Andy O’Hara is the founder and a board member of the Badge of Life organization. Andy has co-authored one book and has written numerous articles for publication. He is an advanced peer support officer, working with individuals to find appropriate help and ways to deal with law enforcement issues. Andy is a 24-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, was suicidal and retired with PTSD.
Former Assistant Police Chief Vernon supervised all departmental police operations for Los Angeles’ 18 police stations. Chief Vernon is an author, speaker, and consultant who speaks on the need for change in the moral fabric of our nation. Chief Vernon has presented leadership and ethics seminars to the military and police leaders in foreign governments and seven foreign parliaments.
Brian P. Haughton is a Corporal and 21-year veteran with the Philadelphia Police Department. He spent seven years in the patrol division and eight years as an officer on the department’s full-time SWAT unit and worked as a sniper and EMT-B on the team. He is currently assigned as an instructor at the Police Academy teaching EVOC and vehicle pursuits to in-service officers and recruits, as well as other classes such as Terrorism, Hazardous Materials and Barricade/Hostage Situations. He serves on the SWAT Reserve Team, and worked several years with the department’s Major Incident Response Team, for response to CBRN operations. He holds an MS degree in Public Safety Management, with a Homeland Security concentration from Saint Joseph’s University. He also teaches Undergraduate college courses in Criminal Justice and provides instruction with Techline Technologies, Inc. in tactical medical procedures for first responders.
Brian Hill is a Staff Sergeant for an agency in the Denver metro area. He is also the owner of MentalAmmo.com, a law Enforcement training provider. Brian is a subject matter expert in Arrest Control for Colorado P.O.S.T.
Brian McKenna is the owner of WINNING EDGE TRAINING and its sole instructor. He recently retired after 30 years with the Hazelwood (MO) Police Department. At the time of his retirement, he was assigned to the patrol division as a shift supervisor (lieutenant), and also served as an in-service trainer and lead firearms instructor. He is a state certified police instructor and former academy instructor, and holds a Master’s Degree in human resource development.
Brian writes extensively on officer safety topics, and authors Law Officer Magazine’s Officer Down column, a regular feature that analyzes officer-involved shootings for key learning points.
Brian Willis is the editor, publisher and contributing writer for the acclaimed books W.I.N.: Critical Issues in Training and Leading Warriors, W.I.N. 2: Insights Into Training and Leading Warriors, If I Knew Then: Life Lessons From Cops on the Street, If I Knew Then 2: Warrior Reflections, am I that man? How Heroes Role Models and Mentors Can Shape Your Life and a contributing writer for Warriors: On Living with Courage, Discipline and Honor.
Brian serves as the Deputy Executive Director for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers association (ILEETA). He is the past editor of the ILEETA Review, writes the W.I.N. Column for the ILEETA Journal and has had numerous articles published in law enforcement periodicals.
Brian began his law enforcement career with the Calgary Police Service in 1979 and over the next 25 years he worked as a patrol officer, tactical officer, patrol supervisor and trainer. From 1995 to 2004 he was the head use of force trainer for the Calgary Police Service (an agency of 1950 officers). In that role he was responsible for researching, developing, instructing and overseeing the Officer Safety, Subject Control Tactics, Crowd Management, Incident Command and Emergency Vehicle Operations programs. Brian also served on the Crowd Control Unit for 19 years as a constable, supervisor in charge of training and development, Platoon Commander and Deputy Commander. He served in integral roles during the World Petroleum Congress and G8 Summit in Calgary.
Brian served as a member of the National Advisory Board for Police Marksman Magazine from 2000 to 2007 and is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association, the Illinois Tactical Officers Association, the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and Canadian Association of Professional Speakers
In addition to numerous law enforcement certifications Brian holds a Certificate in Adult Learning from the University of Calgary and Mount Royal College. He has given presentations on mental preparation and conditioning at numerous international conferences and is sought after as a speaker across North America for his presentations Excellence in Training, Harnessing The Winning Mind and Warrior Spirit, The Pursuit of Personal Excellence and am I that man?.
Brian has trained law enforcement trainers from the FBI, DEA, RCMP, as well as trainers from state/provincial and municipal agencies from across Canada and the United States in his cutting edge Excellence in Training program.
Bullethead has been writing for Law Officer for the past decade. From the controversial to the mundane, Bullethead always has something to say and what he/she has to say always seems to spark conversation.
Chelsea Whitaker is a Dallas Area Police Officer and member of the 2005 Baylor Bear Basketball Team that won the National Championship. Her desire is to give others #perspective in order to #bridgethegap. She is a frequent contributor to Law Officer.
Command Presence Training transforms good officers into great ones. Known for their powerful and dynamic training, Command Presence Training teaches the power of unconditional respect while utilizing evidence based curriculum and training. You can find out more at: http://www.commandpresence.net/
Dale Stockton is a 32-year-veteran of law enforcement, having worked in all areas of police operations and investigations and retiring as a police captain from Carlsbad, California. He is a graduate of the 201st FBI National Academy and holds a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of California, Irvine. He has served as a Commissioner for California POST, the agency responsible for all California policing standards and training. Dale is the former editor-in-chief of Law Officer Magazine and is the executive director of Below 100.
Dan Milchovich, D.P.A.., holds a Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of La Verne (CA) , a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California where he earned the Honorary Robert J. Barry, Director Emeritus Award For Academic And Professional Excellence, USC School of Public Administration, Delinquency Control Institute. Milchovich also holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Criminology and Sociology, each earned at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Throughout his 30-year law enforcement career he served in a variety of capacities, most recently as a Captain at Inglewood (CA) Police Department where he was assigned command of the agency investigative function. Prior to that, he commanded all uniformed patrol services.
Milchovich has authored several articles for prominent law enforcement trade publications and has had editorial perspectives appear in several major national newspapers. His book, “Political Survival for Cops: Finding Your Job as a Law Enforcement Professional and Keeping It” is currently being printed by Looseleaf Law Publications (http://www.looseleaflaw.com) and will be available shortly. You can contact Looseleaf Law Publications at (800) 647-5547 or info@LooseleafLaw.com.
Daryl Webster is the Assistant Superintendent of Lemon Creek Correctional Center, Juneau Alaska and editor of the Lemon Creek Journal, a quarterly e-publication of the Alaska Department of Corrections. He retired from the Tulsa Police Department as Deputy Chief of Police in 2014. He holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Tulsa and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno.
Dave Grossi is a retired Lieutenant from New York. Dave has served as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics investigator, detective, sergeant, and lieutenant. Dave is an expert in nearly every force discipline and has testified as an expert witness in use of force cases in the United States and abroad.
Dave Spaulding was awarded the 2010 Law Officer Trainer of the Year award at the “The International Law Enforcement Education and Training Association (ILEETA). He has 36 years of Law Enforcement & Federal Security experience. Dave was a founding member of his Agency’s SWAT Team, and he spent 12 years as its training officer. You can find out about Dave's Training here: www.handguncombatives.com/
Sergeant David Underwood is a 12 year veteran of the Moultrie (GA) Police Department. He currently serves as the department's evidence custodian, crime scene technician, general instructor and department chaplain. Prior to law enforcement, he was a pastor for two decades.
Jonathan Page, PhD is a cognitive neuroscientist and President of the Cognitive Command Group. For more than a decade, Jon has been researching and studying human perception and action. His research on physiological responses to stress, and how stress influences behavior, led him to pursue new and more effective ways for law enforcement officers to manage stress and stressful situations. The knowledge and data that Jon acquired in the laboratory and while collaborating in field research with law enforcement and military agencies in the US and abroad provided him with the information he needed to develop Cognitive Command Training™. C2 Training is a new instructional methodology that makes training more efficient and more effective by building automatic patterns of behaviors in the subconscious to help officers maintain control of their cognitive functions. Being in Cognitive Command enables officers to systematically assess their environment, de-escalate, make better use of force decisions, and remain calm during critical incidents. Jon has published his findings in professional scientific and law enforcement journals and presents at conferences and delivers trainings. You can reach Dr. Page at- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Larry Jetmore, a retired captain of the Hartford (CT) Police Department, has authored five books in the field of criminal justice, including, Path of the Warrior. A former police academy and SWAT team commander, he earned his Ph.D. at Union University in Ohio, plus master's, bachelor's, and associate's degrees in Connecticut. Dr. Jetmore is the director of the criminal justice program at Middlesex College in Middletown, CT and a full-time faculty member.
Duane Wolfe is a retired Minnesota Peace Officer with more than 25 years of service. During his career he served as patrolman, sergeant, S.R.T., Use of Force and Firearms Instructor. He is also a full-time instructor in the Law Enforcement Program at Alexandria Technical College, Alexandria, Minnesota. Duane has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Bemidji State University, and a Masters Degree in Education from Southwest State University.
Eric Dickinson is a Captain with the Vinton (IA) Police Department and a NRAEMT. He is an adjunct EMS instructor at Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, IA), has been a frequent guest instructor for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), and is the author of the book The Street Officer’s Guide to Emergency Medical Tactics. Contact him at email@example.com.
Glenn’s personal and professional life has been centered in, on and around the water. Prior to his career in law enforcement, he was a competitive swimmer, avid SCUBA diver and served the City of Clearwater for 6 years as an ocean lifeguard on Clearwater Beach. He was hired by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in 1988 as a patrol deputy and has since served the majority of his career in the Special Operations Division as a Marine Enforcement Officer and field trainer in both the Marine Unit and Environmental Lands Unit. Following his promotion to Sergeant, he supervised deputies in Patrol, Field Training, Environmental Lands, and Strategic Enforcement units and is currently assigned to Child Protection Investigations. Glenn has served as diver, team trainer and is currently the team leader of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search & Recovery Team. He was instrumental in developing and implementing a water survival course that was required for all agency law enforcement new hires.
Glenn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. He is a certified Red Cross Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Physical Fitness Trainer and a Cooper Institute trained Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist. He holds a USCG Master Captain’s license and is a certified SCUBA instructor. Additionally, he is currently an adjunct instructor with the St. Petersburg College, teaching numerous in-service and advanced training courses.
Glenn is the lead instructor for the Water Survival Tactics course offered through RAD Training Inc.
Janine holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition, is a Certified Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer. She is also a retired Police Officer and Marine Veteran, who gets the unique needs of First Responders.
After almost 20 years in Law Enforcement and lecturing her co-workers about their eating habits, she retired and founded www.OnPointNutrition.Org. Her purpose is to help others through precise nutrition.
For snack-sized bits of useful information, follow Janine on Instagram at @Janine.OPN
Jay Brainard is currently the Federal Security Director (FSD) for the State of Kansas. Prior to his appointment in Kansas, Mr. Brainard served as the Federal Security Director for the State of Maine from 2014 to 2015, the state of Iowa from 2004 to 2014, and in Evansville, Indiana from 2002 to 2004, and he is currently president of Crisis Management Incorporated. He began his career with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as a Federal Air Marshal in 2002. Prior to his service with TSA Mr. Brainard served as District Director of the Illinois State Crime Commission, a police officer, and was a team member of the department’s tactical response unit. During his time with the police department Mr. Brainard served as president of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Mr. Brainard has presented at several conferences and summits on risk assessment and crisis planning and has authored comprehensive crisis management plans for both public and private entities. He has also worked extensively with police departments, businesses, and schools across the country to prepare for and respond to the active shooter.
Jeff Chudwin is the Law Officer Tactical Ops columnist. He’s also the 2009 Law Officer Trainer of the Year. He retired as chief of police after 38 years of service for the Village of Olympia Fields, Ill. A founding member and current president of the Illinois Tactical Officers Association, Chudwin is a former assistant state’s attorney and has been a firearms, use-of-force and emergency response trainer for more than 25 years.
Jim Donahue is a native of the Midwest, getting his education at
Michigan State University. Currently he trains patrol officers on Technology and Tactics which teaches street cops into how to use patrol car technology safely.
He is the founder and editor of The Cop Blue Blog - http://www.copblueblog.com.
Previously, Jim was part of the Wayne County (MI) Sheriff’s
Department and detailed full-time to U.S. Customs and Immigration at the Detroit/Canada border in the year following the attacks of 9/11. He has also worked as a part-time patrolman on the streets of a suburban Detroit community.
Jim served a three year term as an Ambassador for the National Law
Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C. Jim is married and has two adult children. He has been a competitive bodybuilder.
Lt. Jim Glennon (ret.) is an author, award winning columnist, nationally known instructor and owner of LifeLine Training & the Calibre Press Street Survival Seminar. Glennon is the third generation in a family of law enforcement officers, and had a 30-year career with the Lombard (Ill.) Police Department. He was selected as the first Commander of Investigations for the newly formed DuPage County Major Crimes (Homicide) Task Force in 1998. Lt. Glennon has a BA in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Police Management. A graduate of the Staff and Command College at Northwestern University, Jim was elected class president, won the prestigious Kreml Leadership award and upon graduation immediately joined the adjunct instructor staff.
ohn is President of Team One Network; LLC a company established to test, evaluate, train and market various manufacturers' products to the Law Enforcement community as related to officer survival. John spent 15 years with Heckler & Koch, Inc., ultimately rising to the position of Vice President of Sales and International Training. John led a team of instructors that pioneered the integration of formalized training doctrine with practical field experience. These cutting edge, realistic tactical training courses have become an industry standard. John was a Lieutenant with the DOD Police, where he served as a special reaction team leader and is a past President of FOP Middle Forge Lodge 100. He is member of the Board Directors of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI) since 1988 and served as Vice President from 1990-2016.
Coach JC is the visionary of FIT First Responders. Coach JC’s 25 Week FIT for Duty. FIT for Life. Body Transformation “Fit First Responders Program” is so much more than just the physical body. He is transforming lives through fitness, nutrition and the winning mindset. Coach JC has transformed thousands of people’s lives by giving them the tools they need to succeed in life. He has helped clients lose weight, build confidence, improve their marriage, improve their career, get out of debt, overcome limiting beliefs and addictions and overall WIN in life!
Through Coach JC’s life coaching service, winning mindset program, books, products, fitness and nutrition programs and 3 businesses and FFR foundation he runs he has hundreds of life changing testimonials.
Jonathan Parker is a professional communicator, trainer, podcaster, and pastor who is passionate about serving law enforcement officers and their families.
Jonathan was raised in Savannah, GA, and after earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, he moved to Cleveland, TN to complete his graduate studies. He graduated from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in 2006 with a Master of Divinity.
Jonathan began working with the Chattanooga Police Department in 2007, and has served on Patrol, as a School Resource Officer in an inner-city high school, and as an adjunct training instructor for multiple agencies. He was twice named “Officer of the Year” for the Chattanooga Police Department, received two life-saving medals – one of those for performing CPR on his wife Meredith who was clinically dead for over 15 minutes after suffering a massive heart attack eight (8) days after the birth of their daughter, and he also received the Tennessee Governor’s Homeland Security Award from former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredeson.
Jonathan is the host of the “Watch Your Six” podcast, which serves law enforcement and first responder families by providing practical resources in six critical areas to help them successfully navigate life and their career.
Jonathan, Meredith, and their daughter Olivia are the founding Pastors of Cop Church Chattanooga, a worship gathering for law enforcement families that launched in February 2015.
Jonathan can be reached via his website at www.JonathanOParker.com or www.CopChurch.com.
Karen Solomon is the creator of Honor Them - www.honorthem.net. She is an author and the wife of a Police Officer for over 15 years. After speaking with hundreds of officers around the country, she realized that many officers didn’t know where to look for assistance. Karen is the author of 'Hearts Beneath the Badge' and 'The Price They Pay' of which the proceeds are being donated to law enforcement charities. Karen is a member of ILEETA (International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association), International Public Safety Association and the Public Safety Writers Association.
Kenneth Murray is the Director of Training for the Armiger Police Training Institute (www.armiger.net) located in the greater Orlando area of Florida. Born in Winnipeg, Canada, he has spent his entire career as a police and military trainer, specializing in the field of Reality Based Training. His commitment to the realm of Reality Based Training (RBT) began after he co-founded SIMUNITION® with David Luxton as an offshoot of the Armiger Corporation in Ottawa, Canada. With RBT in its infancy and given the scarcity of information on the topic, he wrote numerous articles and policy papers on the safe conduct of projectile-based simulation training exercises.
Kevin Davis is a full-time officer assigned to the training bureau where he specializes in use of force, firearms and tactical training. With over 23 years in law enforcement, his previous experience includes patrol, corrections, narcotics and he is a former team leader and lead instructor for his agency's SWAT team with over 500 call-outs in tactical operations.
Laura L. Scarry is a partner with the law firm of DeAno & Scarry with offices located in downtown Chicago and Wheaton, Illinois. Laura has extensive experience in all aspects of the defense of municipal liability in federal and state courts. Laura has considerable practice before the federal courts in Illinois and Indiana particularly with respect to civil rights litigation.
Laura is a columnist for Law Officer, writing about legal issues affecting the law enforcement community in a column called the "Legal Eagle." Additionally, she serves as a legal consultant to the Police Law Institute, a training organization that provides computerized legal training to law enforcement officers throughout the State of Illinois.
Laura also has lectured extensively by invitation to police organizations and municipal organizations such as the Public Safety Institute, International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, North East Multi-Regional Training, Illinois Police Instructor Trainers Association, Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association, Law Enforcement Training Managers Association, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, Performance Institute, American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy.
She also conducts in-service training to local police departments and other municipal entities regarding all areas of civil liability and employment discrimination. Laura is receptive to telephone calls and e-mails and welcomes all opportunities to discuss current events as they apply to the law enforcement community and other government employees.
Lauri Stevens is an interactive media professional with over 25 years of media experience and is the founder and principal consultant with LAwS Communications. She founded LAwS Communications in 2005 to assist the law enforcement profession with the implementation of interactive media technologies.
Liz Martinez is Guachichil (Mexican Indian) and a former New York State investigator. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Arizona State University, with a research focus on coerced confessions and wrongful convictions. She is an expert witness in forensic linguistics and retail security, especially organized retail crime, as well as the author of the book The Retail Manager’s Guide to Crime and Loss Prevention (Looseleaf Law, 2004), a mystery novel, several short stories and hundreds of articles about police and security, including “Gangs in Indian Country.” She is currently at work on a biography of Iwo Jima flag-raiser Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian. She can be reached via www.LinkedIn.com/in/LizCMartinez.
Malcolm McGuire is a 12-year law enforcement veteran, and currently serves as a patrol officer with the City of Denton Police Department in Denton, Texas. He is a hostage negotiator and advanced law enforcement instructor. Malcolm teaches on various topics, including Cultural & Generational Diversity, Professional Policing and Special Investigative Topics. He is a United States Air Force veteran and is currently assigned to his unit’s training section where he is responsible for keeping unit members up to date on training tasks both expeditionary and law-enforcement specific. He is a Below 100 Trainer and Adjunct Instructor with the Tarrant County Criminal Justice Training Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Malcolm is a contract consultant with the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program, a U.S. Department of Justice Initiative conducted by the Office of Justice Programs through Fox Valley Technical College. He assists in developing and implementing law enforcement training nation-wide. He has taught courses on Conflict Management and Effective Communication to public safety leaders in both Kigali, Rwanda and Kamulu, Kenya. Malcolm holds a Master of Arts Degree in Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management from Southern Methodist University and is a certified mediator in the State of Texas.
Mark J. Wojnarek is a senior Investigator Sergeant with a law enforcement agency in Tennessee. He possesses a Bachelor of Science in political science and psychology from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville (TN). He is currently continuing his education as a Graduate Student studying strategic leadership. He attended the National Forensic Academy at The University of Tennessee and elected class leader. Spanning an 18-year career, Wojnarek has worked as a Correctional Officer, Patrol Deputy, and Criminal Investigator. In his current assignment, he directs a Special Victims Unit which focusses on; homicide or death investigation, internal affairs, domestic and sexual abuse, stalking, internet crimes against children, sex offender registration, and crimes against children. He maintains certification with the International Association for Identification as a Certified Crime Scene Analyst. Wojnarek may be followed on Twitter: @MWojnarek or through Linkedin.com
Matthew Loeslie is the Criminal Justice Program Director at a State University. Prior to the University, Matthew was responsible for Law Enforcement Training at a Community and Technical College where he coordinated and instructed law enforcement classes throughout the Midwest. Furthermore, Matthew has experience working in law enforcement. In addition, Matthew helped launch the law enforcement training program at the MERIT Center in Marshall, MN. Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, reading, shooting and motorcycle rides.
Matthew Day has spent much of his adult life working in the law Enforcement and security fields. He spent seven years as an officer in Florida where he worked a very diverse area with residents, government facilities, and tourist. He spent much of his law enforcement career researching constitutional case law and criminal behavior/intelligence. Matthew now specializes in Physical Security Systems and is a student who conducts hundreds of hours of research on defensible space theory, sociology, environmental design theories, and architectural security design.
Dr. Matthew J. Stiehm has received an Educational Doctorate from Argosy University, where the focus of his research was campus safety and security. He has a Master’s Degree of Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University, with his final paper which focused on the investigation of child abuse and finally a Bachelors of Science from Wayne State College, Nebraska. He has served as a police officer in three states (CA, MN and NE), he keeps current on law enforcement trends most recently he conducted an 8 month study with Columbia Heights Police Department (MN) on Community Policing. He currently is a member of ILEETA, an Associate Member of the IACP, Support, and Police Executive Research Forum Subscribing Member.
Michael “MC” Williams is an active police officer, state criminal investigator, chaplain/minister and police instructor with more than three decades on “the job.” As a contributor to Law Officer’s Chaplain’s Corner, he provides a biblical, front sight focus on the daily issues we face in law enforcement. MC is a sought-after speaker who serves as the Director of the Centurion Law Enforcement Ministry and is a past National Board Vice President of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers – USA. MC can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Brown is the President and Principal Instructor of Security Training Concepts in Chicago. He is a former Criminal Justice adjunct professor and Illinois law enforcement officer having taught various collegiate level and use-of-force courses ranging from firearms, Taser, and defensive tactics to introductory criminal justice courses. Mr. Brown has a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and is a member of both the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Mike Grimes began his law enforcement career many years ago in beautiful Napa Valley, California. He is a veteran police officer, author, and freelance writer, now based in Indiana. His experience includes Field Training Officer, background investigations, academy instructor and evaluator. He is the author of two books – one on budget travel and the other on time management, available on Amazon Kindle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit here to view and purchase his books http://tinyurl.com/zp6n955.
Patrick Van Horne is the Co-Founder and CEO of The CP Journal. He served in the Marine Corps for seven years as an infantry officer, earning the rank of Captain following his two deployments to Iraq. In addition to serving as a platoon commander, company executive officer and company commander, Patrick served as the officer-in-charge of a training team in the Combat Hunter program.
R. K. Miller retired from the Huntington Beach (Calif.) Police Department as a lieutenant after 30 years of service in a variety of assignments, including FTO, trauma support, beach detail, detectives, special enforcement unit, SWAT, field supervisor, watch commander, Executive Officer and training manager. He has been on staff for over 20 years as first a Recruit Training Officer and then an instructor at the Golden West College (Huntington Beach, CA) Criminal Justice Training Center. In addition to these assignments, he has served as officer in charge of that institutionï¿½s California POST certified Basic SWAT Academy for over 15 years.
He is president of National Training Concepts, Inc. (www.ntc-swat.org). He has previously worked as an instructor with the NRAï¿½s Law Enforcement Division, Combined Tactical (CTS), the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), Heckler & Kochï¿½s (H&K) International Training Division, Singleton International and the U. S. Dept. of Stateï¿½s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP). He has carried out extensive law enforcement training in the United States and other locations on a wide variety of topics. These include leadership, critical incident management, firearms, tactical team training, less lethal, diversionary devices, force on force and active shooter response.
R K currently serves on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO). He teaches a portion of the CATO Advanced Commander course. In addition to CATO, he belongs to a number of other professional associations including the NTOA, NRA and the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors. Along with his instructional pursuits, R K conducts policy reviews for law enforcement agencies and provides expert witness services focused on litigation challenges to police practices. He graduated ï¿½cum laudeï¿½ from Long Beach State University with a BA in Political Science and is a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran. R K has been a regular columnist with CATO News for a number of years and prior to that with Law Officer Magazine. His law enforcement career has continued with him serving as a reserve officer with the Orange Police Department, primarily with that agencyï¿½s SWAT team and Training Unit. He may be reached at email@example.com.
Randy Sutton is a 33-year law enforcement veteran and the national spokesman for the American Council on Public Safety (www.defendingtheshield.org). He served 10 years in the Princeton (N.J.) Police Department and 23 years with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant with numerous awards for valor, lifesaving, community service and exemplary service. Sutton has trained thousands of U.S. law enforcement officers and is the author of True Blue: Police Stories by Those who Have Lived Them, A Cop’s Life: True Stories from the Heart Behind the Badge, True Blue: To Protect and Serve and The Power of Legacy: Personal Heroes of America’s Most Inspiring People. Reach him via his website at www.thepoweroflegacy.com.
Robert Johnson is a 20 year veteran law enforcement officer currently working at a large metropolitan agency. His assignments have included narcotics, gangs and training. He joined Law Officer in 2017 as an Associate Editor.
Sanford Swanson began his career as a law enforcement professional in 2006 and currently serves as a patrol officer for his department where he is employed. Sanford’s professional experiences span areas of patrol, investigations, training/instruction, and supervision. During his tenure, he has found passion in the areas of community policing and training. As a veteran law enforcement instructor of several disciplines, he places an emphasis on officer survival and control tactics/techniques. He travels across the country, as an instructor-trainer, training officers in STOPS officer survival tactics.
After 32 years of law enforcement service with a large urban police department, Charles E. Humes, Jr. honorably retired at the rank of Sergeant in 2015. Independently achieved, he is recognized internationally as one of the pioneers of modern, realistic police defensive tactics training. He has taught seminars and instructor certification schools as far West as Alaska and as far East as North Carolina; and has trained police instructors from as far as Hong Kong.
He was a 2016 recipient of the Ohio Distinguished Law Enforcement Training Award from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Captain Steve Neal (Ret.) served as a law enforcement officer in Virginia for 29 years. During his tenure he was fortunate to experience a wide range of assignments which included Uniform Operations, Criminal Investigations, Covert Operations, Director of the Emergency Communications Center, Director of Training, Support Services Commander, and Inspector for the Office of Professional Standards. Co-founder and partner of the Leatherman & Neal public safety consulting team, Steve enjoys providing leadership training for peace officers. In addition to his consultancy, he currently works as a media contributor; furnishing analysis, consultation, and crime commentary for television broadcasters. Steve Neal is the author of a great new book Toxic Boss Blues. www.ToxicBossBlues.com
Susan Lewis Simons has provided training seminars and programs since 1994 for various state, local and federal law enforcement agencies focusing on stress management and critical incident response and reactions. She is serving as a critical incident responder for agencies in Alabama and across the United States. She also provided training for the United States Air Force Europe in Germany and England. Susan served as a Consulting Clinician for 5 weeks in New York City with POPPA (Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance) providing assistance and training to officers with the NYPD, post September 11, 2001. She has been a guest instructor at Annual Training Conferences for prestigious organizations, including The Federal Bureau of Investigation, International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, SWAT Roundup and the International Aviation Security Academy and Conference sponsored by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA). Susan is considered to be one of the nations leading experts in the specialized field of Stress Management in Law Enforcement and serves as a Consultant to many law enforcement agencies and academies across the country. She is certified in Forensic Hypnosis and is also a Train the Trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. She currently is a fulltime Associate Professor at Herzing College in Birmingham Alabama in the Bachelor of Science Program/Homeland Security and Public Safety.
The mission at Thin Blue Line of Leadership is to inspire law enforcement supervisors to be the best leaders they can be by providing positive leadership tactics and ideas. Positive leadership and creating a positive squad culture are on-going commitments that must be nurtured and developed over time. Thin Blue Line of Leadership is here to help. You can also follow us on Twitter at @tbl_leadership.
Tim Barfield is in his 35th year as a police officer. He started as a police officer in a rural village before transferring to an inner ring suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. He spent 32 years in that department gaining experience in many areas of police work. In 2014, he accepted a position as police chief for another department. He is a husband, father and grandfather who has a love for police work and police officers with a goal of helping them succeed in a great profession. His responsibilities and desires have included patrol, traffic, DARE, SWAT, training and supervision. He is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. He continues to learn and instruct on subjects with an emphasis on awareness, police survival mindset and ethics.
Tim Dees is a writer, editor, trainer, and former law enforcement officer. After 15 years as a police officer with the Reno Police Department and elsewhere in Northern Nevada, Tim taught criminal justice as a full-time professor and instructor at colleges in Wisconsin, West Virginia, Georgia, and Oregon.
Sgt. Tim Tremaine is a 30 year veteran law enforcement officer currently serving with the Tarrant County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office as a patrol supervisor. Sgt. Tremaine was previously with the Arlington (Texas) Police Department, retiring after 22 years of service. Tremaine holds a BA and MA from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.
Travis Yates is a writer and editor at Law Officer. An ILEETA Trainer of the Year, his Seminars in Risk Management & Officer Safety have been taught across the United States & Canada. Major Yates has a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is the Director of Training for SAFETAC Training (www.safetac.org) and the Founder of the Courageous Leadership Institute (www.courageousleader.org), providing leadership consulting and training to law enforcement around the world.
Victoria Newman is an author, speaker, and founder of How2LoveYourCop, an organization that provides positive resources for law enforcement families. She is author of A CHiP on my Shoulder and A Marriage in Progress, speaks all over the United States and Canada, mentors several spouses, and is a blogger and ghostwriter. Her website is: www.how2loveyourcop.com.
War Stories are true accounts from the front line. They are submitted by members of our audience and range from comedy to drama. War Stories celebrates those that have given their life to protect those in their community.
William Gage is an experienced and award winning law enforcement professional that recently returned to local law enforcement with the Leesburg VA Police Department, after a 12 year career as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. During his 12 years with the Secret Service, he was the recipient of numerous awards for investigative and protective excellence. He has participated in hundreds of protective missions, and has done numerous foreign and domestic foreign protective advances for the President, Vice-President, and others. These included protective missions to hostile areas such as Iraq, and Afghanistan. William also served as the Lead Tactical Advance Agent for numerous National Special Security Events (NSSEs), and served as a Team Leader on the elite Counter Assault Team (CAT) focusing on active shooter response, threat mitigation and planning at the White House and other U.S. Government functions and facilities. Prior to joining the Secret Service, William was a Police Officer in Leesburg, Virginia where he received awards for exceptional performance. During his time as a Police Officer has as served as a SWAT Officer, and Bike Officer. He returned to local law enforcement in 2013, and returned to the Leesburg Police Department and currently works Patrol. William also works as an active shooter and security consultant with several companies, including PSIG, BLR, and Willis. He has given numerous public presentations about active shooter awareness, training and preparation and has appeared on various other media outlets including CNN and CSPAN. He also helps businesses with continuity of operations planning and logistics. He has written for several law enforcement and security journals, to include Law Officer, Police One, Tactical Solutions Magazine, and others. He holds a B.A. from the Virginia Military Institute, and an M.A. from Boston University.
William Gonzalez is a Patrol Officer in a suburb of Cleveland (OH). He has been in law enforcement since 2010. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security Administration.