Executive Fellows

Deputy Chief David Waltemeyer

David Waltemeyer is Deputy Chief of the Melbourne, Florida, Police Department. Prior to his work in Melbourne, Dave was a Senior Law Enforcement Project Manager with the Police Foundation, providing expertise for the Police Foundation’s LEO Near Miss officer safety initiative and the Foundation’s National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations (NRTAC). Dave joined the Foundation after a 25-year career in law enforcement, retiring from the Anne Arundel County, Maryland Police Department (AACOPD) as an Acting Deputy Chief of Police.

During his career with AACOPD, David commanded all three of the Department Bureaus; the Patrol Bureau, the Operations and Investigations Bureau, and the Administrative Bureau. As Commander of the Patrol Bureau, David was recognized as a leader in transitioning the Department into an Intelligence-Led Policing philosophy and pioneering new and creative Community Oriented Policing and Problem Oriented Policing techniques and strategies. David led the Department’s CompStat process and supervised the Crime Analysis Unit. As Commander of the Administrative Services Bureau, David commanded over the Training Section, overseeing the Department’s use of force training and active shooter programs. As Commander of the Operations and Investigations Bureau, he was responsible for all Special Operations activities including; the Quick Response Team, the Aviation Section, the K-9 section, the Traffic Safety Section, and the Civil Disturbance Unit. He has extensive experience managing critical incidents, such as hostage/barricade events and deadly use of force incidents.

David also commanded over the Criminal Investigation Division and served as Commander of the Major Crimes Section, overseeing homicide, sexual assault, and child abuse investigations. He developed training in the area of death investigations and critical incident/scene management, and provided instruction to all levels of the organization. David also served as the Chairperson on the Department’s Deadly Force Review Board.

As the Acting Deputy Chief of Operations, David restructured and improved the Department’s recruitment, selection, and training programs to improve diversity and professionalism. David provided expert guidance to the Professional Standards (Internal Affairs) Section and the Staff Inspections Section, based on his experience and expertise in personnel investigations and accreditation. David has been a Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Assessor since 2010 and a CALEA Team Leader since 2015. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland University College, providing instruction in the areas of law enforcement leadership and administration, criminal procedure and evidence, criminal investigations, and medicolegal death investigations.

David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of Maryland University College and a Master’s Degree in Management from the John’s Hopkins University. David is a graduate of the John’s Hopkins University Police Executive Leadership Program. He has received specialized training in all areas of law enforcement leadership and management, criminal investigations, and major incident management.

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.

Chief Edward Flynn

Edward A. Flynn was appointed Chief of the Milwaukee Police Department in January of 2008. He commands an agency of 2,000 sworn officers and 700 civilians, serving a city of 600,000 residents.

He was formerly Police Commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts from 2006 to 2008. As the chief police executive, he was responsible for 470 officers and 100 civilians, serving a city of 155,000 residents.

Flynn served as Secretary of Public Safety under Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney from January 2003 until he took command in Springfield. He was responsible for a secretariat employing 10,000 that included the Massachusetts State Police, the Department of Corrections, and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary of Public Safety, he served for five years as the Chief of Police in Arlington, Virginia.  He commanded a 360 officer department, serving 190,000 residents.  In that capacity, he was instrumental in the recovery effort at the Pentagon after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

He began his career in the Jersey City Police Department, where he was promoted through the ranks of officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and inspector. He also served as the Chief of Police in Braintree and subsequently Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Chief Flynn is currently a member of the Police Executive Research Forum.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Fight Crime Invest in Kids Executive Board. He is a member of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Session on Policing and a past recipient of the prestigious Gary Hayes Memorial Award for Police Leadership from the Police Executive Research Forum.

Edward Flynn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and completed all coursework in the Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice from City University in New York.  Chief Flynn is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the National Executive Institute and was a National Institute of Justice Pickett Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Chief Henry Stawinski III

Henry P. Stawinski III, known as Hank, was appointed to the position of Chief of Police on February 17, 2016, after having served as Deputy Chief since September 11, 2011. He began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the Prince George’s County Police Department, which serves 486 square miles and nearly one million residents along the eastern border of Washington D.C. From July 2013 through January 2016, Hank was responsible for the Bureau of Patrol to which approximately 1100 of the Department’s 1700 sworn members are assigned. Within the Bureau are the six current district stations with a seventh district under construction and set to open in the Fall of 2015. Also within the Bureau is the Special Operations Division which includes Aviation, Canine, Collision Analysis and Reconstruction, three Emergency Services Teams, and the Marine Unit. The Bureau of Patrol manages a budget of $138 million, nearly half of the Department’s total annual budget.

His three prior assignments include serving as the Deputy Chief for the Bureau of Forensic Science & Intelligence, Chief of Staff to the Chief of Police, and Deputy Inspector General for the Department. In his 23 years of service, he has played a key role in the Department’s seven successful bids for accreditation, founded and supervised the Behavioral Sciences Services Unit, and currently leads the “Arrive Alive” officer driving safety campaign.

Hank holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston College and a Master of Science in Management from The Johns Hopkins University. He is an alumnus of both the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute.  He has also attended the negotiation program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  He is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, and the Police Chief’s Association of Prince George’s County. He is a past President of the Maryland Association of Police Planners. Hank lives in Prince George’s County with his wife of 15 years and their daughter.

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