Strong investigatory background with a proven record of exemplary performance in the field.
Detailed and thorough in all investigations, information documentation and administrative issues.
Hands-on participation in specialized units including in-depth knowledge of firearms, street gangs and their identification and activities and Use of Force.
Certified by the Illinois Police Training and Standards Board as a law enforcement instructor in the following areas:
Rifle (carbine, submachine gun, bolt action)
1985 to 2013 COOK COUNTY ADULT PROBATION DEPARTMENT - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - retired as of 30 August 2013.
Adult Probation Officer
Court Liaison Unit
Intensive Probation Supervision Unit
Gang Intervention Unit
Senior Control Tactics Instructor
Street Gang Instructor
Previously supervised numerous caseloads of felony offenders on probation to ensure adherence to court issued mandates.
Conducted pretrial and presentence investigations, investigating criminal and social histories of defendants, reporting findings in written and verbal summary in court.
Assigned to the IPS (Intensive Probation Supervision) unit. Completed eligibility investigations to evaluate rehabilitation potential of high-risk offenders and made recommendations to judges regarding fitness to enter the program.
Developed supervision plans requiring five face-to-face contacts per week, and motor vehicle and residence searches.
Appeared in court as needed to present expert witness testimony on gang identification and activity.
Worked with the Gang Intervention Unit since its inception, and played an integral role in the development of the unit. Formerly in charge of a caseload of street gang members countywide as a Gang Specialist.
Previously responsible for the supervision of street gang members in the 11th (Filmore) Chicago Police District.
Worked directly with Chicago Police Department Gang Tactical Officers on a suppression team conducting residence searches and hot spot missions as part of the Police Probation Partnership Program.
Formerly assigned as the Cook County Adult Probation Department's Field Services Training Specialist for all weapon carrying units.
Responsible for arranging and conducting all training for all weapon-carrying officers.
Duties included ammunition research and ordering, control tactics equipment research and ordering, supervising and conducting annual firearms requalification / remedial firearms instruction / tactical firearms instruction (Primary Firearms Instructor) with applicable statistical analysis and documentation, pre-service and in-service control tactics instruction with applicable statistical analysis and documentation, and pre-service / in service street gang instruction.
Richard Yates Grade School - Chicago, Illinois - 1968 to 1976
Gordon Technical High School - Chicago, Illinois - 1976 to 1980
Saint Mary's College - Winona, Minnesota - 1980 to 1984
Major - Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Criminal Justice, Minor - Philosophy
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Certified by the Illinois Police Training and Standards Board as a law enforcement instructor in the following areas:
Rifle (carbine, submachine gun, bolt action)
Approved by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board as an instructor in street gang identification, awareness, and activity.
FBI and NRA (NRA 1995 to 2008) Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor.
Scored 100% on FBI Firearms Instructor and Sniper/Observer written examinations, and scored 100% on the following FBI live fire qualification courses of fire:
Certified Senior Control Tactics Instructor via the Police Safety System.
First Cook County Adult Probation Officer to be given status of Senior Instructor by the Police Safety System.
Author of "The Street Gang Identification Manual" (450 pages and in use worldwide), "The Truth About Street Gangs", and "The 15 Minute Video Guide for the Identification of Street Gangs".
First Cook County Adult Probation Officer to be qualified in court as an expert witness on street gang identification and activity.
Conducted Gang Specialist Certification Courses for law enforcement and educational personnel from around The United States and Canada.
CCAPD gang instructor for pre-service and in-service classes.
Member of CCAPD speaker's bureau.
Subject of letter by His Honor Thomas P. Durkin to all Cook County Criminal Court Judges on the use of tattoos in relation to gang affiliation for use in pretrial and presentence investigations and sentencing hearings.
Designed the following classes, lesson plans, handout material and testing procedures and standards for the CCAPD:
2 day Control Tactics Course
3 day Control Tactics Course
49 hour Control Tactics Course
10.5 hour O/C course
Half Day Remedial Firearms Instruction Course
Firearms Instructor Development Courses
Successfully competed in competition matches for pistol, revolver, shotgun, carbine and high powered rifle disciplines.
CCAPD Instructor for Departmental Firearms Instructor Development Courses.
Member of CCAPD Semiautomatic Pistol Transitional Development Committee - author of ammunition selection section of report given to the Chief Judge of Cook County concerning all calibers.
Published in the following:
Fraternal Order of Police Journal Lodge #84 - Chicago, Illinois - August 1995
Fra Noi newspaper - Elmhurst, Illinois - August 1995
Hiawatha - Kirkland - Genoa News - Kirkland, Illinois - January 1995
Illinois Tactical Officers Association Magazine - Wheeling, Illinois - Fall 1998
Midwest Gang Investigators Association Magazine - Des Moines, IA – Feb. and Nov. 1999
Corrections Connection on-line Magazine - June 1999
Chicago Magazine - Chicago, Illinois - July 1999
Illinois Police Instructor Trainers Association Magazine - Schaumburg, Illinois - October 1999
Law and Order Magazine Wilmette, Illinois - December 2000 - January 2001
Patrol and Beyond Article Section of Web Site - June 2001
American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers Magazine - May 2004
Instructor / lecturing highlights:
Illinois State Police - January 1995
Cook County State's Attorney’s Office - June 1995
Cook County Public Defender's Office - March 1995
Illinois Police Instructor Trainers Association - May 1995 and 1996
Northeast Multi-regional Training Mobile Team Unit #3 - 1993 and 1996
Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois - September 1995 and October 1998
Suburban Deaf Services Network - September 1993 and 1995
Italian American Police Association - October 1995 and September 2000
Special Agents Association - February 1996
DuPage Juvenile Officers Association - September 1996
Chicago Police Department Gang Specialist / Detective class - December 1996
Illinois Probation and Court Services Association - April 1996
Illinois Attorney General's Office Gang Crime Prevention Center / Administrative Office of The Illinois Courts - June 1998
The National Gang Crime Research Center - July 1998, August 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Kent Law School - September 1997 through 2002
United States Secret Service - August 1999
The National Law Enforcement Institute - October 1999
The United States Department of State (American Consulate to Cape Town South Africa) - April 2001
Qualified and testified as an Expert Witness on court cases involving gang and use of force issues.
Studied Shorei Goju Ryu Karate Under Sensei Daniel Nichols, Sensei Daniel Lena, and Sensei Patrick Quinn (my lead Sensei Patrick Quinn) at Olympic Karate - Grand and Harlem Dojo - Chicago, Illinois - 1975 to 1977.
Shorei: a combination of Hsing (Chinese hard or external Shaolin-chun, Chuan-pei and Hunk-kun and the soft or internal Chuan-fa, Tai-chi-chuan and Pa-kua and Kosha) and Karate Kempo or Shuri-de / Okinawan Karate. Goju: a combination of the Chinese hard or external Shaolin-chuan and the soft or internal Pakua-chang. Achieved rank of 3rd degree brown belt (3rd Kyu Sankyu).
Awarded Cook County Adult Probation Department Departmental Commendation for exemplary field performance at department wide ceremony – 1988.
Lincoln Park Gun Club - Great Western Open – 2nd Place B Class - 12 Gauge Skeet - Chicago, Illinois - July 1988.
National Skeet Shooting Association National Classification - 12 Gauge "A" Class - 1989.
Founder and President of Gang Prevention Incorporated - 1993.
Special Recognition Award - Probation Officer Day - 1993.
Nominated for Probation Officer of the Year 1994 – CCAPD.
Recipient of CCAPD Merit Pay Award - 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2011.
Nominated by Dr. George Knox, Director of the National Gang Crime Research Center, for 1994 Thrasher Award for excellence in the field of gang publications.
Recipient of 1998 and 2001 National Gang Crime Research Center Frederick Milton Thrasher Award for Outstanding Leadership in Developing Gang Identification Training Materials – July 1998 and Gang Identification Courses August 2001.
Named to the National Rifle Association Honor Role – 1995, the Millennium Honor Role – 2000 and the Legion of Honor – 2004.
Interviewed for and appeared in five part gang special for Fox 32 News in Albany, Georgia - May 1995.
Conducted three month study of O/C and formulated lesson plans, handout material, testing procedures and standards, and all other associated materials and budgetary considerations for the implementation of O/C by Cook County Adult Probation Officers - September 1995.
Awarded certificate of appreciation in recognition of contribution and dedication to the field of community corrections by American Probation and Parole President - August 1996.
"Dynamic target engagement with the shotgun" firearms class selected for presentation at the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors 1999 conference.
Class Commander and Primary Control Tactics Instructor for Cook County Adult Probation Department class 99-402 - Chicago Police Department Training and Education Academy - March and April 1999 - highest scoring recruit qualification with 100% and highest aggregate scoring recruit on all courses of fire.
Selected for candidate evaluation for the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers Executive Director's position by C. A. Durakis Associates - April 1999.
Honored during CCAPD Employee Recognition Week - by 1999.
Interviewed and appeared in In the Line of Duty nationwide street gang video presentation for law enforcement - September 1999.
Recognition Award for outstanding contribution toward the success of the 1999 training year - CCAPD - December 1999.
Founder and first President of the Chicagoland Police Combat Association - August - 2000.
The United States Marine Corps Reserve / Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #7 Toys for Tots Shoot: Combat / Duty Weapon Division: 2000 1st Place in Match Class – 2001 1st Place in Master Class (shooting a stock Glock 21 with full house 230gr. ball ammo for both).
Appointed as a Consultant Instructor by the International Police Defensive Tactics Association - January 2002.
Appointed to the National Commission on Law Enforcement Integrity - 7 May 2002. Lethal and non-lethal force sub-committees.
North Suburban Police Pistol League 2002-2003 Combat / Duty Weapon - Master Class Champion (shooting a stock Glock 21 with full house 230gr. ball ammo).
Awarded "The Chief's Citation - Trainer of the Year" (the first ever issued) for exceptional contributions to the Cook County Adult Probation Department in the areas of weapons training and field safety at the conclusion of department wide training conference - October 2003.
Awarded "A Good Samaritan of the Year" Citation for assistance to hospitalized United States Veterans in the United States and Overseas in the Middle East by the Help Hospitalized Veterans Organization - 2005, Awarded "A Donor of the Year" Citation 2006.
Control Tactics and Firearms Training - Chicago Police Department 1986 - 20 days - highest scoring recruit qualification with 100% and highest aggregate scoring recruit on all courses of fire.
Midwest Gang Investigators Association Conference - 1992, 1993, and 1995 - all 3 days.
International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association International Conference - 1993 - 3 days.
National Law Enforcement Institute Advanced Gang Conference - 1994, 1995, and 1998 - all 3 days.
Basic Firearms and Explosives Recognition - 1995 - half day.
Control Tactics Instructor Courses:
The Police Safety System - May 1995 - Allentown, Pa. - 10 days
(Instructor Mr. James F. March)
4 day recertification course completed at the Chicago Police Department Training and Education Academy - November 1996 (Instructor Mr. John C. Desmedt)
Additional 4 day recertification course completed and Senior Instructor Level Certification
Awarded - June 1997 (Instructor Mr. John C. Desmedt)
United States Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation Courses:
Firearms Instructor Course - October 1995 - 5 days - scored 100% on qualification course of fire and written examination
Officer Survival School - April 1996 - 5 days
Basic Police SWAT School - July 1996 - 5 days - scored 100% on qualification course of fire
Tactical Shotgun Training School - June 2000 - 1 day - scored 100% on qualification course of fire
Sniper/Observer Course - October 2000 - 5 days - scored 100% on qualification course of fire and written examination
Zarc International, Inc. Cap-stun User Familiarization Course (Instructor Mr. Jim Braddock) August 1995 - half day.
International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Annual Training Conference - West Palm Beach, Florida - October 1998 - 5 days.
Adult Probation Officer Enhanced Field Skills Training Course - Chicago Police Department Education and training Academy - Class 99-402 - March and April 1999 - 4 weeks - Class Commander and Primary Control Tactics Instructor - highest scoring recruit qualification with 100% and highest aggregate scoring recruit on all courses of fire.
Police Firearms Instructor Development School - Chapman Academy of Practical Shooting - Columbia, Missouri - October 1999 - 2 ½ days.
Illinois Tactical Officers Association Officer Involved Shooting Seminar - April 2000 - 1 day.
Police Field Training Officer Certification Course - December 2000 - 5 days.
FBI Hosted Firearms Instructor Development Course - taught by Mr. Michael Voight - May 2001 - 4 days.
Police Rifle Instructor Course (Instructor Mr. Jeffery Chudwin) - September 2001 - 5 days.
Tactical Handgun Shooting Course (Instructor Mr. Jack Manfre) - July 2002 - Chicago Police Academy - 1 day.
FBI hosted United States Practical Shooting Association National Range Officers Institute Range Officer Certification Course - FBI Regional Training Facility North Chicago, Illinois - August 2002 - 2 days, recertification completed July of 2003.
Advanced Defensive Handgun Course (Instructor Mr. John Farnam) - October 2002 - 2 ½ days.
Streamlight Academy Low Light Survival Shooting Instructor Certification Course - February 2003 - 3 days - day one man on man single elimination steel plate shoot winner.
Northwestern University Traffic Institute Defensive Driving Course - February 2003 - half day.
The United States Treasury Department (under the auspices of The United States Department of Homeland Security / Defense) Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Firearms Instructor Multiple Weapons Systems Training Program - Class FIMWTP 301 - Glynco, Georgia - March 2003 - 5 days.
FBI Hosted Firearms Instructor Development Course - taught by Mr. Rob Leatham - April 2003 - 3 days.
Simunition Supervisor Training and Safety Course - May 2003 - 4 days.
Advanced Interactive Systems PRISim Use of Force Simulator Instructor Certification Course - July 2003 - 2 days.
Strategos International - Prevailing in Low Light Conditions Instructor Certification Course - August 2003 - 5 days.
Managing Officer Involved Shootings (Lead Instructor Mr. Jeffrey Chudwin) - November 2003 - 1 Day.
Legal Liabilities for Firearms Instructors (Instructor Mr. Jeffery Chudwin) - February 2004 - 2 Days.
Lethal Force Institute - Judicious Use of Lethal Force (Lead Instructor Mr. Massad F. Ayoob)
June 2004 - 40 hours – Scored 100% on Written Examination and Live Fire Qualification Course of Fire (300:300) - Tied for 1st Place for Overall Individual Qualification – Member of 1st Place Qualification Relay.
Spartan Tactical Training Group Courses:
Rapid Deployment Patrol Shotgun Operator - September 2004 - 1 Day - man on man steel plate single elimination winner for all four competitions
Rapid Deployment Patrol Rifle Operator - November 2004 - 1 Day
Introduction to the Semiautomatic Pistol - November 2004 - 1 Day
Advanced Pistol Techniques 1: Developing Reflexive Gun-handling Skills - May 2005 - 1 Day
Officer Down - Disabled Officer Shooting Techniques - June 2005 - 1 Day
Advanced Pistol Techniques 2: Rapid Deployment Pistol Operator - July 2005 - 1 Day
Using Cover While Moving and Shooting - July 2005 - 1 Day
Defensive Duty Knife 1 - February 2007 - 1 Day
Defensive Duty Knife 2: Tactical Duty Knife Deployment - April 2007 - 1 Day
Introduction to Dynamic Room Entry - October 2009 - 1 Day
Glock Instructor Transition Course - April 2005 - 5 Days.
The Site Firearms Training Center - Master of Arms Program - Strategy and Tactics Course
(Instructor Mr. John Bowman) - July 2005 - 3 Days.
Zarc International, Inc. O/C Certification Course - September 2005 - half day.
Close Quarter Pistol for the Street (Instructor Mr. Jim Cirillo) - October 2005 - 2 Days.
Illinois Police Instructor Trainers Association Use of Force Instructor Training Course (Instructor Mr. Charles Mader) – March 2006 – 2 Days.
FBI Hosted Triple Canopy Live Fire Shoot House Instructor Certification Course (Lead Instructor Mr. Paul R. Howe) - May 2006 - 5 Days.
Brotherhood of the Blade First Annual Training Seminar - August 2006 - half day.
Glock Armorer's Certification Course - December 2006 - 1 Day - recertification – March 2011 – 1 Day.
Smith and Wesson Academy Military and Police Pistol Armorer’s Course – March 2007 – 1 Day Scored 100% on Written Examination.
Strike Tactical Solutions Level 1 Police Tactical Pistol Training Program (Lead Instructor Mr. Henk Iverson) - July 2007 - 1 Day - Passed Qualification Course of Fire 1st Attempt 15.92 / 18.00 (shooting a stock Glock 21 with full house 230gr. ball ammo).
John E. Reid and Associates, Inc. Investigating Use of Force for Field Supervisors (Instructor Mr. Charles A. Gruber) – September 2008 – 1 Day.
Smith and Wesson Academy Military and Police Rifle Armorer’s Course – June 2009 - 2 Days.
John E. Reid and Associates Street Crimes Training Course (Instructor Mr. Robert Brown) - 3 Days - October 2009.
Leomedicus Medical Tactics for Law Enforcement (Instructor Dr. Andrew Dennis) - 1 Day - February 2010.
Shooting Reconstruction and Officer Involved Shootings (Instructor Mr. Edward E. Hueske) – Northwestern University Police Training Division – Evanston, Illinois – June 2011 - 3 days.
USO (United Services Organization) starting in 2004 and every year since - Sponsoring Member # 01671533
National Rifle Association
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9