Faculty & Instructors
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SPI Faculty (Administrative Officer's Course)
Gennaro F. Vito is Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Ohio State University. Active in professional organizations, he is a Past President, Fellow, and recipient of the Bruce Smith Award (2012) of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has been recognized as one of the “Top 25 Criminal Justice Professors” by the Forensic Colleges’ web site. Pursuant to his research agenda, Dr. Vito has been principal or co-principal investigator on over 40 research grant projects. He is the author of over 100 professional, refereed journal articles (in such journals as Criminology, The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Police Quarterly, and the Prison Journal). He has published on such topics as capital sentencing, police consolidation, police leadership, police traffic stops, policing strategies for drug problems in public housing, attitudes toward capital punishment, and the effectiveness of criminal justice programs. He has made over 100 presentations at professional meetings. He is the co-author of ten textbooks in criminal justice and criminology including Practical Program Evaluation in Criminal Justice (Elsevier, 2014).
Office Number: 502-852-6509
Tom "Tad" Hughes, JD, Ph.D., is the former Director of the Southern Police Institute and Former Interim Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice. He holds the rank of Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. Dr. Hughes received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Dayton. He graduated cum laude with his law degree from the University of Dayton in 1991 and is a member of the Ohio Bar. He received his master's in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 1993 and his PhD in 2000.
Dr. Hughes has authored or co-authored a number of peer-reviewed research articles His research interests include criminal procedure, police liability, police human resource issues, and organizational issues in policing. Dr. Hughes has worked with various local and state police departments on multiple research projects and has presented numerous papers at regional, national, and international conferences.
Dr. Hughes has served on a number of promotional boards for police agencies in Kentucky. He served on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council for six years, which governs all law enforcement training for the state.
Office Number: 502-852-6696
Joseph S. Grant, Ph.D. is a retired, 24-year veteran of law enforcement. He began his career in 1984 with the Jeffersonville City Police Department in Indiana. In 1998, he accepted a lateral transfer to the Jefferson County Police Department in Louisville, Kentucky and was a member of the agency during the 2003 merger of Jefferson County and Louisville City—creating the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD). During his time in Louisville, he served as the department's primary instructor in Diversity, Ethics, Interpersonal Communication, and Defensive Tactics. After retirement in 2008, Joe Taught at U of L and also Indiana University Southeast, Focusing on, Policing, the Criminal Justice System, Ethics, Career Development, and the Department's Capstone course. He is currently Adjunct Faculty at the University of Louisville, where he has created a course in Conflict Management and Justice. Joe received his B.A. degree in General Studies from Indiana University Southeast in 1996. He received his M.A. in Justice Administration in 2001 and his Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs in 2011—both from the University of Louisville.
Office Number: 502-852-7186
Brad Campbell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and a Faculty Member in the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville. His research focuses on police investigations, decision-making, training evaluation, and response to victims. Campbell has been the lead researcher on two federally funded projects. First, he is currently the principal research partner on the Kentucky Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Action Research Project funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a study that examines the problem of unsubmitted sexual assault kits in Kentucky. Second, Campbell was the Principal Investigator of a National Institute of Justice funded experiment that implemented and evaluated a scenario-based trauma informed interview training course for sexual assault investigators. Campbell’s recent research has been published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Criminal Justice & Behavior. He has taught courses on Policing, Trauma Informed Policing, and Research Methods.
Here is a link to his work on Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=5aWKt0MAAAAJ&hl=en
Office Number: 502-852-4763
Director Mike Bassi oversees all aspects of the Institute's operations and strategic vision. He is a faculty member in the Administrative Officer’s Course, teaching “Police Administration” and instructs in the Department of Criminal Justice at UofL.
Mike has over 25 years of police practitioner experience, culminating as Commander of the Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy and Director of the Regional Public Safety Training Center, in Reno, NV. He honorably retired with 21 years of sworn service with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. During his time in law enforcement, he had a varied career, that spanned everything from SWAT to Marine Patrol on Lake Tahoe. He spent time in Detectives, Patrol, Corrections and Training. He was fortunate to be in leadership and command roles in a variety of assignments.
In addition to the University of Louisville, Mike has held adjunct faculty roles at both Western Nevada College and Truckee Meadows Community College.
While still in police command, Mike graduated from the Administrative Officer’s Course. This experience helped fuel his dedication to directing SPI to be the bridge between academic and practitioner with knowledge and research, turned to action and strategy.
Director Bassi is a current board member on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council and also served as Vice-Chair of the Washoe County Emergency Response Advisory Committee and as a Board Member for the Trauma Intervention Program of Northern Nevada.
A proud third-generation U.S. Marine, Mike served as a Military Police Officer in CONUS and overseas assignments.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude in Social and Criminal Justice from Ashford University, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Louisville.
Office Number: 502-852-0332
Continuing Education (CE) Instructors:
Administrative Officer’s Course (AOC), Command Officer Development Course (Budget Mini-Course) and
Performance Management: From Budgeting to Operations
Since June 29, 2015, Alex Alfonso has been employed as the Division of Miami-Dade County's Internal Services Department's Fleet Management Division. As part of this assignment, he has purview over a staff of over 256 civilian employees who provide repair and maintenance services to over 8,500 motorized vehicular assets. His Division also oversees the purchase of vehicles, fuel, various parts, and administrative responsibilities in order to support the County's mission to provide services to visitors and citizens of Miami-Dade County.
He also currently serves as a Reserve Officer for the Miami-Dade Police Department's Sergeant-at-Arms unit, where he aids in providing specialized security services to the Board of County Commissioners during public meetings and various initiatives.
He was a 20-year veteran with the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), where he honorably served as a Police Lieutenant. He was previously assigned to the Department's Fiscal Administration Bureau. During his tenure, he has worked in various facets of the Department's operations including uniform patrol, general investigations, Domestic Crimes Investigations and various administrative assignments. He is currently assigned to the Department's Fiscal Administration Bureau. As part of this assignment, his responsibilities include but are not limited to: the general oversight of the Department's approximate $600 million budget; the coordination of the preparation, development, and presentation of the Miami-Dade Police Department's annual budget; the formulation of policy; and the administration of the Department's Fleet Management Unit, which is responsible for the procuring, issuance, and repair of MDPD's fleet, consisting of over 3,500 vehicular assets.
He was also a former Executive Vice-President of the Hispanic Police Officer's Association (HPOA). A non-for-profit organization that provides community support, leadership training to its membership, educational scholarships to youth, and provides financial assistance to officers and their families who have been injured or mortally wounded in the line of duty.
He attended the New World School of the Arts College where he obtained his Associate's Degree and then later attended Lynn University's School of Criminology where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.
He recently attained his Lean 6 Sigma Green Belt Business Process Improvement certification and he is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute's 60th Command Officer's Development Course in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Command Officer’s Development Course (Establishing Command in Events & Emerging Incidents)
Rob Allen graduated from Beloit College in 1984 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. After graduating, he worked in Loss Prevention and Risk Management jobs with Carlson Companies, the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota North Stars. In 1989, he left private industry and joined the Minneapolis Police Department. He has been involved in patrol work, community policing, investigations, instructing bike patrol officers, and research and development. A graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police and the Southern Police Institute (SPI) at the University of Louisville, Deputy Chief Allen teaches courses in "Critical Incident Management" for SPI. He also served on the curriculum development team and instructs in "Managing Complex Coordinated Attacks" for the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training at LSU. He attended the Master's Degree program in Homeland Security at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the United States Naval Postgraduate School where his thesis research examined the incidence of ethical lapses by responders during homeland security incidents and proposed steps to prevent the problem.
In 1997, he was assigned to develop a citywide crime reduction strategy called CODEFOR, based on the principles of New York City Police Department's COMSTAT philosophy. CODEFOR was credited with a 35 percent reduction in Part I Crime in Minneapolis within its first five years, and remains in use as Minneapolis's primary strategy to reduce crime. As a precinct commander, he developed a partnership with the downtown business community called SafeZone. Based on successful retail crime initiatives in Great Britain, SafeZone ties a closed circuit video camera system with an infrastructure that allows businesses to share crime reduction and intelligence information through a radio system, website and regular meetings. SafeZone has been awarded the 2006 ITT/IACP community policing award for communities over 250,000. He also led the planning team for Minneapolis' role in the 2008 Republican National Convention, and served as the Incident Commander for the I-35W bridge collapse in August 2007.
After leaving the Minneapolis Police Department in February 2013, Allen joined the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office as Director of Planning and Policy Analysis, where he is working on a wide range of projects including streamlining intelligence sharing within the agency and with partners throughout the Twin cities area, assisting the agency's Office of Information Technology as they developed a county-wide records management platform, and coordinated emergency notification systems both internally and for the citizens of the county.
In 2015, Allen joined a company that provided technology and commissary services for jails where he worked as VP for product and business development and president until he left in late 2017. He is currently working as Chief of Staff for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minneapolis.
Command Officer's Development Course
David J. Beyer began his legal career with the Louisville firm of Nold, Mosley, Clare, Hubbard and Townes where he assisted with litigation involving the Jefferson County Police Department. In 1985, he was sworn in as an FBI Special Agent. Assignments with the FBI included the Oklahoma City Field Office where he investigated a wide variety of criminal matters and was a member of the SWAT team. He also taught civil liability and use of force at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy. He was promoted to FBI Headquarters where he provided legal advice to field and headquarters personnel with emphasis on undercover operations, electronic surveillance and search and seizure matters. He also served two years as a Supervisory Special Agent in the Undercover and Sensitive Operations Unit. Throughout his FBI career, Mr. Beyer was a frequent speaker at state, national and international law enforcement conferences on the topics of electronic surveillance, undercover operations, civil liability, use of force and the U.S. Patriot Act. He finished his FBI career as Supervisory Special Agent/Chief Division Counsel for the Kentucky FBI office. He was responsible for employment law matters, defense of Federal Tort Claims, legal compliance with FBI policies, procedures and ethics mandates, as well as supervision of the informant program, undercover operations, and forfeiture matters. Following his retirement, he served as the Legal Advisor for the St. Matthews, Kentucky Police Department and also served as the Assistant Chief and as Acting Chief. Mr. Beyer holds a law degree from the University of Louisville and an undergraduate degree in Police Administration from the University of Louisville.
Performance Management: From Budgeting to Operations
Jason A. Brown currently serves as the City Manager for the City of Claremont, North Carolina. As the City Manager, he is responsible for service delivery across a spectrum of municipal operations, including police, fire, public services, utilities, planning, recreation, and administration. Prior to this position he served 23 years in law enforcement, most recently as the Chief Deputy of the Henderson County (NC) Sheriff’s Office. In that position he was directly responsible for the strategic planning and day to day supervision of the entirety of the agency’s operations, from Patrol and CID to Detention and Support Services. His previous assignments included patrol officer and supervisor, violent crimes investigator, supervisor in the Office of Professional Standards and Major over the Operations Bureau. 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.
Mr. 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. Prior to transitioning to local government management, Mr. Brown was recognized as a Certified Local Government Budget Officer (CLGBO) through the NC Local Government Budget Association and attended the 51st Municipal and County Administration Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
His primary areas of study are operational performance, strategic planning/management and change management. As a state certified general, officer safety/ readiness and specialized firearms instructor, Mr. Brown has, and continues to, serve as an adjunct instructor at the North Carolina Justice Academy, Blue Ridge Community College and Catawba County Community College in the areas of search and seizure/constitutional law, use of force, firearms and legal updates. He also teaches in the areas of operational performance and strategic management for the Southern Police Institute-University of Louisville.
Victim Services in Law Enforcement: Design, Implementation and Evaluation
Nicole Carroll is the Director of the Victim Services Unit at the Louisville Metro Police Department. Nicole has provided support and advocacy services to victims of crime for 14 years. She began her career with the Vanderbilt University Police Department in 2007 where she served as the Victim Services Coordinator and was tasked with developing victim services for the university.
Nicole moved to Alexandria, Virginia and worked as a Victim Services Specialist for the Fairfax County Police Department from 2012 to 2016. During her tenure with the Fairfax County Police Department, Nicole received departmental honors to include the Team Excellence Award and the Meritorious Award.
In 2016, the Louisville Metro Police Department hired Nicole to establish the Victim Services Unit to ensure the fair, compassionate, and sensitive treatment of victims and witnesses of crime. As the Director of the Victim Services Unit, Nicole recognizes that violent crime has the potential to change the course of a person's life and impact not only victims, but witnesses, families, and entire communities. The Victim Services Unit supports crime victims and witnesses by helping them to navigate the criminal justice system and by responding to their emotional, physical, and financial needs. The Victim Services Unit ensures victims and witnesses of crime are treated with respect and dignity and afforded rights and services designed to address the specifics of their victimization. These services are available to help victims cope with the trauma and the aftermath of victimization and to lessen the inconveniences often associated with participation in the criminal justice process. Because advocacy services facilitate victim recovery and victim engagement in the investigation and prosecution of their case, Nicole hired a team of 15 victim services professionals to include a therapy dog to expand the service capacity of the Victim Services Unit.
Nicole's core competencies include team leadership, education and training, grant writing, policy and procedure development, and a keen knowledge of victim services provision, crisis intervention, and the criminal justice system. Nicole has served as a subject matter expert on both strategic planning in law enforcement-based victim services, and victim services structure and supervision for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, her work entitled, "Building a Unit to Bridge the Gap" was published in the October 2021 edition of the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Police Chief Magazine, and she was the Louisville Metro Police Department's Civilian Supervisor of the Year in 2020. Nicole has assisted numerous law enforcement agencies across the country with the implementation of law enforcement-based victim services. Nicole teaches at the Louisville Metro Police Department's Training Academy and she serves as an adjunct professor at Bellarmine University.
Nicole holds a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree with honors and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree with honors from Tiffin University in Tiffin, OH.
PTO (Police Training Officer) Basic Course and PTO Implementation Course
Sergeant Jeremy Coleman started his law enforcement career in 1998 with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. In 2001, he joined the Louisville Police Department. After completing his Field Training Officer program (FTO) training, he gained valuable knowledge and experience while working a variety of patrol districts within the city of Louisville. With the merger of the departments into the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) in 2003, the LMPD transitioned from the FTO program to the Police Officer Training program (PTO). Sgt. Coleman volunteered to become a certified PTO as a member of the first implementation class at the LMPD in 2006. In 2007, he was awarded the LMPD’s Schiller-Brodt PTO Award and represented the LMPD at the national PTO conference in Seattle, Washington. He received his certification as an Instructor from the Department of Criminal Justice Training in 2009, and is certified to instruct officers on the LMPD's PTO program.
In 2012, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned as a patrol division Police Training Sergeant (PTS) within the LMPD's PTO program. After almost 5 years as a Patrol Sergeant, Sgt. Coleman transferred to the LMPD's Professional Standards Unit. After a six month period at PSU, he then transferred to the LMPD Training Academy and was assigned as the Sergeant responsible for the LMPD’s post academy PTO program. Sgt. Coleman has had over 396 hours of Leadership training, has experienced multiple aspects of the PTO program to include the transition and implementation of the PTO program from FTO, PTO coaching/training, PTS coaching and training responsibilities, and PTO program management. He has a decade of experience training law enforcement officers as a DOCJT certified instructor in Leadership and PTO.
Sgt. Coleman’s unique knowledge and experience with the PTO program provide an opportunity for officers and/or law enforcement agencies to obtain a thorough knowledge of PTO and how the PTO program can benefit their officers, department and community.
Mary Collins-Morton retired as a Supervisory Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in October 2018 after 27 years of service. At the time of her retirement, she was a criminal profiler assigned to the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC), Behavioral Analysis Unit 4 (BAU-4). NCAVC serves as a national and international resource center for law enforcement agencies, providing assistance in unusual, bizarre, and repetitive violent crimes. Ms. Collins-Morton consulted in cases involving homicide, cold case homicide, no body homicide, serial murder, serial sexual assault and other violent crimes including equivocal death, threats and terrorism. In examining these cases she has provided a variety of services. These services include: crime scene analysis and reconstruction; investigative strategies; case linkage analysis in serial cases; development of unknown offender characteristics; the development of interview designs for suspects; major case management; media strategies; and assistance with strategies for prosecution. Ms. Collins-Morton has consulted in hundreds of violent crime cases for both domestic and international law enforcement organizations.
Prior to her assignment as a criminal profiler Ms. Collins-Morton was assigned as an investigator to both the Chicago and Washington DC field offices of the FBI. During those assignments she served as a member and team leader for the FBI's Evidence Response Team, processing and administrating crime scenes, and collecting and processing evidence. In 2006 Ms. Collins-Morton was assigned to the FBI Laboratory in the Hazardous Evidence Response Team Unit as a Supervisory Special Agent. In this assignment she ran high hazard crimes scenes, and provided specialized certification and continuing education training to multiple federal agencies. Ms. Collins-Morton has participated in the processing of a number of major crimes scenes to include the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Park Bombing, the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya, and served as one of two evidence team leaders responsible for overall administration of the crime scene resulting from the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.
Ms. Collins-Morton holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree from the University of Michigan in Microbiology, and a Master's of Science Degree in Biodefense from George Mason University. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). Ms. Collins-Morton previously worked as a forensic DNA technician in the FBI Laboratory and in scientific research. She served as a police instructor for the FBI, teaching numerous law enforcement audiences for 24 years.
Whitney Collins is the Laboratory Supervisor for the Forensic Biology Casework Section for the Kentucky State Police (KSP) Central Forensic Laboratory and has been employed there since 2001. She started her career as a Forensic Biologist and is competent in Serological, DNA (autosomal and Y-STR), and Bloodstain Pattern Analyses. In 2006, she was promoted to her current position. She audits laboratories utilizing the FBI’s Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories and has served as an assessor for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors – Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB). Ms. Collins also received her certification through American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) in Molecular Biology.
Ms. Collins’ regular duties include supervising 15+ forensic biology analysts, creating grant proposals and making purchases for grants received, providing case management to law enforcement and attorneys, auditing, exploring new technologies in the forensic biology field, general trouble-shooting and problem solving. She presents to college students, law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Teams.
Ms. Collins graduated from Transylvania University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and continued her studies at Eastern Kentucky University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science with concentrations in both Chemistry and Biology. Ms. Collins also completed a Master’s Degree in Biology from the University of Kentucky while working at the laboratory.
Command Officer Development Course (Development & Management of Major Criminal Investigations)
Jo Carole Dickson has recently retired from the Jefferson Community & Technical College, where she served as the Chief Institutional Advancement Officer of the College and as Executive Director for the Jefferson Community & Technical College Foundation. Ms. Dickson is an adjunct instructor for the University of Louisville where she conducts Interpersonal and Organizational Communication classes for the Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Southern Police Institute’s Commanding Officer’s Development Course (CODC) at various locations across the US.
As a consultant for the Louisville Police Department she was instrumental in researching and developing a Field Training and Evaluation Program which was certified by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council (KLEC). She was also instrumental in the development of a Field Training Sergeant’s Program for the agency. She has developed and conducted numerous leadership, management and communications courses for agencies across the country, including the US Naval Training Center at Great Lakes and The Performance Institute in Washington, DC.
Ms. Dickson participated in a panel discussion on the impact of generational issues in law enforcement sponsored by the John Jay College Leadership Academy and the Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS); worked with focus groups in Slovakia to assess progress in Democratic Policing; and was invited to participate in a discussion of generational issues with a delegation from the Netherlands Police Agency.
Ms. Dickson is a recipient of the KWLEN Contributions to Law Enforcement Award and the Louisville Police Community Partnership Award. She holds Master’s Degree in Education, Training & Development from the University of Louisville.
Tim Donohoe is a retired Commander with the Reno, Nevada Police Department. During his 25 year career, Tim supervised and worked in a variety of different assignments in both police operations and administration. Tim is currently a Senior Consultant with Matrix Consulting Group, a government consulting firm. Prior to Matrix, Tim worked on international police reform projects with the U.S. Department of Justice, International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program, serving as the Mission Advisor in the Republic of Armenia and as a Senior Law Enforcement Advisor in Ukraine.
Tim is a National Institute of Justice, Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science Scholar and a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum, Senior Management Institute for Policing. He holds a Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice Degree from the University of Colorado at Denver, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Portland State University, and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in law enforcement from Truckee Meadows Community College. He currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Command Officer's Development Course, Management of the Small Law Enforcement Agency
Sean Dugan is the Chief of Police for Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado. He finds the challenge of integrating traditional police services with the unique needs of a diverse college campus population a fulfilling and a valuable contribution to the State of Colorado.
Chief Sean Dugan was born and raised near the majestic Niagara Falls in NY. His parents raised him on the Four Gospels: faith, family, duty, and service. He was loved more that he deserved, and because he didn't know any better, he believed everything his parents told him about his potential. At 17, he began his journey as a public servant by enlisting in the U.S. Navy, serving for six years.
After his Honorable Discharge, he worked for the Wheat Ridge Police Department and then continued his career with Littleton Police Department. Sean retired as a Commander with Littleton with over 29 years of service to become chief at Red Rocks in 2014. During Chief Dugan's career, he rose through the ranks as an officer, field training officer, detective, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and commander; working in Command positions in all divisions throughout his career; Patrol, Investigations and Support Services. He attained a unique perspective during his career by serving in diverse roles, including PIO, as a long-time member of Littleton's tactical team and supervisor of numerous high profile and sensitive cases. He served as Littleton's accreditation manager to help Littleton national reaccreditation, and oversaw its Citizen's Academy and Citizen's Academy Alumni.
Chief Dugan is an adjunct instructor for Arapahoe Community College's Criminal Justice degree program and instructs for and coordinates their POST Firearms academy program. He has earned a Career and Technical Education Credential from the Colorado State Board of Community Colleges in Criminal Justice. Chief Dugan has spoken nationally on school violence joining the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School incident and Team Enough in San Diego in 2019.
Sean is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy session 240. He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Business Administration. He has three grown children, two of whom are also public servants; a son who is a firefighter paramedic and a daughter who is a school teacher. His beautiful wife Heather has also committed her life to service where she leads law enforcement for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Together they have twin high school students and a 13-year-old son, who keep them feeling youthful.
Personnel Development, Assessment & Liability
Lauren C. Edwards currently serves as a Major with Henrico County Division of Police (VA) since 2003. She currently oversees their Patrol Bureau, but her previous assignments have given her experience in Patrol, Personnel, Training, Organized Crime/Narcotics, Internal Affairs, and Public Affairs. In addition to her role with HCPD, Lauren is also an instructor for Regional Marketing Concepts out of Mechanicsville, Virginia, providing unarmed officer certification training under the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Lauren has a passion for mentoring and teaching. Her specialties include motivating your employees, succession management, finding a work-life balance, having difficult conversations, as well as personal and professional development.
Lauren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Richmond. She is also a graduate of the 138th Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute-University of Louisville.
Lauren and her husband, Marcus, reside near Richmond, Virginia, with their three dogs. They enjoy being outdoors and running a camper rental business together.
Command Officer's Development Course
Lt. Keith Egan has been in law enforcement approaching 25 years in the state of Connecticut. He began his career with the Wallingford (CT) Police Department and has been employed by the Southington Police Department for the past 22 years. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in July 2017. He has experience working in his department’s Patrol and Detective divisions, with command experience as Administrative, Support Services, and Operations Commander. Lt Egan has served throughout this time as a Commander with the Central Region - Emergency Response Team. In addition to promotion to Detective, Lt. Egan’s police leadership experience includes holding the ranks of Sergeant and Master Sergeant within the department’s Patrol division.
In addition to his years in law enforcement, Lt. Egan served over 26 years of military service with working knowledge and experience at all levels of leadership, from Direct, Organizational to Strategic leadership. He achieved the rank of Command Sergeant Major (E-9) prior to retirement in 2015.
Lt. Egan holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven (CT), a Master’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville (KY), and a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Police Executive Leadership Development/ Administrative Officers Course (AOC), Class 141. Lt Egan is also a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 2-14, Ft Bliss, TX).
Lt Egan has been an instructor, both in the military, beginning as a Drill Sergeant, Course Instructor through multiple levels of the Non-Commissioned Officer Education System (NCOES), and Reserve Officer Reserve Officers' Training Corps (R.O.T.C) as an Assistant Professor of Military Science. In law enforcement, Lt Egan remains active in areas including Stop Stick, Taser, and all components of Active Shooter, including ALICE and Stop the Bleed. Lt Egan additionally is an Associate Faculty member with, John P. Burke School of Public Service and Education at Post University (CT), teaching courses in Criminal Justice.
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.
Command Officer's Development Course
Bruce Hannan retired after 30 years culminating at the rank of Executive Officer with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (Florida). He is a graduate of the 37th Southern Police Institute Command Officer’s Development Course, Univ of Louisville National Sheriff’s Association Executive Leadership Program, Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Class 59, Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Unit Commanders Academy Class 68, and Florida Department of Law enforcement Senior Leadership Program Class 16.
Mr. Hannan holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Lynn University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Safety with a specialization in Criminal Justice through Capella University. In addition, he teaches undergraduate criminal justice courses at Keiser University.
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.
Command Officer's Development Course (Human Resources)
Major Reginald O. Hosey has been employed with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando, Florida since 1997. His career has included assignments in: Special Operations; Uniform Patrol; Criminal Investigations; and Court Security.
Major Hosey is currently commanding the Human Resources Division overseeing all aspects of human resources for more than 2,300 active employees and their dependents. The Human Resources Division has over 100 employees in such functions as EEO Compliance; Recruiting; Staffing; Background Investigations; Classification and Compensation; Benefits Administration; Labor Relations, and Training and Development. Additionally, Major Hosey oversees the agency’s collective bargaining process for two unions representing sworn and civilian employees.
Major Hosey served as a Non-Commissioned Officer and a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army. Major Hosey retired from The United States Army Reserve in 2014 after 25 years of service, retiring as a Captain in the Medical Service Corps.
Major Hosey earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Management from Nova Southeastern University and a dual Master of Arts Degree in Human Resources Management and Development from Webster University.
Organizational Leadership and Problem Solving
Keith Ikeda is the Security Manager of Operations 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 AssistantChiefof 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.
Police Training Officer (PTO) Basic Course
Christopher M. Keith has nineteen years of law enforcement experience and is currently an Advance Training Unit Sergeant with the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Training Academy. During his nineteen year career he has served his department in several areas as a Crisis Intervention Officer, Hostage Negotiator, Field Training Officer, Police Training Officer, Police Training Supervisor, Patrol Sergeant, and Police Training Officer Coordinator. In 2006, Sgt. Keith became a Kentucky Law Enforcement Council (KLEC) certified instructor in the areas of Defensive Tactics, TASER, TASER Armorer, Problem Based Learning, Police Training Officer Program,Crisis Intervention, Firearms, and Hostage Negotiations.
In 2007, Sgt. Keith assisted Jessie Browning with LMPD’s transition to the Police Training Officer program for recruits entering post academy training. He has consulted with other police agencies on the PTO program throughout the nation and internationally (Lebanese Internal Security Forces) through the Kentucky Regional Community Policing Institute at Eastern Kentucky University and the Southern Police Institute. Currently Sgt. Keith is implementing the Police Executive Research Forum’s Integrating, Communications, Assessment, and Tactics (I.C.A.T.) training into LMPD’s response plan for individuals in a crisis.
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
Russell Kolins leads the Kolins Security Group, a division of Russell Kolins Associates. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Security Management and specialized in the defense industry during the first two decades of his practice, undergoing extensive training and education in the fields of Risk Management, Risk Assessments, Premises Liability, Security Inspections, and Civil Liability, Crime Prevention, and CPTED.
Russell Kolins’ expertise is well-earned. He is a certified trainer in the two nationally accepted responsible alcohol management programs. Russell has been a consultant to some of the largest Nightclub entertainment venues as well as country clubs, resorts and hotel and motel businesses. His skills extend to Facility Physical Security Design and he is a CPTED Practitioner. He has conducted numerous Risk and Vulnerability Assessments as well as Security Surveys for both the hospitality and commercial business entities. He has lectured extensively throughout the country on negligent security, liquor liability, bar operations, and hospitality security. Of special interest are the many lectures he has presented to law enforcement and security professionals nationally and in the Caribbean.
Russ has enjoyed mentoring law enforcement and military veterans for the last 15 years on easing the path from the public to the private sector.
Internal Affairs: Policy, Practice & Legal Considerations, Command Officer's Development Course (CODC)
Captain Brandon Kutner currently serves as the Chief Inspector for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) in Gainesville, FL where he commands and directs all aspects of the Office of Professional Standards to include the Internal Affairs function as well as Staff Inspections for law enforcement, corrections and civilian personnel within the agency. He has been with ACSO since 2005 and has previously served as a law enforcement officer with the Monroe County (FL) Sheriff’s Office and the Key West (FL) Police Department. Captain Kutner has served in various capacities at the agency to include the Criminal Investigations Division, Public Information Office, Patrol Operations Division, Special Operations Bureau, Joint Aviation Unit, and the Community Oriented Policing Services Unit. In addition, Captain Kutner is a Florida Department of Health certified 911 Public Safety Telecommunicator and also serves as an Accreditation Assessor for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation, traveling around the state to inspect and assess agencies for compliance with accreditation standards at the local, county and state levels.
Prior to his assignment as the Chief Inspector, Captain Kutner served as the Criminal Investigations Division Major Crimes Bureau Chief where he directed and oversaw the Robbery/Homicide Unit, Special Victims Unit and the Forensics Unit. Captain Kutner also served as a member of the State of Florida Child Abductions Response Team and as a Hostage Negotiator.
Captain Kutner is a military veteran, serving ten years with the United States Navy engaged in both humanitarian and combat related operations in the Mediterranean theater of operation before earning his honorable discharge in 2004. He is the former President of the North-Central Chapter of the Florida Police Benevolent Association, and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Florida Police Benevolent Association, Inc. and the United Way of North-Central Florida. Captain Kutner is a graduate of Saint Leo University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, and is currently a candidate for a Master of Public Administration from Villanova University. He is also an alumnus of the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute, having graduated from the 80th Command Officer Development Course in 2018.
Homicide Investigation, Sex Crimes Investigations
Robert J. Morton retired as a Supervisory Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's in July 2014 after 26 years. At the time of his retirement, he was a profiler assigned to the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, Behavioral Analysis Unit, which serves as a national and international resource center for law enforcement agencies, providing assistance in unusual, bizarre, and repetitive violent crimes. He served there for over 16 years and has extensive experience analyzing homicide cases and other types of violent crimes, specializing in serial murder, sexual homicide, and “No Body Homicide” cases. He has consulted in hundreds of these types of cases for law enforcement in the United States as well as a number of international law enforcement agencies. He has provided expert testimony in regards to his duties in Federal Court as well as state courts in Indiana, Colorado, Michigan, New Mexico, and Wisconsin. He has received various commendations and awards, including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences’ John R. Hunt Award for Outstanding Contribution to Forensic Science. Mr. Morton has conducted extensive research into serial murder, sexual murder, and taphonomy, He has also published numerous monographs, book chapters, and journal articles regarding his expertise.
Prior to his assignment as a profiler, Mr. Morton was assigned to the FBI’s Chicago Field Division, and was the Primary Team Leader on Chicago’s Evidence Response Team (ERT). He processed numerous crime scenes, including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Park Bombing, and the 9/11/01 attack on the Pentagon. He also worked for the Virginia State Police from 1981 to 1988 as a Trooper, and previously worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene. He is currently a “Cold Case” Detective with the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia, specializing in homicide cases.
Mr. Morton is certified from the International Association of Identification (IAI) as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst, and is a Fellowin the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, General Section. He has a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University, a B.A. in Sociology from Canisius College and an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice from Erie Community College North.
Command Officer's Development Course (Limiting Police Liability)
Joseph A. Race is in the midst of a diverse career spanning over 20 years between the United States Marine Corps, private law practice and the Madison Police Department. He is a Captain with the Madison (CT) Police Department and commands the Administrative Division of the Madison Police Department which includes training, public information, special events and accreditation. Capt. Race led the Madison Police Department through successful CALEA and State of Connecticut Accreditation processes and is currently working on a dual accreditation for the Madison Police Department in Law Enforcement and Communications, seeking to make the Madison Police Department the only Connecticut agency to hold such distinction. He is a Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council certified instructor in Civil Liability, Connecticut Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Search & Seizure, Housing Law and Report Writing.
Capt. Race received his Associate Degree from Campbell University while on active duty in the United States Marine Corps and his Bachelor’s Degree, magna cum laude, in Law and Society with a minor in Political Science from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. He received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law and was a practicing member of both the New York and Connecticut bars while practicing law in the areas of civil litigation, business formation and estate planning.
Capt. Race was a member of the Charlie Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division and was deployed as a member of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He is currently a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Connecticut Bar Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Dr. Bill Ralston is a forensic pathologist currently working as a State Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He served as Chief Deputy Coroner/ Senior Forensic Pathologist for Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Ohio from 2008 until 2015. Prior to that time he attended the University of Louisville School of medicine, completed a forensic pathology fellowship at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Louisville Kentucky, and then served as a medical examiner in Kentucky. He is board certified in anatomic and forensic pathology and has held faculty positions at University of Louisville, University of Cincinnati, and the University of Kentucky. He has trained forensic pathology fellows, taught medical students and other medical and non-medical professionals, as well as, lectured around the country to law enforcement regarding death investigation.
Command Officer Development Course (Cultural Diversity)
Robert Ross has served as President and CEO of Professional Consulting Associates, LLC (PCA) an independent consulting group in Columbus, Ohio for the past 20 years. Since 2010, Mr. Ross has served as Chief Collaborative Officer of the Public Service Leadership Institute, (PSLI), a division of PCA. PSLI focuses exclusively on collaborative leadership competencies for Public Safety, K-12 Educator, Government Service, and Clergy professional development.
Mr. Ross has in excess of thirty years of experience in organizational consulting, training and development and educational program management. He has developed highly successful courses and seminars that deliver “how-to” people skills in the areas of interpersonal communication, diversity & inclusion, time management and collaborative team effectiveness. He is an Adjunct Faculty member of Columbus State Community College, the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute, and The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business – Executive Education. He travels extensively providing consulting assistance to organizations in leadership transition, and interpersonal crisis intervention services to leaders and communities seeking inclusive solutions. He is also a highly engaging frequent speaker at conferences and seminars.
Mr. Ross has a comprehensive background and business management experience in both service industries and all sectors of government, including extensive experience working with large and small Law Enforcement Agencies, Public & Private Health Care, as well as Manufacturing organizations and he is a former Steering Committee member for WINGS (Women In New Growth Stages). He earned his Bachelors degree from The Ohio State University and pursued graduate studies at Capital University Law & Graduate Center.
Command Officer's Development Course
Lieutenant Commander Richard Rudolph served the New York City Police Department for thirty (30) years before his retirement in 2020. The last eighteen (18) years of his career he served as a Detective Squad Commander, his last six (6) years as the Queens Homicide Commander.
Over his career, Lieutenant Commander Rudolph led detectives through more than 85,000 investigations. As a Detective Squad Commander, he continually captured an above average clearance rate with the seven (7) major index crimes and as the Homicide Commander he led the squad to an exceptional clearance rate of homicide investigations which was at or above the citywide average; over his career he has supervised and managed over 500 homicide investigations.
Lieutenant Commander Rudolph led the Homicide Squad through the investigations of the murders of New York City Police Officer Brian Moore in 2015 and Detective Brian Simonsen in 2019, as well as many other “high profile-media cases” such as Hip-Hop artist Lionel “Chinx” Pickens and the “Howard Beach Jogger” Karina Vetrano. He was commended by department executives and awarded a Unit Citation by the Police Commissioner of the New York City Police Department for steadfast leadership.
Over the course of his career, Lieutenant Commander Rudolph served as the commanding officer of the 115th, 110th, 104th and 114th Precinct Detective Squads. He also served as Internal Affairs Supervisor Sergeant/Investigator responsible for conducting citywide investigations in all allegations of excessive force, death in custody cases and firearm discharges by members of the service.
As a police officer/investigator he was assigned to the NYPD’s Northern Manhattan Initiative, Organized Crime Control Bureau as a Narcotics Investigator after his assignment with the Special Operations Division’s Street Crime Unit.
Lieutenant Commander Rudolph holds a Master of Arts in Education Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University as well as Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Saint John’s University, he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy’s, 239th Session and an alumnus the NYPD Football Team.
Strategic Management for 21st Century Policing
Philip A. Russell, Ph.D., brings a diverse range of experience and knowledge to the field of leadership studies. A veteran police commander, he is currently assigned to the Special Operations Division of the Louisville Metro Police Department. Dr. Russell has served as an Executive Staff member of LMPD, Commander of Advanced Training for the Louisville Metro Police Academy, and the Incident Commander for numerous major events in Louisville, such as the Kentucky Derby and Thunder Over Louisville.
Dr. Russell received a B.A. and M.S. from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. from the University of the Cumberlands. He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer Course. With additional experience in radio broadcasting, advertising, public relations, and acting for TV and film, he provides enhanced insight into strategic marketing and communications. Dr. Russell is interested in sociological motivation, group influence, and persuasion theories. His dissertation research focused on the impact on employee morale resulting from a leader’s public communications during a crisis.
Appointed by the Kentucky governor in 2017, Dr. Russell served as the sole law enforcement representative for Kentucky's Juvenile Justice Oversight Council, which provided an independent review of the state juvenile justice system and offered recommendations to the Kentucky General Assembly. Moreover, he has served on numerous other boards, including the Kentucky Judicial District 30 Family Accountability, Intervention, and Response Team, the Louisville Metro Homelessness Task Force, the University of Louisville Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Christian Academy School System, the East End Warriors Youth Sports Organization, and Namesake Entertainment.
Dr. Russell is certified through the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council to teach multiple police disciplines, including Criminal Investigations, Homeland Security, Police Supervision, Tactical Medicine, Krav Maga for Law Enforcement, and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Survival Tactics. He is also a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Training Association, River City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #614, Kentucky Tactical Officers Association, and the Screen Actors Guild / American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Strategic Management for 21st Century Policing
Aimee Russo has served with the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) for nearly 25 years. She began her law enforcement career as a civilian and later became a sworn deputy sheriff, serving in patrol and investigations. In 2005, she was promoted to Sergeant, responsible for the planning and execution of major special events, including Fleet Week, the Air & Sea Show, the Orange Bowl, and Super Bowl XVI. Other supervisory assignments include Internal Affairs, Special Victims, and Patrol. In 2015, she was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the city of Deerfield Beach, responsible for overseeing patrol, criminal investigations, school resource deputies, special events, community affairs, and grants management at the district level. Later, Lt. Russo was selected as the Executive Officer (Assistant Chief) and assigned to the City of Cooper City, where she was responsible for the district's daily operations. In 2017, she was promoted to Captain (Police Chief) and assigned to the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, responsible for public safety services at the airport.
In 2019, she was promoted to Major and currently oversees BSO’s Patrol Operations, North Region. The North Region includes five contract cities managed by Captains who oversee the day-to-day operations. The North region is staffed with 476 personnel and has a combined budget of $83 million. In addition to patrol operations, Major Russo oversees the Night Watch Commanders and serves as an Incident Commander for declared emergencies and planned events that impact the entire agency/county.
Major Russo is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Florida Police Chiefs Association, The Broward County Chiefs of Police Association, and the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives. She serves as an advisory board member for the Broward Crime Commission, Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
Aimee Russo is a native Floridian; she has a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville's Southern Police Institute, Command Officers Development Course; The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Senior Management Institute for Police, The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Florida Executive Development Seminar, the Broward Sherriff's Office Supervisor's Leadership Academy and BSO's Executive Leadership Academy. She is a graduate of the Broward College Law Enforcement Academy. She is an alumnus of the Alpha Phi Sigma, Criminal Justice Honor Society and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Broward College, Institute of Public Safety.
Internal Affairs: Policy, Practice & Legal Considerations
Major Jamey Schwab (Ret.) recently retired as the commander of the Louisville Metro Police Department's Special Investigations Division.
Schwab began his law enforcement career with the Louisville Division of Police in 1998, where he served in the 1st and 5th Districts as a patrol officer and before going on to work as a detective in both the Domestic Violence Unit and Crimes Against Children Unit. After promotion to Sergeant in 2005, he served in the Louisville Metro Police Department's 5th Patrol Division as a patrol supervisor, division resource sergeant, and a criminal investigations sergeant. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2014 and served in the 4th Patrol Division, the Chief's Office, and as commander of the Community Policing Unit. He was promoted to Major in 2017 and commanded the 8th Patrol Division before entering his present assignment. As commander of the Special Investigations Division he oversees the operations of both the Public Integrity Unit and Professional Standards Unit.
Schwab is a Kentucky Law Enforcement Council certified instructor and a two-time past president of the LMPD Commanding Officers Association. He is also a former member of the Hostage Negotiating Team (HNT), Special Response Team (SRT), and was the first commander of the Hazardous Incident Response Team (HIRT).
Major Schwab holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with dual minors in English and Communication from Transylvania University (Lexington, KY) and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville. He is also a dean's list graduate of the 135th Southern Police Institute's Administrative Officers Course.
Command Officer's Development Course, Management of the Small Law Enforcement Agency
Chief Paul Schultz has 44 years of law enforcement experience with the last 22 years as Chief of Police. He retired from the Thornton (CO) Police Department after 20 years of service. During his career with the Thornton Police Department, he held every rank from Police Officer to Commander. He has served as Chief of Police in La Vista (NE), Lafayette (CO) and Canon City (CO). He was appointed by Colorado's Attorney General to serve as the Director of Colorado's Peace Officer Standards and Training. In January 2017 he was appointed as Chief of Public Safety for the City of Fort Morgan, Colorado where he manages emergency services to include Police.
Chief Schultz holds a Master's Degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Colorado at Denver, He is a graduate of the FBI LEEDS, LEEDA and Command College training programs. He has attended the PERF Senior Management Institute for Police and the New England Institute for Law Enforcement. He has been an instructor for the Southern Police Institute for the past 21 years and has presented a different training program for the IACP annual training conference for the past 21 years. Chief Schultz also teaches criminal justice at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Regis University. He has been teaching college-level criminal justice courses for the past 27 years. Chief Schultz also teaches at the new chief's training school in Colorado and at the FBI Command College.
Chief Schultz has served as President of the Police Chiefs Association of Nebraska and as President of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. He currently is the Chairman of the Professional Standards Committee for the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police and is a member of the IACP Crime Prevention Committee. He has been recognized as Chief of Police of the Year for the State of Nebraska and as Chief of Police of the Year for Boulder County, Colorado. He also won the prestigious Webber Seavey Award for quality in law enforcement and the National Award for best National Night Out a record seven times.
He has been certified as an expert witness in Police Policy and Use of Force in the 10th Federal Court Circuit. Chief Schultz has served as an expert witness in over 20 cases throughout Colorado. He is married and has one adult daughter.
Lieutenant Albert Selke has over 30 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. Similar successes are reported by law enforcement agencies around the country as an outcome of his instruction and consultation.
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.
Command Officer's Development Course (Positioning Yourself for Success: Planning Your Career Strategically)
Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Cindy Shain has had an extensive career in the law enforcement arena as an executive/practitioner and later as an educator/trainer. She began her law enforcement career with the Louisville (Kentucky) Police Department, rising through the ranks with the distinction of being the first woman to hold the positions of patrol district commander and Deputy Chief in the history of the agency. She concluded her career as Commander of Operations, with responsibility for all uniform services, specialized units, and operations for the agency. She coordinated the planning and execution of event security and traffic details for the City of Louisville, including mass demonstrations, Presidential and national campaigns, the Kentucky Derby and Thunder over Louisville, an air/fireworks event that attracted as many as 800,000 spectators to the banks of the Ohio River. Using this experience, she has trained extensively on special event and critical incident planning, assisting in the development of the COPS-funded publication Major Special Event Planning for Law Enforcement and Tactical Management of Special Events, a training course for the US Department of Diplomatic Security Services (DSS) Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program.
After retiring from a 24-year career in policing, Shain transitioned to law enforcement education, where she held various positions, most recently as the first female Director of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, where she taught for 12 years in the Administrative Officers Course (AOC). She also served as Director of the COPS-funded Kentucky Regional Community Policing Institute (RCPI) at Eastern Kentucky University. She has served as Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) International Managers and Police College Trainers (IMPACT) Section and continues to serve on the Executive Board to this date. Since 2005, she has served continuously on the Board as Co-Chair of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) International Scholarship Committee. As SPI Director, Shain served on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council and Curriculum Committee from 2014-2021. She is a former member of the IACP Crime Prevention Committee, National Center for Women and Policing Advisory Board, and the INTERPOL Expert Group on Police Training (IGEPT).
Shain has long supported women in policing and issues relating to reducing gender bias and advancing women in law enforcement. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), International Association of Women Police (IAWP), the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), and the Kentucky Women’s Law Enforcement Network (KWLEN). More recently, she assisted the United Nations (UN) Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) with the development and training pilot of a Senior Female Police Commanders’ Leadership Course in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She will teach/present this course in 2023 in Canterbury, UK, as a certified UN trainer. She currently works as a consultant for Amentum as DOJ ICITAP (International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program) EMPoWER Counter Terrorism Program Advisor, working most recently in Croatia and Kosovo.
Shain is a frequent presenter on a range of law-enforcement-related issues at national and international conferences, symposia, and workshops. She has interest in a variety of initiatives with the goal of furthering democratic policing practices, leadership, executive development, and community policing in global environments. Traveling the U.S. and the world, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with law enforcement professionals, community leaders, and governmental bodies.
Shain holds a Master of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Loss Prevention and Safety and a Bachelor of Arts from Bellarmine University. She is a Rotary International Scholar and Sacred Heart Academy Alumna of the Year. She is a recipient of the Tower Award for Women Leaders, the Kentucky Women’s Law Enforcement Network’s Contributions to Law Enforcement and Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Women Leading Kentucky Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award, and the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council (KLEC) Melvin Shein Award for contributions to Kentucky law enforcement.
Command Officer's Development Course
Dr. Melanye Smith completed a twenty -three-year law enforcement career with the Metropolitan Police Department, where she retired as a Lieutenant and a senior administrator for the Security officer Management Branch.
During her tenure with the Metropolitan Police department, Dr. Smith also served as the Deputy Director of the Identifications and Records Division, the Commander of Community/ Youth Services in the First District and Supervised the Child Abuse and missing's persons section of the Youth Division.
Dr. Smith also served as the Chief/ Executive Director of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness for the College of Southern Maryland. She coordinated public safety services for the college in three counties: Charles, St Mary's, and Calvert
Dr. Smith served as the Program Director for the Emergency Management and Homeland Security program at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Dr. Smith earned a B.S. and M.A. in Organizational Management, Organizational Development and Psychology. She is also a graduate of the Penn State Police Executive Development Program. She earned her PhD in Management and Public Safety leadership from Capella University where she was selected as a Presidential Scholar for academic excellence and her research Titled: "Police Perceptions of Integrity: The Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Moral Development among Police Officers."
Dr. Smith is a community policing expert and was a gubernatorial appointee to the Maryland Handgun board from 2018-2020.
Dr. Smith is a consummate professional; possessed of exceptional talents; is a natural leader and visionary thinker.
Mr. Tom Szurlinski is a 38-year law enforcement veteran, currently employed as the Staff Attorney/Major for the Boone County, Kentucky Sheriff’s Office. He has been a Kentucky licensed attorney for 25 years. His current assignment includes general legal counsel, policy development and review, internal affairs investigation and review, response to resistance investigation and review, and training. His private practice experience included civil rights defense, employment law, public employee discipline, and personal injury.
Mr. Szurlinski began his law enforcement career in 1983 with a small college police department. He then joined a Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer before beginning his career with the Florence, Kentucky Police Department. He served as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant, field training officer, communications director, assistant chief and finally retiring as the Chief of Police.
Mr. Szurlinski graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. He graduated cum laude from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Mr. Szurlinski has been a Kentucky Law Enforcement Council certified instructor since 1992. He has taught both full-time and part-time with the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training and currently with the Northern Kentucky Police/Sheriff’s Training Center. The focus of his training is legal studies, specifically administrative law and police procedure. Mr. Szurlinski is a member of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council and board member/legal counsel with the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation. Mr. Szurlinski is a member of the Kentucky League of Cities/Kentucky Association of Counties, Law Enforcement Model Policy Committee. He is also a member of the Boone County, Kentucky Planning and Zoning Commission.
Mr. Szurlinski is a strong advocate for effective law enforcement and public safety training, particularly in the legal and leadership fields. He has taught numerous courses in these areas and advises various agencies and individuals on issues arising in areas. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strategic Management for 21st Century Policing
Carlos R. Torres has been with Orange County Sheriff's Office since 1997 and holds the rank of Major. Major Torres has served in the Community Relations Section, Media Relations Section, Professional Standards Section, Watch Command Section, Uniform Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Support Services Division and Strategic Communications Section. In 2020, he assumed command of the Uniform Patrol Division as the first Hispanic to lead this Division with approximately 900 deputies.
Major Torres' professional education includes but not limited to; a Master Degree in Management from Amberton University and a Bachelor Degree in Organization Leadership from Mountain State University. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police (Session #61) from the Police Executive Research Forum, Command Officer's Development Course (153rd Session) from the University of Louisville, Leadership Orlando (Class #55), Orlando Tourism Leadership Program, Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) Future Law Enforcement Executive Seminar, (FPCA) Advanced Law Enforcement Executive Seminar and FBI-LEEDA Command Leadership Institute. In 2020, 2021 and 2022, Major was nominated for the prestigious Don Quijote Award from the Metro Orlando Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and selected as a finalist.
Major Torres has worked on various law enforcement projects throughout his 25-year law enforcement career. He was instrumental in the development of the Orange County Sheriff's Office Behavioral Response Unit. Major Torres is very active with the Hispanic community in Central Florida participating in numerous cultural and civic events. He is also a member of the National Latino Peace Officer's Association of Central Florida. For 20 years, Major Torres has also taught numerous leadership, supervisory and management classes at the Public Safety Institute at Valencia College. Major Torres is an Advisory Board member of Central Florida M.A.D.D and a Brand Ambassador for the Colombian-American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida.
Managing the Media in Law Enforcement
Rob Tufano is the founder of the Tufano Media Group and trains law enforcement professionals how to confidently communicate with the media. He also currently serves as the Public Affairs Director with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD). His success is driven by his ability to effectively communicate, leverage the power of social media, news sources and in-house department videos he produces to reach a wide audience. This ability to connect to the public has made the CMPD one of the industry leaders in media relations. Mr. Tufano’s unique background is unrivaled in the industry after serving in government, the media and public relations.
Mr. Tufano began his career in law enforcement in 1990. He was a police officer with the New York City Police Department for more than eleven years patrolling Manhattan’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and producing content for the department’s Video Production Unit. Eleven years later, he followed his passion for television news and began a career in the media as a writer for the FOX News Channel in New York before taking on-air assignments as a television crime reporter with ABC and CBS news affiliates. He has been invited to the White House to participate in discussions on the topic of police-media relations as part of the President’s Task Force on 21 Century Policing.
Mr. Tufano is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Police (SMIP). He consults for and trains executive members of police departments, government agencies and private organizations to maximize integrity, confidence and effectiveness when communicating with the media. He is working currently with the Southern Police Institute in professional development training focusing on assisting supervisory, command and executive level law enforcement professionals in honing their skills and interactions with the media. His unique style of coaching and instructing is critical for anyone who works with the press.
Command Officer's Development Course, Homicide Investigation, Leadership for the Law Enforcement Executive
Pat Welsh is an author, speaker, trainer, and expert witness. A retired Major from the Dayton Police Department (OH), Pat is the author of the Best New Release, Warrior, Servant, Leader: Life Behind the Badge(2015), Warrior, Servant, Leader: Life Behind the Cross (2018) and co-author of the Best Seller, Healing Happens (2014). Pat is also noted for his past contributions to Law Enforcement Today, PoliceOne.com, American Military University and several other business and religious publications.
With a BS in Criminal Justice (1979) and Juris Doctorate (1982), Pat took a unique route into the field of law enforcement. After four years as a prosecutor, including City Prosecutor, Special Prosecutor and Assistant County Prosecutor, Pat decided to pursue his childhood passion – becoming a police officer. Pat went on to a distinguished 26-year career with the Dayton PD. He gradually rose through the ranks, from patrol (Officer, Sgt. and Lt.), through Narcotics and Central Investigations (Commander) and finished his career as Major (Superintendent) of West Patrol Operations. After retiring, Pat and his wife of 39 years moved to Colorado Springs, where Pat served with the Colorado Springs PD as a Civilian Criminal Investigator on a newly formed Human Trafficking Unit (2014-2017)
During his career, Pat trained and graduated from the FBI National Academy, #240; the Police Executive Leadership College (OH) and the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Seminar. Pat has been a keynote speaker and trainer on such topics as Courtroom Survival, Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence, and developing a Warrior, Servant, Leader Mindset. Pat has also been retained and consulted as an expert witness in multiple state/federal courts on law enforcement civil cases centered around allegations of violations of Title 42 USC Section 1983.
Pat is a highly rated Adjunct Instructor with the Southern Police Institute (SPI), since 2012, teaching on Legal issues in Prosecuting Homicide cases., Leadership for 21st Century Policing, Strategic Management, and Personnel Development: Assessment and Liabilities.
Pat is known as a dynamic, entertaining yet impactful author, speaker and trainer who engages his audiences to connect with and influence others at work, home, and the community. Pat is most proud of this evaluation from an USAF Airman, after attending his culture changing training, “Thank you! You have given me the tools to help save my marriage.”
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Background Investigation, Homicide Investigation, Basic Death and Homicide Investigation
John Yerardi has 35 years of law enforcement experience. He began his police career with the Dover Police Department in New Hampshire in 1984 as a Patrol Officer and Field Training Officer and became certified as a police instructor in 1986. In 1987 he transferred to the Portsmouth, NH Police Department.
John worked in a variety of positions in Patrol, Investigations and Administration. He served as an investigator in the Sex Crimes Unit, Accident Investigation Team, Youth Services Division, General Investigations Division, Internal Affairs, and Personnel & Training Division. He commanded a number of specialized units during his career and established the department’s Honor Guard.
John spent many years in the Bureau of Investigative Services as a Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant. He worked a multitude of major cases and death investigations during his career. He received more than a dozen commendations for his work.
John completed his full-time career as the Commander of the Personnel and Training Division where he established new training programs for officers. He was responsible for the hiring of all personnel and vetted thousands of applicants while coordinating the background investigation process.
After retiring, John has remained active in law enforcement maintaining a per diem position with the Portsmouth Police Department until 2019. He also held positions as a deputy sheriff with the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office for seven years and Training Coordinator for the Rochester Police Department for three years. In addition, John worked in executive protection and risk management for a company CEO as well as a presidential candidate during the 2012 U.S. Presidential Campaign.
John has conducted classes, lectures, presentations and seminars on criminal investigations, death investigations, crime scene response and processing, as well as background investigations and a variety of other topics for officers and organizations.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He is also a graduate of the 204th session of theFBINationalAcademy.