Our Faculty exemplifies our commitment to excellence

Collectively, our Faculty’s demonstrated commitment to excellence is extraordinarily impressive. Individually, and
perhaps most importantly, their passion for improving future generations of public safety inspires everything we do.



Thomas Bradshaw

Thomas Bradshaw

Captain Thomas Bradshaw currently serves as the Director of the Information and Communication Technologies Division of the Virginia State Police. He is an accomplished and seasoned law enforcement leader commanding complex and highly profiled missions. He is a Virginia State Certified Personal Protection Specialist (PPS) and Instructor. He is also a member of the American Board for Certification in Dignitary and Executive Protection and Board Certified as a Protective Operations Manager (CPOM). Captain Bradshaw was the former Assistant Unit Commander and the Executive Officer of the Executive Protective Unit for the Office of the Governor for 13 years. He was the former Intelligence Officer for Threat Assessments and the Medical Officer for the Protective Detail.

His background includes 16 years of Emergency Medical Services and is currently a National Registered Emergency Medical Technician - Tactical. He is a graduate of the United States Secret Service Protective Operations and U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service Academies. He served for seven years as a Master Operator with the Virginia State Police Counterterrorism Tactical/SWAT Team. He has vast experience with high profile events such as Governor’s and Presidential Inaugurations. He also has advanced, provided protection and supervised protective operations on trade missions worldwide, working closely with the U.S. Embassy and foreign governmental agencies.

He is a Department of Homeland Security certified Instructor in Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, Understanding & Planning for School Bomb Incidents, Federal Air Marshall Service certified Instructor in Law Enforcement Officers Flying Armed Certification Course and the Department of Justice certified Instructor in Terrorism for Law Enforcement Officer. He is also a Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services certified General, Personal Protection Specialist and Emergency Vehicle Operator Course Instructor. He has developed and provided training/consultant on behalf of the Virginia State Police internationally and to various local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies on the topic of dignitary protection, political assassinations, special event planning, threat assessments and intelligence gathering. He also possesses a National Certified Crime Prevention Specialist II certification from the National Crime Prevention Association. He is an Accredited Associate Classroom Faculty Member for the University of Phoenix College of Criminal Justice and Security Richmond - Virginia Beach Campus.

Captain Bradshaw holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Governmental Administration from Christopher Newport University, Master degree in Public Administration from Troy State University and is a Professional Member the National Criminal Justice Honor Society - Alpha Phi Sigma. He also received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Executive Management and Leadership from the University of Virginia - National Criminal Justice Command College. He is also the recipient of the Executive Protective Institute Achievement award for Outstanding Professional Accomplishments.

Brent Burnette

Brent Burnette

Brent Burnette has been employed with the Virginia Beach Police Department since September 1992. After graduating from the police academy, he began his career at the 4th Police Precinct, working primarily on the night power squad. He was temporarily transferred to the city’s oceanfront precinct during the summer operations of 1994 as a motorcycle operator, police mountain bicyclist, ATV operator, and 4WD operator. He transferred to Professional Development and Training in September 1996, where he served as a recruiter, background investigator, Department of Criminal Justice Services general instructor, Department of Criminal Justice Services firearms instructor, OC instructor, ASP baton instructor, and academy instructor.

In August 1997, he transferred to Special Investigations and was assigned to a night street-narcotics squad. In addition to his duties as a detective, he specialized as a surveillance equipment technician. During his tenure in Special Investigations, he was promoted to Master Police Officer, and later deputized by the United States Marshals Service and assigned to the ATF Firearms Trafficking Task Force. Prior to leaving his assignment in Special Investigations, he was qualified as a court-recognized expert in the following areas: marijuana trafficking, marijuana packaging, cocaine trafficking, cocaine packaging, MDMA trafficking, MDMA packaging, and marijuana consumption in Virginia Beach General District Court; cocaine trafficking, cocaine packaging, marijuana odor, and firearm recognition and operation in Virginia Beach Circuit Court; and drug distribution methods and drug notes recognition and interpretation in United States District Court (Eastern District of Virginia).

In August 1997, he transferred to Special Investigations and was assigned to a night street-narcotics squad. In addition to his duties as a detective, he specialized as a surveillance equipment technician. During his tenure in Special Investigations, he was promoted to Master Police Officer, and later deputized by the United States Marshals Service and assigned to the ATF Firearms Trafficking Task Force. Prior to leaving his assignment in Special Investigations, he was qualified as a court-recognized expert in the following areas: marijuana trafficking, marijuana packaging, cocaine trafficking, cocaine packaging, MDMA trafficking, MDMA packaging, and marijuana consumption in Virginia Beach General District Court; cocaine trafficking, cocaine packaging, marijuana odor, and firearm recognition and operation in Virginia Beach Circuit Court; and drug distribution methods and drug notes recognition and interpretation in United States District Court (Eastern District of Virginia).

On August 1, 2003, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and assigned to the 2nd Police Precinct, where he served as a patrol supervisor, Field Training Officer program coordinator, and member of the Atlantis Community Task Force. In March 2006, he was again transferred – this time to the department’s Special Operations and assigned to lead the Marine Patrol, Dive Team, Motorcycle Unit, and Hit & Run Unit. He had a collateral assignment as the assistant team leader on the Hostage Negotiations Team and served as a mobile tactics team leader.

On July 1, 2009, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and again assigned to the 2nd Police Precinct, where he served as a patrol lieutenant overseeing all oceanfront operations, community policing efforts, large-scale special events, and served as the liaison to the Citizens’ Advisory Committee. In November 2011, he transferred to the department’s Detective Bureau, where he was assigned as the violent crimes section commander overseeing the Homicide Unit, Robbery Unit, Special Victims Unit, and Cold Case Unit. In August 2014, Brent transferred back to a patrol assignment at the 4th Police Precinct.

Brent has been an active police instructor throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and has taught law enforcement officers in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Maryland, South Carolina, and more than 60 agencies in Virginia, specializing in community policing, search warrants, and 4th Amendment law. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, both from Old Dominion University, and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Richmond. Brent is a published author and his work can be found in the Library of Congress.

Todd Clingenpeel

Todd Clingenpeel

Todd Clingenpeel currently is a Lieutenant for the Salem, Virginia Sheriff’s Office and his responsibilities include overseeing training, accreditation and community outreach. Prior to joining Salem Sheriff’s Office, Todd worked for the Office of Campus Safety, Roanoke College, also in Roanoke, Virginia. Todd also retired as a Lieutenant from the Roanoke Police Department after twenty-six years of service. His most recent assignment with the Roanoke Police Department was as the Commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau. His duties associated with this assignment included supervision of their Vice/Narcotics Unit, Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Street Crimes, Gangs, Major Crimes/Homicide, Domestic Violence, Youth/Family Crimes and personnel on the FBI, DEA and U.S. Marshalls Task Force. Prior to the assignment in criminal investigations he had oversight and management of all crime control strategies for the City; development and administration of community policing operations; development of daily action plans; daily crime analysis reviews; and, the coordination of appropriate police response to problems within all areas of supervision. Todd also led and managed RPD's Warrant Service Unit which is part of the United States Marshall’s Capital Area Fugitive Task Force as well as founded the Street Crimes Unit. Todd has served on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in the Western District of Virginia. His extensive training and experience in RPD's Homeland Security Mission landed him on the Commonwealth of Virginia – Homeland Security Strategic Plan (Governor’s Panel) and as a program developer and instructor for the Department of Homeland Security – National Homeland Security Training Program Model (S-BELT). His past supervisory assignments include command and supervision of: Vice/Narcotics Unit; Professional Standards Unit; Community Policing Unit; Warrant Service Unit; Street Crimes Unit; Patrol Bureau; and, Accreditation. Todd has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Liberty University. Todd is a graduate of the National Criminal Justice Command College at the University of Virginia, Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond’s Robins Business Center, the FBI’s First Line Supervisors School and TOPGUN at Marshall Wythe School of Law (College of William & Mary). Todd founded the Roanoke Police Cyclist Program in October 1993, and he has been a certified instructor through the International Police Mountain Bike Association since 1994. Todd has developed and instructed multiple schools related to Community Policing and Narcotics throughout the country. In addition, he assisted with the City Manager’s Multi-Cultural training programs and helped establish the City of Roanoke’s Code Enforcement Team to better address problem properties within the City of Roanoke.

Douglas Comfort

Douglas Comfort

Doug Comfort has been a sworn law enforcement officer for more than 30 years. Since 09-11-01, he has been assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau of the Fairfax County Police Department and is responsible for the investigation of offenses related to domestic and international terrorism. He has over 25 years of experience in classroom instruction and teaches throughout the United States. He has been assigned to various local, state, and federal law enforcement agency groups specializing in specific criminal activity.

Doug has developed training programs for state and local sworn personnel directly associated with the identification of street level indicators of possible terrorist activity and the appropriate law enforcement response. Courses have included specific training programs in Information Sharing, Counter Terrorism for Patrol, Fraudulent Document Identification, and Intellectual Property Crimes. These programs are directed at local, state, and federal law enforcement, patrol and investigative divisions, and seek to combine the information gathered at the street level to interdict criminal activity and/or enhance investigative capabilities.

Doug has been a consultant and contributor to various publications regarding investigative techniques used to enhance law enforcement capabilities in the investigative process. He has been the subject of several articles for his innovative procedures in successfully prosecuting cases. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from the American University in Washington, DC.

James Daly

James Daly

Captain Jim Daly started his law enforcement career in 1990 when he joined the Arlington County Police Department. Over the course of his career, he has been a first responder to natural and man-made disasters, he has taught community policing and homeland security courses to officers throughout the country and has had assignments in the Operations, Criminal Investigations and Administrative Divisions of the Arlington County Police Department. In addition, he worked as the Aide to the Deputy Chief of Operations and later for the Chief of Police in Internal Affairs. He was a member of the ACPD Emergency Response Team – Crisis Negations Unit for sixteen years, the last five as commander. He responded to the Pentagon on 9/11 and was tasked with establishing the Staging Area for responding agencies and later worked in evidence recovery. In 2005, he responded as a member of Arlington Task Force I to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and helped establish the Emergency Operations Center for the City of New Orleans. From 2005-2011, he was the lead for the Emergency Support Function (ESF-13) for Arlington County and from 2006-2012, he was a member of the National Capital Regions – Incident Management Team where he was deployed to the California wildfires in 2007. From 2011-2014 he commanded the Information and Technology Management Section and from 2014-2017 was the Commander of the Patrol Section of the Operations Division for the ACPD. In February of 2017, Captain Daly retired from the Arlington County Police Department and joined the Leesburg (VA) Police Department as the Commander of the Field Operations Division.

Captain Daly is a certified instructor through the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Department of Criminal Justice Services. He is an instructor for the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) where he has taught the Scenario Based Executive Level Training to law enforcement and private sector executives nationwide. In 2011, he co-developed the Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security Course for VCPI and has taught the course throughout the United States to local, state and federal officers. In 2007, he co-developed a Leadership Development class for the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy where he has co-taught the class twice a year to officers and civilian employees of member agencies who are interested in leadership.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master of Science in Administration (Public Administration) from Central Michigan University. He is a graduate of the FBI-National Academy as well the Senior Management Institute for Police and the Professional Executive Leadership School.

He is married and is the proud father and stepfather of four children.

Tyson Elliott

Tyson Elliott

Tyson Elliott is currently the Executive Director for the TSE Enterprises, LLC., consulting/training company. The company provides technical support, profession specific training, data collection solutions, human trafficking task force development, conference planning, policy and procedure development, agency specific victim identification and pilot program implementation. He has previously served as the Human Trafficking Deputy Director for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the Statewide Human Trafficking Coordinator for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Prior to his work in state government he was a detective for the Alachua County Sheriff's Office in Gainesville, FL and the Osceola County Sheriff's Office in Kissimmee, FL. Tyson founded and co chaired the Alachua County Human Trafficking Task Force in Gainesville in 2007. Tyson was nominated for local officer of the year in Florida in 2004, he received an “Excellence in Service” award at the 2007 Child Advocacy Center conference in Gainesville. Tyson received officer of the month for February 2008 from the North Central Florida Police Benevolent Association and was voted as the 2008 Alachua County Sheriff's Office detective of the year by his peers. He has investigated all types of human trafficking and recovered both foreign and domestic victims. Tyson was invited by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to assist in the revision of the curriculum for the 40 hour Advanced Human Trafficking Techniques class as well as the Human Trafficking Curriculum for the police academies. He has spoken at several conferences throughout the country on Human Trafficking.

Robert England

Robert England

Robert England began his criminal justice career in 1987. Since that time, he has worked for and with various police agencies in a number of roles and functions. He has served as a police chief, patrol supervisor and a communications supervisor in his career. He currently is a sworn deputy sheriff with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office where he aides the department in administrative and leadership matters. In addition to his criminal justice career, Robert has been involved as a full-time educator for the past 20 years. He is a former high school teacher responsible for founding many of Virginias high school level criminal justice programs statewide. He was responsible for developing state standards and writing the state training curriculum during that time. He was appointed to several state level committees and advisory boards while serving in that capacity. Robert was also a high school principal before leaving k-12 education to become a college professor at Mountain Empire Community College nearly 13 years ago. Robert served as Interim Dean before becoming program director of the police science, corrections science and the private security school at MECC. He also serves as the Campus Crime Prevention Coordinator and works very closely with campus police. Robert has received numerous awards for innovative leadership and teaching while at MECC. Over the past 10 years, Robert has owned and operated his private consulting firm that has trained thousands of officers and contracted with dozens of government entities. He provides quality, cutting edge training and services to criminal justice agencies throughout the country.

Robert England is a native of Wise County, Virginia where he makes his home today. He is happily married to his wife Jennifer (25years) and has three sons, Nicholas, Daniel, and Jack. Robert received his B.S. degree and M.A. degree in Criminology from East Tennessee State University, M.A. in Education from Virginia Tech and his Ed.S degree in Leadership and Supervision from Virginia Tech. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, road-cycling and playing golf.

Stuart Greer

Stuart Greer

Stuart Greer has been a police officer with the Morristown (NJ) Police Department since 1998 and currently serves at the rank of Lieutenant. Upon his appointment, he was assigned to the Patrol Division and worked through every assignment from a walking post to field-training officer. He was selected for assignment to the Criminal Investigations Unit in 2006 and worked as a general case Detective. Upon promotion to the rank of Sergeant, he was transferred briefly to the Support Services Division before being moved back into Investigations as a Detective Supervisor. In his current assignment, Lt. Greer serves as the Commanding Officer of the Criminal Investigations Unit with direct responsibility for managing all general case Detectives and Anti-Crime officers. Lt. Greer also serves as the Executive Officer of the Support Services Division and is the Departmental Public Information Officer.

Lt. Greer is a certified instructor with the New Jersey Police Training Commission and teaches both recruit and in-service classes. He is a Policing Fellow at the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C. and has worked on projects designed to meet the goal of advancing Policing through innovation and science. He received a B.A. in Justice Studies from the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J. and has just completed a Master of Studies (MSt) in Applied Criminology and Police Management through the Police Executive Program at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Julia Grimes

Julia Grimes

Colonel Julia Grimes began her career with the Alaska State Troopers in 1983. She moved quickly out of patrol into drug investigations and in 1984 became the first female to qualify as Trooper/Pilot (continuing her passion for flying that began when she was 14). After serving in this capacity in the “bush” of Alaska for seven years, she took an assignment in Major Crimes and in 2003, was promoted to Captain, overseeing the Director’s Office staff operations. In May of 2003, after 20 years of service and increasingly challenging opportunities, Julia was appointed by the incoming governor as Director (Colonel) of the Alaska State Troopers, the first woman to hold that position. As Director, Julia led the dynamic and complex operations of AST over 586,000 square miles of largely remote and rugged land, with just over 400 Troopers and 200 civilians. Julia was charged with the implementation of a major restructuring of the Division, which placed the mission and personnel responsibility for Wildlife Enforcement under her command as well. Julia’s priorities during her tenure included risk management; high expectations for performance; accountability at every level; customer service excellence; high quality training and equipment for personnel; leadership development; and reinforcing the pride and integrity of the Division. She retired in December of 2006 with 24 years of service with AST. After her retirement from AST, Julia launched her consulting and public speaking business, True North Focus, and is a sought after mentor, speaker, trainer, and expert panel participant on topics such as ethics, integrity, accountability, and preparation for promotional assessments. She speaks with passion and experience on the importance of identifying one’s “True North” and how integrity is essential to the spirit of the evolving leader.

Lars Hermann

Lars Hermann

Sergeant Lars Hermann began his law enforcement career in 1985 as a Trooper with the Virginia State Police (VSP). His initial assignment was to Rockingham County, Virginia where he patrolled 875 square miles enforcing criminal laws and promoted highway safety. In 1989, Lars was promoted to Special Agent within the Special Investigations Division and transferred to the Richmond, Virginia area to conduct narcotics and vice investigations. His duties included participation in and conducting undercover operations which resulted in several large narcotic seizures of cocaine. He also recruited and managed confidential sources of information throughout the central Virginia region.

In 1990 he left the VSP to accept a position as a Deputy Sheriff with the Island County Sheriff's Office in Washington State. He had lived in Washington earlier in his life and desired to return. There he served as a patrol deputy enforcing criminal/traffic laws, completing criminal investigations, and serving as the assistant SWAT team leader. During his tenure with the Island County Sheriff's Office, Lars initiated the agency's Traffic Safety Unit and also integral to the counties liability mitigation team to reduce civil law suits against the county.

Lars returned to the Virginia State Police in 1995 and was assigned to the Richmond area as a Trooper II. Outside of his regular patrol duties, he began his extensive training in the field of Crime Prevention. In 1997 he received his certification as a Crime Prevention Specialist from the Department of Criminal Justice Services. He was promoted in July of 1999 to the rank of Sergeant and has served as a Headquarters Sergeant, Academy Training Sergeant and statewide Crime Prevention Coordinator.

He is a recognized leader in all facets of crime prevention and critical infrastructure protection. His accomplishments involve the security assessments and site plan reviews of numerous high profile facilities including the Virginia State Supreme Court, Virginia Department of Taxation, the State Fair of Virginia, and numerous public schools, colleges and courthouses. His specialties include large facility security, bomb threat planning and response, school safety, crisis planning and policy review. Additionally, Lars is certified as a General Instructor, RADAR/LIDAR/VASCAR Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor and Personal Fitness Trainer. Lars has been the recipient of a Letter of Commendation from Governor Gilmore for a statewide school safety initiative, two Certificates of Commendation from the Superintendent for innovative crime prevention programs, and named Person of the Year by the Virginia Department of Aviation for his work in General Aviation Airport Security.

Lars retired from the Virginia State Police in February of 2014 and now serves as a part-time Deputy with the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office as the Accreditation Manager. His duties are to ensure accreditation compliance by meeting the 197 standards set by Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.

Lars has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security Specialization from Saint Leo University and has begun working toward his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership with Gonzaga University.

Charles Huth

Charles Huth

Charles Huth is a Captain with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department and has 25-years of law enforcement experience. He is currently assigned to the Chief’s Office and serves as the department’s Staff Inspection Officer. He is a former team leader for the Street Crimes Unit Tactical Enforcement Squad, and has coordinated and executed over 2500 high-risk tactical operations. Charles is a certified national trainer in defensive tactics, an expert witness in the field of police operations and reasonable force, and a Subject Matter Expert on police use of force. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Multi-Disciplinary Studies from Grantham University and an Associate’s Degree in Police Science from Park University.

Charles is a Senior Consultant for The Arbinger Institute. With offices in 20 countries, Arbinger is a recognized world-leader in improving organizational culture, conflict transformation, and changing mindset. Charles is an adjunct professor for the University of Missouri—Kansas City, and a part-time instructor at the Kansas City Missouri Police Leadership Academy. He serves as a consultant for the KCPD’s Office of General Counsel, the Missouri Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission, and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. He is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association and the National Tactical Officers Association.

Charles is the President and CEO of CDH Consulting L.L.C., a law enforcement consulting and training company, and serves as the Past-President of the National Law Enforcement Training Center, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to delivering effective training to law enforcement, corrections, security and military personnel. Charles has 35-years of experience in the martial arts, with a background in competitive judo and kickboxing. He is the coauthor of Unleashing the Power of Unconditional Respect-Transforming Law Enforcement and Police Training-CRC Press (June 2010). He is a veteran of the United States Army and lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dan Jewiss

Dan Jewiss

Dan Jewiss joined the Connecticut State Police in 1998, where as a Trooper he worked the road for 4 years at the Troop L, Litchfield barracks. He then spent 12 years as a Detective in the elite Western District Major Crime Squad where he investigated numerous homicides, bank robberies, serious assaults, financial crimes, and police involved use of force incidents, along with many other felonies and high profile cases. Also at this time, Dan began teaching Leadership & Team-Building as part of the newly designed CT State Police Leadership Development Program. This program quickly expanded to include students from several local, state and federal agencies, including strong partnerships that still continue today with the United States Coast Guard and the CT Army National Guard. In 2014, Dan was selected as an Instructor at the CT State Police Training Academy, where his primary role is teaching Leadership & Team-Building and Search & Seizure.

Dan also served for 20 years in the CT Army National Guard. During his distinguished military career, Dan served full-time for 3 years in Counterdrug Operations, where he helped establish military based training for local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. As a Sergeant First Class he was selected to be a TAC (Train, Assess, Counsel) for Officer Candidate School (OCS), where he became a certified Army Instructor and Platoon Trainer and he helped develop, coordinate and conduct Leadership training to mentor soldiers to become commissioned officers in the United States Army. He eventually became the Chief Instructor at OCS and then the Battalion Operations Non-Commissioned Officer at the Leadership Regiment at Camp Niantic in CT, before he retired at the rank of Master Sergeant.

Dan has also been conducting training and consulting for various law enforcement agencies, military units, private corporations and a variety of youth groups since 2008. He has performed training at Quinnipiac University, University of Hartford, Post University and Goodwin College. In both the classroom and field environments, Dan teaches tomorrow's Leaders how to develop their own character, as well as a strong foundation of Leadership and Team-Building skills as he inspires them to become positive influences in their families and communities. Dan is also the proud father to his two beautiful teenage daughters.

James Letten

James Letten

In 2013, Dean Jim Letten assumed the position of Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning. In this role Dean Letten will oversee Tulane Law School’s Intersession program, Externships, Moot Court, Trial Advocacy and Clinics. Prior to stepping down in December 2012, he had been the longest-serving U.S. Attorney in the nation and was one of only three United States Attorneys in the country appointed to the position by successive presidents from different parties. After serving as interim U.S. Attorney, Dean Letten was first nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the full U.S. Senate, and later asked to retain the position by President Barack Obama. In all, he spent more than 11 ½ continuous years as U.S. Attorney.

As United States Attorney, Dean Letten served on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee, chaired the Attorney General's Subcommittee on Violent and Organized Crime and co-chaired the Attorney General's policy review panel on capital punishment. He served on the Attorney General's Subcommittees on Terrorism and National Security and Environmental Issues, and also served as the Director of the National Center for Disaster Fraud.

Before being appointed U.S. Attorney, Dean Letten had been the First Assistant U.S. Attorney in the office for nearly seven years and served as lead counsel in the investigation and four-month trial and conviction of former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards. Additionally, He had previously served on and later led the Justice Department's Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike Force in New Orleans for over six years. During his nearly 34-year legal career, he has litigated literally hundreds of both jury and bench trials in both Federal and State courts.

Dean Letten has received scores of awards, including the Attorney General's Medallion for Distinguished Service for his leadership following Hurricane Katrina, the Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Litigation following the trial and conviction of the former Louisiana Governor, and recently the Anti-Defamation League's 2010 Torch of Liberty Award for advancing civil rights, among many others.

In addition to his lengthy and distinguished legal career, Dean Letten served in the United States Naval Reserve for 20 years, having retired as a Commander. During his service, Dean Letten was an intelligence officer, serving in foreign counter intelligence; as an intelligence analyst; squadron intelligence officer; and over 12 years as an NCIS Agent. During an assignment in Germany at U.S. European Command, he worked on researching and drafting early protocol studies for what eventually became the International War Crimes Tribunal.

During his lengthy career, Dean Letten has taught, lectured, and made presentations on myriad occasions across the country on a broad spectrum of legal topics, including: Investigating and prosecuting complex corruption and white collar cases; legal ethics; RICO; Disaster fraud, criminal trial discovery and disclosure obligations; post disaster legal challenges; and post-disaster continuity of operations, to name a few.

A New Orleans native, he is married to JoAnn Letten for over 30 years, with two children, Erika and James, as well as two black Labrador puppies and two cats. An avid military history buff, Dean Letten’s passions include his work at the National WWII Museum as a volunteer restoring the PT-305, a Higgins Industries-built patrol torpedo boat to full seaworthy status. A lifelong drummer, he also actively plays with the local rock group the Levee Dawgs.

Michael Moreschi

Michael Moreschi

Michael Moreschi has been with the Orlando Police Department since 1991 years and was assigned to the Sex Crimes Unit for 5 years before transferring to his current assignment with the Homicide Unit in 2006. He received a B.S. in International Affairs from Rollins College and is currently seeking a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. While assigned to the sex crimes unit, Detective Moreschi used DNA evidence to solve twenty-five sexual battery cases, including twelve cold cases, which would have otherwise been unsolved if it were not for this technology. Following this success, he was featured in a USA Today article relating to cold cases and the effects on the victims. He has made presentations about DNA / Cold Cases at the 2005 National Center for Victims of Crime Conference, as well as the FBI’s 11th (2005) and 16th (2010) National CODIS Conferences. In 2008 and 2009, he wrote and received federal grant money for the Orlando Police Department to use DNA evidence to solve cold case homicides. To date, two homicide cases and three armed sexual battery cases have ended in arrests. Detective Moreschi has taught DNA/Cold Case classes to law enforcement for the Central Florida Criminal Justice Institute as well as the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute, the University of Central Florida and the University of Tennessee. In 2009, he taught DNA evidence for Virginia Center for Policing Innovation (VCPI) at four national cold case seminars, which were funded by the National Institute of Justice.

Kenneth Morris

Kenneth Morris

Kenneth Morris is a certified Criminal Profiler who retired in September 2014 after 27 years of service with the Virginia State Police. He specializes in the art of criminal investigative analysis, a task more commonly known as criminal profiling. By examining various crime scene factors, SSA Morris can extract indicators of a criminal's personality traits such as intelligence, maturity level, and social adeptness. As one of only about 75 active criminal profilers in the world, SSA Morris has been providing assistance to local, state, federal, and international agencies since 2002. His profiling certification was attained by completing a lengthy and rigorous training agenda mandated by the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship (ICIAF), a renowned group whose membership includes active and retired profilers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Texas Rangers, the Ontario Provincial Police, the New Scotland Yard, and many other superb law enforcement agencies from around the world.

The main facets of criminal investigative analysis include furnishing personality traits and characteristics of unknown offenders, assessing the potential of threatening communications and actions, providing interview/interrogation techniques to investigators, and analyzing written and verbal statements for truthfulness. Additional duties for SSA Morris include crisis/hostage negotiating and examining bloodstain patterns at crime scenes.

SSA Morris is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. He is also a graduate of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science Academy, the National Fire Academy, and the FBI Bomb and Hazardous Devices School at the Redstone Arsenal. He belongs to many criminal justice organizations and is a Board Member for the Virginia Homicide Investigators' Association.

Rick Morrison

Rick Morrison

Captain Rick Morrison is a native of Pennsylvania who moved to Clearwater, Florida where he began his public safety career. In 1989, Captain Morrison served as a corrections officer for Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. In 1994, he obtained his law enforcement certification and served as a police officer for Kenneth City Police Department in Florida. As he continued his career in law enforcement, Captain Morrison joined the Roanoke, Virginia Police Department in 1996. During his 19-year tenure with the Roanoke Police Department, Captain Morrison has assumed many responsibilities in the department.

As a patrol officer, he was assigned to the Warrant Service, Community-Oriented Policing Effort (COPE), Accreditation, and Organized Crime departments. In 2006, he was promoted to sergeant where he was a platoon supervisor and assistant director for the training academy. In 2007, he was promoted to lieutenant and as lieutenant, he was responsible for the warrant services, street crimes, power shift, and crime prevention operations. He was also assigned to the office of the patrol captain as the executive officer. In 2008, he was promoted to Academy Director, where he was instrumental in guiding the academy to national accreditation, a distinction shared at the time by only one other independent police academy in the country.

Captain Morrison has been instrumental in leading the Roanoke Police Department in crime reduction efforts by effectively utilizing geographic and hot spot policing strategies, predictive and Intelligence-led-policing, and data-driven strategies. Captain Morrison was responsible for the successful implementation and management of Roanoke’s second Drug Market Intervention (DMI) Program in 2012. Captain Morrison’s continued success with DMI led him to be the Roanoke Police Departments spokesperson for National Drug Policy at the White House in 2013. In January 2014, Captain Morrison was influential in developing and commanding a newly formed Community Response Team. This team is responsible for fast deployment of assets and resources to deter and prevent crime and plays a vital role in major reductions in violent crime for the city of Roanoke. Captain Morrison was promoted to the rank of Captain in February 2014 and as captain, he is responsible for overseeing the Criminal Investigations Bureau, the Records Unit, and the Police Training Academy. He currently supervises the Community Response Team and continues to work closely with community leaders.

Captain Morrison attended the first annual Law Enforcement Leadership Seminar sponsored by the FBI National Academy (FBINA). He is also a 2012 graduate of the 31st Professional Executive Leadership School and he holds several specialized certifications that include General Instructor for the Department of Criminal Justice Services, Crime Prevention Specialist, and Homeland Security Instructor. He also instructs law enforcement courses for Benchmark Professional Seminars and the Virginia Chiefs of Police Foundation. He is currently perusing a Criminal Justice degree at Liberty University.

Captain Morrison currently resides in Roanoke, Virginia. He is married to Janet and is the proud father of a son, Nathan, and two stepdaughters Lindsey and Lauren.

Melissa Mourges

Melissa Mourges

Melissa Mourges is an Assistant District Attorney for the New York County District Attorney’s Office. She is Chief of the Forensic Sciences/Cold Case Unit, monitoring and advising on all cases with forensic evidence within the office, including a systematic review of every unsolved homicide in Manhattan since 1980 to see if new forensic testing would be useful, as well as reviewing all requests for post-conviction DNA testing to ensure consistency in response and efficacy of testing. She has served as Senior Trial Counsel, specializing in the investigation and trial of sex crimes, homicides and other complex criminal litigation. She was Co-Chief of the DNA Cold Case Project, which led New York State in investigating and prosecuting “cold-case” sexual assault and homicide cases via DNA Database

She has served as faculty and program manager for the National Advocacy Center, National Institute of Justice (national and regional trainings); National District Attorneys’ Association; Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine; New York Prosecutors’ Training Institute; New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the New York County District Attorney’s CLE program. She has trained other prosecutors, investigators and lab personnel about understanding and using DNA in the courtroom, including suspect interview techniques, best practices for establishing cold case units between labs, police and prosecutors, meeting defense challenges to DNA evidence and understanding new DNA techniques.

She was a Member of the U.S. Department of Justice Task Force on Eyewitness Testimony, which wrote 1999 the National Institute of Justice handbook “Eyewitness Evidence, a Guide for Law Enforcement” distributed to all law enforcement officers nationwide.

Christopher Murphy

Christopher Murphy

Chris is a 17-year law enforcement veteran currently working for the Virginia State Police as a Sergeant assigned to the Criminal Interdiction Unit, in-charge of the Richmond Area 71 Team. He was previously a narcotic K9 handler and Special Agent assigned to the Chesapeake Area 75 Team and is actively involved in highway criminal interdiction, routinely seizing contraband being transported by motor vehicle. He has been assigned to the interdiction unit for the past 10 years.

In 2010, Chris began instructing for the Desert Snow, Advanced Highway Interdiction Training Program as an Associate Instructor. In 2005 he was certified as an Instructor for National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He has instructed for the International Association Chiefs of Police, is the Lead Criminal Interdiction Instructor for the Virginia State Police Academy as well as providing instruction for supervisors, Troopers, and Special Agents. Chris has also instructed for the Drug Enforcement Academy in the area of commercial vehicles. Chris participated in City/State Partnerships with Police Departments from Hampton, Portsmouth, Newport News, Franklin, and Richmond. The mission of the partnerships was criminal interdiction in high crime areas of these cities. Chris has assisted several municipal police departments in serving narcotics indictments.

Chris has provided instruction to over twenty thousand officers in the area of highway criminal interdiction and vehicle concealment. Because of his extensive background in highway interdiction he is considered an expert in the field of highway interdiction and concealed contraband and is routinely called to help fellow officers on the searching of vehicles, arrest, report writing and court testimony. Throughout his career, Chris has been involved in numerous interdiction cases resulting in the seizure of over 45 lbs of cocaine, over 500 lbs. of marijuana, over $1.7 million dollars in drug related currency, numerous illegal firearms, wanted criminals, stolen vehicles, stolen property, counterfeit goods and credit cards, and individuals suspected of supporting terrorism. Chris has received numerous recognition awards for his work in highway drug interdiction. He has over 1000 hours of continued education in highway interdiction alone. In 2010 Chris was cross designated USC Title 19 Immigration & Customs Enforcement Officer.

Lynda O’Connell

Lynda O’Connell

Lynda O’Connell has served as the Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation since 1999. In that time, Lynda transformed VCPI from a fledgling grant program into a sustainable nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization, providing training and other services to public safety agencies and the communities they serve nationwide. Under Lynda’s leadership, VCPI received the Governor’s Excellence in Community Safety Award, trained over 35,000 law enforcement officers and other public safety officials in over 350,000 training hours, and developed dozens of training programs in response to critical issues facing public safety across the United States. Lynda expanded the services of VCPI beyond training to include the coordination and implementation of public safety services such as court security assessments, automated victim notification, and enhancements to the Virginia Sex Offender Registry. Lynda conducts leadership training nationwide and routinely participates in task force and committee activities, addressing such issues as methamphetamines, youth gun violence, court security, and immigration. Lynda has served public safety for sixteen years including service as a patrol officer/county deputy. She has also worked as a clinical program manager for a pharmaceutical research company for several years, gaining skills in program management, administration, and business development. Lynda earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, from Radford University and a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Lynda holds a master’s certificate in business management from Tulane University and is a Certified Association Executive with the American Society of Association Executives.

Jonathan Pelletier

Jonathan Pelletier

Jonathan Pelletier was a criminal investigator, former Forensic Crime Scene Unit Supervisor and Forensic Crime Scene Detective currently developing and providing international police related training programs since 2006. He currently acts as a forensic crime scene consultant and subject matter expert.

Graduate of Class 55 of the Virginia Forensic Science Academy, he is recognized state wide for his demonstrated abilities both as an Investigator as well as an enthusiastic special guest speaker and instructor. He is recognized throughout the country as a lead forensic instructor. Jonathan is a repeated guest speaker for International Association of Identification and the Virginia Forensic Science Academy. Mr. Pelletier has been the recipient of the “Outstanding Instructor Award of Central VA” six times and served as the instructor in forensic crime scene investigation for the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. Pelletier has taught participants in central Virginia for 20 years and for 10 years he has conducted 20 consecutive Crime Scene Courses from class 64 (2004) to class of 84 (October 2014).

Sworn police officer (1993-2014), Jonathan has been instrumental in teaching in the Middle East and Africa. Contracted by the Department of Justice (International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program, ICITAP) to teach crime scene processing courses, he developed multiple courses and effectively delivered them to national police eager to learn the best practices.

He holds a Masters in Apologetics & Philosophy (Christian Thought) and Bachelors in Cross Cultural Studies from Liberty University. He currently serves there as a residential adjunct professor and also develops and instructs online courses for the Helms School of Government. He has been an active member of IAI since 2004 and was re-certified in 2014 as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst with the International Association of Identification (IAI-CSCSA). He has currently served as a Senior Peer Reviewer (Office of Justice Programs), serving since 2014 for the National Institute for Justice (NIJ).

Greg Ridgeway

Greg Ridgeway

Greg Ridgeway is Associate Professor of Criminology and Statistics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ridgeway’s research involves the development and application of statistical methodologies for answering questions about crime and the criminal justice system, including guns, drug, policing, and fairness in the justice system.Previously Dr. Ridgeway was the Acting Director of the National Institute of Justice, the US Justice Department’s science agency. He managed a staff of 80 employees and a budget of $250M with a mission to improve the justice system by advancing research in social, physical, and forensic sciences. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Dr. Ridgeway directed RAND's Safety and Justice Research Program and RAND's Center on Quality Policing, managing RAND's portfolio of work on policing, crime prevention, courts, corrections, and public and occupational safety. He worked with the Oakland Police Department on racially biased policing analysis, the Cincinnati Police Department during the Collaborative Agreement 2004-2009, and with the New York City Police Department in 2007 assessing bias in stop, question, and frisk.Dr. Ridgeway is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and in 2007 was recognized by the ASA for innovative analysis of policing issues. In 2005, he received a commendation from the ATF Los Angeles Field Division and the Attorney General of California for "Contributions to Reducing Firearms Related Crimes in Los Angeles." He is also an inventor on eight patents, the most recent granted in 2013. He received a PhD in statistics from the University of Washington, Seattle.

John Skinner

John Skinner

John Skinner is the former Deputy Police Commissioner and 21-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department. As Deputy Police Commissioner, he was responsible for the day to day management and oversight of the agency's Operations Bureau which included all aspects of the Department's criminal investigations, tactical and patrol operations. During his tenure, Deputy Commissioner Skinner implemented operational crime reduction strategies that lead to a historic 30 year low in homicides and nonfatal shootings. Prior to this assignment, Deputy Commissioner Skinner oversaw the Department’s Administrative Bureau. In this capacity, Deputy Commissioner Skinner managed the Department's $400 million budget and was responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training and planning sections of the nation’s ninth largest police agency.

Over the course of his career, Deputy Commissioner Skinner has served in multiple investigative and patrol related positions including commanding officer of the Western and Central Districts, which encompass Baltimore’s downtown and Inner Harbor areas. In 2008, he was appointed Chief of the Patrol Division, where he commanded the Department’s largest division. In addition, Deputy Commissioner Skinner served as the agency’s chief intelligence officer and was instrumental in the post 9/11 planning of the city’s security infrastructure and establishment of a state-of-the art crime watch center. In this capacity, he worked closely with federal partners on emerging technologies in police work and participated in an international law enforcement exchange program with the Israeli National Police Force.

Deputy Commissioner Skinner was awarded Police Officer of the Year in 2010 by the National Alliance of Mental Illness for his collaborative partnerships in training police officers. In 2009, he was recognized by the United States Department of Justice for the development of the Patrol Response Survey, an evaluation program that measures the community's perception of police performance. Mr. Skinner was also named "Baltimorean of the Year" by Baltimore Magazine for the creation of the Safe Zone Project, a nationally recognized community stabilization strategy.

In August of 2014, Deputy Commissioner Skinner retired from the Baltimore Police Department and joined the full-time faculty in the Criminal Justice Program at Towson University.

Jeffrey Steger

Jeffrey Steger

Jeff Steger is a program manager and instructor for the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation. In this capacity he coordinates and delivers national training programs on Community Policing Initiatives, Violence Intervention, CPTED and more. Jeff is a retired Arlington County, Virginia law enforcement officer with twenty-three years of service. He served as a Police-School Liaison/Crime Prevention Officer during most of his career and was a certified DARE instructor. He is also a past President of the Virginia Crime Prevention Association (VCPA) and is a Certified Crime Prevention Specialist by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. He served as the VCPA training coordinator for hundreds of training courses conducted in Virginia, and as a member of the VCPA consultant team that provided crime prevention services to public housing communities throughout the United States from 1995 to 2001. Jeff has also served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Crime Prevention Council, the National Child Safety Council, the National Center for Prevention and Research Solutions, the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation, the University of Virginia, and Michigan State University. He has served as a speaker at national conferences for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Sheriffs Association, U.S. Department of Justice, and the National Crime Prevention Council. Jeff was instrumental in the development of an assessment process for public schools in Virginia and has assessed numerous schools, public housing developments, businesses, and neighborhoods throughout the United States. He is a graduate of Carson Newman University.

William Westfall

William Westfall

William Westfall is President of The Gallagher-Westfall Group, Inc. of Indiana where he manages, develops and provides a wide range of loss control and risk management services to the public and private sector. He has provided liability, leadership and supervisory training to thousands of police officers in nearly every state in the United States as well as having been featured as a guest speaker on the Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN) and the Fire Emergency Television Network (FETN). He is renowned for practical but powerful motivational and inspirational learning experiences.

In prior positions, Mr. Westfall served as Assistant Director of the Institute for Liability Management, Director of the Montana Law Enforcement Academy, Director of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Academy, Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Bureau Chief of the Division of Police Standards and Training for the State of Florida. Mr. Westfall began his career in law enforcement with the Alaska State Troopers where he served in a variety of functions during a four year tenure.

In 1969 he was selected as Trooper of the Year for the South-central Region, and was recognized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce as Lawman of the Year. Prior to his entry into law enforcement, Mr. Westfall served a four-year term in the United States Marine Corps to include Vietnam. Mr. Westfall received his BA in Criminology cum laude from Florida State University and has completed course work toward a graduate degree in Public Administration. He is also a graduate of the well-respected FBI National Academy, where he was selected as class spokesman for the 141st Session and has served as adjunct faculty with the Northwestern Traffic Institute instructing mid-management and first-line supervisory courses.

Adam Wojcicki

Adam Wojcicki

Adam Wojcicki is the Deputy Director of the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation. As Deputy Director, Adam provides leadership to staff and organizational partners in order to ensure the quality and success of VCPI operations and programs. Since joining VCPI in 2007, Adam has spearheaded the development and growth of a variety of innovations including the creation of VCPI's eLearn program, technology-enhanced curricula, and VCPI's unique programmatic design processes. With over 20 years of law enforcement and public-safety experience, Adam has been recognized for his work in organizational leadership, court security, crime prevention, homeland security and critical infrastructure protection. Adam’s law enforcement experience includes patrol, supervisory and administrative level assignments including patrol sergeant and accreditation manager. In addition to his current position, Adam has served in leadership positions including as Director of Professional Standards and Staff Assistant to the Chief of Police. Adam is a published author, an accomplished public-speaker, and has served as a subject-matter expert for numerous law enforcement and criminal justice programs. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in the Administration of Justice; a Graduate Certificate in Public Safety and in 2009 earned a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2013, Adam was recognized as a Certified Association Executive with the American Society of Association Executives.

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