Policing Fellows

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 Accreditation and Research 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 participates in peer review processes 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 and was reappointed in 2019. In 2017, he was a member of the POST Commission’s Rules Committee and has served on the commission’s Informal Hearing Committee since 2018.

William Forrester has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. His doctoral research focused on the relationship between job embeddedness and turnover intentions among municipal law enforcement officers. He also 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.

Commander Kevin Huddle

Commander Kevin Huddle is a 21-year veteran with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office in Southern California. He has held assignments in Patrol, Field Training, Mobile Field Force, SWAT, Background Investigation, Administrative Investigative Team, Motor Unit, and as a supervisor in the Detective Bureau’s Major Crimes Unit. While assigned to the Detective Bureau, he supervised and investigated a variety of crimes such as robbery, burglary, sex crimes, officer involved shootings and homicide. He was assigned as the primary supervisor for the Isla Vista Mass Murder that occurred on May 23, 2014, where six University of California, Santa Barbara students were brutally killed and another fourteen people were wounded either by gun fire or by being run over by the suspect’s vehicle. As a result of this mass murder investigation, Kevin is part of a three-person team that travels around the country presenting a comprehensive case debrief on this massacre.

In March of 2016, Kevin was promoted to Lieutenant. He served as the Chief of Police Services for a contract city and supervised a patrol bureau, K9 Unit, FTO Program and was the department coordinator for the CA Office of Emergency Management. Kevin’s next assignment was working for the Office of the Sheriff as a direct report to the Sheriff and Undersheriff as the Sheriff’s Adjutant. In this position, he supervised the Coroner’s Bureau, Special Projects, PIO and coordinated the county’s mental health Stepping Up Initiative. The Stepping Up Initiative is a composition of the governing bodies with a collaborative approach to carry out a six step planning process to reduce the number of adults with mental illness from cycling through the county jails.

In September 2018, Kevin was promoted to Commander and assigned to the South County Patrol Operations Division. In this assignment he oversees three patrol bureaus, which include two contract cities and the college Community of Isla Vista. Kevin is also assigned as an Incident Commander for the Santa Barbara County Fire Type III Team. He has been activated for the Thomas Fire debris flow, where 23 lives were lost, and numerous other activates related to storms.

Since 2008, Kevin has been a part-time faculty member at Allan Hancock Community College where he is an instructor for the Advanced Officer Training courses. He is a certified academy scenario rater and teaches at the Allan Hancock Police Academy.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the California State University at Long Beach. He graduated from the Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI) and attended PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) Session 67 in Boston. Kevin is currently enrolled in California POST Command College Class 66.

Sergeant Roy Davis

Roy Davis is a third-generation law enforcement professional who retired in 2019 as a Sergeant with the New Haven (CT) Police Department. Since joining the NHPD, Sgt. Davis worked in patrol with a focus on walking beats and street interdiction. He served as a supervisor in the patrol division, internal affairs division, and investigative service division. He has held supervisory positions as a district manager, acting as the supervisor for East Shore and the Downtown Districts. While acting as the downtown district manager, Sgt. Davis developed the department’s “Green Thumb” initiative, which was designed to proactively engage business owners and local universities, to include Yale, to reduce quality of life crime while creatively motivating the homeless population to become more active within the community. Sgt. Davis was also a member of the accident reconstruction unit, underwater search and recovery unit, and peer support team. Most recently, prior to retirement, Sgt. Davis ran the Shooting Task Force, a violence deterrence unit tasked with working with federal, state, and local law enforcement, courts, and non-profit agencies to collaborate on “Project Longevity,” a youth violence initiative aimed at drastically lowering gun violence.

Sergeant Davis is currently the Region IV Miami-Dade Investigative Supervisor for the Florida Commission on Offender Review, a multifaceted criminal justice agency tasked with investigating, reporting, and making recommendations to the Governor on clemency, parole, and conditional release violations. Sgt. Davis holds a B.S. in Juvenile and Family Justice and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven. His interests include evidence-based policing, community policing and collaboration, officer wellness, and criminal justice reform.

Commander Chris Vallejo

Commander Chris G. Vallejo is a 26-year veteran of the Austin Police Department and oversees the Northwest Area Patrol Command. He is excited about implementing evidence-based practices to address crime and measure community sentiment and organizational effectiveness. Chris serves as an Executive Committee member of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, a National Police Foundation Executive Fellow, a Police Advisor to Measure, an Austin-based community research and advocacy group, and an NIJ LEADS Scholar. Chris is an avid student of leadership, evidence-based policing, performance-management systems, police officer health and well-being, and 21st-century policing principles. Chris holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science from Midwestern State University with concentrations in constitutional law and political science with Summa Cum Laude honors, and he is currently pursuing a master’s in criminal justice at Texas State University.

Sergeant Matthew Faulk

Sergeant Faulk’s career at the Tucson Police Department began in 1998. Early in his career, he became a General Instructor and a Field Training Officer. As an officer, he was assigned to the department’s first Advanced Officer Training Unit and as the Administrative Officer in Internal Affairs. His assignments also included Lead Police Officer in Operations Division Midtown, the Operations Division Downtown Walking Unit, and Academy Class Counselor.

Sergeant Faulk was a Patrol Sergeant in the Tucson Police Department’s Midtown Division, East Division, and a Patrol and Field Training Sergeant in the Downtown Division, and currently assigned to Tucson Police Department’s new Audit and Best Practices Section. Sergeant Faulk has been a Mobile Field Force Sergeant, Research and Analysis Sergeant, and he was assigned to work in the Office of the Chief of Police. He oversees several programs, including the Police Open Data Initiative, TPD Loves Business, and Tucson Police Department’s involvement as one of 15 model agencies nationwide in Advancing 21st Century Policing.

In November 2016, Sergeant Faulk planned and organized Tucson Police Department’s inaugural Open Data Sharing Event. In July 2016, he had the opportunity to speak at the White House about the Police Open Data Initiative at the 21st Century Policing Task Force Briefing. In April 2017, he presented at the IACP’s Midyear Meeting, speaking about Tucson Police Department’s Advancing 21st Century Initiative work.

Sergeant Faulk has instructed various topics, including Fair and Impartial Policing, Tactical Driving, Unknown Risk Stop, High-Risk Stop, Pursuit Intervention Technique, Report Writing, Crimes in Progress, Tactical Building Searches, and General Instructor School. Sergeant Faulk has a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies -Public Administration from Northern Arizona University and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. He also holds a certificate in Foundational Leadership from University of Arizona’s Eller Executive Education Foundations of Public Sector Leadership Program.