Faculty & Instructors
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SPI Faculty (Administrative Officer's Course):
Tom "Tad" Hughes, JD, Ph.D.is Interim Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Justice Administration. Dr. Hughes received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Dayton. He graduated Cum Laude with his Law degree from the University of Dayton in 1991. He is an active status member of the Ohio Bar. He received his masters in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 1993 and his PhD in 2000. He has authored 24 peer reviewed articles and has worked with various state and local police departments on research projects. His research interests include criminal procedure, police liability, police human resource issues, and organizational issues in policing.
Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Cynthia C. Shain is Interim 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, Ph.D.is a University Scholar, Vice Chair and Professor in the Department of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville. He also serves as a faculty member in the Administrative Officer’s Course at the Southern Police Institute. 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 95 professional, refereed journal articles (in such journals as Criminology, The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Police Quarterly, and The Prison Journal) and over 50 technical research reports. 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, such as drug elimination programs, drug courts, and drug testing of probationers and parolees. He has made over 100 presentations at professional meetings. He is the co-author of ten textbooks in criminal justice and criminology including Practical Program Evaluation in Criminal Justice (Elsevier, 2014).
Office Number: 502-852-6509
John Reed is an Assistant Professor of Justice Administration. He has 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.
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 in topics related to 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.
Office Number: 502-852-7186
Kyle M. Vaughn, JD was born and raised in Fern Creek, Kentucky. Mr. Vaughn is a proud graduate of Seneca High School,after which he attended the University of Louisville. After spending a short stint as a music major, and even marching in the Cardinal Marching Band, Mr. Vaughn changed his major to Criminal Justice and he graduated with a degree in same in 2004.
Mr. Vaughn next attended the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, from which he graduatedcum laudein 2009. Upon graduating from law school Mr. Vaughn worked on the campaign for a local politician for approximately one year, gaining invaluable experience and insight into the inner workings of Louisville’s local government.
Mr. Vaughn next accepted an offer of employment from a local defense firm, where he remains presently employed. Mr. Vaughn’s practice is expansive, as issues arising under the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and made actionable via 42 U.S.C. §1983, as well as the Kentucky Whistleblower Act and Kentucky Consumer Protection Act are all examples of issues that present themselves in Mr. Vaughn’s practice on a consistent basis. Public sector liability, personal injury law, employment law, and general insurance defense are the general practice areas under which Mr. Vaughn concentrates his practice. Mr. Vaughn considers himself very fortunate to have already gained significant experience handling very large, complex matters, within the relatively short amount of time he has been practicing.
Mr. Vaughn is a strong believer in giving back to the community and he devotes a significant amount of his time volunteering with a number of local charities.
Office Number: 502-625-1672
Administrative Officer’s Course (AOC) and Command Officer Development Course (Budget Mini-Course)
Alex Alfonso has been employed with the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) since 1995 and is a Police Lieutenant currently 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 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 3,300 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 associates 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 also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute's 60th Command Officer Development Course in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Command Officer's Development Course (CODC) - 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.
Course Instructor: Homicide Investigation
Amie Balle, MFS is the Forensic Consultant for Marine West, Camp Pendleton, CA of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s (NCIS) Office of Forensic Support. Her area of responsibility includes all US Marine Corps Bases located within the western United States. She began her law enforcement career as a Special Agent with NCIS in 2004 subsequent to receiving her Master’s in Forensic Science from George Washington University in Washington D.C. She has completed criminal investigations aboard multiple U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Naval installations which include, MCB Camp Pendleton, CA; MCAS Miramar, CA; NAS Bahrain and MCB Okinawa, Japan. She has additionally conducted both criminal investigations and counterintelligence operations while deployed to the Bagram and Helmand Provinces of Afghanistan. While she was assigned to NAS Bahrain, she conducted counterterrorism/force protection support to US Naval ships deployed to foreign ports throughout the Middle East and Africa. Her current responsibilities include advanced forensic support to investigations, training the NCIS agent corps, advanced photography, wound dynamics, and providing technical reports in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Scene Reconstruction, and Trajectory Analysis for Shooting Scenes. Throughout her career, she has worked multiple death and homicide investigations as well as conducted advanced forensic trainings in Japan and various regions of the Middle East.
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.
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, Mr. Brunker 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.
Mr. Brunker 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 retirement, he 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.
Mr. Brunker 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 coordinates the Kentucky State Police Promotion Process. Mr. Brunker also just recently completed a job task analysis for the Law Enforcement Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources. He also teaches Human Resources issues to law enforcement officers attending the Command Officer Development Course.
Mr. Brunker 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, with wife Cathy, in Cynthiana, Kentucky, where he serves currently as Commissioner of Public Safety.
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
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 to date, is the first and only 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 currently serves as the Chief Institutional Advancement Officer for Jefferson Community & Technical College in Louisville, Kentucky and as the 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.
Kim Duddy retired from the Washington State Patrol Seattle Crime Laboratory with over 20 years of experience as a Forensic Scientist with expertise in crime scene reconstruction, bloodstain pattern analysis, and shooting incident reconstruction. Her expertise also encompasses the analysis and examination of evidence in many of the sub-disciplines of Trace Evidence. She was Supervisor of the Microanalysis Section for eight years. Ms. Duddy has been qualified as an expert witness in crime scene reconstruction, bloodstain pattern analysis, shooting incident reconstruction, and trace evidence analysis in Washington courts and has been an expert witness in Frye and inquest hearings. She is certified by the International Association of Identification as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst and was certified as a Diplomat by the American Board of Criminalistics through mid 2009.
Ms. Duddy has been President twice for the Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction and a Board member numerous times. She is a member of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts and Chairman of the Education Committee, International Association for Identification, Pacific Northwest Division of the IAI, Rocky Mountain Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, and Northwest Association of Forensic Scientists. Ms. Duddy has instructed numerous classes and workshops to various law enforcement groups, medical examiner’s offices, and trial counsel groups on physical evidence recognition, documentation, and collection, as well as crime scene processing. She was forensic technical advisor and trainer for a regional Multiagency Investigative Response Team (MIRT). She holds a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven, a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Rhode Island, and an Associate’s degree in General Studies from Montgomery County Community College. She was an adjunct professor for the University of New Haven in their forensic science program and an instructor for the Southern Police Institute
Administrative Officers Course (AOC), Command Officer's Development Course (CODC), 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.
Intelligence Preparation of the Beat
Jon W. Glassford, Major(Military Intelligence, U.S. army ret) 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), and Counterintelligence Officer.
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 Justice Administration from the University of Louisville. He currently serves as the adjunct instructor for the Department of Justice Administration. His area of research is on Intelligence-Led Policing and developing intelligence training projects curricula for law enforcement agencies.
Command Officer Development Course (Strategic Policing)
Captain Marc Hamlin began his career with the Tampa Police Department in 1990. He is currently the bureau commander for the department’s Strategic Investigations Bureau. The bureau is responsible for Narcotic and Gang Enforcement, Undercover Operations, and Firearm Investigations
Captain Hamlin has worked in all of the divisions of the Tampa Police Department. He has experience with criminal investigations, as well as plainclothes and undercover operations, due to spending seven years as a detective and a supervisor in narcotics and vice type units. He has also spent time in Special Operations as a supervisor and a commander where he was responsible for special events, hurricane preparation, emergency management, and all of the specialty units and squads of the department.
Captain Hamlin has extensive experience planning and managing major special events, such as Tampa’s annual Gasparilla Parade. He also 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 continues to command the police operations at Raymond James Stadium for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and University of South Florida football games and the police operations at the Amalie Arena, where the Tampa Bay Lightning play. He was recently on a committee to develop the security plan for the College Football Playoff National Championship games.
Captain Hamlin also 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.
Captain 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 also 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.
Command Officer Development Course
Mark Heimer is in his 26th year of law enforcement and is currently serving as the Chief of Police of the Abilene (Kansas) Police Department. Prior to joining the Abilene Police Department, he retired at the rank of Captain from the Kansas City (Missouri) Police Department, where he commanded elements of patrol, investigations and SWAT. Chief Heimer holds a Bachelor's Degree from Kansas State University, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas, and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course #116. In addition to instructing for SPI, Chief Heimer also serves as an instructor of SWAT Management and Supervision for the IACP and has developed courses of instruction for local, state, federal and military law enforcement.
Background Investigation; 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.
Course Instructor: Background Investigations
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 Police Chief for the Basalt Police Department, which serves the community of Basalt, a small town in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. He has over twenty-nine years of 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. Keith is a adjunct instructor 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, Crime Prevention, Domestic Violence, Ethics & Integrity, Executive Management, Organizational Leadership and Problem Solving.
Keith’s involvement with the Southern Police Institute has been with the Organizational Management Certificate Program, beginning in 2004, with Problem Solving Crime and Community Problems and then expanding to a week-long program of Organizational Leadership and Problem Solving. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado in Denver.
Course Instructor: Homicide Investigation
, MFS is the Forensic Consultant for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Southwest Field Office located in San Diego, CA. His area of responsibility includes all US Navy Bases located within the southwestern United States. He began his career in law enforcement as a Special Agent with NCIS in 2006 subsequent to serving in the US Marine Corps, a commission in the US Air Force, and receiving his Master’s in Forensic Science from National University in La Jolla, CA. He has completed criminal investigations on numerous Navy Bases in the southwestern US, in Fallujah, Iraq as part of the counterinsurgency mission there, and in numerous countries worldwide while acting as the Special Agent Afloat on a deployed combat vessel. While assigned as a Special Agent Afloat, he also conducted counterterrorism/force protection support to US Naval ships deployed to foreign ports throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. He conducted proactive operations with local law enforcement gathering criminal intelligence regarding criminal street gangs and outlaw motorcycle gangs impacting Department of Navy (DoN) personnel in San Diego, CA. He spent three years investigating active and cold case homicides connected to DoN personnel in San Diego County. His current responsibilities include advanced forensic support to investigations, training the NCIS agent corps, advanced photography, wound dynamics, and providing technical reports in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Scene Reconstruction, and Trajectory Analysis for Shooting Scenes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Course Instructor: 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.
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 has been the Chief of Police for the Newark Division of Police (OH) since December of 2007. 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 member of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) and currently serves as the 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 nearly forty promotional assessment centers. Chief Sarver is a member of International Association of Chiefs of Police where he served on the 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.
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.
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.
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 (CODC)
Philip B. Williams has over 33 years of diverse law enforcement experience. Mr. Williams currently is the Director of the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, a multi-jurisdictional federal, state and local agency drug and organized crime task force. Mr. Williams has been the Assistant Sheriff of Orange County, Florida from 2005 to 2009 and the Sheriff of Brevard County Florida from 1996 to 2004. Mr. Williams also has served as the 18th Judicial Circuit Felony Division Chief and as an Assistant State Attorney prosecuting homicides, robbery and sexual battery cases.
Mr. Williams received his law degree from Nova Southeastern University in 1985 and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Mr. Williams is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Executive Institute. Mr. Williams is an Adjunct Professor in Criminal Justice for not only the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute's Command Officer’s Development Course (CODC), but also the University of Central Florida and Everest University. Mr. Williams is an active member of the Florida Bar.