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Harry P. Dolan

Harry P. Dolan

Chief of Police (Ret.)

Harry P. Dolan is a 32-year police veteran who served as a Chief of Police since 1987. As one of the nation's most experienced police chiefs, he brings 25 years of public safety executive experience to Dolan Consulting Group. He retired in October 2012 as Chief of Police of the Raleigh (N.C.) Police Department, an agency comprised of nearly 900 employees in America's 42nd largest city.

Chief Dolan began his law enforcement career in 1980 as a deputy sheriff in Asheville, North Carolina and served there until early 1982, when he joined the Raleigh Police Department, where he served as a patrol officer. In 1987, he was appointed Chief of Police for the N.C. Department of Human Resources Police Department, located in Black Mountain. He served as Chief of Police in Lumberton, N.C. from 1992 until 1998, when he became Chief of Police of the Grand Rapids, Michigan Police Department. He served in that capacity for nearly ten years before becoming Chief of the Raleigh Police Department in September 2007. As Chief, he raised the bar at every organization and left each in a better position to both achieve and sustain success.

Harry Dolan has lectured throughout the United States and has trained thousands of public safety professionals in the fields of Leadership & Management, Communications Skills, and Community Policing. Past participants have consistently described Chief Dolan's presentations as career changing, characterized by his sense of humor and unique ability to maintain participants' interest throughout his training sessions. Chief Dolan's demonstrated ability to connect with his clientele and deliver insightful instruction all with uncompromising principles will be of tremendous value in the private sector.

Chief Dolan's unbridled passion to achieve service-excellence is a driving force behind Dolan Consulting Group. He is a graduate of Western Carolina University and holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Dr. Richard Johnson

Dr. Richard Johnson

Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Richard Johnson is a trainer and researcher with Dolan Consulting Group. He has decades of experience teaching and training on various topics associated with criminal justice, and has conducted research on a variety of topics related to crime and law enforcement. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration and criminal justice from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University, with a minor in social psychology. He possesses a master’s degree in criminology from Indiana State University. He earned his doctorate in criminal justice from the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati with concentrations in policing and criminal justice administration.

Dr. Johnson has published more than 50 articles on various criminal justice topics in academic research journals, including Justice Quarterly, Crime & Delinquency, Criminal Justice & Behavior, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Police Quarterly. He has also published more than a dozen articles in law enforcement trade journals such as the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Police Chief, Law & Order, National Sheriff, and Ohio Police Chief. His research has primarily focused on police-citizen interactions, justice system responses to domestic violence, and issues of police administration and management.

Dr. Johnson retired as a full professor of criminal justice at the University of Toledo in 2016. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Johnson served several years working within the criminal justice system. He served as a trooper with the Indiana State Police, working uniformed patrol in Northwest Indiana. He served as a criminal investigator with the Kane County State’s Attorney Office in Illinois, where he investigated domestic violence and child sexual assault cases. He served as an intensive probation officer for felony domestic violence offenders with the Illinois 16th Judicial Circuit.

Dr. Johnson is also a proud military veteran having served as a military police officer with the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard, including active duty service after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Before that, he served as an infantry soldier and field medic in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard.

Matt Dolan

Matt Dolan

Attorney & Director, Dolan Consulting Group, NC

Matt Dolan is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois, who specializes in training and advising public safety agencies in matters of legal liability. His training focuses on helping agency leaders create sound policies and procedures as a proactive means of minimizing their exposure to costly liability.

Matt received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from DePaul University and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

A member of a law enforcement family dating back three generations, he serves as both Director and Public Safety Instructor with Dolan Consulting Group. He has trained and advised thousands of public safety professionals throughout the United States in matters of legal liability.

Brian Nanavaty

Brian Nanavaty

Captain, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, IN

Captain Brian Nanavaty (ret.) spent 33 years with the Indianapolis Metro PD (IMPD), retiring in 2017 as Professional Performance Manager for the Office of Police Officer Development and Wellness where his innovative officer and agency wellness and development program created a culture of health at IMPD and resulted in a reduction of officer failures and disciplinary referrals by 40%. During his career Nanavaty has also instructed thousands of officers, agency executives, union officials, insurance providers and clinicians for the DOJ and at IACP, FBI, ILEETA, IADLEST, NOBLE, FOP and EAPA conferences in addition to being featured on Police One.com and in Law and Order magazine and the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

In 2015, Nanavaty and IMPD received the NLEOMF Destination Zero Valor Award for officer and agency wellness and in 2016, in addition to appearing in front of the US Congress, Nanavaty was a finalist for the International Association of Chiefs of Police Officer of the Year. In 2016, the White House sent US Attorney General Loretta Lynch to Indianapolis as part of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing where Lynch stated: “Captain Nanavaty’s officer and agency wellness program at IMPD should be the model for law enforcement across the US.” In 2016 Nanavaty applied for and was awarded a prestigious DOJ/Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)/Community Oriented Policing (COPS) microgrant for Officer Safety and Wellness initiatives.

Daniel Nieters

Daniel Nieters

Lieutenant, Raleigh Police Department, NC

Daniel is a graduate of North Carolina State University and a 14-year police veteran of Raleigh Police Department. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2010 and remained at the Training Academy as the Raleigh Police Commandant. He currently serves as a field operations Lieutenant.

During his career, he has trained over 400 basic and lateral police recruits. Daniel has presented at the Problem Oriented Police Conference for Speeding in Residential Neighborhoods in 2002 and received a Goldstein Award for his effort. Daniel developed and implemented a Field Training Program for Raleigh Police Department creating consistency between the Academy and the field.

Paul W. Luster

Paul W. Luster

Capt., Kansas City Police Department, MO

Paul Luster is a 19 year veteran of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department currently holding the rank of Captain.  He brings a unique blend of professional experience to the classroom having served assignments in the patrol, investigations, and administration bureaus.  In addition his regular duties, he instructs leadership and communications courses on a regular basis.

 

Students enjoy Captain Luster’s humble approach, humor, and ability to engage the class throughout training courses. Captain Luster continuously researches current topics and trends and incorporates them into training opportunities.  He emphasizes the importance of effective communication and how it plays a significant role in the many facets of policing.


Throughout his career Captain Luster has received numerous awards and commendations including the department’s Certificate of Commendation, Meritorious Service Award, and Special Unit Citation.  Captain Luster graduated magna cum laude from Park University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement and holds several specialty instructor certifications.  He has been published in the topic of effective communications in policing. Captain Luster is currently assigned to the department’s regional criminalistics laboratory.   

 

Eric Sweden

Eric Sweden

Lieutenant, Raleigh Police Department, NC

Lieutenant Eric Sweden began his career in public safety as a volunteer fireman. He was then a full time paramedic, training officer and supervisor in Hartford, Connecticut before teaching EMS programs at the Emergency Training Center (affiliate of the University of Connecticut, School of Medicine) and the University of Hartford. Eric then began his career in law enforcement with the Town of Old Lyme Police Department and attended the Connecticut Police Academy in 1990.

Eric has been with the City of Raleigh, North Carolina Police Department since 2000 and served as a patrol officer for six years before being promoted to Detective, serving as a general investigator. The following three years, he was then assigned to the department’s ‘Collision Reconstruction Unit’ and then spent a year with the Department’s full time training academy before being promoted to Sergeant in 2011, where he currently serves as a Patrol Sergeant and Hostage Negotiator. Eric has lectured throughout the Southeastern United States in the areas of traffic safety, collision investigation, court testimony and conflict resolution. He frequently teaches for the Raleigh Police Department as well as for the NC Conference of District Attorneys and NC Community College System. He has been qualified as an expert in both District and Superior Court for North Carolina in the areas of collision reconstruction and impaired driving. Eric recently has been promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant.

Lt. Sweden is a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor through the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).  He has been credentialed as a National Registry and Critical Care Paramedic and has taught advance level EMS programs as a credentialed EMT-Paramedic in the State of North Carolina.

Bill Bongle

Bill Bongle

Captain, Green Bay Police Department, WI (Ret.)

Bill Bongle is one of the nation’s leading authorities on community and problem oriented policing. He is a 29 year police veteran, rising to the rank of Captain before retiring from the Green Bay Police Department in 2015. Bill’s unique blend of community engagement skills, experiences and down-to-earth personality have made him a sought after presenter at conferences across the US and the UK.

Bill works with public safety professionals like you to develop innovative ways of building trust and partnerships with your community. He coauthored “Street Sweeping, Broadway Style”, a project which won the International Herman Goldstein Award. His work has been published in various law enforcement publications including the Center for Problem Oriented Policing and the Police Executive Research Forum. He was also instrumental in developing a number of initiatives including: Green Bay’s first Community Policing team, the “no sell list” for chronic alcohol abusers, chronic nuisance abatement program, Green Bay’s “Armadillo” nuisance abatement vehicle, the WOW Awards customer service program, and the Green Bay Police Department’s social media presence. Bill’s ongoing thirst for knowledge motivated him to continue his education, graduating in 2013 summa cum laude and earning a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from Concordia University. Bill is also a technology buff and was trained as a computer forensic analyst. His interest in aviation and technology drew him into the world of drones. He has developed a very unique training program for public safety on investigating drone related incidents, the first training of its kind in the nation.

Bill lives in NE Wisconsin with his wife of 32 years, Beth and his hyperactive border collie. He has two children and two grandsons.

James Gray

James Gray

Officer, Indianapolis Metro Police Dept, IN

James Gray is a 23 year veteran of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, having spent the majority of that time on the street. He is also 18.5 year member of SWAT having recently retired from the team in April of 2015. He is currently assigned to the Firearms Range within the Training Division. Throughout his career he has been involved in numerous critical incidents including three lethal police action shootings. James is a state certified general and firearms instructor. James was also a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Washington D.C. for two years prior to IMPD. He has attended numerous schools including firearms, explosive breaching, SWAT, and executive protection. James has a B.S. degree from Indiana University.

Chuck L. Wilson

Chuck L. Wilson

Captain, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, NC

Captain Wilson has been a member of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office since 1996. He is currently serving as the Division Commander for the Support Services Division. He has previously served as the Assistant Division Commander for the Support Services Division and the Vice and Narcotics Division. Captain Wilson also served as the Internal Affairs Coordinator, the Emergency Response Team Commander, and as Patrol Supervisor.

Captain Wilson was a founding member of the Sheriff’s Peer Support Group and currently oversees the Peer Support Group as one of his collateral duties. The Peer Support Group coordinates post critical incident debriefings for law enforcement officers who have been involved in critical incidents.

During his career Captain Wilson has worked in the Custody Division, Civil Division, Patrol Division, Support Services Division, and the Narcotics Division. While in Patrol Division, Captain Wilson worked as a field training officer, a traffic deputy, and as an assistant street supervisor.

Captain Wilson has over 2,000 hours of law enforcement training. He completed the Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP) at North Carolina State University’s School of Government in 2012. He is certified as a law enforcement instructor in North Carolina and enjoys teaching law enforcement officers about stress management, ethics, and leadership. Captain Wilson is a graduate of the FBI Nation Academy (class #258).

Captain Wilson is a United States Marine Corps veteran having received an honorable discharge for his service from 1990-1994 and again he received an honorable discharge for his Service from 2001-2004.

James A. DeMeo

James A. DeMeo

Detective, Nassau County Police Department, NY (Retired)

James A. DeMeo, M.S, has over 25 years of law enforcement, security, and consulting experience and is considered an expert in Sports Security. In addition to speaking at national conferences, Mr. DeMeo has made numerous presentations to colleges & universities throughout the U.S on this subject matter.

While serving as a member of the Nassau County Police Department, Long Island NY, Mr. DeMeo held a state certification as a General Topics instructor and taught hundreds of law enforcement officers ranging from recruits to inspectors at the NCPD Police Academy.

In addition, Mr. DeMeo has held professional memberships in the following organizations: IAVM, NCS4, ASIS (Austin chapter 179) and the SRLA (Sports and Recreation Law Association). He is also a contributing author to the textbook: Security Supervision and Management-Theory and Practice of Asset Protection, Fourth Edition- Chapter 12-Supervising During Special Events.

During his 21 year law enforcement career, Mr. DeMeo was assigned to the Special Services Squad-Juvenile Aid Section. His role included serving as an investigator for juvenile crimes, Family Court Liaison, Missing Persons/ High Risk Alzheimers cases and taught classes at the NCPD Police Academy covering such topics as Juvenile Law, Juvenile Court Proceedings & Child Protective Services. 

Bill Westfall

Bill Westfall

President, Gallagher-Westfall Group, IN | Director, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Academy, FL (Ret.)

William S. Westfall is currently President of the Gallagher - Westfall Group of Indiana where he manages, develops and provides a wide range of leadership, supervision and management services to the public sector. He has provided, liability, leadership and supervisory training to thousands of police officers and public sector personnel 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), the Fire Emergency Television Network (FETN), The University of Portsmouth, England and General Session Speaker for the 1997 ASLET Conference. He is well known for practical but powerful motivational and inspirational learning experiences.

Previously Mr. Westfall was the Assistant Director of the Institute for Liability Management, an organization devoted to law enforcement liability reduction.

Prior to his appointment with the Institute, Mr. Westfall was Director of the Montana Law Enforcement Academy where he oversaw the upgrading of the entry level basic law enforcement curriculum to a ten week 500+ hour program, directed the establishment of the MLEA Executive Institute for chiefs and sheriffs and assisted with the restructuring of courses for supervisors and for in-service training.

Mr. Westfall also served as Director of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Academy responsible for training programs delivered across the state for all law enforcement agencies. His duties also included the administration of the Organized Crime Institute, the Executive Institute and the development of the Center for Advanced Law Enforcement Studies.

In prior positions, Mr. Westfall has served as Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Bureau Chief for the Division of Police Standards and Training for the state of Florida charged with the enforcement of all pre-employment standards for police and corrections officers, their certification, and then decertification if they failed to maintain those norms.

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" for services provided to the Anchorage area. 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 respected FBI National Academy where he was selected as class spokesman for the 141st Session.

Scott Grainer

Scott Grainer

Detective, Internal Affairs Bureau, New York Police Department, NY (Ret.)

Scott M. Grainer began his career in 1986 and patrolled the streets of Brooklyn in the 60, 61 and 77 Precincts. While assigned to the 60 Precinct he was a Field Training Officer. In 1988 He then transferred to the Highway Patrol in Brooklyn where he was involved in investigating DWI’s. He also was certified as an Accident Investigator. Scott was also part of the Top Cops program teaching tactics to all members of the NYPD.

In 1996, he was promoted to Detective and assigned to the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau. During his time with the Internal Affairs Bureau, Scott was certified as an instructor and taught newly promoted investigators, civilian members, undercover officers and rookie officers. He was also trained in Dignitary Protection.

After retiring from the NYPD in 2006, Scott spent the last ten years as a Security Guard at Good Samaritan Hospital in Long Island, New York, as well as at Duke Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. While working at Duke Hospital, Scott received numerous letters of commendation for his excellent customer service. In 2012, he was named Employee of the Month and received the Chief’s Award, also known as Employee of the Year. During his time spent at Duke, Scott received training in Customer Service Excellence as well as Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (CPI) and became a part of the Crisis Intervention Team within the Duke Police Department. In February 2016 he was certified by the Crisis Prevention Institute as an instructor in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.

Willie Williams

Willie Williams

Chief of Police, North Carolina Central University Police Department, NC (Ret.)

Chief Williams is a three-time police chief, retired from the North Carolina Central University in 2012 where he had served as Chief of Police since November 2006. An industry expert on management and leadership, Chief Williams has served in a variety of assignments in the patrol division, narcotics bureau, criminal investigations division, criminal intelligence bureau, and the administrative division.  Willie serves as a Senior Consultant at Developmental Associates.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Education from North Carolina Wesleyan College. Chief Williams is a graduate of the FBI Academy (129th Session) and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Training Program, 1994. He is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute and Municipal/County Government Program at the Institute of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

At North Carolina Central University (NCCU), Chief Williams made Public Safety a top priority. Under his administration, the NCCU Police Department became one of the most effective and progressive university law enforcement agencies in the state. Under his leadership, NCCU Police Department was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). During his tenure he worked aggressively with his team to establish goals and a philosophy to become a “High Performance Agency”, defined as one that provides courteous, flexible and effective police services to the community. The NCCU Police Department became a customer friendly agency with clearly defined philosophies, values and policies. Chief Williams developed the agency into a values-driven organization rather than policy-driven.

Jose L. Lopez Sr.

Jose L. Lopez Sr.

Chief, Durham Police Department, NC (Ret.)

Jose L. Lopez Sr. is a 32 year police veteran who brings over ten years of public safety executive experience to Dolan Consulting Group.  He retired in December 2015 as Chief of Police of the Durham (NC) Police Department, an agency comprised of over 700 employees in North Carolina’s fourth largest city. During his tenure he was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to serve on the Street Safe Task Force and the Gang Task Force.  He also served for two years as Chairperson to the Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

Chief Lopez began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a patrol officer in Hartford, Connecticut.  During his 23 years of service Chief Lopez rose through the ranks serving in every division at different levels and retired in 2007 at the rank of Assistant Chief.  As Assistant Chief, Chief Lopez was responsible for both the Patrol and Investigative Bureaus.  During his tenure he also served as commander of the Crisis Negotiation Team and his efforts were featured in the National Tactical Officers Association Journal.

Chief Lopez has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Police Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 183rd Session, the Senior Management Institute for Police 36th Session and the FBI National Executive Institute 37th Session. Chief Lopez has also attended the National Counter-Terrorism Training through the Anti-Defamation League in Israel.

Chief Lopez served his country as a Law Enforcement Specialist in the US Air Force and received an honorable discharge after a four year commitment.

Chief Lopez is married to retired Hartford Police Officer Rebecca Lopez. Both joined as a married couple, completing the academy and being sworn in as police officers together.

Chief Lopez is also fluent in Spanish.

Daniel E. Sosnowski

Daniel E. Sosnowski

SOS Services, Inc., GA

Dan has been a senior interview and interrogation instructor for over 20 years.  He has been awarded a Senior Research Fellow in Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. In January 2008, he was selected as Subject Matter Expert to teach the Counter Intelligence Command in Iraq on behalf of the U.S. Government. In June 2008, he was once again selected as Subject Matter Expert to teach the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior on behalf of the U.S. Government. In 1997, he was selected as a Subject Matter Expert to work with John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory which developed the “Mike Simmen” FBI Interactive Computer Interview Program. He was a former police officer and investigator in the Chicago area and was on the staff at John E. Reid & Associates.

Dan is President of SOS Services, Inc., a private consulting company located in Woodstock, Georgia. Dan is currently performing a wide range of interviews and specializes in sex offender testing. Dan has been a leader in the area of developing tactics and techniques to interview individuals involved in sexual deviant behavior. He has been teaching this specialized course to police agencies, therapist and probation officers.

Dan has conducted over 15, 000 interviews regarding all areas of criminal behavior. These cases cover a wide range of emotional behavior involving the individuals being interviewed and sometimes confronted with very negative information. In order to successfully interview people, Dan has had to employ tactics to diffuse anger and turn those negative emotions into something positive. He will teach the methods and techniques he currently utilizes in everyday situations.

He conducts numerous training seminars across the United States and Europe regarding Interviewing & Interrogation course. He is a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).  

Dan’s diverse background in both the private and law enforcement agencies, along with presently conducting criminal interviews and interrogations, gives him a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw from.  As a speaker, Dan is very informative and motivating. His sense of humor makes it a pleasure to listen to him. He easily adapts to circumstances and surroundings, which is one of the foremost assets of any successful interviewer.

Kevin Winer

Kevin Winer

Chief Criminalist

Kevin Winer received a B.S. in Chemistry and in Honors Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.  Kevin is a 19-year veteran of the Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory and currently serves as the Chief Criminalist Supervisor of the Trace Evidence Section.  He has extensive experience in crime scene reconstruction and bloodstain pattern analysis.

Kevin is currently the Chair of the bloodstain pattern analysis research task group within the Organization of Scientific Area Committees on Forensic Science (OSAC).  He routinely responds to major crimes scenes and directs trace evidence collection as well as bloodstain pattern documentation.

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams

Lieutenant, Hawthorne Police Department, CA

Robbie Williams is a 21-year veteran with the Hawthorne Police Department and is currently a Police Lieutenant and National ‘Coffee with A Cop’ Instructor. Lieutenant Williams past assignments and roles include Watch Commander; Community Affairs Unit Supervisor; Special Victims Investigation Supervisor, and Robbery & Homicide Investigation.

Daniel T. Savage

Daniel T. Savage

Deputy Chief Grand Rapids Police Department (ret.)

Chief Savage is a 35-year police veteran who brings over 20 years of public safety executive experience planning and responding to critical incidents. He is one of the most experienced public safety emergency response professionals in the country.

Rick Rocchetti

Rick Rocchetti

Rick Rocchetti is President and CEO of Rocchetti and Associates, Inc. where he provides consulting services to the public and healthcare sectors. For the Dolan Consulting Group, he is an organization consultant, researcher, executive coach and trainer.

Rick has been working with local government (both internally and externally) for over 30 years.  Rick’s work focuses on leadership, strategy, change and teams. Rick helps senior leaders deal with the challenges they face politically, organizationally and from a community perspective. Rick is a trusted advisor and partner to senior level government officials.

His academic background includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Bluefield State College, a Master’s of Science in Religious Education (Adult Education and Pastoral Ministry) from Fordham University, a Master’s of Science in Organization Development from the American University in Washington, DC. He has completed the Municipal and County Administration Course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has completed the Business Coach Certificate Program at North Carolina State University and is currently PCC pending from the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Rick has published numerous articles on change, strategy and leadership in a variety of worldwide trade journals. Rick has worked with the Raleigh Police Department assisting with Strategic Planning, executive coaching and leader development programs.

Robert Fields

Robert Fields

CSI Supervisor

Robert Fields received a B.S degree in Biology from the University of Central Missouri and a M.S. degree in Forensic Science from National University.  Rob has eleven years of crime scene experience and is currently a Crime Scene Supervisor with the Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory.  He is a member of the American Association of Forensic Science, the International Association of Identification, and the Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction. 

Linda R. Netzel

Linda R. Netzel

Director of Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory

Linda R. Netzel received a B.S. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Criminalistics from Metropolitan State College of Denver, in 1991. She has twenty-three years of forensic experience and is currently the director of the Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory.

Prior to becoming the director, she was a criminalist in the DNA and trace evidence sections of the laboratory. Additionally, Netzel has extensive homicide crime scene experience and instructs crime scene investigators on crime scene reconstruction and physical evidence collection and preservation. She has been published in Forensic Science International Genetics, the Journal of Emergency Nursing and CRC Press.  

Netzel is a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists and the American Board of Criminalistics.

Dennis L. Parker

Dennis L. Parker

Law Enforcement and Insurance Fraud Investigator (ret.)

Dennis Parker brings a unique perspective to the understanding of investigative interviewing because of his diverse experience in law enforcement and insurance fraud investigation.  Dennis has more than 18 years of law enforcement experience from the municipal to the federal level.  He also graduated from several law enforcement training academies and other training courses designed specifically for police or investigative interviewing.  Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville Texas in 1985.

Dennis’ work experience includes 5 years as a police officer in and around Houston Texas and 13 years in the United States Air Force as an NCO and Commissioned Officer.  As an Air Force OSI Special Agent, Dennis led a group of federal investigators tasked with investigating felony criminal, major fraud and counter-intelligence cases.  His investigations included fraud, child abuse and child homicide investigations, one of which is highlighted in his 8-hour course.

Dennis also has more than 10 years’ experience investigating and managing insurance fraud programs.  During that period of time Dennis conducted more than 1400 “examinations under oath” or sworn statements usually in the presence of the interviewee’s attorney while investigating insurance fraud.  Dennis invented tactics specifically designed to deal with the differences and disadvantages between “police” interviews and interviews conducted in the opposing attorney’s office and control.

Dennis has provided classes to law enforcement, Children’s and Adult’s Protective Services, Probation departments and insurance investigators since 2003. He is also a regular speaker at ACFE events in Texas and a conference speaker at the annual Texas Adult Protective Services conference in San Antonio and South Padre Island Texas since 2009.

David W. Linthicum

David W. Linthicum

Captain Raleigh Police Department (ret.)

David W. Linthicum is a 26-year police veteran who retired from the Raleigh Police Department at the rank of captain. During his career he served in patrol, investigations, administration, and in the bomb squad. As a leader, he served as a patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, watch commander, district commander, and commander of special operations division.

Chris Cognac

Chris Cognac

Sergeant, Hawthorne Police Department, CA

Sergeant Chris Cognac is a 22-year veteran of the Hawthorne Police Department. He is currently assigned to the Community Affairs Unit but has served in numerous capacities from uniform patrol, to sexual assault and crimes against children detective, to cooperative resource unit, to aviation bureau, to undercover narcotics supervisor.

Brian McEwen

Brian McEwen

Sergeant, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, IN

Brian McEwen is a law enforcement professional and an 18-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. He is currently the department's Performance Standards Manager and head of the Office of Planning and Accreditation.

Sergeant McEwen’s duties include citizen's complaints, discipline, early intervention, and performance evaluations. In addition to those duties, Sergeant McEwen also serves as the department's Accreditation Manager, responsible for CALEA accreditation and overall policy development.

Sergeant McEwen is a state-certified general instructor, a graduate of the prestigious IMPD Leadership Academy and a military service veteran, having served in the United States Air Force.

Gerard Braud

Gerard Braud

CSP, Fellow IEC

Gerard Braud is an international expert, coach, trainer, author and professional speaker, who has worked with organizations on five continents. Known as the guy to call when it hits the fan, he is widely regarded as an expert in crisis communications and media issues.

Everett C. Babcock

Everett C. Babcock

Cpt., Kansas City Police Department, MO

Captain Everett C. Babcock has over 29 years of law enforcement experience with over 21 years assigned to investigations. He has served in the Kansas City Missouri Police Department's Homicide Unit as both a detective and a sergeant. Captain Babcock is currently assigned as a Commander in the Center Patrol Division of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department. Prior to his promotion to Captain, Sergeant Babcock was assigned to the Homicide Unit's Assault Squad, and as a supervisor in charge of officer involved shooting investigations. Captain Babcock is a licensed generalist instructor in the State of Missouri and is a certified basic and defensive tactics instructor through the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (C.L.E.E.T.) He is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (I.L.E.E.T.A) and the International Homicide Investigator's Association (I.H.I.A.). Captain Babcock also serves as a board member for the Kansas City Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children. His investigations have been profiled on "The First 48," "America's Most Wanted," "Fatal Attraction," and "American Gangster."

Kedrick Wills

Kedrick Wills

Kedrick Wills has served in law enforcement for nearly 25 years having served with two city police departments as well as over 22 years with the Idaho State Police. He has served in many different ranks and assignments throughout his career and in 2017, Idaho’s Governor, Butch Otter appointed him to serve as the director of the department. During the Idaho Legislative session of 2018, this appointment was unanimously confirmed by the Idaho Senate. Colonel Wills holds a bachelor degree in Human Resource Development and a Master Degree in Training and Development, both from Idaho State University. In addition to this education, he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session #232, and completed the Naval Post Graduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Leaders Program. Colonel Wills has taught leadership skills throughout the United States and at the university level for over 10 years. He enjoys spending time with his family and taking advantage of all the Idaho outdoor lifestyle offers. When he is not working you will probably find him on a ski slope, a mountain bike or hiking trail.  

Dan Jewiss

Dan Jewiss

Senior Associate, Team Training Associates

Dan joined the Connecticut State Police in 1998, where as a Trooper he worked the road for four years in the northwest corner of CT. He then spent 12 years as a Detective in the elite Western District Major Crime Squad, where he investigated numerous felony cases such as homicides, bank robberies, sexual assaults, financial crimes and most notably the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. As the Lead Investigator for the Sandy Hook Investigation, Dan remains committed to supporting the victims and the victims’ families. He also travels throughout the U.S. to share his personal analysis and Lessons Learned of that tragedy with the 1st Responder community and school officials in an effort to save lives in the future. During his career, Dan also taught Leadership as part of the CT State Police Leadership Development Program. In 2014, Dan was selected to be an Instructor at the CT State Police Training Academy, where his primary role today is teaching Search & Seizure and Leadership & Team-Building.

Dan also served for 20 years in the CT Army National Guard. During his 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 for Officer Candidate School, where he became a certified Army Instructor and Platoon Trainer. He helped develop, coordinate and conduct Leadership training to mentor soldiers to become commissioned officers in the United States Army. Dan 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 in 2011 at the rank of Master Sergeant.

In the private arena, Dan has been conducting training and consulting for various law enforcement agencies, military units, corporations and a variety of youth groups since 2008. He is a Certified Everything DiSC Workplace Instructor and a co-creator and instructor of the Performance Leadership Model. In both the classroom and field environments, Dan focuses on teaching tomorrow's Leaders how to develop their own character, as well as a strong foundation of Leadership and Team-Building skills. In all his capacities, Dan strives to inspire his students to become positive influences in their families and communities. He is also the proud father of two beautiful teenage daughters.

 

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