Policing Fellows

Officer Christopher Denton

Christopher Denton is a Police Officer with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C. where he is currently assigned to the Narcotics and Special Investigations Division, Violence Reduction Unit.

Within Special Investigations, Officer Denton has been assigned to the Gun Recovery Unit as well as the Violence Reduction Unit. Officer Denton is a student of Group Violence Intervention strategies throughout the nation and has established a working relationship with project managers and researchers with the National Network of Safe Communities at John Jay in New York City. This informal relationship has granted Officer Denton an important perspective on GVI messaging and group intervention, specifically with Project Longevity in New Haven, Connecticut. Officer Denton has taken lessons learned from other focused deterrence strategies to help form the mission of the Violence Reduction Unit. Currently, Officer Denton is working on cooperation with other city services and agencies to address gun violence in a collaborative approach.

Officer Denton earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Florida and served in the United States Coast Guard as a Maritime Enforcement Specialist prior to joining the Metropolitan Police Department in September 2011. From 2014 to 2017, Officer Denton served as a Special Agent with the Diplomatic Security Service at the Washington Field Office.

Detective Matt Dotts

Detective Matt Dotts has been employed by the Derry Township Police Department in Hershey, Pennsylvania for twenty-one years. He worked as a patrol officer for 12 years, where he received advanced training in vehicle crash investigations and spent five years on the bicycle patrol unit. In 2011, he transferred to the criminal investigation section where he now specializes in financial and Internet-facilitated crimes. He is a Task Force Officer (TFO) with the Cyber Crime Unit of the FBI’s Philadelphia field office and a member of the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.

Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree in criminal justice, with a concentration in digital forensics, from DeSales University. His graduate thesis examined the challenges of policing high-crime cyberspaces and tested methods to alter offender behavior on a website that was used for criminal purposes. He continues to study the criminal use of the Internet and the use of digital technology for unlawful purposes.

In addition to academic degrees, Matt holds several professional certifications, including the Certified Financial Crime Investigator (CFCI), Certified Economic Crime Forensic Examiner (CECFE), and the GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) and Certified Incident Handler (GCIH).

Detective Dotts is an adjunct instructor at Harrisburg Area Community College where he instructs a range of criminal justice courses. He frequently lectures to private, civic, and business groups about cyber-financial crime, Internet security, and the criminal use of technology.

Master Corporal John Schultz, DEL

Dr. John T. Schultz, a sworn member of the Florida Highway Patrol, serves as a Master Corporal assigned to the Florida Highway Patrol’s Traffic Homicide Advanced Investigation & Reconstruction Team. Dr. Schultz has been a Trooper for nearly 28 years and has served in many leadership roles during his career as a Florida State Trooper. He has held positions such as Aide de Camp to Florida’s Lieutenant Governor, United States Secret Service Task Force member, Quick Reactionary Force member, fraud investigator, mutual aid liaison, traffic incident management instructor, certified high liability instructor, and, currently, as an advisory Board Member to the Southwest Florida chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In his current assignment, Dr. Schultz and his fellow investigators apply sound investigative practice to include the use of scientific advancements in policing to ensure proper dispositions of investigations for both victims and their families, and to assure individual accountability within the criminal justice system.

During his career, Dr. Schultz has received numerous commendations. Most recently, Dr. Schultz received the Florida State Trooper of the month for Troop-F in 2016 and 2017, the Sons of American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation 2016 Award, and the Governor’s Medal of Heroism Award in 2017.

Dr. Schultz earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Saint Leo University in 2002 and his master’s degree in Administration in 2010 from Barry University. In striving to continue to make a difference, Dr. Schultz enrolled in the Doctor of Executive Leadership program at the University of Charleston. During his tenure, Dr. Schultz focused his dissertation research upon African American executive leadership and community policing. Dr. Schultz successfully defended his research and graduated with a Doctor of Executive Leadership degree in May 2019. At this time, Dr. Schultz’s research interests include community policing, public safety leadership, emergency management, crisis leadership, emotional intelligence, evidence-based policing, law enforcement instruction, public policy impacting both criminal justice and criminal justice reform, and use of technology in criminal investigations, to include evidence collection and processing.

Sergeant Eric Dlugolenski

Eric Dlugolenski is in his ninth year of service to the City of West Haven, CT. Prior to promotion, he served as a Community Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, and Court Liaison. Once promoted, he completed a short tenure with the Uniformed Services Division before he was appointed as the supervisor of the Professional Standards Division. He is currently updating the policies and procedures for the police department, pursuing grant opportunities, and seeking State accreditation. Eric is a ranking member and strong advocate for the department’s peer support team, which promotes officer health, well-being, and resiliency.

Eric holds a BA in political science from the University of Connecticut (UCONN), an MS degree in criminal justice administration from the University of New Haven (UNH), and is a PhD candidate at the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice at UNH specializing in police science. Eric is a certified Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC) instructor. Eric has also been an adjunct professor for the UNH Criminal Justice Department since 2014. He has taught undergraduate courses in quantitative applications and research methods for criminal justice, problem-oriented policing, police in a free and democratic society, and police psychology and investigations. He has co-authored a peer-reviewed study of police foot patrols and strives to remain active both as a practitioner and academic. His dissertation research focuses on the utility of order-maintenance policing when delivered in accordance with the advancements of procedural justice.

Eric is a member of the 2019 class of National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholars. Eric has also received a scholarship award to participate in the 2020 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Doctoral Summit.

Eric is a member of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ASEBP) and is a passionate advocate for evidence-based policing. He believes in building bridges with resource-challenged communities, advancing the professionalism of police service through organizational processes, and creating institutional cultures that promote officer resiliency. Eric is proud to be part of the national conversation encouraging thoughtful police reform and honored to be recognized as a National Police Foundation Fellow.

Sergeant Roger Callese, Ed.D.

Roger Callese is a sergeant with the Round Lake Beach (IL) Police Department. He is the cofounder of the Municipal Leadership Institute where he serves as the program manager of the Leadership Development Program. He is an adjunct professor at the University of the Potomac, a grant application peer reviewer for the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and a subject matter expert and trainer for the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC). He is the owner of Prōtēan Consulting, LLC, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that conducts public safety training and education.

His instructor certifications include use of force, firearms, procedural justice, and Integrating Communications Assessment and Tactics (ICAT).

He has conducted original research in decision-making, tactics, mentoring, procedural justice and presented at national and international conferences. His professional memberships include the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ASEBP), Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Global Special Operations Forces (SOF) Foundation, International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), Midwest Criminal Justice Association (MCJA), and the Society for Judgment and Decision Making (SJDM).

Dr. Callese holds an Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science of Education, Post-baccalaureate Certification in Police Executive Administration, Master of Science in Education, and a Doctor of Education (Interdisciplinary Leadership with Public Safety Concentration). He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and ILETSBEI’s Police Executive Role in the 21st Century.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a combat veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Detective Chase Wetherington

Chase Wetherington has been a sworn law enforcement officer in Tampa, FL, since 2012. He currently holds the rank of Detective with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, where he has served in a variety of positions throughout the agency, and is assigned to the District II Investigations and Intelligence Unit. Chase is a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) certified instructor and an American Heart Association (AHA) certified CPR instructor, and he teaches law enforcement academy classes at Hillsborough County Community College (HCC).

Chase is affiliated with both the National Police Foundation in Washington, DC, where he proudly serves as a Policing Fellow, and the National Institute of Justice where he was recently honored as a LEADS Scholar (Class of 2019).

Chase holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Florida, a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Criminal Justice from Walden University. Much of his research and Ph.D. dissertation focuses on law enforcement officer characteristics, including formal academic education levels, veteran status and age, and their impact on disciplinary issues and performance. Chase is a proponent of evidence-based policing (EBP) and is excited about implementing evidence-based practices in his own agency to address crime patterns/trends and measure community sentiment and organizational effectiveness.

Sergeant Jeffery Egge

Jeffery Egge is a sergeant with the Minneapolis Police Department where he has served for 23 years.  He is currently assigned to the Investigations Division. Since 2006, Jeff has supervised Strategic and Crime Analysis and was selected in 2016 as an NIJ LEADS Scholar to collaborate and lead in the advancement of policing through applying research-based practices to the field.  In 2018, he was inducted into the Evidence Based Policing Hall of Fame at the Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy at George Mason University.   He has worked in CompStat, Organized Crime, Homicide, and Patrol.

Sgt. Egge holds a Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas in Police Leadership, Administration and Training, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Concordia University.  He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and has contributed to publications on crime analysis, research and planning, and predictive policing.  Jeff has presented at national symposia for the Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy, Police Executive Research Forum, and the International Association of Crime Analysts and is a member of ASEBP.  Prior to joining the MPD, he was an Investigations and Training Specialist and Loss Prevention Manager for Dayton Hudson (now Target Corp).

Lieutenant Shawn Hill

Shawn Hill is a lieutenant with the Santa Barbara Police Department and an Adjunct Faculty at Santa Barbara City College in the Justice Studies Program. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Old Dominion University and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. Shawn was appointed to the Community Policing Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2017, a position in which he has co-edited international model policy for policing. He served as a member on the Bureau of Justice Assistance Executive Session of Police Leadership, and he currently holds a position on the board of the California Peace Officer’s Association for Region VII.

Lt. Hill has written curricula for courses, grounded in intergroup contact theory and certified by the California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), through which police officers and college students work collaboratively through critical thinking exercises to broaden their perspectives. His recent publications have examined the intersection of community policing and intergroup contact and accommodation theories, and organizational resilience. Shawn recently co-edited an international and interdisciplinary 24-chapter volume, The Handbook on Communication, Policing and Society, in press with publisher Rowman & Littlefield. He is currently co-authoring the chapter “Evolving stereotypes shaping law enforcement and policing” in the upcoming Dirty Work: Communicating Stereotypes in Professional Settings, edited by Anastacia Kurylo, Ph.D and Yifeng Hu, Ph.D., contracted with Lexington Books.

Lt. Hill currently works in the Chief’s Office at the Santa Barbara Police Department, where he oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of department processes and initiatives related to police accountability. Some of the positions Lt. Hill has held in the department include: Patrol Lieutenant, Detective Lieutenant, Patrol Sergeant, Professional Standards Sergeant, SWAT team entry element, SWAT sniper, SWAT team training coordinator, SWAT and CNRT Liaison, narcotics detective, special investigations detective, patrol officer, and bike patrol officer.

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.