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David Allen

David Allen is a 27-year veteran of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, starting his career in October 1987. During his career, he rose through the ranks from an entry-level trooper to the rank of Captain where he oversaw the Charlotte operational region. In February of 2015, David retired from the NCSHP and began volunteering as a reserve police officer with the Bessemer City Police Department in North Carolina.

David has completed various degrees including a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

In 2013, he attended the 252 session of the FBI National Academy and was selected as the class spokesperson.


Dr. Anthony Batts

Anthony Batts served as Chief of two of California’s largest police agencies (Long Beach and Oakland), before becoming Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, the eighth largest agency in the United States. During a career spanning 30 years, he became known as a transformational leader.

Batts is a past Governor’s appointee and Chair of the California Peace Officer Standards & Training Commission and was Vice President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. He holds a Doctorate in Public Administration, a Master’s Degree in Business Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Administration.




Ron Bayne

Ron Bayne retired at the rank of Commander after 25 years with the Scottsdale Police Department in Arizona.He oversaw one of the city’s four patrol districts.

Ron’s education includes Master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University and in Education/Counseling/Human Relations from Northern Arizona University.

He has served as Area Chair in the Department of Criminal Justice & Security for multiple years at the University of Phoenix. Ron is fluent in Spanish and has taught vocational Spanish to several public safety agencies throughout the United States.

Prior to his civilian law enforcement career, he served 5 1⁄2 years in the U.S Army Military Police Corps. Ron joined FBI-LEEDA teaching cadre in 2014.



David Boggs

David Boggs just retired after six years as the Chief of Police in Broken Arrow, a city of 108,000 adjacent to Tulsa, Oklahoma. The agency of 208 persons with 151 sworn is regularly noted as the safest city in Oklahoma.  

Previously, he served at the Lexington, Kentucky Division of Police where he worked his way through the ranks and retired with the rank of Deputy Chief.  He was the primary local law enforcement official assigned to coordinate the World Equestrian Games, hosted in Lexington, Kentucky in October 2010. This was the second largest sporting event in North America with 650,000 attendees over 17 days. 

Chief Boggs earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Eastern Kentucky University.  He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Academy – Session #223 and is a graduate of LEEDS - Session #54.  Chief Boggs is also the 24th person ever to be selected as an Executive Teaching Fellow for the F.B.I.  In this position, he taught incoming leaders from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies from around the world at the F.B.I. Training Academy in Quantico, VA.

He is currently active with FBI-LEEDA, the Oklahoma National Academy Chapter and I.A.C.P. serving in several capacities including an appointment to the I.A.C.P. Professional Standards, Image and Ethics Committee.




Sarah Connolly

Sarah Connolly joined the FBI-LEEDA team in June 2019 as a Media and Public Relations instructor. She is a 20 year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department and currently serves as the Deputy Director of Officer Safety and Wellness. As she has risen through the ranks her assignments included the Special Investigation Section, Sex Offense Unit as a detective and Economic Crimes Unit as a sergeant.  Sarah has assisted in developing new and innovative programs within the department to include: a four week comprehensive leadership development course for first line supervisors, establishing new policies and procedures for the Use of Force Unit while under review by the Department of Justice, creating the multi-jurisdictional Maryland Economic Crimes Working Group, assisting in the inception of the Officer Safety and Wellness Section as recommended in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and lastly she introduced and executed the first successful implementation of a therapy dog in the department, including training, handling and creating policy to govern future use of therapy dogs within the organization.

As a lieutenant, Sarah spent several years working as the Deputy Director of Media Relations as well as the Director of the Document Compliance Unit (FOIA). In both positions she represented the police department with daily media interactions, as a spokesperson, managing messaging and strategy development.

As a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Program, Sarah received her Master’s Degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Gordon College and a certificate in Criminal Justice Leadership from University of Maryland University College



Dean Crisp

Dean Crisp is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement. Chief Crisp served 17 years as a Police Chief. He retired in 2008 to pursue his passion of teaching. He has been an instructor with FBI-LEEDA since 2009.

He has a Master's degree in Public Affairs and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Class 172) and LEEDS.

Dean is the author of: Leadership Lessons from the Thin Blue LinePage Publishing NY.






Eric Daigle

Attorney Eric Daigle practices civil litigation in federal and state court, with an emphasis on municipalities and public officials. His area of focus is civil rights actions, including police misconduct litigation and employment actions. He currently serves as a member of the independent monitoring teams for Oakland, Calif. and Niagara Falls, N.Y. and works with law enforcement agencies who are under investigation or under a consent decree by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Litigation Section. He is a former member of the Connecticut State Police and currently maintains his certification as a reserve officer.

Eric serves as General Counsel for FBI-LEEDA.



Carol Frederick

Carol Frederick is the Resident Agent in Charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Key West Field Office.  With 27 years of law enforcement experience, Carol has used her career to focus on Fraud and Identity theft cases. She specializes in taking a multi-jurisdictional approach to dismantling organizations.  Carol recently worked with the South Florida West African Task force and educates law enforcement and citizens about the methods and techniques commonly used by identity thieves.

Carol has many awards for service, including the Exceptional Service Award from the Metro Dade Police Department, the Florida Governor’s Distinguished Service Award, 1999 State Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, and various other unit citations and awards.


Carol has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Florida State University, and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida.



Michael Gardiner Jr.

Michael Gardiner Jr. is the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the USDA Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigation’s Southwestern Region.  With 22 years of law enforcement experience, Michael has served in two federal agencies in seven states.  He served as a DEA Drug Task Force Officer and has been deputized in six counties of three western states. 

Developing inter-departmental relationships directed at multiplying the enforcement resources of state, local and federal authorities has been a focus of Michael’s career.  Building these cooperative and mission focused teams led him to a unique appreciation for leadership and supervision.  His passion for learning, teaching and leading includes educating young men and women in a variety of leadership, outdoor related skills and community service.  He was a certified control tactics and electronic control device instructor.  Michael has led disaster relief teams in Puerto Rico, served twice as the Chair of the NM Federal Executive Board and the founder of the NM Federal Lands Advisory Council.

Michael has attended four law enforcement academies including the basic Federal Land Management Police Training, Federal Criminal Investigators Training Program and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, Class 272.  He earned LEEDAs’ Trilogy award and has received additional training in crisis intervention as well as several certifications in emergency medical and search and rescue management.  Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Transylvania University and a Masters of Parks, Recreation and Resources Management from the College of Forestry at Clemson University.


Dr. Jeff Green

Jeff began his career in law enforcement in 1984 as a police officer in Nottoway County, Virginia. In 1986, he joined the Chesterfield County Police Department, serving in the positions of Patrol Officer, Vice and Narcotics Detective, and Sergeant.

In 1997, Jeff joined the FBI, spending the majority of his career investigating international drug cartels. Jeff spent 10 years at the FBI Academy, instructing in the FBI National Academy and serving in the senior management positions of Chief of FBI Leadership Development and later as Chief of Faculty Affairs, overseeing the majority of instruction in the FBI National Academy.

Jeff also served many years as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia and Capella University's Ph.D. program in Public Service Leadership. Jeff is currently the President/CEO of the Center for Police Leadership & Ethics International.

Jeff earned his BS and MS degrees in Criminal Justice Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on Organizational Leadership from Capella University.

Jeff is the author of the book Decision Point: Real-Life Ethical Dilemmas in Law Enforcement.




Dr. Michael Gropman

Deputy Superintendent Michael Gropman joined the Brookline Police Department in 1989 and has been an administrator since 2004. He has worked in numerous roles, most recently overseeing the directing and planning of all major events and was the OIC of the Boston Marathon operations between 2004-2015.  He has spoken nationally about risk assessment in juveniles, and developed a pre-arrest screening tool for law enforcement with scientists from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also a subject matter expert on School Safety.

Deputy Gropman holds a Doctorate in Human Development from Boston University, has received extensive advanced leadership and management training, and is a recipient of the prestigious FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award.

He teaches locally as an Adjunct Professor at Newbury College, is a member the Boston University School of Education advisory board, and a member of the Board of Directors of the West End Museum in Boston.




Jennifer Harris

Jennifer Harris was a 27-year veteran with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, retiring as a Major in January of 2016. She began her career as a road trooper for almost nine years before being promoted to a supervisory position. During her 18-years in supervisory positions, she worked in every section of the Patrol which gave her knowledge and experience with leading and managing field personnel, training, internal affairs, human resources, accreditation process, inspections, strategic planning, budgets, performance & promotion processes, and wellness/peer support programs.

Jennifer received her BS in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University and her MS in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville. She is a graduate of the 213th Session of the FBI-National Academy and a graduate of the 100th Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute. She has been an adjunct instructor with FBI-LEEDA since 2012.




Larry Horak

Lawrence Horak has served as a leadership and internal affairs instructor for FBI-LEEDA since 2005. He began his law enforcement career in 1980. He retired as chief of the Margate Police Department in Florida on April 30, 2015. He previously served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He is a graduate of the FBI Academy, The FBI National Academy 239th Session, and numerous other professional and technical courses. Chief Horak holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a Master¹s degree in Public Administration. All degrees were conferred from Florida Atlantic University.




Les Kachurek

Les Kachurek serves as Chief of the Northern Kentucky University Police Department. During his 30+ years in law enforcement, he has previously served as Chief of University Police at Alfred State College, and as a Police Captain with the City of Niagara Falls Police Department.

Les holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Southwest University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree and Master of Arts in Organizational Management degree from Southwest University


Anne Kirkpatrick

Anne Kirkpatrick started her policing career in 1982 in the Memphis Police Department. During her 38 years in policing she has been with 8 agencies, 4 as a Chief of Police. She has a BA in Business Administration, a Master's in Counseling, a Law degree and she has been a licensed attorney for 30 years. Anne is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development School and the FBI's National Executive Institute. She has been on the National Board of the Crime Gun Intelligence and a member of PERF and Major Cities Police Chiefs.  Anne makes her home in Seattle Washington.




David W. McGill

David W. McGill has honorably served the law enforcement profession for 32 years, in three police agencies in two states. David started his career with the Los Angeles Police Department in January 1987, where he served 25 years in various assignments, including two tours of Internal Affairs Group as an investigator and a command officer. From 2012- 2017, David served as the Assistant Chief of the Newport Beach CA Police Department, and he most recently served as the Chief of Police for the Sedona AZ Police Department from 2016-2018.

David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Pre-Medicine at the University of California at Irvine, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University at Long Beach. He is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program, California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Executive Development Course, and the 212th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy. David was appointed the President of the California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA) for the 2016-2017 term, an organization of 10,000 law enforcement professionals of all ranks that provides leadership and training, political advocacy, and mentoring throughout the State of California. David has served on many non-profit boards and foundations in support of children and victims throughout his professional career.

Chief McGill has developed and taught Leadership and Professional Standards/Internal Affairs courses in the western United States for several years, and he currently instructs the Internal Affairs course for FBI-LEEDA.



Adam Myrick

Captain Adam Myrick joined the FBI-LEEDA team in June as a Media and Public Relations instructor. He has over 15 years of media and public relations experience, preceded by nearly a decade in print, radio and television newsrooms.

He became the public information officer, primary spokesperson and media liaison for the 500-person Lexington County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Department in 2015. As a captain reporting directly to Sheriff Jay Koon, Adam helms the department’s public information unit including media relations, crisis communication and issues management, along with the agency’s video productions, social media and digital content.

He is a frequent speaker and panelist focused on law enforcement’s relationship with the news media and the profession’s use of social media and digital content. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Lander University.




Mary O'Connor

Mary is a 22-year veteran of law enforcement and most recently served as the Assistant Chief of Operations at the Tampa, Florida Police Department, where she retired from in 2016.  As she worked her way through the ranks, her assignments included Patrol, Investigations, Criminal Intelligence, Field Training, Narcotics, and Economic Crimes.  In the years leading up to her retirement, Mary was instrumental in the development and implementation of new technology that assisted officers in the field to have situational awareness of real-time data that helped them solve crimes quickly and collaborate. 

Mary has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and a Master of Business Administration from St. Leo University.  She is an adjunct faculty member of the St. Petersburg College of Public Safety Administration and is the previous Vice President and a current special advisor to the board of directors of NAWLEE, (National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives).




Judy Pal

With more than 35 years’ experience, Judy Pal has served in executive management positions for police, private sector and the professional sports and entertainment industry in both Canada and the U.S. Prior to embarking on a full-time teaching and consulting career, she was as an Assistant Commissioner with the NYPD serving as the Advisor to the Police Commissioner. Before that, she served as Director of Operations for FBI-LEEDA, Chief of Staff with the Baltimore and Milwaukee Police Departments and was a member of the command staff in charge of public information with the Atlanta, Savannah, and Halifax (Canada) police departments.

She is proud to have conducted image and media training for thousands of law enforcement professionals during her more than two decades of work in law enforcement including more than 800 commanders with the NYPD. She is also a regular contributing instructor at FBI Regional Command Colleges across the country.

She has worked with international police agencies in Canada, Chile and Trinidad as a consultant, and has taught and spoken at events across North America, as well as Australia, Uruguay and Manilla. Pal is a past president of the National Information Officers Association, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations and earned her Certificate in Police Leadership from Dalhousie University in Canada. She spent five years in television news, is the proud owner of a Stanley Cup ring from the Edmonton Oilers and worked for the New York Rangers and Madison Square Garden. 




Tim Plotts

Tim began his law enforcement career in 1984 with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He retired in April of 2012 as the Troop Commander of Troop B, with over 300 sworn and civilian employees in his charge. As a Troop Commander, he had sole responsibility for the NCSHP’s response to events that occurred in southeastern North Carolina. Tim remains a sworn law enforcement officer with the Buncombe County, NC Sheriff’s Office.

He has an Associates of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Leadership and Management from Montreat College. He is a graduate of the 101st session of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, Kentucky and the 242nd session of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia.

Tim received the first annual William Hyatt Leadership Award from Western North Carolina University. He was selected by his peers at the University of Louisville to serve as a class officer. He also received the Meritorious Service Award from the NCSHP for service above and beyond the call of duty.

Tim has been instructing with FBI-LEEDA since 2011.




Louis Quijas

Louis Quijas started his career in 1971 with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department where he later became the first Hispanic to reach the rank of major. Lou retired in 1996 to accept the position of Chief of Police for the city of High Point, North Carolina. After serving the citizens of High Point for six years, he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In April of 2002, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III appointed Mr. Quijas to the position of FBI Assistant Director, to oversee the efforts of the newly created Office of Law Enforcement Coordination.

In July of 2011, Lou received a presidential appointment to the Department of Homeland Security as Assistant Secretary for the Office for State and Local Law Enforcement.

Lou has served as National President of the National Latino Peace Officers Association, Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and served on the IACP's Civil Rights Committee and the Committee on Terrorism. He currently serves on the National Sheriffs Association’s Global Policing Committee.

Lou holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, the Senior Leadership Program at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, FBI's National Executive Institute, and the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.





Todd Radford

Todd Radford currently serves as Chief of Police for the City of Lakeway, Texas. He has a unique background in the field of law enforcement that has spanned 26 years. He has active experience in state, county and, municipal law enforcement, from the operations level to chief executive.

Todd is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Police and Leading Police Organizations (IACP). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration, a Master's degree in Strategic Leadership, and is completing his Master's degree in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M International University. He is a noted instructor in courses ranging from active shooter and close quarter combat to courses in ethics and leadership.



Mary Rook

Mary Rook retired from the FBI in 2015 after a career spanning more than 31 years.  During that time, she served in a number of assignments around the country, to include more than four years working Office of Professional Responsibility matters (the Bureau’s Internal Affairs component); two years overseeing the Law Enforcement Services Section of the FBI Academy, providing training to state, local, and international law enforcement officers; two years as the Special Agent in Charge of the Anchorage Division, and two years as the Special Agent in Charge of the Salt Lake City Division, responsible for Idaho, Montana, and Utah. 

She is a graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute as well as the Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar.   



Stephanie Slater

Stephanie Slater became the Boynton Beach Police Department's Public Information Officer in April 2007, following seven years as a newspaper reporter.

A New York Native, Slater is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she majored in print journalism. She worked as a breaking news reporter for the Boca Raton News and then the Palm Beach Post, covering police and fire rescue departments in three cities. She authored the Post's first crime blog, won numerous journalism awards for her work and served a three-year term as president of the Florida Press Club.

As the spokeswoman for the Boynton Beach Police Department, she serves as the liaison between the officers, the media and the public. She writes the department's press releases, manages its Social Media, provides televisions news interviews, and oversees the department's awards program. She was honored as the Boynton Beach Police Department's Civilian Employee of the Year in 2008; Civilian of the Quarter in July 2017 and in October 2017, she received the International Association of Chiefs of Police 40 Under 40 award, which recognizes law enforcement professionals from around the world who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession.

She is the Vice President of the National Information Officers Association, and a member of the Florida Law Enforcement Public Information Officers Association. She is a frequent guest speaker about law enforcement's use of Social Media and has contributed to several college textbooks about the topic. She also contributed to a Boston University journalism textbook about public affairs reporting, and served on a panel that helped develop a model social media policy for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.


Tom Smith

Thomas (Tomas) Smith is a 34 year veteran of the criminal justice profession having served 27 years with the Saint Paul Police Department. Smith served his last six years as Chief of Police of the Saint Paul Police Department and was actively involved in local, national and international issues regarding police and community relationships.  He has served on the International Association of Chiefs of Police Committee on Terrorism, along with being involved with other organizations such as- the Police Executive Research Forum in addressing 21st Century Policing issues and the Department of Homeland Security Community Roundtables initiatives. Thomas has traveled internationally with the Department of Homeland Security promoting community and youth outreach in diverse communities.  

Smith is a graduate of the of the 186th Session of the FBI National Academy, LEEDS, the 34th Session of the FBI National Executive Institute, and the International Leadership in Counter-Terrorism program. He holds a BA in Public Relations from Metropolitan State University and MA Degree in Leadership and Education from Saint Thomas University.  


Luis Soler

Chief Soler served as the Chief of Police for the City of Woodland, CA between 2017 and 2019, after serving as Chief of Police for the City of Crowley, Texas between 2013 and 2017. After a 21 year career in law enforcement, he is now serving as an instructor for FBI LEEDA.

Soler is a Certified Public Manager (CPM), and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Cornell University, and a Master’s Degree  in Law Enforcement Management and Criminal Justice from Aspen University. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Series, the West Point Leadership Academy, the SPI's Chief Executive Leadership Program, and the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute’s Executive Management Institute. Additionally, he is a certified NIMS/ICS instructor, and a graduate of the FEMA Emergency Planning Professional Development Course.   Soler has served on the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Training and Education Committee, their Officer Involved Shootings Work Group, and their Police Administration Committee.

He also served as the Western Regional Chair in the Executive Committee for the IACP's Mid Size Agency Division, representing mid sized agencies in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific U.S. territories. Additionally, Soler also served as an advisory member to the IACP's Small Agency Section in 2015, and as a national instructor/consultant for their Leading by Legacy course between 2014-2015.  He has been a  speaker at the IACP's annual conferences in 2015, 2016, and 2017 and has been published in the IACP's Police Chief Magazine, as well as the CA Police Chiefs magazine. During his tenure as a Chief in Texas, Soler served on the Criminal Justice Policy Development Committee for the North Central TX Council of Governments, the Texas Police Chiefs Association Ethics Committee, and as a Lead Assessor for the Texas state accreditation program for law enforcement agencies.  Chief Soler  is a 2011 recipient of the FBI LEEDA Leadership Trilogy Award.





Emma Swearingen

Emma Swearingen is a 27 year veteran of the New Jersey State Police. At the time of her retirement in 2015, Emma was the Interim Deputy Superintendent of Administration and earned the rank of Major.

Major Swearingen earned her Bachelor's Degree in English from Rutger's University and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Monmouth University. In addition, Emma is a graduate of the 213th Session of the FBI National Academy.

During her career, she was deployed to New Orleans, as a member of the New Jersey Task Force, to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She also led an information technology security team for Superbowl XLVIII. Emma served in command staff positions within the Office of Superintendent, Field Operations, Identification and Information Technology and Human Resources. Major Swearingen has extensive experience in risk management, training, professional standards and administration.




Jerry Thompson

William G. Thompson Jr. (Jerry) is a retired 31-year veteran of law enforcement having served with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). Jerry started with OSHP as a cadet dispatcher and ended his career as the Northeast Ohio LCS Unit Commander.

During his tenure with OSHP to present, Jerry continues to teach various law enforcement classes at Kent State University in Ohio at their Main and Trumbull branches.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. He is a graduate of Northwestern University Staff and Command School.



John Turner

John Turner is the recently retired Sheriff of Walla Walla County in Washington State after serving two terms from 2010-2018.  John began his law enforcement career in 1984 and has served as a Los Angeles police officer, an attorney whose sole practice was the representation of law enforcement officers, and a counter-terrorism investigator embedded with US Army combat units in Iraq.  Sheriff Turner has also served as a WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission commissioner and an executive board member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. 

John is currently a Senior Law Enforcement Consultant for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards & Training serving law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles County. 

John earned a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University, a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a USC DCI graduate certificate, and is an FBI/CJTC Command College graduate and FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award recipient.


Sean Whent

Sean Whent served the Oakland (CA) Police Department for 22 years. During his career, he worked in the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Special Operations Division, Internal Affairs and the Office of Inspector General. He also oversaw the police academy and was an instructor of multiple courses in the police academy and in-service training. From 2013 to 2016, he served as the Chief of Police.



Chief Whent has attended the Senior Management Institute for Police and the FBI National Executive Institute. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from California State University East Bay and a Master's Degree in Criminology, Law, and Society from the University of California at Irvine. He is married and is the proud father of three daughters. 


Terri Wilfong

Terri Wilfong has 33-years of law enforcement experience.  She served in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky State Police and the Jefferson County Police. In 2003, the Jefferson County Police Department and the Louisville Division of Police were merged into the new Louisville Metro Police Department. Terri was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief as part of the first executive command staff of the newly created department.  Terri has served as Chair of the Crime Prevention Committee with the International Association of Chiefs of Police along with the Southern Institute Police Alumni Association as the national treasure. Following her career at LMPD she was named as the Chief of Police for the City of Greenville, South Carolina from 2007-2014
Terri has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice Administration and a Master’s of Science Degree in Justice Administration, both from University of Louisville.  She is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute, 95th Administrative Officer’s Course.




Frank Woodall

Director James Franklin (Frank) Woodall (Ret.) is a law enforcement and education professional with over 45 years of law enforcement and 46 years of education experience.  Director Woodall graduated from Tarleton State University in 1970 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  He graduated from the 151st session of the FBI National Academy and the United States Customs Canine Administrator’s course.  Director Woodall is a John Maxwell certified instructor for Developing the Leader Within You, 360 Leader, and The Five Levels of Leadership.

Director Woodall is a Colonel (06) with the Texas State Guard and serves as the Deputy J7, Texas Military Department, Texas State Guard, Commanding General’s Staff, Camp Mabry, Austin. Colonel Woodall oversees the Command and General Staff Course, Officer Advance Course and Officer Basic Course.  Col. Woodall is the Primary Instructor for the Officer Advanced course.

Frank was awarded the FBI-LEEDA Award of Excellence in Leadership in 2012, and the FBI-LEEDA Leadership Trilogy Award in 2011. He is a FBI-LEEDA Regional Representative for Texas and Louisiana.




Kristen Ziman

Kristen Ziman started as a Police Cadet at the Aurora Police Department in 1991. She became a sworn officer 1994 and worked in patrol, field training, community policing and investigations as a domestic violence detective before being promoted to sergeant in 2003.  She was promoted to lieutenant in 2008 and to Commander in 2010 and Chief of Police in January of 2016.

Kristen earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Aurora University and a Master’s Degree from Boston University. She has a 2nd Master’s Degree in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy #249, Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).

Her passion is writing, and her blog has been featured by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and is among the top police blogs.


Keith Bushey, Instructor Emeritus

Keith Bushey is a veteran of 40-plus years as a law enforcement professional who served for 31 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, retiring as a commander; and ten years with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, retiring as a Deputy Chief. Additional law enforcement experience includes having served as a game warden in California, as a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and as the Marshal of San Bernardino County. He is a Marine Corps veteran who entered as a private and retired as a colonel.

He has a Master's degree in Criminal Justice and Administration from California State University and is a published author and a frequent contributor to professional publications.

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