Eric SwedenLieutenant, 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.