Executive Fellows

Deputy Director John Buchanan (Ret.)

John Buchanan retired from his position as deputy director for operations, US Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS), on April 29, 2016. In this capacity, he oversaw the work of over 400 CGIS Special Agents in nine regions covering the US and overseas postings.  CGIS agents investigate a wide variety of felony offenses ranging from homicide to environmental crimes that are prosecuted in military and federal court.

Mr. Buchanan came to the Coast Guard Investigative Service in July 2013 from the US Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP). He served as deputy director for operations for over two years supervising the regional and technical units that planned and implemented law enforcement development program in over 30 foreign countries.

Prior to his service at ICITAP, Mr. Buchanan served for four years as the senior police advisor at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). He provided expert advice and analysis to USAID headquarters and US embassies around the world on the development of host nation law enforcement and criminal justice agencies. His overseas experience includes work in more than 15 countries.

In 2007, Mr. Buchanan retired from the Phoenix Police Department after a 33-year police career. He worked in a variety of enforcement, investigative, and administrative assignments in a rapidly growing, diverse metropolitan environment, rising through the ranks to assistant police chief in 2000.

Mr. Buchanan has a Master of Science degree from Arizona State University. He graduated from the FBI National Academy and the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (John B. Pickett fellow). He was also a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), US Department of Justice in Washington, DC. His teaching experience includes leadership instruction for the Arizona State University Certified Public Manager Program.

Mr. Buchanan authored “Police-Prosecutor Drug Enforcement Teams” (published in the American Journal of Police) and A Field Guide for USAID Democracy and Governance Officers: Assistance to Civilian Law Enforcement in Developing Countries (published by USAID). He also co-authored the NIJ Research in Brief, “Understanding the Use of Force By and Against Police.”

Chief Adam McGill

Chief McGill has twenty-five years of experience serving in municipal California police departments.  Chief McGill became Novato’s police chief on January 9, 2017.  Before his appointment in Novato, Chief McGill served as Truckee, California’s police chief for 5 years.  Additionally, he served the U.S. State Department as a U.S. Diplomat in Iraq for 22 months as a senior police advisor to the highest levels of Iraq and U.S. government officials.

Prior to his service with the U.S. government, Chief McGill served two years as the police chief for the City of Newman, California, with the remainder of his leadership experience coming from the Modesto, California Police Department. As a police officer, Chief McGill spent the majority of his career in the detective bureau as a crimes-against-persons detective, including being part of the Scott Peterson homicide investigative team. He was promoted through the ranks to ultimately serve as a Patrol Watch Commander, Critical Incident Team Commander, and Commander of a federal multi-jurisdictional major drug enforcement unit – Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency (SDEA).

Chief McGill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He has completed the International Association of Chiefs of Police course on Leadership in Police Organizations and holds California Peace Officer Standards and Training certificates, Basic through Executive. Chief McGill graduated from the 261st session of the FBI National Academy in the summer of 2015. He is a former member of the board of directors for the California Police Chiefs Association and an Executive Fellow with the national Police Foundation.


Chief Mark Helms (Ret.)

Chief Mark Helms is a Northern California law enforcement leader with more than 30 years of public safety and local government experience.  Mark retired in June 2015 after serving nearly four years as police chief in the City of Lodi, a community of 64,000 located just south of Sacramento County.

Mark’s policing career began in 1984 when he joined the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office to work as a custodial officer in the men’s jail.  In 1985, he became a police officer in the City of Stockton, a diverse Central Valley community of 300,000 residents.  During his 26 year tenure with the Stockton Police Department, Mark worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and deputy chief of police.  He held several assignments and managed each bureau in the 650-member agency including operations, investigations, and administration.

In 2011, as Stockton was poised to enter municipal bankruptcy, Mark was named police chief in the neighboring city of Lodi.  As chief, he implemented significant organizational change in a department of more than 100 sworn and civilian employees.  He also developed an evidence-based strategy that significantly reduced gang violence, collaborated with community leaders to address the city’s growing homelessness problem, and served on the Executive Committee of San Joaquin County’s Community Corrections Partnership, a policy body that administers California’s public safety realignment laws.

Mark served on the board of directors of the California Police Chiefs Association and is a past president and vice president of the Central Sierra Police Chiefs’ Association.  He is also a member of several professional organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Associates, and Police Executive Research Forum.

Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from St. Mary’s College of California and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Stanislaus.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, and California’s Law Enforcement Command College.  He also holds an Executive Certificate from the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, California’s highest law enforcement certification.

Mark is currently an adjunct administration of justice professor at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, where he resides with his wife and family.

Chief Richard W. Myers

Chief Richard (“Rick”) W. Myers has served as Chief of Police for the City of Newport News, Virginia since January 2014, leading a total staff of 440 sworn officers. He began his career in policing in 1977 in the Detroit suburbs and has served as a patrol officer, public safety officer, and Medical Examiner Investigator. He was first appointed as a Police Chief in 1984, and has led agencies in Plymouth, Michigan; Lisle, Illinois; and Appleton, Wisconsin. In addition, from 2007-2011 Myers was the chief of the Colorado Springs, CO Police, with an agency of almost 1000 personnel.

Chief Myers received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Michigan State University, where he has been admitted to the MSU Criminal Justice Alumni Wall of Fame. He is a graduate of all three of the FBI’s leadership programs: The FBI National Academy-156th Session; the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar-26th Session; and the FBI National Executive Institute-31st Session. Chief Myers is in his 8th year as a Commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and currently Chairs the Commission. He is a Life Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); Past Board Member of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF); and a Past President of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association (WCPA) and the Society of Police Futurists International (PFI).

Chief Mark Chaires (Ret.), Ph.D.

Dr. Chaires has three decades of law enforcement experience, a third of that time spent at the executive management level. He served as the Assistant Police Chief for Schenectady, NY Police Department for seven years before being named Chief of Police in September 2008. In December of 2012, Chief Chaires retired to complete degree requirements for a Ph.D. at the Rockefeller School of Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany.  He received his Ph.D. in May of 2015, as well as the Walter M. Francis Policing Award.

During his tenure as a law enforcement executive, Chief Chaires implemented several key crime reduction strategies (e.g., CompStat, Directed Patrol) and collaborated with the County District Attorney to significantly expand the exemplary public surveillance camera system in his jurisdiction. He created the agency’s Human Resources Bureau, which, in turn, led to several important administrative programs (e.g., performance management, leadership development, and wellness).  Finally, he partnered with researchers to evaluate the agency’s implementation of CompStat and to measure officers’ performance regarding procedural justice.

Chief Jim Blocker

Jim Blocker is the 18th Chief of Police for the Battle Creek Police Department, having served within the Battle Creek Police department for 18 years in various capacities: patrol officer, Community Police Officer, SWAT team member, Detective, and Executive Officer.  In addition, Chief Blocker retains the rank of MAJOR in the US Army, serving in the Michigan Army National Guard, currently assigned as Provost Marshall for Camp Grayling.

Chief Blocker has had multiple tours of duty, serving in South America, Egypt, Latvia, and two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan earning two Bronze stars, two Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, the NATO ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.

Chief Blocker earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornerstone College. He is a graduate of several US Army command courses, as well as the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.

Chief David Dominguez (Ret.)

Chief David G. Dominguez was a police officer in the Inland Empire, San Bernardino and Riverside counties for 33 years. While with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, Chief Dominguez worked corrections, patrol, investigations, and training, reaching the rank of Sergeant. During this time, he supervised a Gang Unit, Detective Bureau and a Community Policing Team, gaining valuable experience and insight within a large progressive County Sheriff’s Department.

In 1994, Chief Dominguez was hired by the Riverside Police Department as a Lieutenant. This was the first time within the history of the organization that command personnel were recruited from outside the organization to implement change. While at the Riverside Police Department, Chief Dominguez worked virtually every management assignment, eventually promoting to Deputy Chief of Police in 2003. As second-in-command, Chief Dominguez had day-to-day management oversight of department operations and administration. In 1998, the Riverside Police Department was put under a five year “Stipulated Judgement” by the California Attorney General. This consent decree mandated numerous changes within the organization dealing with but not limited to; use of force training and reporting, community engagement, data reporting on citizen contacts, recruitment and selection of personnel to reflect the demographics of the community, management accountability program (MAP), expansion of the community policing programs and decentralization of operational programs to enhance crime reduction. Chief Dominguez, along with other department personnel, was responsible for the research, design and implementation of the tasks within the stipulated judgement. In 2003, the California Attorney General released the Riverside Police Department from the Stipulated Judgement indicating the organization had met and exceeded all mandated requirements.

In 2008, Chief Dominguez was appointed the Chief of Police for the City of Palms Springs, CA. During this time, Chief Dominguez provided senior leadership within the city and the organization during some very challenging fiscal years. Chief Dominguez implemented several programs within the department that reduced crime over a four year period, including leadership development, data driven analytics, and development/revision of the community policing programs. Chief Dominguez received the “Freedom Fund” public safety award in 2008 from the NAACP for leadership in the community. Chief Dominguez is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Police (SMIP) from the John F. Kennedy Government Center at Harvard University and the Supervisory Leadership Institute in California. Chief Dominguez possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University Fullerton.

Chief Dominguez is past President of the California Peace Officers’ Association, (CPOA), the Riverside County Law Enforcement Administrators Association and Vice President of the Riverside County Chiefs of Police. Chief Dominguez is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) and Peace Officers Research Association (PORAC).

Captain Wes Farmer (Ret.), Ph.D.

Dr. Farmer has been the Executive Director of the Lancaster (PA) Safety Coalition (LSC) since 2011. LSC is a community-based nonprofit that delivers video evidence to criminal justice stakeholders.  Believed to be one of the very few independent nonprofits that performs this function, LSC operates a network of 162 closed-circuit public space cameras that have been shown to be exceptionally effective at improving community safety.

Prior to his time at LSC, Dr. Farmer was a Captain with the San Bernardino (CA) Police Department, retiring in 2004 after an active 30-year career that resulted in several community and department honors. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the PERF Senior Management Institute for Police (Boston), and related management and leadership schools through POST (CA).

Dr. Farmer has a Bachelor’s Degree from California Baptist University, a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino, and received his Ph.D. from Temple University (Philadelphia) in 2014.  His Ph.D. research focused on civic engagement among clients of social service organizations in five different cities.

Dr. Farmer remains active in his community and has also been on local and national nonprofit boards of directors.  He continues to work with other community collaborators seeking to improve the engagement of citizens within the Lancaster (PA) area where he lives.

Chief Sylvia Moir

Chief Sylvia Moir joined the Tempe Police Department as the Chief in March 2016. A California native, Chief Moir has 29 years of local police experience. Her understanding and practice of local law enforcement provided her a comprehensive perspective on the rewards and challenges of modern policing in integrated and progressive communities.

Chief Moir was the Chief of the El Cerrito Police Department from 2010 until her appointment as the Police Chief in Tempe, Arizona. In El Cerrito, Chief Moir strengthened the tactical and operational readiness of the department, enhanced training efforts to include Fair and Impartial Policing and mindfulness in policing, launched intelligence and analytic functions for crime suppression, began a robust social media presence, and initiated regional efforts in a variety of areas.

Chief Moir spent most of her early career with the Sacramento Police Department where she served in every division of the department. In the Sacramento Police Department, Chief Moir served as a patrol officer, field training officer, detective, academy commander, watch commander, and other assignments. She was responsible for racial profiling studies, Incident Command Training, daily safety and service in the Downtown Sacramento Area surrounding the State Capitol, and specialized units serving the entire city. She was the Incident Commander on hundreds of planned and spontaneous events utilizing up to 450 police personnel on single incidents in the safe crowd management of nearly 50,000 demonstrators at an event.

Chief Moir was a member of the Sacramento Police Honor Guard for 14 years. She was part of hundreds of funerals, ceremonial events, and she completed rigorous training with the US Army Old Guard at Fort Myer, VA and Arlington National Cemetery.

Chief Moir has been a facilitator and trainer for in-service and basic academy recruits in a variety of operational and administrative disciplines for over two decades. Chief Moir was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the Commission on California Peace Officer Standards and Training for two terms, she served on the Executive Committee for the California Police Chiefs Association, and as the President of the West Contra Costa County Chiefs. She is currently an Executive Fellow for the Police Foundation, on the Community Policing Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, an advisor for the American Law Institute, and on the Law Enforcement Council for the U.S. Humane Society.

Chief Moir holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management, and a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School- Center for Homeland Defense and Security where she published her thesis titled: FLUID LEADERSHIP: INVITING DIVERSE INPUTS TO ADDRESS COMPLEX PROBLEMS. Chief Moir is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI) and LAPD West Point Leadership.

She is married, lives in Tempe, and enjoys reading, competing in full and half marathons, and cheering on the Boston Red Sox.

Carl Jensen III, Ph.D.

Carl J. Jensen III is a Professor and Director of the Intelligence and Security Studies Program at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. He is a 1978 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy and served in the Navy from 1978 until 1983, first aboard the nuclear fleet ballistic missile submarine USS George Washington Carver and then as an aide to the Commander of Submarine Group Five.

Dr. Jensen graduated from FBI New Agents Training in 1984 and served as a field agent in Atlanta, Georgia; Monterey, California; and Youngstown, Ohio. In August 1992, Dr. Jensen reported to the FBI Laboratory where he received certification as a Racketeering Records Examiner. In June 1997, Dr. Jensen reported to the Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, where he instructed senior police officials at the FBI National Academy, conducted research, provided consultation, and served as Assistant Unit Chief.

Upon his retirement from the FBI in 2006, Dr. Jensen joined the RAND Corporation as a Senior Behavioral Scientist. In 2007, he joined the Legal Studies faculty at the University of Mississippi, where he served as an Assistant/Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies. In 2015, he joined the faculty of The Citadel.

He is the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award from the International Association for Intelligence Education, a 2008 recipient of the Thomas Crowe Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Mississippi, and a 2004 recipient of the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Research from the University of Virginia. Dr. Jensen holds a Master of Arts degree from Kent State University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Maryland. He has instructed throughout the world and is the author of over 70 articles, books, book chapters and technical reports.

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