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Roger Buhlis

PSPBL President
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Roger Buhlis retired from the Richmond Police Department in 2012 after 26 years of police service. During his career Roger worked as a Patrol Officer, CSI, Training Officer, Recruit Training Officer for the Napa Police Academy, and Traffic Enforcement (Motor) Officer. As an officer, Roger worked to implement the PBL PTO model at Richmond PD and served as the program coordinator. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2006 and, at various times worked as the Adjutant to four Patrol Bureau commanders, supervised patrol teams, the jail, the Police Training Program, and served as a Professional Standards investigator.Roger graduated from the pilot PBL Instructor Certification course, the California POST Master Instructor Development Program, and the Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI). He now facilitates SLI courses in his retirement. Roger recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a Masters degree in Adult Education. He is currently the President of the Police Society for Problem Based Learning.
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Gerry Cleveland

Juris Doctor, M.A., B. Ed, GDLP.
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Gerard Cleveland operates Cleveland & Co legal practice in the NorthernSuburbs of Perth. ([http://]www.clevelandlegal.com.au ) He was formerly the managinglawyer with the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre situated at EdithCowan University in Perth's northern region. He has also worked as alawyer at both the Consumer Credit Legal Service as well as the MentalHealth Law Centre in Western Australia (WA). Gerry provides workshops on social issues for lawyers, article clerks, Courtusers, law students and other community members from across WesternAustralia. At Notre Dame and other universities across Australia he has taught LegalResearch and Writing, Mental Health and the Law and Effective Problem Basedteaching strategies for legal/justice professors and lecturers.Gerry has a professional background as a former secondary school principaland education consultant. He continues to teach staff at schools,universities, colleges and police agencies from across the world to useproblem-based methodologies in classrooms. His own classes are taught usinga real-life, problem solving methodology rather than a lecture format.In North America, Gerry serves as the co-chair of the Police Society forProblem Based Learning, an international non-profit society. For theprevious eight years he served as the President of that society.([http://]www.pspbl.com ).In WA, Gerry has worked extensively with metropolitan, rural and remotecommunities to offer education about drug problems and to promote awarenessof mental health and criminal law, consumer credit issues, and the law inrelation to vulnerable clients, especially those suffering with a mentalillness.Gerry and Greg Saville are the authors of a book on Policing and policetraining. The book YOU IN BLUE was published in 2015. Gerry lives on the shores of the Indian Ocean with his wife and two dogs.
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Gary Coffey

Supervisory Special Agent FBI Boston Division
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Gary B. Coffey is a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Counterterrorism Squad 2 (CT2) in Boston, Massachusetts (MA). He is responsible for all Domestic Terrorism investigations in the Boston Division’s area of responsibility to include Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. SSA Coffey also supervises the Bomb Technician and Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs, the Evidence and Hazardous Materials Response Teams, and is Special Events and Crisis Management Coordinator for the Boston Division. SSA Coffey was previously assigned to the Inspection Division in Washington, D.C., as an Assistant Inspector, and was Acting Section Chief of the Internal Investigations Unit. While assigned to Headquarters, SSA Coffey was a member of the FBI Shooting Incident Response Team. Prior to his management responsibilities, SSA Coffey was Coordinator for the North Shore Gang Task Force in Methuen, MA, Training Coordinator, and a Hostage Negotiator.Upon completion of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, in 1997, SSA Coffey was first assigned to the Louisville Division of the FBI. Prior to service with the FBI SSA Coffey was a police officer in Massachusetts for ten years.
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Patrick Cook

Executive Director of Public Affairs at Middlesex Community College
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Patrick Cook is Executive Director of Public Affairs at Middlesex Community College, with campuses in Lowell and Bedford.  Pat began his career as a police reporter for the Lowell Sun newspaper in 1984.  In 1995, he joined the Lowell Police Department as its Communications Director, overseeing media relations and the department’s 911 Communications Center. In 2002, he became District Director for United States Congressman Marty Meehan of Massachusetts, and also served in that capacity as his press secretary.  He joined Middlesex in 2004, and among other responsibilities, oversees its Public Safety department.  He is a founding member of the NEMLEC Police Foundation.
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Edward F. Davis

Former Boston Police Commissioner
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Edward F. Davis is the President and CEO of Edward Davis, LLC, a security and business strategy firm. Davis has brought together a team of security and technology solutions experts including former federal, state, local law enforcement, military officials, corporate leaders and attorneys with strong links to academic institutions, national and international government and intelligence entities. The Davis team lends their expertise to crisis response, risk management, cyber and insider threat, facility assessment and design, audit and compliance, thought leadership and policy, government consulting, IoT protection and product strategy. Davis represents fortune 500 companies and other corporations including Motorola Solutions, Uber, Deloitte, and the Red Sox, as well as high tech startups and government agencies.Former Police Commissioner of the Boston Police Department and Chief of the Lowell Police Department. Davis retired from law enforcement after 34 years. He administered 6 world championship celebrations and led the highly successful response to the Boston Marathon bombing. His success in organizational change resulted from a strong commitment to Community Policing. His model resulted in 50 and 35% decreases in serious crime in two major cities in Massachusetts. He is a recognized expert in crisis management and community policing. He brings with him a strong record of interagency collaboration and a broad range of local, state, national and international experience in law enforcement and public safety.Commissioner Davis has worked internationally on terrorism and policing in Singapore, London, Northern Ireland, Jordan and Israel. Commissioner Davis served on the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Board of Directors and was a founding member and first President of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs Association. He has worked as an advisor to the Chicago police and is a member of the Federal Court Monitor team for the New York Police Department.Davis is a frequent contributor to CNN, FOX News, and USA today. He has appeared on Meet the Press, and 60 minutes. He is a current Security Consultant to CBS Boston station WBZ. Davis provides thought leadership to mitigate and manage Cyber Security threats. He is a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and has lectured extensively at Harvard and MIT on the pertinent issues of Cyber Security and Terrorism. He is serving on the advisory board of Raytheon Cyber. He serves as an advisor to several venture backed startups including Cybric, Mark 43, and Shooter Detection Systems.Commissioner Davis has been recognized for his efforts locally and nationally, including through the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Major Cities Chiefs Association. He has received Honorary Doctorates from Northeastern and Suffolk Universities and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He holds a Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors, a public company directors education and credentialing organization. Past and current Board and Advisory appointments include: Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF), LoJack, Mark 43, Cybric, Inc., Raytheon Cyber, Uber, Draft Kings, Shooter Detection Systems, Sarcos, Sensity, Mutualink, NetBio and American Gaming Association.
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Terrance Downes

Executive Director Program on Homeland Security
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Atty. Terry Downes is founder and Executive Director of the Program on Homeland Security at Middlesex Community College (MCC), Massachusetts. With campuses in Lowell and Bedford, MCC enrolls approximately 15,000 students in academic, credit and non-credit, and enrichment courses. The college offers associate degrees in many fields, including C.J. and cyber security.The Program on Homeland Security began in 2005. It convenes conferences and symposia to address issues and challenges faced by the state and local First Responder communities. A sampling of forums includes: “CRITICAL INCIDENT RESPONSE: Managing ‘The Golden Hour’”; “First Responder Tactical EMS Rehabilitation”; “City of Lowell Critical Infrastructure Review”; “Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps Annual Trainings”; “Domestic Terrorism; and Opioid/Prescription Drug Abuse”; “IED Awareness Training for EMS, and Pre-Hospital Treatment of IED Blast Patients”; “IED Awareness Training for Police and Fire Personnel”; “Preventing Opioid Overdoses”; “Electronic Credentials Security Initiative: July 4 Celebrations–Boston, 2008 and 2009”; and the MCC/Center for Homeland Defense and Security “Greater Lowell Homeland Security Executive Education Seminar.” A member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1978, Terry served more than 20 years as a clerk/magistrate in the Massachusetts District Courts; was an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School and UMASS-Lowell for 22 years; and is a former Middlesex County Assistant District Attorney. He holds a Governor’s appointment as a Trustee of Tewksbury Hospital, a Massachusetts Department of Public Health long-term care and rehabilitation hospital for adult patients with complex diagnoses. He is a frequent guest on WBZ NewsRadio / CBS - Boston, and WCAP Radio in Lowell, providing analysis and discussion of news relating to homeland security, emergency management and major criminal cases. He is co-host of Middlesex Matters, a Lowell Telecommunications public interest interview program; and is also a Massachusetts Certified Emergency Manager. Of special interest are issues relating to rapid integration of need-based multiagency response to public safety emergencies; and the changing dynamics of policing in a rapidly evolving social environment.
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Scott Hajek

Riley County Police Department
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Scott has been a member of the Riley County Police Department since 2001. In 2005 Scott attended the PBL Certification course and worked with others in 2006 to implement the PTO program at the Riley County Police Department. He acted as a PTO until 2008 when he became a detective. In 2010 he was promoted to Sergeant and returned to Patrol, where he has acted as a PTO Supervisor. Since 2006 Scott has facilitated several PTO courses. Scott has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Kansas State University.
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Tim Hegarty

Riley County (KS) Police Department
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Captain Tim Hegarty has been with the Riley County (KS) Police Department since 1995 and currently is the Support Division Commander for the agency. He has served as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Kansas State University and as a subject matter expert and instructor for the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation. He is also a Level II Certified Instructor in Problem-Based Learning. Captain Hegarty’s work has been recognized with the IACP/Sprint Bronze Award for Excellence in Police Research, and he is a member of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy’s Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame at George Mason University and an Executive Fellow with the Police Foundation. He holds an MBA and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
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Mark Higgenbottom

Sergeant Andover Police Department Officer-in-Charge NEMLEC CNT
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Sergeant Higginbottom has been in law enforcement for thirty-three years. He worked seventeen years for the Methuen Police Department and the last sixteen years for the Andover Police Department.He has held the positions of patrol officer, detective, narcotics detective, community police officer, school resource officer and sergeant. Most of his career he has been assigned to the detective division; he is currently in charge of the Andover detective division.The last twenty-three years he has been a tactical officer with the North East Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council. NEMLEC is a regional unit that covers 65 cities and towns in the northeast section of Massachusetts. He has been a hostage/crisis negotiator with SWAT for the past sixteen years and has been the officer-in-charge of the unit for the last twelve years. Sergeant Higginbottom teaches First Responder Crisis Negotiation at several academies, including in-service and recruit classes for the local police and Sheriff academies. He is the past president of the New England Crisis Negotiators Association and sat on the board of the NCNA (National Council of Negotiator Associations). Sergeant Higginbottom has a Bachelors degree in Law Enforcement and a Masters degree in Police Administration.Sgt. Higginbottom is also an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice.
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Lawrence J. Greinke

CO Sergeant Riley County Jail
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Originally from Mount Prospect, Illinois, CO SGT Greinke served in the United States Army and after 23 years retired as a First Sergeant (1SG) in the Military Police Corps. He and his wife Myong have a son and daughter who live in Overland Park, Kansas, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, respectively.CO SGT Greinke began his career as a Corrections Officer at the Riley County Police Department in Manhattan, Kansas in August of 1998. In November 1999, he was promoted to Corrections Sergeant. During his tenure with the Department, CO SGT Greinke was responsible for establishing the jail key control system within the jail of the new Riley County Law Enforcement Center in 2001, inmate classification supervisor, and is still responsible for the forecasting and requisition of jail supplies. He is currently the Corrections Training Officer Coordinator (CTC) for the Jail Division while simultaneously a shift supervisor in the Jail on Watch 3.In 2007 he was the first ever jail recipient to be awarded Supervisor of the Year for the Riley County Police Department, and again in 2012, he was the first ever jail recipient to be presented with the Director’s Award. CO SGT Greinke is a member of the Kansas Jail Association and in Feb 2016 was elected to represent the North East region of the state and serves as an instructor for the Kansas Jail Association’s “Basic Jail Academy” and “1st Line Supervisor’s Course”. He is a Level III Instructor for the Police Society for Problem-Based Learning. He is the only Correctional Officer in PS-PBL to achieve this level. His goals are to continue representing the PS-PBL in the area of Corrections, become the first Level IV Instructor representing Corrections, as well as, establish effective communications between all entities associated with the operation of County Jails, via the Kansas Jail Association. Finally, to fully support the Department’s Mission Statement “To Reduce Crime and Enhance the Quality of Life for the Citizens Which We Serve”.
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Wayne Jacobsen

Assiniboine Community College
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Wayne Jacobsen – Wayne served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for twenty-three years where he conducted uniformed patrol duties, under-cover operations, and was as detachment commander during his final five years. After leaving the RCMP, he spent one year as the security manager at the Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After leaving the Mint, Wayne was engaged by Assiniboine Community to work in partnership with the Brandon Police Service in order to develop the Police Studies program. This program is recognized by the Department of Justice within the Province of Manitoba as being police officer recruit training. While in the RCMP, Wayne completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and in 2015, he obtained a Master of Education degree from Brandon University.
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Paul Laferriere

Captain Lowell Police Department
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Lt. Paul Laferriere has over 31 years experience in law enforcement. He is currently the Commanding Officer of the day shift for the Lowell, Massachusetts Police Department, one of the original test sites that assisted in shaping the content of the PTO Program. He is a certified instructor in bothLegal Issues and PBL, with over 20 years of teaching experience. Besides his variousduties with the Lowell Police Department, Paul is also a practicing attorney, havinggraduated from Suffolk University Law School in 1991.
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Greg Saville

Director AlterNation
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Gregory Saville is a criminologist and a former police officer who has consulted and delivered training for law enforcement and public safety officials around the world. From 2011 to 2015 he was member of a national planning team with leading police executives sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Administration regarding police leadership in the 21st Century. From 2000 – 2006 he co-developed with Gerry Cleveland two training programs to enhance critical thinking and problem-solving during police education sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice: the national Police Training Officer PTO program and; the Problem Based Learning and Emotional Intelligence Instructor Development program, both of which are now in use across the U.S. and Canada.
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Nick Schneider

Sargent Durham Police Department
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Since joining the Durham Police Department in 2001, Nick Schneider has served as an Officer, as a Patrol Corporal and as a Patrol Sergeant in the Uniform Patrol Division. He has held numerous other assignments including Gang Unit Investigator, Intelligence Unit Investigator, and a Selective Enforcement Team Member/Sniper in the Special Operations Division. In November of 2008, he was asked to go to the Training Division as a Corporal to implement the PTO Program and run the day to day operation. He also coordinated the Advanced Law Enforcement Training (ALET) Academy. After being promoted to Sergeant and spending seven months on Patrol, he was selected to return to the Training Division. He is currently is the lead Police Training Officer (PTO) Program Instructor, leads the Firearms Training Program/Range, the Rapid Deployment/Active Shooter Response Program, and the Mobile Field Force. He specializes in the following disciplines: Police Training Officer Program/Problem-Based Learning, Specialized Firearms, Patrol Rifle/Urban Rifle, Active Shooter/Rapid Deployment, Subject Control/Arrest Techniques, Chemical Munitions, Less-Lethal Munitions, Diversionary Devices & National Incident Management System (NIMS), Taser, Simunitions, and is a participant of the IALEFI Master Instructor Development Program.
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Kristen Setera

FBI - Office Public Affairs
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Kristen M. Setera joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Boston Division in September 2014 to head up its Office of Public Affairs.In this position, Setera serves as the chief strategic and communications advisor to the Boston Division’s executive management team. She oversees and manages the FBI’s internal and external communications, including media relations, handling of fugitive publicity and other public safety initiatives. Prior to joining the Bureau, Setera was an award-winning investigative journalist with a proven track record of executing strategies and achieving successful outcomes during crisis situations. Most recently, she was the Senior Investigative Producer at WCVB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Boston. During the past 20 years, her work has garnered five regional Emmy awards and numerous Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards on a wide range of topics involving crime, fraud, government waste and corruption.Prior to WCVB-TV, Setera worked at WBZ-TV, WFXT-TV and WLNE-TV.Ms. Setera is a native New Englander. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Rhode Island College. She has a dual degree in communications and political science. She is also a 2009 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy.
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William M. Taylor

Superintendent Lowell Police Superintendent
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Superintendent William M. Taylor was appointed to the Lowell, Massachusetts Police Department in January 1982. During his thirty-two year career, Superintendent Taylor has served in various uniform and detective assignments progressing through the ranks of Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Provisional Deputy Superintendent. Superintendent Taylor was appointed the 35th Superintendent of the Lowell Police Department on November 19, 2013. The Lowell Police Department consists of 232 sworn and 98 non-sworn personnel, which serves a multi-cultural population of 106,000. Superintendent Taylor is proud to identify himself as one of the forward thinking founding members of the team that implemented Community Policing in Lowell in the 1990’s. The Superintendent’s goal upon appointment is to reinvigorate Community Policing in Lowell and make Lowell the safest city of its size in the country.
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Michele Wyatt

Sergeant – Virginia Beach Police Department
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Sergeant – Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia Beach, VA. (VBPD) Michele has been a member of the Virginia Beach Police Department since 1996 working most of her career in uniform patrol and Professional Development and Training. She became a Field Training Officer in 1999 and transitioned to Police Training Officer (PTO) after her completion of the PTO/PBL “Train the Trainer” course. She is one of three members of the Virginia Beach Police Department who were instrumental in the successful implementation of the PTO program into VBPD. Michele became a PTO instructor in 2005, and has since trained numerous officers from VBPD, as well as, various other agencies to be certified PTOs. Michele became a General Instructor in 2001, and continues to instruct academy recruits and veteran officers as both a General Instructor and a Defensive Tactics Instructor. She is currently assigned to Professional Development and Training as the Coordinating Sergeant in charge of post academy in-service training, leadership development, and the department’s PTO program. Michele is co-owner of Advanced Problem-Based Training Solutions, which offers PTO training and logistical consultation for outside agencies looking to transition into this training program. Michele is also continuing her education by actively pursuing her degree in Sociology from Saint Leo University
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Marian Ryan

Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office
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