JOHN “JACK” RYAN
LLRMI Co-Director, Attorney, Captain (Ret) Providence, RI Police Department
Jack Ryan is an Attorney in Rhode Island, a graduate Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude at Suffolk University Law School and has 20 years of law enforcement experience as a police officer with the Providence Police Department, Providence, RI.
Jack’s law degree and experience as a police officer gives him the unique perspective of public safety legal and liability issues. Jack is a former adjunct faculty member at Salve Regina University and lectures frequently throughout the United States. He has authored several legal publications, including the LLRMI best-selling “Legal Guide for Law Enforcement Officers and Supervisors” – an annually updated quick-reference guide to U.S. Supreme Court case law impacting law enforcement policies and procedures. Jack has authored “Law Enforcement Best Practices – 5th Edition”, “Jail and Best Practices” and “Emerging Legal Trends for SWAT, Tactical and Emergency Response Operations”. Jack has written policies and procedures that have been adopted by over 1,000 law enforcement and corrections agencies across the United States.
Deputy Chief of Police (Retired), Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles, California
Lou Reiter currently is a police consultant. He offers (3) separate professional services to the law enforcement community. He provides training to police groups in the high-liability area of use of force, emergency vehicle operations, high-risk operations, investigations of citizen complaints, Internal Affairs procedures, investigation of critical incidents, and liability management. He will normally conduct 15-20 of these programs ranging from 2 hours to 5 days in length. The primary seminars are a 2-1/2 day program on Internal Affairs and Police Discipline and a 5-day program on investigation of police use of force incidents. Each year nearly 1,000 police practitioners will attend these training programs.
Lou has been a consultant on 8 U.S. Department of Justice, civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, investigations of agencies involving patterns and practices of Constitutional violations. He was selected as a Federal Court monitor for the Consent Decree of Colln v. Ventura County Sheriff”s Department, CA.
Lou provides litigation consultation to attorney firms involved in police civil actions. since 1983, Lou has been retained in over 1,100 such cases in nearly every state, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Lou was a member of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1961 to 1981. During that tenure, he had 22 different assignments and rose through the ranks to retire as Deputy Chief of Police. About 70 percent of his time was spent in uniformed operations while the bulk of the remainder was in Internal Affairs, use of force review, training and personnel administration.
Lou has been published throughout his professional career. He was one of the principle researchers and authors of the 1973 Police Task Force Report, of the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Standards and Goals, where he authored the chapters on Internal Discipline, Training and Management-Employee Relations. Lou authored and published the Law Enforcement Administrative Investigations: A Manual Guide.
Major (Retired) Providence, RI Police Department
Stephen Campbell began his law enforcement career with the Providence, Rhode Island Police Department (with 500 sworn officers) in 1982 and retired at the rank of Major, Chief of Detectives in 2008. During his 26 years, he worked in numerous bureaus within the department including the Detective bureau, and developed and commanded the Domestic Violence Unit. He has investigated over 100 homicides and numerous suicides, accidental and natural deaths.
As the Chief of Detectives he had oversight of all Major Crimes, Narcotics Bureau & Organized Crime, Crime Scene Investigation & Evidence Collection, and Youth Services.
He has been an instructor since 2008 and has conducted law enforcement training seminars in 34 states. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Policing at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) at Boston University. He attended the Williams Homicide School, New York State Police. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI and a Master of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University, Newport, RI.
Tom Martin began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a uniformed New York State Trooper, and began his forensic career in 1990 as a crime scene field technician. For the majority of his career, Tom was assigned to the NYSP Forensic Identification Unit in Poughkeepsie, and supervised that unit for 14 years before retiring from that position in October 2010. Tom regularly provides forensic testimony in various state and federal courts.
Tom has a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. He is a nationally recognized speaker who has instructed at numerous forensic training seminars across the United States, including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Conferences, The National Institute of Justice Annual Conferences and Technology Fairs, and the Smithsonian Institute. He is a faculty member of the National College of District Attorneys.
SGT. Lowell, Massachusetts Police Department, Attorney
Shaun us a Senior Associate of Jack Ryan and Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute. Sgt. Santos has been a law enforcement officer for 20 years, with over 15 years’ experience as a Narcotics Detective. He has extensive experience working with the Drug Enforcement Administration conducting electronic surveillance investigations in to the Drug Trafficking Organizations. Shaun is currently assigned to the DEA;s Financial Investigations Team (FIT), anti-money laundering group, responsible for conducting electronic laundering investigations. He has experience with foreign and domestic money pick-ups, international bank wire transfers, familiarity with Black Market Peso Exchange, and Attorney General Exempt Operations (AGEO), allowing for the laundering of drug proceeds in furtherance of narcotics investigations.
Shaun has received his Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA; Master’s Degree from Anna Maria College; and Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School.
CISSP, EnCE, CFCE, CEECS, CHFI, A+, Network+, Security+
Glenn Bard is a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper First Class and U.S. Veteran of Operations Desert Storm. In 1999 Glenn began Computer Crime Investigations for the PA State Police and has since investigated crimes across the United States ranging from Child Pornography to Criminal Homicide. Glenn has also conducted forensic examinations for City, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies including the FBI, US Postal Inspectors, and I.C.E., as well as, foreign governments.
Glenn has been certified as an expert in both State Court and by the United States Federal Court in the areas of Digital Forensics, Cellular Technology and Computer Technology.
Tim began his law enforcement career with the Baltimore Police Department in 1981. In September of 1990, he was reassigned to the Education and Training Division as the agency’s primary law instructor. April of 1993, he assumed command of the Department’s Special Investigation Section within the Internal Investigation Division. His duties focused on the investigation of Criminal wrongdoing within the department’s ranks.
Chief Longo (retired) served as Chief of Police for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia until 2016. Tim is a graduate of Towson University in Baltimore where he served as an Adjunct Professor. He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore, School of Law. Tim serves as an Expert Witness and regularly lectures across the United States for the Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute.
Deputy Director (Retired), Fayette County Detention Center Adult Facility, Lexington, KY
Jeff retired December 2018 as the Deputy Director of the Fayette County Detention Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Over his 20-year career, he has worked all levels of custody inside a 1,300-bed correctional facility located in the horse racing capitol of the world. Jeff was an instructor for 5 years inside the academy, where he trained over 700 recruits, molding them into successful leaders in the Corrections field. He has trained and commanded the CERT team, as well as taught Drill and Ceremony to the Division Honor guard. While promoting through the ranks, he commanded the Professional Standards Unit where he specialized in Internal Affairs investigations and Gang Intel for 7 years. Jeff completed over 200 administrative investigations, as well as, conducted over 100 PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) investigations. He is well versed in PREA and is a PREA Investigator Instructor. Jeff has completed the top Leadership Academies at the National Institute of Corrections in Aurora, Colorado. He brings experience from proudly serving 4 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, followed by obtaining his BS degree in Corrections and Juvenile Services/Political Science from Eastern Kentucky University, through his career as a Corrections Leader. Jeff was a Certified Deputy Coroner within the Commonwealth of Kentucky for 8 years. He presents jail training throughout the country and serves as an Expert Witness around the United States, focusing on jail litigation.
(Retired), Kentucky Department of Corrections, Louisville, KY
Ms. Tracey Reed has over a quarter century of total corrections experience. A graduate of Brescia University, is a veteran in the field of corrections, having served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for over a decade as a Senior Probation and Parole Officer in addition to being selected as the first female jail consultant.
Since retiring from the KY Department of Corrections in 2013, Ms. Reed has served as an Independent Jail Consultant for the Kentucky Association of Counties. She routinely develops and provides training for elected jailers and their staff in critical areas of operations, to help KACO’s clients improve safety and security for those incarcerated in county jails, while also helping reduce liability for individual jail staff members and the county agencies that employ them.
In addition, Ms. Reed serves as a member of the Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute’s advisory board, conducting audits for jails, providing training for correctional officers across the United States, and serving as an expert witness for litigants in the area of intake screening, suicides, mental health, classifications, detoxification, and policy and procedures. Her expertise includes interpreting state and federal regulatory standards governing jail operations, construction, renovation, as well as conducting investigations into critical incidents. She resides in Louisville, Kentucky.
Deputy Director (Retired), Rhode Island Department of Corrections, Providence, Rhode Island
David has worked in Jail/Correction since 1981, retiring as Deputy Director of the Medium Security II at the Rhode Island Department of Correction. David received his Bachelor and Master’s Degree from Salve Regina University and regularly teaches as an Adjunct Instructor in their Criminal Justice Program.
David has worked as a Jail Correction expert for the last 8 years throughout the United States.
David conducts Jail Audits and regularly teaches Jail Correction Officers throughout the United States for the Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute. David has served as a Jail Expert Witness since 2010.
SGT (Retired), Metro-Dade Police Department, Miami, Florida
David Rivers retired as a Detective Sergeant in the Homicide Bureau of the Metropolitan Dade County Police Department after over 27 years of service. David was assigned to the Homicide Bureau for 20 of those 27 years, 4 years as a Detective and 16 years as a supervisor. In those capacities he conducted and assisted in several hundred death investigations including homicides, suicides, non-vehicular accidental deaths and numerous officer involved shootings. On April 11, 1986 he was assigned as the supervisor of the F.B.I. Shooting in Miami which, to date, is still the largest shootout in the Bureau’s history. In 1988, he was assigned as the supervisor of the “Cold Case Squad” which was responsible for continuing investigation of information received on over 1,800 open homicides dating back to 1951. Additionally, he has consulted on cases in Canada, Holland, United Kingdom, as well as the United States. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Nova University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida International University. David is a Charter Member and past member of the Board of Directors of the International Homicide Investigator’s Association. In 2012, he received an Excellence and Life Time Achievement Award from the I.H.I.A for death investigation and training. Additionally, he is a member of several state homicide investigators associations. He is a current member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Training Association (I.L.E.E.T.A.), International Police Association I.P.A. Region 43, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (A.C.J.S.) and the Police Section of A.C.J.S. In April of 2010 he was certified as a Force Analyst by the Force Science (R)Institute Limited. He again attended the certification course in 2017 (as a refresher).
He is currently the President of Voice & Ink Enterprises, Inc., a Florida Corporation that specializes in law enforcement training and expert witness testimony. David has been teaching law enforcement officers since 1981 and is currently an instructor for the Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute. He has instructed law enforcement officers in 48 states and 3 foreign countries. He specializes in Homicide Investigation and Officer Involved Shootings.
JAMES W. DODSON
Commander (Retired), Odessa, Texas Police Department
James W. Dodson is a fourth-generation Texas Police Officer with 27 years of service with the Odessa Police Department, serving 92,000 citizens of West Texas. During his service to the community, he rose through the ranks to the position of Police Commander, which he held for 14 years. Commander Dodson has extensive experience in narcotics law enforcement, both as an agent and supervisor. He has over seventeen years of command experience in managing the Internal Affairs function, the Criminal Investigations Bureau, and the Patrol Services Bureau. This experience was in a progressive police department with an authorized strength of over 250 sworn and civilian personnel. Commander Dodson was a state-certified instructor for over 22 years, specializing in the areas of Arrest, Search and Seizure, Police Supervision and Leadership. He has established a continuous proven track record in his commitment to the development of public safety professionals. In June of 2006, he was awarded the Texas Police Association “Wallace Beasley Award” for outstanding contribution of law enforcement training and education.
MARK A. HALL
Supervisor of Training (Retired), Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Nashville, TN
Mark Hall is a 32-year police veteran who retired form the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Nashville, Tennessee where he was a Supervisor of Training. He began his career in 1986 at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation where he was assigned to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. As a Special Agent, he worked cases relating to Medicaid Fraud, patient abuse and drug diversion by Medicaid Providers.
In 1990, he the TBI and went to work for Business Risk International, as a Corporate Security Consultant for BRI, he investigated employee theft, narcotics, embezzlement, and fraud for for numerous fortune 500 companies. He was also responsible for BRI’s electronic countermeasures program.
In 1991, he returned to State Law Enforcement as a Special Agent for the Tennessee Department of Revenue Special Investigations Unit. As a Special Agent, he conducted investigations of taxpayers in violation of the Tennessee Sales and Use Tax Laws relating to sales tax, gambling and narcotics. He was assigned to the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication for (3) years and assisted with numerous drug task force investigations during his employment with TDR. He was also a departmental firearms and defensive tactics instructor. In addition to these responsibilities, he was assigned to conduct internal investigations for the Tennessee Department of Revenue.
In 1997, Mr. Hall gained employment with the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy as a full-time instructor and was promoted to Supervisor of Training in 2014. While employed by TLETA, he taught numerous topics including EVOC, physical fitness, defensive tactics, interview and interrogation, statement analysis and firearms. In addition to his teaching assignments at TLETA, Mr. Hall taught Statement Analysis and Interrogation at the TBI Special Agent School and provides various police departments across the country with the analysis of statements.
Mr. Hall retired from TLETA in April 2017 and became a contract employee with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation until June 2018.
ROBERT G. LOWERY, JR.
Major (Retired), Florissant, Police Department, Florissant, Missouri
Robert Lowery was the 5th police official to be appointed as Commander of the elite 35-year Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad, a multi-jurisdictional violent crime task force concerned with the high-profile murder investigations in Missouri and Illinois. Serving 2.5 million citizens across 12 counties. Formed partnerships with Federal Law Enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United State Marshal Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Secret Service and Internal Revenue to maximize resources available for in-progress homicide cases. Robert created the Technical Operations Group, a specially-trained team designed to provide electronic support in tracking and locating suspects. Robert created the Family Liaison Program which provided specially-trained investigators to work with families of victims of homicide cases, investigated violent crimes with 500 Law Enforcement Investigators from over 100 local, county, state, federal agencies and managed high-level murder cases in collaboration with numerous officers and agencies.
Robert is a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association, Quantico, Virginia, United State Department of Justice, Federal Agency Task Force on Missing and Exploited Children, Washington DC, International Coroners and Medical Examiners Association and Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Academy Association.
LISA MAYHEW, MS
Child Death Investigator/Trainer, North Carolina Child Fatality Prevention Team
Lisa Mayhew has worked as a child development specialist in North Carolina since 1992. She has provided direct therapy services to children, as well as providing consultation and training within North Carolina and across the US in areas related to child development. She specializes in the 0-3 age range population, children with special needs and interdisciplinary collaboration. She has served as the Child Death Investigator/Trainer for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner since 2000 conducting investigations of child deaths statewide, and providing assistance in investigations to local and state agencies. In addition, Lisa operates the Child Death Investigation Training Program in conjunction with the North Carolina Justice Academy to agencies statewide involved in the investigation of child fatalities. She provides training to local and state law enforcement agencies across the US, and is the author of Child Death Investigations: Interdisciplinary Techniques from Cradle to Court available through Carolina Academic Press. She served as a consultant in the development of the Infant/Child Death Investigation Kit with Tri Tech Forensics and is an instructor for their training institute. She received both of her bachelor and master degrees in Child Development.
DANNY L. PRICE
Major, Indiana State Police Department
Danny Price is a Veteran of Law Enforcement and Leadership Instruction. He began his Policing Career with the Indiana State Police in 1986 as a Trooper in Southern Indiana and has worked his way through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Major. His 32+ years of Law Enforcement includes 24 in Leadership Positions giving him a unique view of Management, Leadership and Supervision from the perspective of a First-Line Supervisor to that of Top Management.
Danny holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern Indiana and a Master’s Degree from Indiana University. He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Development Course from the University of Louisville and the 194th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Captain (Retired), Los Angeles Police Department
Jerry Rodriguez is a retired Captain from the Los Angeles Police Department; he was also a Deputy Police Commissioner in Baltimore Police Department and most recently the Chief of Investigations for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. He was instrumental in the creation of the LAPD Force Investigation Division in response to the 2001 DOJ Consent Decree. Jerry is currently working as an investigator with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s.
DR. P. MICHAEL MURPHY, F-ABMDI
Dr. P. Michael Murphy serves as President and CEO of M Power USA, an international management consulting firm providing management and leadership guidance to public and private agencies. Dr. Murphy brings 40 plus years of law enforcement and public service experience to the position serving in a multitude of roles giving him a unique perspective beginning with boots on the ground of Chief of Police.
Dr. Murphy most recently served as Director of Special Services for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia where he was responsible for the Long Term Missing and Unidentified, Forensic Services, Image Enhancement/Age Progression Units. Dr. Murphy is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a doctoral degree in Business Administration with California Pacific University. He is also Fellow with the American Board of Medicolegal Investigators.
Dr. Murphy recently received the 2018 International Homicide Investigators Association Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as, the Award for Excellence for his contributions to IHIA education and training programs. Dr. Murphy has served as President of the International Association of Coroner & Medical Examiners (IACME), President of the Nevada Chapter of the FBI National Academy (FBINA), President of the Nevada Sheriff’s and Chief’s Association, Chairman of the State of Nevada Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Commission (POST), as well as, Advisory Board Member of the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP). He continues to serve on numerous committees at the federal, state and local levels, including, but not limited to the recently created “The Wounded Blue Project”.
Dan Sosnowski has been a senior interview and interrogation instructor for over 35 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.
Dan 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 20,000 interviews regarding all areas of criminal behavior. These cases cover a wide range of emotional and cognitive behaviors involving the individuals being interviewed and sometimes confronted with very negative information. In order to successfully interview people, Dan has had to employ verbal de-escalation 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.
STAN WALTERS, CSP
“The Lie Guy®”
Subject Matter Expert: Interview and Interrogation Methods, Techniques & Training
Stan B. Walters has spent more than 40 years studying and researching the science of interview and interrogation. He is the author of Principles of Kinesic Interview and Interrogation, 2d, ed. and The Truth About Lying: How to Spot a Lie and Protect Yourself From Deception which has been published in 7 foreign languages. He has authored numerous interview and interrogation training guides, audio programs and videos including 145+ videos on his YouTube Channel. Stan maintains a personal library of 1,300+ video-taped interviews of inmates he personally directed and produced in 37 prisons in 17 states and one foreign country.
Stan worked with Dr. Martha Davis clinical psychologist and Brenda L. Connors of the US Naval War College on ground breaking credibility research project conducted at John Jay College. The research was in association with the NYPD, and the Queens, Manhattan & Bronx District Attorneys’ Offices. He is the co-author of 3 published peer reviewed scientific papers on the results of that project. He has also served as an interviewing and interrogation subject matter expert for Johns Hopkins University.
Stan has more than 50,000 hours on the platform as an instructor. Among others, he has provided training for the National Security Agency, Adjunct Instructor for Defense Intelligence Agency – National Center for Credibility Assessment, US Army 1st, 4th and 25th Infantry, US Army Special Forces, 82nd Airborne, 101st Airborne, 1 Cavalry & 1 Armored Divisions, Guest instructor at US Army Military Police School, USA Army C.I.D., US Army Intelligence & Counter-Intelligence, US Army Battlefield Surveillance Brigades, USAF O.S.I., USAF S.E.R.E., USAF Security Forces, US Navy EOD, Texas Rangers, US Postal Inspectors, US Marshals Service, US Secret Service – Polygraph, FBI – Polygraph, US Treasury – Inspector General, DFW Airport SWAT, Texas Rangers SWAT, Texas D.P.S. SWAT, Kentucky, Nebraska, & Pennsylvania State Police, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, NASA Inspector General, New York State Police, US Marshals Service, Singapore Police Force & Military, US Courts, US Indian Police Academy, I.C.E., C.B.P., US C.I.S., UAE Police & State Security, Calgary Police Service, Canadian Fish & Wildlife, Canadian Securities Commissions, International Association of Arson Investigators, and numerous other criminal justice agencies and academies throughout North America. He has also conducted training in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany, Singapore and South Korea.
Stan has regularly appeared on Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen. He has also appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, Fox & Friends, NBC, France Channel One and Australia Today. He has been profiled twice on National Geographic and was host and technical advisor on the National Geographic special “The Science of Interrogation.”
(Retired), Weber County Sheriff’s Office, Ogden, Utah
Mark Lowther served in the US Marine Corps and has 30 years in public safety. Eight years in corrections as a line officer and supervisor and 22 years in law enforcement operations as an officer and supervisor.
Mark has served as a SWAT hostage negotiator for a major portion of his career. Mark served two Metro SWAT teams as a negotiator from tech to hostage negotiation team leader.
Mark has extensive background and training in suicide intervention, verbal de-escalation, and mental illness. Mark has trained law enforcement locally and nationally on interaction with suicidal individuals and the mentally ill. Mark was named as the Utah Tactical Officers Association 2012 Crisis Negotiator of the year.
Mark has been to Ukraine four times to train civilians, police, military, and intelligence personnel in the areas of Hostage Negoti-ations and Crisis Intervention.
Lt. Lowther has worked in corrections, patrol, detectives, vice/gangs, motors, warrants, and court security. Lt. Lowther served as part of the Public Safety Law Enforcement Unit in the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics.
Background Bio for Lt. Sean Carroll, MS, CSM
Lieutenant Sean Carroll is a decorated veteran of a capital city Police Department with over 400 members, who currently serves as a Shift Commander in the Patrol Bureau. He has accumulated a unique wealth of experience in various positions over the last 22 years. His rare combination of investigative & street experience, combined with his extensive educational and training background, provides the foundation for his expertise and gives his presentations an exceptional level of credibility. More importantly, Sean enjoys sharing a quick wit and laid-back sense of humor with his audiences which makes his classes both memorable and entertaining. He is passionate about helping to develop the next generation of law enforcement leaders and it shows in his energetic teaching style.
Sean earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Studies from Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI) – where he also enjoys being an adjunct Criminal Justice professor – and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. He is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a football Quarterback coach, as well.
Sean has successfully trained many students over the years as he continues to do what he is passionate about – coaching and mentoring emerging leaders.
Steven Kellams retired in 2019 as the Administrative Captain for the Bloomington Police Department in Bloomington Indiana. Captain Kellams attended Indiana University from 1987 to 1991. In 1989, he graduated from the Indiana University Police Academy. In 1991, he was hired by the Bloomington Police Department and was assigned to night shift. After spending 10 years as a night shift patrol officer, Captain Kellams was promoted to Sergeant, and then Lieutenant. His final position with the department was as the Administrative Captain, responsible for a number of duties including internal affairs, public information, and CALEA Accreditation. During his time at the department, he served as a breath-test operator, bike patrol officer, field training officer, and senior field training officer. Captain Kellams has also served as a Patrol Supervisor, Detective Supervisor, Civil Disturbance Unit Commander, Motor Unit Supervisor, Field Training Manager, Field Training Coordinator, Special Investigation Unit Supervisor, and Public Information Officer.
In 2000, Captain Kellams was instrumental in redesigning the field training program for the Bloomington Police Department and has taught that program to hundreds of departments throughout the United States. He has also instructed on field training issues at the national level when he presented two courses at the 2002 National Association of Field Training Officers Conference. He also presented courses for NAFTO in 2008, 2010, and 2011. In 2000, he was elected state director for the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Field Training Officers. He also served on the NAFTO National Executive Board and served as President of the board in 2009.
Captain Kellams was awarded the Monroe County Officer of the Year Award in 2005 for his work with the Bloomington Police Department Field Training Program.
In 2020 Captain Kellams started Blue Canary, a podcast for police officers. Tired of having other people tell our stories, Captain Kellams started Blue Canary to provide a voice for police officers everywhere to share their stories, thoughts, and ideas regarding all topics in law enforcement.