BLUE COURAGE DELIVERY & DEVELOPMENT TEAM

 

Michael Nila

Illinois
Founder & Managing Partner

Michael Nila

Illinois

For twenty-nine years, Michael honed leadership skills while serving his nation in the policing profession before retiring as a Police Commander with the Aurora, IL Police Department. As a police officer, he served in many capacities and led the department’s re-engineering from a traditional police agency to a community-policing department. His vast experience in the field has made him the trainer of choice for police agencies and communities nationwide. A valued and sought after speaker, Michael has trained and certified thousands of employees, executives and trainers for notable organizations worldwide, such as the U.S. Department of Justice, Chicago Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department, New York City Police Department, The United Nations, as well as the military, government agencies and Fortune 500 Companies.

Currently, Michael is Blue Courage’s Managing Partner, an organization committed to the design and delivery of world-class personal and organizational development solutions that unleash the untapped potential within. Michael is also certified in delivering FranklinCovey’s signature classes and is a certified Master Trainer in Resilience by the HeartMath Institute. A valued and sought after speaker, Michael travels extensively to deliver his trademark real-world perspective to contemporary workplace issues.  He is the 2016 recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Meritorious Public Service and the HeartMath Institute Humanitarian Heart Award in recognition for improving the health and well-being of policing through resilience training.

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Daniel Schmer

Missouri
Senior Consultant

Daniel Schmer

Missouri

Daniel is a Master Instructor and a member of the Board of Directors for Blue Courage. Dan was the co-founder of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department’s (KCPD) Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy was developed to bring principle and value based leadership to law enforcement. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and obtained a Master Degree in Education. He has experience in primary and secondary education and was recently involved in a cooperative venture between the KCPD and Benedictine University in developing and facilitating a new MBA in Leadership degree program.

Daniel is a veteran of the United States Army Military Police Corp. and served for 26 years with the Kansas City, MO Police Department. While with the KCPD he served in numerous capacities; patrol, traffic enforcement (motorcycle unit), Gang Resistance Education and Training, the Training Division and as a Hostage Negotiator. He holds numerous nationally recognized leadership and personal development content certifications, including from FranklinCovey; 7 Habits, Great Leaders Great Teams Great Results, Focus and Writing Advantage and from the Arbinger Institute; Choice and Choice at Work and World Class Leadership. Dan and his wife, Carol, reside in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Howard L. Powers

Michigan
Senior Consultant

Howard L. Powers

Michigan

Howard L. Powers proudly served the state of Michigan for more than 38 years as a law enforcement official. During his 32 year career with the Michigan State Police (MSP), he developed a reputation for personifying the MSP Value Statement, A Proud Tradition of Service through Excellence, Integrity, and Courtesy. Howard spent a large part of his MSP career as a First Lieutenant and section commander in the MSP Training Division where he was responsible for the training, development, and mentoring of recruits, veteran troopers, sergeants, and members of local and county police agencies. Before retiring, Howard played a significant role in the development and delivery of training and education in the areas of supervision, leadership, and executive leadership. After retiring from the Michigan State Police, Howard served six years as the Security Director at the Hall of Justice for the Michigan Supreme Court. He continues to exercise his passion to develop police officers as a guest lecturer for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, training annually in the area Developing Subordinates.

Howard comes from a family of educators and has a sincere love and a passion for training, developing and educating law enforcement professionals. He holds a B.S. degree from Madonna University in Criminal Justice, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Lansing Community College Leadership Academy and holds numerous training certificates.

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Jack Hart

California
Senior Consultant

Jack Hart

California

Jack Hart is a 18-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department, having served in various patrol assignments, as an FTO and as an attorney with the Department’s Legal Division where he appeared in civil and criminal courts on behalf of officers.  As a California POST certified instructor, he teaches search and seizure and patrol procedures to continuing professional training classes and has recently completed his 49th SFPD Recruit class as an instructor on search and seizure, laws of arrest, constitutional law, criminal statutes, evidence, and leadership. As a Sergeant, he led a street crimes (gangs and guns) plainclothes enforcement detail in the Bayview Police District, and as a Lieutenant, was the officer in charge of SFPD’s Candlestick Park detail that included the management of over 100 officers at San Francisco 49ers’ home games. Currently, he is a Captain assigned to the SFPD’s Homeland Security Unit, where he is in charge of the Marine Unit and Department Operations Center.

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David Dubois

New Hampshire
Senior Consultant

David Dubois

New Hampshire

David Dubois is the High Sheriff of Strafford County in the State of New Hampshire and former Chief of Police with the Rochester, New Hampshire Police Department.

He is a graduate of Northwestern University Management Training, Babson College Command Training, the 177th session of the FBI National Academy and the 55th Session of Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar held in Quantico Virginia. David has worked over the years as a trainer with the Regional Community Policing Institute of New England and Carolinas Institute for Community Policing in the areas of Community Policing, Police Ethics and Leadership for Law Enforcement. He regularly facilitates sessions with the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Academy.

David is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association, the International Association of Chief’s of Police, a Life Member and Past President of the NH Chief’s of Police Association. He serves on the NH Chief’s Executive Board, The New Hampshire police Standards and Training Council and he is a Paul Harris Fellow and Past President with the Rotary Club of Rochester, New Hampshire. He is a life member of the New England Association of Chiefs of Police, a member of the FBI National Academy Associates of New England and a member of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. He has served on the City Rochester New Hampshire’s Planning Board and, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Strafford County Child Advocacy Center.

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Mia Deufel

Illinois
Chief Financial Officer

Mia Deufel

Illinois

Mia Deufel started her career as an Accounting Clerk for Equipto Electronics Corporation. During her employment of 19 years at Equipto Electronics, she held several positions and was the Production Control Manager for the last several years of her employment. In 2005, she joined the team as an administrative assistant. She works behind the scenes to ensure that our trainers can prepare and present the best possible classroom experience for clients. She’s proud to be a part of a company that can touch so many lives in such a meaningful way. Mia find’s the passion that the team brings to all its endeavors to be very rewarding. Mia lives in Aurora, Illinois with her beautiful daughter, Jessie.

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Chisa Golbourne

Colorado
Senior Consultant

Chisa Golbourne

Colorado

Inclusive Leadership Senior Consultant and Facilitator
An accomplished trainer and facilitator, Chisa Golbourne brings enthusiasm, passion and energy to the training team. Prior to joining the team, Chisa was the Casino Operations manager at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. She helped the organization identify problems, pinpoint solutions, ensure customer satisfaction and developed ongoing training programs for over 400 casino employees. She created ACES HIGH, a 6-month professional growth and development program. She was the driving force behind We Create the Results We Get, an experiential learning course each month for all casino leadership that focused on leadership and high performance teams. Chisa earned a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Sociology from Rutgers University. She has delivered training programs for Fortune 500 companies, federal, state and local governments.

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Jocelyn Little

Nevada
Director of Operations

Jocelyn Little

Nevada

Jocelyn Little has spent many years sharpening her skills in the diversity and education environment. She joined the MGM MIRAGE’s Diversity Education department in 2002, supporting their very first Diversity Champions Workshop. In December 2006, Jocelyn joined Bellagio’s Convention Services department, assisting with convention groups and the coordination of their events. In July 2007, when Jocelyn moved to Newport, RI, she jumped at the chance to re-join the passion and energy of the team as a logistics support. She feels the real reward of her job comes from her influence in touching lives and leaving a legacy. In April 2009, Jocelyn took on additional administrative responsibilities. She is currently a part of the Blue Courage team taking care of miscellaneous administrative duties. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Hotel Administration and currently lives with her son in Las Vegas, NV.

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Rebecca Pierce

Illinois
Chief of Staff/Logistics

Rebecca Pierce

Illinois

Rebecca Pierce has lived in the Chicagoland area for over 16 years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a BFA in acting. Rebecca has worked the past 16 years at Rock Bottom Brewery while perusing her acting career and being a mom. For the past 5 years, she has also been working as a producer and co-owner of her own production company, 34th Street Films, LLC. She feels so blessed to be a team member with Blue Courage and be a part of changing lives.

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Scott Tyman

Arizona
Senior Consultant

Scott Tyman

Arizona

Scott Michael Tyman retired as a sergeant with the Arizona Department of Public Safety in 2017, after nearly 29 years. His assignments include patrol, Vehicular Crimes and Collision Reconstruction Unit, Recruit Training Officer, Basic Training Sergeant, Professional Standards Unit, and the Employee Assistance Program. Scott is a certified Physical Training, Defensive Tactics, Force on Force, and Emergency Vehicle Operations instructor.

During his time as a basic training sergeant at ALEA, Scott attended the Blue Courage Academy (Train-the-Trainer) class. This class touched his heart and validated what he believed and instilled in the police recruits he trained.

Scott has two adult daughters Brittney and Kendra. He loves cars, motorcycles (basically, anything with an engine), mountain biking, ATV’s, fly fishing and camping.

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Christopher Greb

Nevada
Consultant

Christopher Greb

Nevada

Chris Greb is a sergeant and 23-year veteran of the Nevada Highway Patrol.  Chris has worked his career in the Reno/Carson City/Lake Tahoe area and has been in operations for all but one year of his career.  He has been a narcotics canine handler working highway drug interdiction, a member of the Major Accident Reconstruction Team, and worked as a motor officer.  As a supervisor, Chris has supervised many different operational teams as well as the region’s HIDTA drug task force.  Chris was a member of the regional team responsible for writing the Reno/Sparks Active Shooter Response Protocol and he was on the Washoe County School District’s emergency action plan committee. He has been an active trainer at the Nevada Department of Public Safety academy, teaching basic recruits as well as supervisor academies for over 20 years.  Chris has also been a member and supervisor of the Nevada Highway Patrol and Nevada Department of Public Safety’s Honor Guard for more than 20 years.  Since attending the Blue Courage Academy, it has been Chris’ mission to get the Blue Courage message to as many officers in Nevada as possible.  He has brought Blue Courage into the Nevada Highway Patrol specifics academy and even into the division’s budget to have all sworn members trained by 2019.  Chris is a veteran of the United States Air Force, a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and has recently gone back to school to finish his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.  Chris lives in Reno, Nevada and has been married to his beautiful wife Ellen since August 2015; together they have 6 incredible children.

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Ramon Barboza

Nevada
Consultant

Ramon Barboza

Nevada

For twenty-five years, Ramon served with the Reno Police Department. Ramon has instructed school based programs like Drug Awareness Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) and Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.). When the Reno Police Department shifted from a traditional policing model to a community policing department, Ramon was instrumental in training police personnel. This required officers to be trained and certified as instructors of Community Policing Through Environmental Design, Community Mobilization and Problem Solving. After retiring in 2005, Ramon signed on as an educator with Blue Courage, conducting trainings across the country.

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William Pierson

Washington
Consultant

William Pierson

Washington

Assistant Chief William Pierson is highly experienced law enforcement professional with over 24 years of police experience. Assistant Chief Pierson was hired with the city of Auburn Washington in 1990 and was assigned to the Patrol Division where he was awarded the Medal of Distinction while in field training. He served in various capacities, including Narcotic Detective, SWAT team member, Internal Affairs Investigator and Grant Writer, and Commander of the Patrol Division. As the Assistant Chief of Police in Auburn Washington, he leads a police department of 124 total employees with 105 of those being sworn officers. He has played a key role in developing the Core Values of the department as well as the Mission and Vision.

Assistant Chief Pierson earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Public Policy, Law and Social Control from Washington State University and attended the 248th Session of the FBI National Academy. He recently graduated from the International Association of Police Chiefs Leadership in Police Organizations. His community involvement entails being a member of the Auburn Kiwanis, Board Member of the Washington State Youth Law Enforcement Camp and youth football coach for the last four years.

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Russ Hicks

Washington
Consultant

Russ Hicks

Washington

Russ Hicks is a 23-year police veteran and is currently assigned as a Police Instructor at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. Nearly all law enforcement officers in Washington attend this academy. Russ specializes in teaching Criminal Law, Police Procedures, the Art of Communication, and Returning to the Constitutional Role of Law Enforcement. Russ is an Officer with the Fife Police Department in Washington State and started police work in 1991 with the Honolulu Police Department

Russ has been selected to work numerous special assignments throughout his career due to his strong work ethic and professionalism. These assignments have included; Covert Undercover Narcotics, Witness Protection Unit, Internal Affairs, Bicycle Patrol, Civil Disturbance Unit, Hostage Negotiator, Field Training Officer, Community Policing Team, Critical Incident Stress Management, and Uniformed Patrol (rural and urban environments).
Russ Hicks founded Hicks Consulting, a police expertise company in 2010. His company specializes in police training, expert testimony, consulting, and civil investigations.

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Rex Caldwell

Washington
Consultant

Rex Caldwell

Washington

Chief Rex Caldwell served as Police Chief for the City of Mukilteo for five years, including a stint as Interim City Administrator where he oversaw all Operations and Services. He worked more than 29 years with the Kirkland Police Department, rising from Patrol Officer to Captain, including a two year period as Commander of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Upon retirement in late 2015, he became the Building Public Trust Initiatives program manager, presenting a variety of courses including Blue Courage, Understanding Perceptions and Bias, Pursuit Decision Making, and Tactical Thinking. In May 2016, he became the Operations Division Manager for Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. Rex is an adjunct professor for Shoreline Community College, teaching Ethics in the Social Sciences Department. His personal philosophy is “Leave Things Better Than You Found Them,” which he demonstrates through service to various charities including as Executive Director for Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, Stand With Those Who Serve, Kiwanian, and Ronald McDonald House Christmas Cruise.

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Tom Verni

New York
Consultant

Tom Verni

New York

Tom Verni has spent nearly 25 years in law enforcement, 22 of which he served with the NYPD. He has been a CALEA certified police instructor since 1998, supervised, taught and mentored hundreds of recruits as a Behavioral Science “official company instructor”, taught in-service training, and was a co-instructor of the successful NYPD Citizens Police Academy. He was promoted to Detective, working for the Chief of Community Affairs as a citywide community liaison, actively partaking in bias related investigations as well as serving as part of a citywide critical response team.

After retiring from the NYPD, Tom has been featured as a law enforcement consultant on numerous local New York City news stations as well as national and international news networks such as Fox News, CNN, and BBC Radio / TV. Tom was asked to partner with the US DOJ Community Affairs Unit to conduct a pilot training of a new transgender specific training developed by the United States Department of Justice in collaboration with a number of police departments and LGBT organizations throughout the nation. In 2015, Tom signed on as an instructor with Blue Courage, conducting trainings across the country.

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Walter Beatty

New York
Consultant

Walter Beatty

New York

Walter is a 25- year veteran of the NYPD with extensive experience in both training and patrol functions. Walter is certified to facilitate many law enforcement training experiences, including the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Law Enforcement Officers. Walter’s tenure with the NYPD has allowed him to help develop thousands of police recruits and probationary officers in the field. Sharing his knowledge and experience with others comes very natural to him. Recently retired, Walter resides in Orange County, NY and pursues his passions of motorcycles and continual learning. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University. Walter is very excited to be part of the Blue Courage Team.

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James O’Keefe

New York
Consultant

James O’Keefe

New York

Dr. James O’Keefe began his career in law enforcement as a police officer with the Houston Police Department.  His ten years with the department ranged from sworn service as a uniformed police officer to special assistant to the chief of patrol.  During that time he was the recipient of numerous commendations for excellent police service. Additionally, while serving as a sworn officer, Dr. O’Keefe was one of the initial recipients of the “100 Club of Houston-Law Enforcement Scholarship” and completed his master’s degree in police science and administration and his doctorate in criminal justice administration.

 

In 1991, he returned to New York City to become the associate director of the Office of Management & Budget in the New York City Transit Police Department.  He was soon promoted to director of training when the first independent New York City Transit Police Academy was established.  With the merger of the New York City Police Department, New York City Housing Police Department and the New York City Transit Police Department, Dr. O’Keefe was promoted to director of training for the newly consolidated New York City Police Department.  Under Dr. O’Keefe’s leadership, the New York City Police Academy was frequently recognized for many awards and honors for innovation.  Dr. O’Keefe was also responsible for conceiving, designing, and securing the necessary inter-agency funding, and building the New York/New Jersey H.I.D.T.A. Joint Tactical Training Village at the NYPD Firing Range in the Bronx, NY.  Dr. James O’Keefe retired from the New York City Police Department in 2001 to accept an appointment as an associate professor of criminal justice leadership with St. John’s University. In April, 2008, Dr. O’Keefe was appointed an honorary member of the Honor Legion of the City of New York Police Department and served numerous roles. In January 2014, after completing a two and half year academic leave of absence to serve as a deputy commissioner in the New York City Police Department, Dr. O’Keefe returned to St. John’s University and was appointed vice provost & professor of criminal justice.

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Kristen Ziman

Illinois
Founding Member

Kristen Ziman

Illinois

Kristen Ziman is a keynote speaker, trainer and consultant who brings passion and energy to her clients through real world experience and expertise. Kristen currently holds the position of Patrol Commander in her department of 300 sworn officers. Commander Ziman has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Aurora University and a Master’s Degree from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Northwestern Senior Leadership Program and the FBI National Academy Session #249.

Kristen’s passion for law enforcement has been unwavering since she began as a police cadet at age 17. She draws upon her experience and her love of the profession to impassion those around her. Her commitment is to touch the hearts and minds of other officers by taking them to higher levels of loyalty and performance and reminding them of their noble calling as America’s first line of defense. She is part of the team that developed Blue Courage and is a certified trainer for Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 4 Disciplines of Execution, Customer Service for Law Enforcement, and Diversity-Centered Leadership.

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Larry Snelling

Illinois
Founding Member

Larry Snelling

Illinois

Larry Snelling has served the Chicago Police Department for over 20 years in several capacities. He is currently assigned as the supervising Sergeant of recruit training at the Chicago Police Education and Training Division where he has instructed as the Defensive Tactics coordinator for nearly 10 years. He testifies as a 30 (b) 6 witness in civil lawsuits involving police use of force and excessive force cases. He has instructed the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel, the Independent Police Review Authority, the Citizens Academy, the Boys and Girls Club, inner city public high schools, and community organizations on police/citizen encounters. Larry was tasked with the responsibility of heading up training for over 8000 Chicago Police Officers in preparation for the 2012 NATO Summit. He also developed and instructed a Leadership class for supervising Sergeants.

Larry has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from DePaul University, and over 20 trainer certifications. He holds a fitness trainer certification from the Cooper Institute and regularly instructs police group training sessions. Larry Snelling is a founding member of the Blue Courage project and serves on its Board of Directors.

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Peter Whittingham

California
Consultant

Peter Whittingham

California

Peter Whittingham is currently a Captain with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), assigned as the Commanding Officer in the Hollywood Patrol Division. He began his career in law enforcement with the Jamaica Police Department. After 10 years of service, he retired and migrated to the United States, where he resumed his career in law enforcement by joining the University of Southern California (USC) Public Safety (Campus Police) Department. He joined the LAPD in 1988. After graduating from the LAPD Academy, Peter held many positions, including Foothill and Northeast Areas Field Supervisor, Detective for the North Hollywood Detective Division, Internal Affairs Group Investigator and Assistant Advocate, Pacific Area Watch Commander, Newton Area Administrative Lieutenant, Officer in Charge of the Southwest Area Gang Impact Team, Pacific Area Assistant Commanding Officer, LAX Field Services Division, and Commanding Officer, Hollywood Patrol Division. Peter is also active in a number of law enforcement-related service organizations, including PERF, NOBLE, ABLE, OJB, and the Jamaica Ex-Police Officers Association.

Peter graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne, California. He prides himself as a practitioner of Situational Leadership and has attended various management/leadership training/seminars, and is a graduate of the LAPD West Point Leadership Program, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy. He currently lives in West Covina, CA with his family.

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Jill Winter

New York
Consultant

Jill Winter

New York

Retired from the New York City Police Department, Jill brings a dynamic skill-set and experiences that include: law enforcement best practices, training development and delivery, policy development and accreditation.  Jill managed the NYPD police academy accreditation and curriculum for almost a decade, while also instructing as a 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (FranklinCovey) instructor and special projects facilitator.

Jill now serves as a Deputy Director with the PEEL Institute of Applied Policing and completed her Graduate degree in Human Development and Training in a Law Enforcement Leadership track with Seton Hall University in May 2017.  Jill is passionate about law enforcement and service.  When she isn’t working, she is coaching soccer, attending PTA meetings, or running “mom’s taxi”.  Jill lives in Orange County NY with her husband Bob, a retired NYPD ESU member and their three daughters.

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James Mallery

Michigan
Consultant

James Mallery

Michigan

Captain Jim Mallery began his public safety career with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety in 1991. As a public safety officer he worked in predominantly economically depressed areas within the city. Captain Mallery’s career track included assignments as a Public Safety Officer, Field Training Officer, Background Unit Investigator, Tactical Response Unit Officer, Community Policing Unit Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Executive Lieutenant of the Criminal Investigation Division, and tours as a Divisional Commander, at the rank of Captain, in the Criminal Investigations Division (2004 – 2009), Training Division (2009 – 2012), Training and Service Division (2012 – 2013). In 2013, after the publication of the racial profiling study, Captain Mallery was transferred to the Operations (Patrol) Division, where he currently serves. Captain Mallery served as the Interim Chief of Public Safety (2007 – 2008) while the City of Kalamazoo conducted a national search for the position.

Captain Mallery has a history of innovative leadership within the area of procedural justice and police legitimacy, which allows him to be able to relay success stories in these areas.

Captain Mallery received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration degrees from Western Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Policing, a program sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum, and the Grand Rapids Leadership Academy. He is an adjunct professor for Ferris State University where he is an instructor for several courses including Police and Society, Supervision in Criminal Justice, Crime Control Policy and Ethics.

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Harold Love

Michigan
Consultant

Harold Love

Michigan

Harold J. Love is a senior law enforcement executive with over 24 years of law enforcement experience (16 in leadership and management positions). He currently serves as a Captain with the Michigan Department of State Police (MSP) and commander of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division; providing leadership and administrative oversight of MSP’s state wide commercial vehicle enforcement operations and special programs. In his previous position, Love commanded the 2nd District, comprised of multiple work sites and multi-jurisdictional special enforcement teams and units covering 6 counties in Metropolitan Detroit. Love has served as incident commander and public information officer for numerous critical incidents and high profile investigations; developing a reputation as a trusted leader with exceptional interpersonal skills among MSP team members as well as public and private sector partners. Love holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Studies from Siena Heights University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Community Counseling.

He has a passion for public service and a commitment to the education, coaching, and counseling of law enforcement and emergency service personnel to enhance their overall wellness, professional development, and longevity.

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