The 2022 NGCRC 25th International Gang Specialist

Training Conference (August 1-3, 2022):

A Look at the Presenters

 

Last Updated: May 21, 2022



 

Curtis Artis

            Curtis Artis is a Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Outreach Worker for the City of Danville. He has an Associate of Arts Science Degree from Danville Community Colleg (Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society), Bachelor of Science (Sociology) Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Socciety, DBHDS Peer Recovery Specialist Training, NGCRC Certified Gang Outreach and Intervention Specialist, Virginia Gang Specialist Certification.


Sally-Ann Ashton, Ph.D.

            Sally-Ann Ashton is a Lecturer in Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behavior at Edge Hill University, England. Her Ph.D. investigated the psychological and social risk factors associated with gang membership, group offending and desistance from crime. In 2017 she was a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Accomplishments in Gang Research. Sally-Ann has over 10 years of experience running training workshops in English prisons. She currently works with the Violence Reduction Unit at Mercyside Police and is responsible for the evaluation of intervention programs for young people at risk of violent offending and gang membership with Salford Foundation and Greater Manchester Combined Authorities.


Pricila Avila

            Ms. Pricila Avila, B.S., is a graduate student in the Criminal Justice & Criminology program at the University of Central Missouri. She earned her Bachelor of Science - BS in Criminal Justice and Spanish from the University of Central Missouri. She is currently working towards a M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. She is a member of the UCM’s Lambda Alpha Epsilon competitive criminal justice team.

 

Corporal Jim Bailey

            Corporal Jim Bailey has been with the Battle Creek Police Department for over 13 years, and has been assigned to the Battle Creek Police Department Gang Suppression Unit for over 6 years. Corporal Bailey has been directly involved in many of the same gang investigations as Detective Sutherland, and has assisted as one of the lead investigators with Detective Sutherland, on many of the same violence crime investigations. Corporal Bailey has also been involved in cell phone investigations, writing and executing search warrants, surveillance techniques, undercover drug buys, and managing confidential informants. Corporal Bailey has been recognized in Michigan State District Court and Circuit Court as an expert in drug trafficking and drug investigations, identifying armed subjects, and cell phone site analyses. Corporal Bailey is currently a K-9 handler for the Battle Creek Police Department and is a member of the department’s Emergency Response Team. He is a Defensive Tactics Instructor and a Patrol Training Officer for the Battle Creek Police Department. He has also received Instructor certification for Active Shooter Response for Civilians, through the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University.

 

Chief Scott C. Booth

            Chief Scott C. Booth has been in law enforcement for over twenty-eight years and is currently the Chief of Police in Danville, Virginia. Chief Booth first joined the Richmond Police Department, where he served for 19 years, rising to the rank of major. In August of 2015, he joined the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority in Washington, DC, where he served as the Chief of Police. In February 2018, he became the chief in Danville, Virginia, where he has focused on community engagement and reducing violent crime, specifically gang crime in the community. Since his tenure started, Danville has reduced overall violent crime by 64 percent. Chief Booth has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond in Human Resource Management and Leadership Studies and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of the 268th session of the FBI National Academy and the 48th session of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police.


William A. Campbell

            William A. Campbell is employed with the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice as the Division Director of Professional Development-Training Branch. With 28 years of working with at-risk teens in numerous child care settings ranging from acute care care psychiatric, pediatric child care, private child care & juvenile justice. Originally, a Chicago native, William attended Western Illinois University (WIU) where he received his Bachelors in Communications. After leaving W.I.U. in 1985, he enlisted in U.S. Army and served 8 years and trained soldiers as a Field Artillery Specialist Weapons crew chief. After serving a tour of duty in “Desert Storm” he was stationed in Ft. Campbell, KY 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division until he was honorably discharged in 1993. William joined the KY Department of Juvenile Justice’s Training Branch in 2007. He has assisted and trained new direct care employees during academy training. In early 2009, certified as an expert gang specialist. In 2010, he received the DJJ Professional Development Employee of the Year award. In 2011, became a trainer/presenter for the National Gang Crime Research Center and received his professional level certification as a gang specialist.


C. Carter

            C. Carter, Dauphin County Probation Services, Juvenile Division, Intensive Supervision Officer. Attended Florida State University, University of Pennsylvania and University of Delaware. 17 years experience in juvenile justice and child welfare. Certified as a Basic School Resource officer (NASRO), and a Basic Gang Specialist (NGCRC). Previously presented at Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and American Society of Criminology. Member of the Harrisburg Police Street Crimes Unit, active participant of Dauphin County Gang Task Force, Dauphin County Drug Task Force, and attached to USATF - Philadelphia, Harrisburg Field Office.


Michael P. Coghlan, Esq.

            Michael Coghlan was a certified gang specialist accredited through the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Springfield Police Department. He served as a trainer for gang crime specialist certification. He is a recipient of the Thrasher Award and has provided training throughout the United States for the National Law Enforcement Institute. He coordinated the investigation and prosecution of 24 gang members in a series of conspiracies, solicitation, and offenses including drive-by shootings and gang-related murder. He also served 8 years as an elected prosecutor.


Aaron Cunningham

            Aaron Cunningham is a decorated 24 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, currently assigned to the CPIC Fusion Center. Aaron is a highly decorated officer with extensive gang experience and past assignments to PSN Task Force, Area Gun Team, Intelligence Officer, and Tactical Team member. Aaron has past dedication to National level Counterterrorism and C4ISR training events in South Korea. He has collborated since 2015 with El Salvador’s Policia National Civil (PNC) and International Tactical Training Association (ITTA) officer survival training project ‘Uso Tactica de la Fuerza y Sobrevivencia Policial’. 


Robert T. David, Sr.

            Robert T. David Sr., Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Coordinator. 2020 recipient of th Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Excellence in Gang Intervention. M.A. in addiction and professional counseling. Creator of Project Imagine the Virginia Municipal League President award winner of most innovative program. Robert has over 25 years of strategic planning & community development experience, a motivated professional with a proven record of generating and building relationships, managing projects from concept to completion, designing collaborative strategies, and coaching individuals to success.


Kenneth Davis

            Kenneth Davis retired from the Yonkers Police Department in July of 2017. From 1985-1990 he was assigned to uniformed patrol (task force and public housing) and plainclothes (street-level and undercover narcotics). From 1990-2000 he worked street gangs, graffiti crimes and police academy. From 2000-2009 he was assigned to several middle/high schools as a school resource officer. In 2009 - 2017, as a detective, he continued investigating street gangs, narcotics (search warrants) and graffiti crimes. As the departments liaison, he assisted the YMCA’s Cure Violence/SNUG Program and the Westchester County Department of Corrections Re-entry Program. From 2017-present, he is a NYS private investigator and a graffiti/gang specialist presenting at various regional, national, and international conferences.


Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr. Ed.D.

            Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D. is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. He retired as a Lieutenant with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office after serving from 1977 to 2006. He is rated as a gang expert by the National Gang Crime Research Center. He has written extensively and presented classes on gangs, white supremacist groups and police management topics in the United States and Canada. Dr. Etter earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wichita State University and his Doctorate degree from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Etter is the author of numerous books, book chapters, edited and refereed articles. His latest book is: Gangs and Organized Crime which he authored with Dr. George W. Knox and Dr. Carter F. Smith.


Det. Sgt. Christopher M. Felton, MS

            Christopher M. Felton, MS is a detective sergeant from the Fort Wayne (IN) Police Department’s Gang and Violent Crimes Unit. Additionally, Det. Sgt. Felton is the team coordinator for the department’s Peer Support/Critical Incident Stress Management Team, represents the department on the Indiana Statewide CISM Team Network, and is a member of the Northeast Indiana Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Det. Sgt. Felton holds two master’s degrees (A Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration on Forensic Psychology and a Master of Philosophy) and is a Ph.D. candidate currently writing his dissertation for his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice - Law and Public Policy. Det. Sgt. Felton is also an adjunct professor at two local universities where he teaches courses revolving around forensic psychology, and teaches police mental health to police officers.

 

Frederick Gray

            Frederick Gray is a nationally recognize instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He has over 20 years of law enforcement experience and has been a previous presenter at NGCRC training conferences.


Luis Flores-Montalvo

            Luis Flores-Montalvo is a decorated 28 year veteran of El Salvador’s Policia National Civil including ten years with the Grupo Maritimo Policial (GMP) where he conducted interagency work with DEA. Luis is an accomplished in-service training instructor with long term roles in specialized training. He is currently involved in an Officer Survival training project with El Salvador’s Policia Nacional Civil (PNC). He is also a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award from the NGCRC.


Shakeva Frazier

            Shakeva Frazier is a Youth and Gang Prevention Outreach Worker for the City of Danville. She holds as Bachelor of Science Degree from Averett University, Certified Suicide Intervention coach. Awarded the Community Partnership Award in 2022 from the Danville Police Department, Member of the Review Board for use of force. University of Virginia certificate in Frank Batton School of Leadership and Public Policy, in Reimagining Policing: Procedural Policing to Procedural Justice. NGCRC certified Gang Outreach and Intervention Specialist. She has ben featured in the Virginia Town and City magazine for her role in Project Imagine.


D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D.

            D. Lee Gilbertson is a tenured professor at a state university in Minnesota and has been teaching since August 2000. He has studied gangs, militias, and extremist groups since 1995. He actively consults in the US and the UK with attorneys, law enforcement investigators, and medical examiners in the areas of forensic victimology and postmortem assessment, as well as crime analysis and mapping. Lee has presented at numerous national and international conferences and has participated in all of the NGCRC Gang Colleges. He is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award (2002, 2005, 2008) and the Curtis Robinson Leadership Award (2015). Lee is the Executive Editor for the Journal of Gang Research and is a member of the NGCRC Staff. His background includes a Ph.D. in sociology, MS in criminal justice, and 16 years of exemplary military service (infantry and signals intelligence).


The Honorable Judge Wayne Grannis

            Judge Wayne Grannis is currently the Presiding Juvenile Judge at Cobb County Juvenile Court, which is a suburban county jurisdiction located northwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to being appointed to the Judiciary, he served as the lead Assistant District Attorney over the Juvenile Division of Cobb County’s Office of the District Attorney. Prior to that, he served as the lead Assistant District Attorney over the Juvenile Division of Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, (City of Atlanta, GA), where he led the office in successfully prosecuting numerous high-profile gang related cases. In 2019, Judge Grannis implemented a multi-disciplinary gang prevention specialty court, called RISING. This program has shown great early success in deterring low level and potential juvenile gang members from engaging in gang activity and desisting from further gang participation.


Myah I. Grimm

            Myah I. Grimm is an undergradute student pursuing a dual major in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Political Science at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO, with an anticipated graduation date of May 2022. Upon graduation, she intends to further her studies and attend law school. Myah serves as th Vice President of Lindenwood University’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Myah’s research interest include social injustice, women’s rights, and the overrepresentation of certain groups in the justice system.

            

Dr. Laura Hammond

            And Dr. Laura Hammond, Senior Lecturer and Assistant Course Director for the M.S.c. at Huddersfield and who has worked with academic groups, and law enforcement agencies around the world on a range of consultancy and criminal legal cases.


Dr. Maria Ioannou

            The presentation is co-authored with Dr. Maria Ioannou, a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and Reader in Investigative Psychology and Course Director for the Msc in Investigative Psychology at the University of Huddersfield. Maria has been involved in the assessment of intervention programmes for reducing/preventing a range of different forms of criminality.

 

Constable Raj Jaswal

            Sergeant Raj Jaswal has worked within the criminal justice system for the last 13.5 years in a frontline and investigative capacity as a member of the Vancouver Police. Raj has extensive experience in gang enforcement, intervention and suppression. Raj has focused considerable time on intelligence gathering within the South Asian community across the Lower Mainland; in 2014, he was recognized for his work with a VPD Deputy Chief Constable commendation for developing strategies to curb gang violence in South Vancouver. In 2021, he was recognized for his superior accomplishments in gang investigations by the National Gang Crime Research Center in Chicago, Illinois with the Frederick Milton Thrasher Award.

            Sergeant Jaswal is part of a select group of Police Officers across Canada who is a certified instructor in criminal justice interdiction training that targets the “travelling criminal”. Raj has been a leader in the creation of a multi-agency working group between the RCMP, CBSA and VPD that educates and trains Canadian law enforcement officers in criminal vehicle interdiction. Raj is also a recognized instructor for the U.S. Drug Interdiction Assistance Program that trains and educates law enforcement officers across the United States.

            Sergeant Jaswal has a genuine passion for combining practical experiences with educational training. Raj serves as a guest lecturer for post-secondary criminology departments. Raj’s dedication to his community has resulted in him being the recipient of community service awards from within the City of Vancouver for his commitment to the communities he has worked in.


Reginald Jeffries

            Reginald Jeffries is a Youth and Gang Prevention Outreach Worker for the City of Danville where he facilitates the Sports-Based Youth Diversion and developmental program. He is the CEO and Head Coach of the Virginia Dream, a Professional Men’s Basketball Team based out of Martinsville, Virginia. He was a fall 2018 charter member of the Phi Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated at Radford University.


George W. Knox, Ph.D.

            George Knox earned his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. He has extensive field experience with gangs, including interviewing gang members, gang leaders, and gang victims. He has taught in the field of criminal justice and sociology. He serves as the Executive Director of the National Gang Crime Research Center. He was the author of the first full textbook on gangs (An Introduction to Gangs) and other books and monographs on gang topics. His research interests include how to deal with gang problems in probation/parole, juvenile corrections, adult corrections, and gang threat analysis — examining the gang as a unit of social organization.


Maggie E. Koch, J.D.

            Maggie E. Koch JD is an assistant prosecutor with the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office, in Toledo, OH. She is responsible for the prosecution of all levels of felony offenses in the adult criminal division, both as first and second chair.


Kevin Kreuser

            Kevin Kreuser, B.S., Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago; 19 years as a Probation Officer — Cook County, ILL. Juvenile Court.


Lawrence Lujan

            Lawrence Lujan has led a distinguished (32) year career with the El Paso Police Department (EPD) since 1990. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Class 274), and a past Chief Judge, Pueblo at National American Indian Court Judges Association. Lawrence served as Gang Unit Lieutenant, Gang Unit field officer, and tactical team experience with EPD SWAT, Mountain Rescue, and Anti-Burglary. Lawrence has worked alongside the Policia National Civil with ITTA’s ongoing Officer Survival Project ‘Uso Tactica de la Fuerza y Sobrevivencia Policial’.


Leena Marcos

            Leena Marcos is a an Assistant State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida based out of Fort Myers. The 20th Judicial Circuit is comprised of five counties in Southwest Florida with over 1.2 million in population. Ms. Marcos is a senior firearms attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit, who specializes in the prosecution of violent crimes. Ms. Marcos has tried well over 50 jury trials.


Keiron McConnell

            Keiron holds a Doctorate Degree in Policing, Security and Community Safety from Metropolitan London University, a Masters of Science Degree in Policing and Public Order Studies from the University of Leicester, a Bachelor of General Studies Degree from the Open University of British Columbia, a Diploma in Police Leadership from Dalhousie University and a Certificate in Public Sector Leadership from Royal Roads University. This academic achievement come with 29 years of operational experience with the last 15 years exclusively in gang suppression with a variety of police gang units. Keiron has provided consulting services that included the Royal Saudi Arabian Police and the Peoples Republic of China Police. He has instructed at the JIBC-Police Academy for three years in Professional Patrol Tactics and continues as a guest lecturer. In addition, he is a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he teaches Organized Crime. He is a regular guest instructor for the policing program at Simon Fraser University and is the author of the textbook “Legal and Regulatory Influences for Public Safety Communications”.


James D. Miller

            James D. Miller is an Assistant State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida based out of Fort Myers. The 20th Judicial Circuit is comprised of five counties in Southwest Florida with over 1.2 million in population. I am the Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit and have prosecuted RICO and Complex cases to include the Death Penalty as well.


CPL Wilmer Moran

            CPL Wilmer Moran is the Military Liaison for the Office of Constable Alan Rosen, Harris County Constables Office Precinct 1. CPL Moran is a prior service U.S. Army veteran with multiple tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom with both the regular and National Guard components of the Army. After achieving Non-Commissioned Officer status, CPL Moran attended Army Basic Instructor and Small Group Instructor training. As a police officer, CPL Moran is a TCOLE Mental Health Officer who has been assigned to the Mental Health Special Operations and Patrol Crisis Intervention Team. CPL Moral is a Field Training Officer and an instructor with his agency for the Mental Health Officer, 40 Hour Crisis Intervention, Cultural Diversity, De-Escalation, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Trauma Affected Veterans courses.


Robert Mulvaney, M.A.

           Robert Mulvaney has an extensive background in the Criminal Justice field including positions as a correctional officer, prison counselor, parole officer and STG specialist. In addition he has taught numerous Criminal Justice courses as an adjunct faculty member. He has been a member/coordinator of various research and prevention organizations and has conducted Gang/STG related training at various levels of local, state and federal government. He has also written articles for professional correctional organizations as well as the Journal of Gang Research.


Todd D. Negola, Psy.D.

            Todd D. Negola is a clinical/forensic psychologist who has worked with the National Gang Crime Research Center for over 20 years. He also serves as the Acting President of the Pennsylvania Gang Investigator’s Association. He has been studying and researching gangs and criminal mindedness for over 25 years. He has worked with and studied juvenile and adult criminal populations, in and out of prison, both at the state and federal levels. He conducts training and consults with federal, state and local law enforcement as well as public and private educational institutions, community programs and mental health personnel. He has published research in the Journal of Gang Research, Addiction and Research, The Journal and co-authored a chapter in the book, Treating the Juvenile Offender. He has multiple television appearances, participated in nationally syndicated and local radio programs, teaches college courses and has consulted in gang documentaries. Lastly, he is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Research and Exemplary Scholarship in the Psychology of Gangs and is a Reviewing Editor for the National Gang Crime Research Center’s Journal of Gang Research.


Steve Nelson, J.D., Ph.D.

            Steve Nelson is an Assistant United States Attorney and currently serves as the Anti-Gang Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah. He earned his J.D. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Utah and serves as an Associate Instructor of Political Science at the University of Utah, and has taught over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students in his teaching career. 


Sara Palmer, M.A.

            Sara Palmer is a Senior Analyst with the Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT) and has worked for NCMEC’s Analytical Services Division since 2011. With a passion for gang-related cases, Sara has attempted to bring additional analysis and resources to all divisions at NCMEC with an emphasis on gang-affiliation as an endangerment for missing and exploited children. She has presented on various gang-related topics to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as various task force meetings. Sara holds a Master’s Degree (M.A.) In Forensic Psychology from Marymount University, and a Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) In Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland.


Lt. Vincent Perillo

            Lt. Vincent Perillo has worked for the Will County Sheriff’s Office since 2004. Started gang documentation in 2006, and became the Will County Adult Detention Facility’s first intelligence Unit Supervisor in 2011. Member of the Midwest Cycle Intelligence Organization (MCIO) since 2012. Member of the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association (IOMGIA) in 2017. Conducted street gang training since 2012 and motorcycle club training since 2017. Presented at Midwest Gang Investigator’s Association (MGIA), Police Training Institute (PTI), National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC), several schools in Will County, St. Joseph’s Hospital staff in Joliet, and all new Will County Patrol Deputies since 2015.


Leandro Quintero

            Mr. Leo Quintero has worked in the area of security within the US Government as military and civilian for over 30 years in over 30 countries. Served as a military and civilian diplomat at US Embassies in countries like Peru, Columbia, El Salvador, Mexico and many othrs on creating strategic anti-crime programs for security issues ranging from street gangs like MS-13, 18th Street, paramilitary groups like the FARC, ELN, AUC, and the Mexican and Columbian Drug Cartels. Mr. Quintero continues to serve as Intelligence Security Specialist and Antiterrorism Officer for DoD where he works hand and hand with US interagency (DHS, DEA, FBI, CBP, ICE, Fusion Centers, States’ Anti-Gang Centers, etc) and some foreign countries on countering criminal threats to the homeland. Mr. Quintero earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development and Leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word and a Bachelor’s Degree from Excelsior College in Business Management and Administration.


Bernard Rendler

            Bernard Rendler, Daupin County Probation Services, Juvenile Division, Intensive Supervision officer. Attended Mount St. Mary’s University. 15 years experience in juvenile justice. Certified as a Basic School Resource Officer (NASRO), and a Basic Gang Specialist (NGCRC). 2021 recipient of Juvenile Probation Officer of the Year by Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges Commission. Member of the Harrisburg Police Street Crimes Unit, active participant of Dauphin County Gang Task Force, Dauphin County Drug Task Force, and attached to USATF - Philadelphia, Harrisburg Field Office.

 

Mitchel P. Roth, Ph.D.

            Mitchel P. Roth, Ph.D. is Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University. His areas of interest include global organized crime and gangs, history of crime and punishment, mass murder and serial homicide. His many books include, Power on the Inside: A Global History of Prison Gangs (2020), Fire in the Big House: The Worst Prison Disaster in American History (2019), The Illicit Economy in Turkey (with Mahmut Cengiz)(2019), An Eye for An Eye: A Global History of Crime and Punishment (2015) and Convict Cowboys: The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo (2016). His books have been translated into Chinese, Persian, Croatian and Turkish. He has been an instructor at the Zhejiang Police College from 2009 to 2019 and at the International Law Enforcement Academy (Roswell) from 2001-2009. In 2020, Dr. Roth was awarded the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Excellence in Gang Research.


Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D.

            Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D.is a nonprofit leader with four decades of experience, including 17 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program (GAP) in Los Angeles. Semi-retired, he now serves as Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer. He provides gang and violence prevention professional development for K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities; works with various agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding, including Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and the UCLA/Rand Prevention Research Center. He is currently the Director of the Gangfree Life Academy®.


Grant J. Shostak, EdD, JD

            Grant Shostak, EdD, JD is an associate professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. Grant’s extensive experience defending persons accused of criminal offenses and as a law clerk to the late Judge Paul J. Simon at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, provides a unique viewpoint on criminal justice issues. His research interests are varied and reflect his interdisciplinary educational background.


Elvis Slaughter, M.S.

            Criminologist Elvis Slaughter served as a fire and police commissioner, and is a retired Cook County Sheriff’s Superintendent with more than thirty years’ experience in criminal justice, corrections, and law enforcement. Slaughter holds a Master’s in Criminal Justice and Corrections. He has authored several articles and ten books, which include Safer Jail and Prison Matters, Mentally Ill Inmates and Corrections, and Preschool to Prison. Elvis is a speaker, security consultant, and correctional auditor. He is also a member of the American Jail Association, American Correctional Association, Hammond Police Citizen Advisory Commission, National Sheriff’s Association, Illinois Sheriff’s Association, and former president of he Illinois Academy of Criminology. Elvis taught criminal justice at the college level.


Grant Smith

            Mr. Grant Smith is a member of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) National Crime Information Center (NCIC) external training staff. Mr. Smith is a retired police officer with twenty-two years of law enforcement experience. For twelve of the twenty-two years, he was assigned to a multi-jurisdiction and multi-agency narcotics and violence crime task force as a task force agent and supervisor. Other law enforcement experience includes time in the Patrol Division, Investigations Division, and as a Special Response Team as a team leader. He also served as an investigator on the county’s Child Sexual Abuse Task Force. Additionally, he was a member of the department’s Counter Drug Reaction Team, and the department’s Police Honor Guard. Immediately upon retirement from the police department, Mr. Smith served as a member of a forensic team with the Combined Explosive Exploitation Cell (CEXC) in Baghdad, Iraq. As an FBI training instructor, Mr. Smith conducts training for municipal, county, state and federal agencies. He is also part of the FBI’s New Agent Training Team in Quantico, VA and participates in CJIS internal training. In 2015, Mr. Smith was the recipient of the Frederic Thrasher Award for Superior Service in Law Enforcement Training. Mr. Smith is a United States Navy Veteran.


Tom Schneider, M.S.

            Tom Schneider retired from the Cook County Illinois Juvenile Probation Department in January of 2013 after forty years on the street as a juvenile probation officer. He holds a BA degree from the University of Illinois Chicago in the Administration of Criminal Justice and a M.S. degree from Chicago State University in Correction and Criminal Justice. He is currently conducting Anger Management/Violence Prevention groups for juvenile probationers and is the Director of Project Lifeline, the Cook County Juvenile Court scholarship program.


Detective Tyler Sutherland 

            Detective Tyler Sutherland has been a police officer for the Battle Creek Police Department for over 13 years. He is currently assigned to the Battle Creek Police Detective Bureau, and was previously assigned to the Gang Suppression Unit for over 6 years. As a member of the Gang Unit, Detective Sutherland was directly involved as the lead investigator in a number of gang, and violent crime, cases that resulted in courtroom trials and jury convictions. While participating in all aspects of gang investigations and court room prosecution, Detective Sutherland has been qualified as, and testified as, a gang expert in the U.S. District court and Michigan State Circuit and District Court, more than 15 times in the last five years. One of these gang cases, was the first criminal gang enhancement jury conviction in the State of Michigan since the state statute was created. He is also recognized in circuit and district court as an expert in Drug Trafficking and Drug Investigations. A Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Patrol Training Officer, he has also received Instructor certification for Active Shooter Response for Civilians, through the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University.


Captain Philip J. Swift, Ph.D.

            Mr. Swift, Ph.D. is a husband, father, and a 22-year law enforcement veteran. Since April of 2018, Mr. Swift has served as the Fort Worth City Marshal. Prior to becoming the City Marshal, Mr. Swift rose to the rank of Captain in the Denver Sheriff Department. During his law enforcement career he served as a City Marshal, Director of Security, Watch Commander, FTO Commander, Gang/Intelligence Unit Commander, K-9 Unit Commander, Internal Affairs Bureau Investigator, Conduct Review Office Sergeant, Emergency Response Unit member and Sergeant, Court Services Sergeant, and as Adjunct Training Academy Instructor. Mr. Swift holds a MS and Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology from Walden University and has also received dual MBA’s and a BS in Criminal Justice from American International University. Mr. Swift is a published author (Gangs, Outlaw Bikers, Organized Crime & Extremists; Looseleaf Law Publishing), a contributor to Inside Police Psychology: policepsychologyblog.com, and is frequently asked to speak locally and nationally on topics related to gang, criminal, inmate, and law enforcement culture, forensic psychology, and jail gang investigations.


Michael Tabarrok, J.D.

            Michael Tabarrok is the Deputy Chief Asst. D.A. in Dougherty County, Georgia. Having been a prosecutor for 23 years around the State of Georgia and Guam, (with a brief stint as a criminal defense attorney in the middle of his career for 3 years), he specializes in the prosecution of gangs, murders, and drugs, as well as asset forfeitures and special prosecutions. Using RICO, gang statutes, forfeitures, and Federal referrals, he brings novel approaches to attacking gang problems.


Matthew Valasik, Ph.D.

            Matthew Valasik, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University. Matthew’s research interests include the socio-spatial dynamics of gang behavior (i.e., territoriality, group cohesion, and violence), including comparing the attributes of conventional street gangs with other deviant groups (i.e., ISIS, Skinheads, Alt-Right, White Power Groups), and problem-oriented policing strategies (e.g., gang units, civil gang injunctions) used by law enforcement. His work has been published in Journal of Criminal Justice, Social Science Research, Homicide Studies, Journal of Youth Studies, Criminal Justice Review, Crime & Delinquency, Crime Science, Critical Criminology, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Social Sciences, and Deviant Behavior. He is a recipient of the LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award, LSU Rainmaker Award, and LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award. His recent book Alt-Right Gangs: A Hazy Shade of White is co-authored with Shannon E. Reid, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at UNC, Charlotte.


Stewart M. Young, J.D.

            Stewart M. Young is an Assistant United States Attorney and currently serves as Senior Litigation Counsel for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah. He previously served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California. He earned his J.D. from Stanford University, clerked for judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal District Court for the District of Utah, and was a full-time faculty member at the University of Wyoming College of Law.