Executive Fellows

Chief Jane Castor (Ret.)

Jane Castor joined the Tampa Police Department in 1983 and was elected the first female president of a police academy class. In 2009, she became the first woman to be named chief of the Tampa Police Department.  Chief Castor has redefined community policing in her hometown and driven down the crime rate with her innovative approach to fighting crime.

Over the course of her career, Chief Jane Castor built a reputation for working side by side with residents, community leaders, business owners and neighboring law enforcement agencies to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in Tampa.  Those community partnerships are the foundation of TPD’s dynamic crime reduction strategy, “Focus on Four.” Since its induction in 2003, the plan has reduced violent and property crime by 70%.

Involving the department in the community, Chief Castor recently opened the doors of a multi-million dollar gymnasium for the Police Athletic League, which serves more than 300 at-risk children. The department also opened a safe haven for children called the RICH House. Chief Castor’s commitment to at-risk kids is exemplified in her new Young Adult Police Academy. It targets kids on the verge of becoming involved in crime.

Chief Castor partnered with the Florida Holocaust Museum to develop a course on protecting people’s rights. She also worked with a University of South Florida professor to ensure all Tampa Police officers attend a day-long training on recognizing and overcoming biases to establish fair and impartial policing practices.  To address the daily demands of policing, Castor partnered with a non-profit to create a First Responder’s Post Trauma Training. It’s designed to help officers work through their most traumatic incidents, and is offered to first responders statewide.

The department has smoothly handled many large-scale, national and international events under her command, including Super Bowl XLIII and the 2012 Republican National Convention. Chief Castor developed a progressive policing strategy that avoided the classic confrontations associated with political conventions. Officers even provided food to hungry protesters.

Chief Castor testified on the topic of officer safety before President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing in February 2015. She serves on the board of the Major City Chiefs Association and on Harvard’s Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety.  She was named Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year in 2009 by the National Association of Women in Law Enforcement

A Tampa native Chief Castor received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminology from the University of Tampa. She recieved Master’s of Public Administration from Troy State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Chief Rick Braziel (Ret.)

Rick Braziel served as chief of the Sacramento Police Department (SPD) from 2008 until his retirement in December 2012. A 33-year veteran of the SPD, including 18 years as a member of the executive leadership team, he held a variety of ranks. As deputy chief, his assignments included the Office of Operations, Office of Investigations, Office of Technical Services, and the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

As chief of police, Braziel refocused the SPD mission, including redesign of crime reduction strategies, deployment, and resources resulting in the reduction of Part I crime by 21% while reducing department staffing by 28%. Under his leadership, the SPD increased transparency and community involvement through the creation of a Police Advisory Committee, Interfaith Leaders Council, Youth Advisory Committee, town hall meetings, online citizen surveys, and a redesigned website with interactive features.

Braziel’s commitment to community policing is illustrated in his book, Cop Talk: Essential Communication Skills for Community Policing. He is also a nationally recognized instructor on the topic. He consults and instructs for Humboldt State University in team-building, communication skills, community policing, and leadership.

Braziel conducts organization assessments and critical incident reviews. He was the lead investigator in the review of the police response to Christopher Dorner. He was a member of a team reviewing the riots in Ferguson Missouri and the St. Louis County Police Collaborative Reform Initiative. Rick also completed a review of the Stockton Police response to the Bank of the West robbery and hostage taking and the review of the December 2, 2015 terrorists attack in San Bernardino. Rick worked with the Washington State Patrol on the Trooper Recruitment and Retention Study. He is currently the Inspector General for Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and serves as Vice Chair on California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

Braziel received his BA and MA in communication studies from California State University, Sacramento. In 2006, he received a master of arts in security studies from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. His thesis resulted in a $3.1 million grant toward the creation of communities of learning.

In addition to numerous commendations, Braziel received the Silver Medal of Valor in 1988, Distinguished Service Award in 2001, and a Unit Citation in 2002. He was named alumni of the year by California State University, Sacramento.

 Chief Braziel (ret.) can be reached directly at rbraziel@policefoundation.org.

Chris Butler, Resident Agent In Charge (Ret.)

Christopher L. Butler is currently serving as the Investigations Group Supervisor at the NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.

He recently retired as the Resident Agent in Charge for the U.S. Secret Service Riverside (CA) Resident Office, the largest Secret Service RO geographical district in the U.S. outside of Alaska. The 27,000-square-mile district includes more than 4.3 million residents.

The Secret Service is the lead agency safe-guarding our nation’s financial infrastructure and ensuring the integrity of our economic systems. In that vital role, Resident Agent Butler worked closely with law enforcement at all levels on investigations and enforcement to investigate and take down counterfeit currency rings. Butler’s Secret Service Inland Empire Financial Crimes Task Force saved consumers millions of dollars through detection and enforcement against credit card fraud. During his time at the Riverside Office, Butler worked with local and regional law enforcement on a wide range of crime and terrorism prevention task forces.

During his 29-year law enforcement career, he also served as the Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge, Los Angeles Field Office; United States Deputy Marshal, San Francisco Field Office and served with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Sacramento. He has supervised the international criminal groups squad, protection, training, task force operations, and other management priorities.

He completed the Executive Leadership Program in Ethics, Integrity, Organizational Behavior and Change at Johns Hopkins University. Butler has attended courses at the FBI National Academy and is currently an Instructor with the United States Department of Education, No Child Left Behind Initiative. He is an Adjunct Professor at La Sierra University.

Butler is the past Vice President of the American Criminal Justice Association, LAE and obtained his bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.

Retired Agent Butler can be reached directly at cbutler@policefoundation.org

Chief Hassan Aden

Hassan Aden has over 28 years of law enforcement service and executive leadership experience in law enforcement. He previously served as the Director of Research and Programs at the International Association of Chiefs of Police overseeing a large portfolio of operational programs and research projects aimed at advancing professional police services and promoting enhanced administrative, technical, and operational police practices and policies. Hassan Aden continues to serve on numerous national advisory groups including the National Academies of Science’s Proactive Policing Committee, Department of Justice-sponsored groups, and others.

Hassan’s police experience includes serving as the Chief of Police with the Greenville (NC) Police Department.  He has extensive experience in the administrative, investigative and operational aspects of policing, and he has demonstrable success in working with questions such as crime control policies, community engagement and strategic planning.  While Chief of Police at the Greenville Police Department, he and all of the Greenville Police staff were deeply committed to community partnerships aimed at reducing crime and improving the quality of life in the City of Greenville. 

Prior to his appointment as Chief of Police for the Greenville (NC) Police Department, he served in the Alexandria (VA) Police Department for 26 years rising to the rank of deputy chief of police.
  
He is a graduate of American University’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation (ISPPI) from which he earned a Master of Public Administration Certificate in 2007. In December 2009, he graduated from American University’s School of Public Affairs earning a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. 

Due to his commitment to the continued professionalization of policing, he is a past Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and continues to advise CALEA on issues facing modern policing.  He is an active member of the Police Executive Research Forum and serves as a Senior Executive Fellow with the Police Foundation in Washington, DC.

Chief Andrew Bidou

Chief Andrew Bidou was appointed the Chief of the Vallejo (CA) Police Department in 2014. Prior to Vallejo, Chief Bidou served 25 years in policing with his last position as the Benicia (CA) Police Chief. Chief Bidou, began his career in the City of Newark (CA) where he rose from the ranks of Police Officer to Captain. As a police officer, Chief Bidou achieved broad experience in all aspects of police work, including assignments in patrol, SWAT, K9, gang enforcement, narcotics, detective, range master, and field training officer. As an administrator and Police Chief, he is credited with implementing a highly effective Community Policing Program, creating and implementing the Benicia Policing Strategy, a process utilizing resource management, crime analysis and problem solving to address crime and quality of life issues which resulted in three consecutive years of historically low crime rates and improved citizen satisfaction. He is also recognized for improving the training and selection standards for civilian and sworn staff, as well as increasing professionalism and diversity. Chief Bidou is widely recognized for his commitment to outreach and engagement, and developing a strong relationship between the police department and all segments of his community.

Chief Bidou earned his Bachelor of Arts in Management from Saint Mary’s College, a Masters of Public Administration from Golden Gate University, a Masters Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University, and a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police held at Boston University, the FBI National Academy, and completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program held at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Chief Bidou is currently a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the California Police Chiefs Association.

Chief Paul M. Walters

Paul M. Walters served as Chief of Police in Santa Ana, California, from 1988 to 2013, making him the longest-serving chief in a major city in modern U.S. history. When Walters was first appointed chief, the department had 359 officers serving 293,000 people. Budget cuts reduced that to 320 officers by the time he retired – but the force now protects 335,000 residents – and a total population of 500,000 during the working day. At the same time, the crime rate has dropped to the lowest level in almost 40 years and gang violence fell by more than 40 percent a year in 2011 and 2012.

Walters is currently a Senior Associate with the Center for Public Safety Management, International City/County Management Association (ICMA), in Washington, DC. The Center is dedicated to improving local government performance (effectiveness and efficiency) through the identification, promotion, and application of leading practices.
Under Walters’ leadership, the Santa Ana Police Department was recognized since 1997 as a National Demonstration Site and Training Center for Community Policing and Problem Solving. He trained and assisted numerous police executives and public officials from throughout the country on how to implement innovative Community Policing strategies. During his tenure, Santa Ana built a new police administration building and jail designed to support Community Policing Strategies.

Chief Walters was recognized by President Bill Clinton for Community Policing innovations, leadership and accomplishments in lowering crime. He was also recognized several times by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, California Attorney General, the Governor of California, and both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

In 2009, Walters received the Department of Defense’s highest award, the Employer Freedom Award, and he was personally recognized by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates for exceptional leadership, support and personal devotion to supporting the National Guard and Reserve.

He was also recognized as a national innovator and leader in policing, received the Director’s Award from Director of the FBI, Louis Freeh, for exceptional public service and leadership. He was only the second person in the history of the FBI to receive this award who was not an FBI employee.

He was asked by the Mayor and city council to serve as the interim City Manager/CEO in June 2011, while continuing to serve as the Chief of Police. In 2011-2012, he led the city from impending bankruptcy at a $30 million deficit to solvency with $20 million in reserves.

Walters received a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Science from California State University, Fullerton and graduated with Bachelor of Science and JD Law degree from the American College of Law. He completed a two-year graduate program in executive leadership and development from POST California Command College.

Chief Walters is a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving as a NCO and Combat Crew member of 571st Strategic Missile Wing, Titan II ICBM, David-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona. He was also stationed at Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan with the 498th Tactical Missile Squadron.

He has received numerous awards and accolades over the years, most recently by the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) board for outstanding leadership as the Executive Board Chairman, and the Orange County Regional Narcotics Suppression Program for service as bard chairman and for leading its development into a nationally recognized program.

Chief Walters (Ret.) can be reached directly at pwalters@policefoundation.org

Chief Marco Vasquez

Marco Vasquez was appointed Chief of Police for the Town of Erie in Colorado in 2013, and has served for 43 years in Colorado law enforcement.

Rising through the ranks at the Denver Police Department (DPD), Chief Vasquez retired as the Deputy Chief of Administration in 2008 after 36 years with the department. Chief Vasquez gained extensive experience throughout his career in internal affairs investigations, drug enforcement and patrol operations. As Deputy Chief of Administration, he was responsible for the annual budget of more than $175 million.

Vasquez was named Chief of Sheridan (CO) Police Department in 2008, serving until 2010. The next year, he became the first Chief of Investigations for the newly-created Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division for the Colorado Department of Revenue and served in this capacity until 2013.

Throughout his career, Chief Vasquez has been a strong advocate of community policing and has implemented the community policing philosophy in the agencies where he has worked. As one of the leading authorities on legalization of marijuana in Colorado, Chief Vasquez serves as the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Marijuana Issues Committee chair. In that capacity, he has participated in a number of rule-making working groups and panels, such as the Amendment 64 Implementation Law Enforcement Issues Committee, the Use of Recreational Marijuana Sales Tax Revenues Interim Study Committee, and the Department of Revenue Marijuana Edibles and Potency Working groups. Chief Vasquez has assisted the CACP in developing the “CACP Marijuana Position Paper” and the Police Foundation in developing Colorado’s Legalization of Marijuana and the Impact on Public Safety-A Practical Guide for Law Enforcement.

Chief Vasquez received a master’s degree in Management from Regis University and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Colorado Chiefs of Police Association (CACP) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Chief Vasquez has also graduated from PERF’s Senior Management Institute in Policing (SMIP) and the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) course.

Chief Vasquez can be reached directly at mvasquez@policefoundation.org

Chief James W. Tolbert (Ret.)

Chief James W. Tolbert joined the Flint Police Department on October 14, 2013 and retired in February 2016. Most recently before serving Flint, he retired as the Deputy Chief of the Detroit Police Department after 27 years of service. Before joining the Detroit Police Department, Chief Tolbert served in the United States Marine Corps. Following active duty, he retired from the reserves in 2000 as a Gunnery Sergeant.

During his tenure at the Detroit Police Department, Chief Tolbert showed his dedication to the citizens of Detroit by performing his duties with zeal and determination. Throughout his career, he served the Detroit Police Department in the areas of Patrol, Narcotics & Undercover, The Organized Crime Unit, Special Operations, Homicide and the Major Crimes Task Force.

In 1998, while executing a Narcotics Search Warrant; Chief Tolbert engaged in a gun battle with an armed narcotics dealer. Chief Tolbert was wounded in the ensuing gun battle. After his recuperation Chief Tolbert returned to the Detroit Police Department with unshaken resolve to serve.

As Chief of Police, Tolbert has the responsibility over sworn and civilian employees of the Flint Police Department and the 911 center. He constantly assesses and rethinks how to serve the citizens of the City of Flint in an efficient and cost effective way. Chief Tolbert strives to introduce the most current technology to the Flint Police Department.

Chief Tolbert holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University; he received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree, in Organizational Management from St. Mary’s College. Chief Tolbert also obtained an Associate of Arts degree from Wayne County Community College. Additionally Chief Tolbert is a Graduate of: Eastern Michigan University School of Staff and Command, The Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) and the Michigan State University, Police Command Officer Development Program.

Chief Tolbert has commanded many major incidents that required pressure decision making from multiple criminal issues to major events having national and international ties. Chief Tolbert has the aptitude to manage numerous projects and will enhanced law enforcement efforts in the most positive light. Chief Tolbert will use his accumulated knowledge, his experience and his determination to lead the Flint Police Department and serve the City of Flint.

Chief J. Scott Thomson

John Scott Thomson was sworn in as chief of the Camden County Police Department on May 1, 2013. Prior to that, he had served as chief of the former Camden Police Department since 2008. Chief Thomson began his law enforcement career in 1992. He holds an M.A. in education from Seton Hall University and a B.A. in sociology from Rutgers University.

During his career, Chief Thomson ascended through the ranks of the Camden Police Department. In 2011, he received the Gary P. Hayes Memorial Award from the Police Executive Research Forum for innovation and leadership in policing. He has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Special Committee on Discovery in Criminal and Quasi-Criminal Matters, the New Jersey Attorney General’s committees for Officer Involved Shooting Responses, Conducted Energy Devices and Body Worn Cameras. In 2017, he received the H. Norman Schwarzkopf Award for Policing Excellence from the New Jersey Public Safety Accreditation Coalition.

Chief Thomson provided testimony for the President’s Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing on using community policing to reduce crime. He has served as the Chairman of the Philadelphia/Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Chief Thomson sits on the Board of Advisors for the New York University School of Law’s Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, The American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law – Police Investigations, the United States Attorney General Global Advisory Committee on Law Enforcement Use-of-Force Investigations Task Team, and the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. He is the Co-Chair of The Policing Project at New York University Law School, an Executive Fellow for the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Harvard University Law Enforcement Summit Executive Leadership Group.

Chief Thomson is the elected President of the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington, D.C.

Chief Walter B. Tibbet (Ret.)

Walt Tibbet retired as chief of the Fairfield Police Department in March 2015 after more than 40 years of law enforcement experience. He began his career in 1972 with the Alameda Police Department. In 1980, he joined the San Jose Police Department where he served for 26 years advancing through the ranks to Captain. In July, 2006, he returned to the Alameda Police Department as its Chief of Police. During his four years as Chief, he restructured the Department, increased efficiencies in departmental operations, and improved training opportunities for members of the Department. He also enhanced the Department’s presence in the community through various outreach efforts. He was named chief in Fairfield in 2010.

While a member of the San Jose Police Department, he completed a wide range of assignments in each of the department’s four Bureaus. He served as the Commander of various units within the Department including the Special Operations Division’s Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Gang Investigations Unit, Community Services Division, and the Bureau of Technical Services where he was charged with the implementation of emerging technologies throughout the Department. He worked extensively in developing community and business collaborations, and served as the Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force. Chief Tibbet was awarded the San Jose Police Department’s Medal of Valor, a Hazardous Duty Award, and two City Council Commendations. He was also a recipient of the National Exchange Club’s Blue and Gold Wounded in Service Award.

Chief Tibbet is a past Chairman of the Solano County Law Enforcement Administrators Association, a Board Member for the California Police Chiefs Association and Fight Crime – Invest in Kids organizations, and an Advisory Board Member for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s Public Safety Academy.

He holds a Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Hayward with an emphasis of study including Organizational Development, Cross-Cultural Consultation, and Substance Abuse prevention and treatment. He has a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Management from St. Mary’s College of Moraga, California. Chief Tibbet is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

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