiliated with Initial Security, having served in Branch Manager positions, as well as Central Region Special Services Manager and Corporate Support Staff. In 2004, he received recognition as the Initial National Manager of the Year in 2004.
In his role as a Private Investigator/Security Consultant, Mr. Richter has consulted with churches and non-profit organizations for security assessments and instructional training for staff and members over a period of many years. He has recently conducted assessments and training in Colorado, Kentucky and Ohio. Mr. Richter is a former Licensed Private Investigator/Security Guard Provider and an Ohio State Certified Crime Scene Technician. He holds an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement and a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies with concentration in Management and Ethics from Cincinnati Christian University. He is commissioned in the Christian Church Ministry.
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.
Trends & Techniques of Internal Affairs, Command Officers Development Course (Prevention of Police Misconduct)
Retired Deputy Director Steve Rothlein is a 30-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department. During his career, he served as a supervisor in the Robbery Section, Internal Affairs, and Uniform Patrol. He served as the Commander of the Narcotics Bureau, Professional Compliance Bureau, Intracoastal District, and the Training Bureau. He served as the Uniform Services Division Chief, as the Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division, which includes Homicide, Robbery, Sexual Crimes, and Domestic Crimes Bureaus. He was promoted to Assistant Director in charge of all Investigative Services within the Department. He was promoted to the Deputy Director (second in command) of the Department, until he retired from the Miami-Dade Police Department in October, 2005. He has authored over a dozen law enforcement articles including “The Changing Role of Internal Affairs” and “The Ramifications of an Internal Affairs Investigation.” He has presented over 300 internal affairs/police misconduct seminars throughout the nation, training thousands of police officers.
Deputy Director Rothlein is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Miami. He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course.
Chief Executive Leadership
Steven Sarver retired as the Chief of Police for the Newark Division of Police (OH) in March of 2015. Prior to that appointment he served as the Chief of Police for the Colerain Township Police Department in Southwestern Ohio for over six years and the Village of Amelia in Clermont County, Ohio for fourteen months. Prior to Amelia he was a 29-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department where he retired as a Lieutenant in 2000. Chief Sarver has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and earned his Master’s in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University where he was named the Outstanding Student in the MPA program and served as an adjunct professor from 2000 until 2002.
Chief Sarver is a graduate of the 95th Administrative Officers Course from the Southern Police Institute and a 2002 graduate of the Ohio Certified Law Enforcement Executive program (CLEE VII). He is a Life Member of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) and served as their President from October, 2013 to October, 2014. He also conducts training courses on several topics for the OACP and serves as a Lead Consultant in Assessment Center testing for all ranks from police corporal to chief of police having conducted over forty promotional assessment centers. Chief (ret.) Sarver was a member of International Association of Chiefs of Police from 2000 – 2015 and he served on their Professional Standards committee from 2001 through 2006. Chief Sarver has served as a police management consultant at the Southern Police Institute and has previously taught several topics in the Command Officers Development Course and the Management of the Small Law Enforcement Agency course. In addition, Chef Sarver developed and currently presents the 40-hour “Chief Executive Leadership” program for the Southern Police Institute.
Management of the Small Law Enforcement Agency
Paul Schultz has almost 40 years of law enforcement experience. He currently serves as Chief of Police for Canon City (CO) Police Department. He served as Director of Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) from 2010-2012, where he oversaw 28 police academies, the certifications of 20,000 police officers, deputy sheriff's, reserve officers and detention officers, as well as a $2M annual training grant program. He began his law enforcement career as a police cadet with the Englewood (CO) Police Department followed by a lengthy career with the Thornton (CO) Police Department where he served in numerous assignments and retired as a Police Commander assigned as the assistant to the Chief of Police in 1995. He served as Chief of Police of the La Vista (NE) Police Department from 1995 – 2002, when he was appointed Chief of Police in Lafayette (CO).
Chief Schultz has served as President of both the Police Chiefs Association of Nebraska and the Colorado Association of Chiefs of police. In 1999, he was Police Chief of the Year in Nebraska and in 2007, he was Police Chief of the Year in Boulder County, CO. In 2000, he was a Webber Seavey Award recipient for Quality in Law Enforcement. He has served on numerous state and national advisory committees to include, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the 10 state Rocky Mountain Region of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Small Agency Technical Assistance Committee, and the Criminal Justice Advisory Board to Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Chief Schultz has been a consultant to several law enforcement agencies and has been an expert witness in the 10th Federal Circuit. He has been an adjunct college instructor for the past 22 years and he currently teaches criminal justice courses at Metropolitan State College of Denver and Regis University. Chief Schultz has taught the Managing Small Law Enforcement Agency course at SPI since 1996 and the Grant Writing in the CODC at SPI since 2008. He holds a Masters degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Colorado at Denver and is a graduate of the FBI Central States Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police, and the New England Institute for Law Enforcement Management. In 2010 Chief Schultz was appointed by the Colorado Attorney General to become the Director of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) for the State of Colorado. In this capacity he was responsible for oversight of all state mandated training and certifications for 15,000 officers.
In 2012 Chief Schultz returned to local government as Chief of Police in Canon City, Colorado.
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 straight forward 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.
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.
Homicide Investigation, Sex Crimes Investigations
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.
Laura Sudkamp graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry. Ms. Sudkamp has worked with the Kentucky State Forensic Laboratories for 27 years. She started as an intern in the Forensic Biology section, was a Drug Chemist for 9 years and, and then promoted to Supervisor over the HIDTA Marijuana Signature Laboratory Research Project in 1998. In 2000 she was promoted and served as the Administrative Laboratory Manager writing and administering grants for the laboratories along with overseeing all of the purchasing for the six laboratories. After four years she took on the duties of the Operations Laboratory Manager. As the Operations Manager, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Central Lab as well steering the entire six laboratory system through ISO accreditation and long term planning processes. Named the Laboratory System Director by the laboratory’s accrediting body, she is responsible for the overall quality of the analytical work and services provided by the six laboratories.
As the Laboratory System Director for the six Kentucky State Police Laboratories, Ms. Sudkamp is very knowledgeable about all analytical disciplines within the laboratories. As part of her job functions, she evaluates new technologies and decides which direction the different analytical sections should proceed. She is frequently requested to provide presentations to the legislature, prosecutors, defense bar, and law enforcement.
Ms. Sudkamp has become active in Forensic Science activities at the national level. She currently sits on the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Advisory Policy Board Rapid DNA Task Force. She has served on the Board of Directors for ASCLD and is a member of the Midwest Association of Crime Laboratory Directors. She currently is a member of the Human Factors Subcommittee of the National Commission on Forensic Science.
She has made several trips to Washington, D.C. to discuss federal legislation with the Kentucky Congressional members as well as with the Senate Judiciary Committee members. She works annually with state legislators as they draft new legislation primarily in DNA and drug scheduling. She is dedicated to quality, objective forensic science for both the Commonwealth of Kentucky as well as the entire nation.
Managing the Media
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).
Managing Within Your Budget (Organizational Management Certificate Program)
Edward J. Werder currently serves as President of Werder and Associates Inc., a professional public safety and private sector consulting firm. He began his law enforcement career as a member of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, advancing from civilian employee to a certified deputy sheriff and ultimately attaining the rank of Major before resigning to become the first Police Chief of the newly established Port St. Lucie, Florida Police Department. During his employment with the Broward Sheriff’s Office he served as a patrol deputy, detective, detective sergeant, detective lieutenant, Division Captain of the Capital Crimes Unit, and Captain of Administration. After two years, he was called upon to return to Broward County as the County’s first Undersheriff. In ensuing years, he served as Chief of Police in Miramar, Florida, Chief of Staff for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Undersheriff in St. Lucie County, and Chief of Police in Cooper City, Florida. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, where he received the J. Edgar Hoover Award; the Senior Management Institute of Police conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum at Harvard University; LEEDs, the National Executive Institute conducted by the FBI; Northwestern University’s Traffic Institute’s Administration of Police Training; and Michigan State University’s Jail Management Institute for Large Jail Systems. He holds two Associate Degrees in Criminal Justice Technology and Pre-Education, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science in Management and a Doctorate of Public Administration (DPA) ABD.
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.
Major Barry Wilkerson is currently serving as a Division Commander with the Louisville (KY) Metro Police Department. He began his law enforcement career in 1989 with the Jefferson County (KY) Police Department and was assigned to the former Charlie District as a patrol and field training officer and transferred to the Southfields Training Academy as an instructor. He was promoted to sergeant in 1997 and went back to patrol in Charlie District. In January 1999, he was tasked with the creation of the Volunteer Services Unit.
After being promoted to lieutenant in December 1999, Wilkerson commanded the Fleet Services Unit, the Basic Recruit Academy, Recruitment and Hiring and the Field Training Program at the Southfields Training Academy and was an assistant commander in Charlie District. He also commanded the Economic Crimes and Technical Support Unit and most recently, the Homicide Unit.
Major Wilkerson was the Commander of Homicide Unit for 6 years with 20 detectives and 3 sergeants assigned to him. He supervised approximately 400 homicide cases and over 1500 death and suicide investigations. He also commanded the Cold Case Squad, which solved 39 cold cases during his tenure. Another area of responsibility in the Homicide Unit was the Missing Persons Squad.
He served on the Special Weapons and Tactics Team beginning in 1992 for 15 years and commanded the team for 6 years.
Major Wilkerson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Police Administration from the University of Louisville. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s 112th Administrative Officers Course and also attended the Southern Police Institute’s Advanced Administrative Officer’s Course. He graduated from the 208th Session of the FBI National Academy.
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, Homicide Investigation, Basic Death and Homicide Investigation
John Yerardi has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. He is currently a Consultant and E-Learning Coordinator for an on-line law enforcement training company.
He began his police career with the Dover (NH) Police Department in 1984 as a patrol and field training officer and became a police instructor. John later transferred to the Portsmouth (NH) Police Department and worked his way through all divisions and bureaus there. Holding positions from patrol officer to captain, John served as an investigator with the Sex Crimes Unit and Accident Investigation Team, coordinator of the department’s DARE program and Portsmouth Crimeline program. In the Criminal Investigations Division he was assigned to major cases and was the primary crime scene investigator. As a sergeant and lieutenant, John served as the commander of the Youth Service Division, a Shift Supervisor on the street, supervisor of the Criminal Investigations Division, and was the commander of the Accident Investigation Team and the Honor Guard, which he established.
Promoted to captain in 2001, John served as a Shift Commander and was later assigned to Community Relations and Internal Affairs. He completed his full-time career as the commander of the Personnel and Training Division where he established new cost effective training programs for officers throughout the New England area and coordinated the hiring of all personnel.
After retiring, John was deputized at the local county sheriff’s office and also became the Training Coordinator for the Rochester (NH) Police Department. Additionally, he has done work in executive protection and risk management for a company CEO as well as a U.S. presidential candidate.
John has conducted classes, presentations and seminars on criminal investigations, fingerprints, crime scene response, processing, and investigation and a variety of other topics for officers and organizations throughout the New England area.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He is also a graduate of the 204th session of the FBI National Academy.