Policing Fellows

Lieutenant Travis Norton

Lieutenant Norton was born and raised in San Diego County and began his career at the Oceanside Police Department in 1998. As an officer, Lieutenant Norton held a variety of assignments including Defensive Tactics Instructor, Less Lethal Instructor, Drug Recognition Expert, Chemical Agents Instructor, SWAT Operator and Field Training Officer. In 2004, he was chosen as one of the first members of the newly created uniformed Gang Suppression Unit. In 2006 he was selected as a Gang Detective for the Special Enforcement Section where he stayed until his promotion to sergeant in 2009.

As a sergeant he was assigned as a patrol supervisor in the Field Operations Division and also served for seven years as a team leader on the SWAT Team and was the department’s Emergency Planner. In 2016 he went back to the Gang Suppression Unit as a supervisor until his promotion to lieutenant in February of 2018. He is currently assigned as a Watch Commander in the Field Operations Division and continues his role as the department’s Emergency Planner and oversees the department’s body worn camera and Explorer programs.

Lieutenant Norton holds a Master of Science degree in Emergency Service Administration from CSU Long Beach. His thesis focused on the primary mistakes law enforcement is making during the initial response phase to large-scale critical incidents and outlined the timeline of these events. He is an instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association, Field Command and the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) where he teaches SWAT related subjects, tactical science and critical incident management. Lt. Norton is the team leader for the CATO After Action Review team that responds to incidents in the United States and Europe to glean lessons learned and improve the law enforcement response to future events. Additionally, he is on the CATO SWAT Operator Board of Certification which is nation’s first ever certification process for tactical operators.

Investigator Kenneth Ehrman

Kenneth F. Ehrman has worked for the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ Investigations Division as an Investigator since 1999. He is currently assigned to the department’s Mission Hills Investigations Office. Prior to joining DMV Investigations, he worked for the California Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer from 1994 to 1999. Kenneth F. Ehrman also works as a P.O.S.T. certified instructor in multiple subject areas and serves as his association president and as an Executive Director of the California Fraternal Order of Police.

Kenneth F. Ehrman is currently working on his Doctorate in Public Administration at California Baptist University. He has a Master of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Sacramento State University.

Sergeant Paul Grattan Jr.

Paul Grattan Jr. is a sergeant and 17-year veteran of the New York City Police Department. After completing his undergraduate work at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, he was appointed to the NYPD in July of 2001. While in the Police Academy, he responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, participating in the recovery and security operations in the weeks that followed. Upon graduating the Academy, Paul was first assigned to Brooklyn’s 72nd Precinct where he served on patrol, with the Street Narcotics Unit, and as a member of the Community Policing Unit. Upon his promotion to sergeant in 2008, Paul was assigned to Transit District 4 on Manhattan’s east side, where he led a plainclothes team responsible for combating felony crimes and sexually motivated offenses throughout the nation’s busiest metropolitan rail system.

Paul is currently assigned to the office of the NYPD’s Chief of Transit, where he is part of a dynamic team that oversees the administration of the 2,600 sworn members who police New York City’s subways. Together, this team advances the NYPD’s neighborhood policing philosophy within the transit system and works to improve the bureau’s preparedness, response, crime prevention, and counterterrorism efforts. In 2014, Paul was selected as team manager for the Police Commissioner’s Reengineering Initiative, defining goals and recommending reforms that would lead to improvements in the agency’s human capital and morale.

Specializing in transportation security, he is principally responsible for executive and strategic communications, policy review, and managing the bureau’s digital media platforms. He has worked to improve the safety and security of New York City’s transportation network through effective collaboration with transit policing partners, and he has dedicated much of his career to understanding and reducing sex offenses in public transportation. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, a Certificate in Criminal Justice Education, a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and is a graduate of the 254th session of the F.B.I. National Academy.

Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Paul comes from a family with a long history of public service. He now lives in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley with his wife and three children.

Lieutenant William Baskay

William Baskay serves as a Lieutenant with the Mount Laurel Police Department, where he has been employed for 19 years. He is currently the commander of the Administrative Division with direct oversight over the Detective and Records Bureaus.

At various points throughout his career, Lt. Baskay has had the opportunity to serve as his agency’s 911 Coordinator, CJIS Coordinator, Infectious Control Officer, Uniform Crime Reporter, MAGLOCLEN Liaison, NJ State Firearms Unit Liaison, Senior Supervisory Firearms Instructor, CED Coordinator, and OEM Terrorism and NJ Terrorism Task Force Representative.

He has a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, where he received the Lansbury Prize for Academic Excellence. Lt. Baskay has represented the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) as an Exchange Fellow to the College of Policing in the United Kingdom. He is also a NJSACOP Accredited Command Executive and has graduated from the NJSACOP Command and Leadership Program. He is also an active NJSACOP assessor and Team Leader.

Lt. Baskay has developed and presented topical train the trainer instruction, and he has trained law enforcement command, supervisory and line staff in active shooter response. Additionally, he instructs Scene Management, Front Line Leadership, and Executive In-service.

Lt. Baskay’s career has been characterized by a commitment to police ethics and service. He has served as his department’s Domestic Violence Response Team Liaison and was responsible for introducing and developing his department’s Police Chaplain Program.  Furthermore, he served as a member of the Executive Board of the Internal Affairs Association of Burlington County. Currently, Lt. Baskay is working with community partners in developing a strategy to incorporate intelligence-led responses and non-enforcement alternatives to help combat the opioid crisis and reduce crime within his jurisdiction.

Officer John Wagstaff, Jr.

Officer John “Jack” Wagstaff Jr serves as a Uniform Patrol Officer with the Durham Police Department (NC). His experience includes serving as a liaison for the Criminal Intelligence Unit, drafting recommendations for patrol beat realignment under the guidance of the IACP, and serving on the planning committee for department’s transition from UCR to NIBRS crime reporting system. Officer Wagstaff is known among the ranks for his work ethic and innovative problem-solving. Since joining DPD in 2015, he has twice been recognized as Officer of the Month and was awarded Officer of the Year in 2018 among 548 sworn personnel.

Officer Wagstaff is a staunch purveyor of knowledge in policing and has helped translate research into practice in a variety of capacities. His appetite for research grew from an undergraduate internship with the Charleston Police Department (SC) where he helped establish a Family Violence Unit built on evidence-based practices designed to minimize trauma, improve victim receptiveness to follow-up services, and appraise risk for clinician-investigator paired follow-up under the Childhood Development-Community Policing model. This experience led him to later recommend policy/protocol uplifts and forge new partnerships to improve the Durham Police Department’s response to intimate partner violence. At the request of clinical partners at Duke’s Center of Child and Family Health, Officer Wagstaff helped identify system-level barriers to a collaborative response to domestic violence among stakeholder organizations and plan realistic, multi-agency training for first responders under the Durham Integrated Domestic Violence System grant.

Officer Wagstaff holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Spanish from the College of Charleston as well as a M.S. in Criminal Justice-Public Administration from Liberty University. His graduate research focused on engendering a climate for evidence-based policing through organizational design. Currently, he is exploring how a dynamic capabilities framework could mitigate many of the challenges associated with policing in a democracy by empowering agencies to proactively shape their environment and achieve superior, lasting performance through the adaptation, reconfiguration, and expansion of its resource base.

Officer William A. Forrester III

William Forrester has worked for the Memphis Police Department as a police officer since 2011; he is currently assigned to the department’s Research and Accreditation Office. He has also worked in Uniform Patrol and served on the 2015 Contract Negotiating Committee. In addition to working for the police department, he has taught criminal justice at Southwest Tennessee Community college and has participated in peer review for the National Institute of Justice.

William Forrester was appointed to serve as a commissioner on the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission in 2016. In 2017, he was a member of the POST Commission’s Rules Committee. He is currently serving on the Informal Hearing Committee.

William Forrester is currently in the dissertation phase of his Doctorate in Public Policy and Administration. He has a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Bethel University and a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education from Lambuth University.

Sergeant Dave Mason

Dave Mason is a sergeant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and is currently assigned to the Technical Operations Section. Sergeant Mason supervises a shift within LVMPD’s Real-Time Crime Center and works as a project manager on a number of technology projects currently in place and being implemented within LVMPD.

Sergeant Mason’s past experience as a sergeant includes assignments in counter terrorism, field training and uniformed patrol. Prior to being promoted, Sergeant Mason was a detective in LVMPD’s counter terrorism section and vice section.

Sergeant Mason has been recognized as a subject matter expert on the topic of the sex trafficking/prostitution sub-culture and investigations in Las Vegas.

Sergeant Mason is spearheading an effort within LVMPD to assemble a group of individuals from law enforcement, academia, and private industry to collaborate together to provide innovative solutions to topics and issues of law enforcement interest. This process aims to bridge the gap between academia and actual law enforcement practices/policy.

This translational criminology approach hopes to incorporate the research-based findings of academia into real-world application into law enforcement policy and strategic operations.

Sergeant Mason has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Officer James VanderMeer, Ph.D.

James wants to expand the role of behavioral science in policing. Because police work makes such potent and peculiar psychological demands of officers, behavioral science offers a uniquely promising tool kit for improving officer performance, and, when integrated into a broader scientific approach to research and innovation, organizational performance as well.

James comes from a diverse research background. He has fielded national public opinion surveys, staged focus groups, conducted laboratory experiments, consulted on defense projects, interviewed a serial killer, and even collected urine samples from arboreal monkeys using a modified butterfly net. He is committed to evidence-based approaches to solving problems, and he brings that commitment to the challenges he encounters as a police officer.

As a patrol officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., James faces issues familiar to many urban officers, but he is most passionate about his roles as a crisis intervention specialist for mental health consumers, a point of contact for community engagement, and in de-escalating violent encounters.

James holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Chicago, where he used behavioral economic games to investigate the social and cognitive mechanisms of conflict escalation.

Deputy Jeffrey Payne

Deputy Jeffrey Payne has been a Deputy Sheriff with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida for 4 years. Deputy Payne currently works in the Uniformed Patrol Division where he has amassed experience responding to calls for service ranging from the simple to the extraordinary. He often spends his free time during his shift applying intelligence led policing methods to proactive law enforcement. While still a relatively new member of the law enforcement profession, Deputy Payne was a sponsored academy candidate for the sheriff’s office and has further experience in the security and surveillance fields.

Deputy Payne is currently a PhD Candidate in the Security Studies program at the University of Central Florida where his research interests include community responses to mass casualty events, state and local indicators of non-state violence, and terrorist psychology and methodology. Deputy Payne holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida, where he also minored in Sociology and received a certificate in criminal profiling.

Lieutenant Allen Schubert

For the past twenty years, Lieutenant Allen Schubert has proudly served in the Los Angeles Police Department. Handpicked to run the night watch of the LAPD’s new Transit Services Division, he utilizes a groundbreaking deployment plan to effectively safeguard the 1.5 million daily commuters who traverse the city’s 95 miles of rail lines and 1,700 bus routes. In his former tours of duty, Allen was a Gang/Robbery Detective, an Internal Affairs Investigator, a Department-sponsored Officer Representative, a Field Sergeant, and an Academy Instructor.

Allen holds a Master of Intelligence Studies from American Public University, a Master of Forensic Science from National University, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University. He is the highest-ranking Drug Recognition Expert (Instructor) in the Department and harbors a special interest in Counterterrorism matters (carried over from his days as an Intelligence Specialist in the United States Navy). His strategic vision focuses on greater collaboration between Department Command Staff and city caretakers, increasing workplace wellness, and embracing innovative technologies to combat/deter crime.

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