Virgil Young, Jr.

Mr. Young currently serves as an International Program Manager at the Police Foundation. He assists in managing a multi-year US State Department Grant to increase the number of Mexican criminal justice agencies that are accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).

After graduating from college, Mr. Young served as a US Marine infantry officer before joining the FBI as a Special Agent to begin his law enforcement career. From 1970 to 1980, he was assigned to the FBI’s Detroit, San Francisco, and New York City Field Offices. In the New York City Field Office, he worked primarily organized crime investigations and then served as a squad supervisor for two years. After being transferred to FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) in Washington, DC in 1980, he served in supervisory and lower management positions in the Criminal Investigative Division and the Inspection Division. In 1987, he was named the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Richmond, VA Field Office, which covers three-fourths of Virginia. In 1990, Mr. Young was transferred back to FBIHQ as a member of the FBI’s Senior Executive Service. For the next 3 years, he served as the chief of various sections in the Identification Division and the Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Throughout that period, he coordinated FBI activities with local, state, and federal criminal justice agency representatives on various national criminal justice advisory boards. During one assignment, he directed a section charged with responsibility for development of the National Crime Information Center 2000 project, the National Fingerprint File of the Interstate Identification Index, and the Felon Identification in Firearms Sales Program, among others. In 1994, Mr. Young was named the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Knoxville Field Office, whose territory covers the eastern half of Tennessee, and remained in that position until his retirement in 1998. After retiring from the FBI, Mr. Young began consulting on security and law enforcement matters, which has taken him all over the US and to several foreign countries.

Mr. Young became a contract assessor for CALEA in 1998 and was later approved as a team leader. As a contract CALEA Assessment Team Leader, he led assessments of more than 50 law enforcement agencies, public safety communications centers, and public safety training academies throughout the US as well as in Canada, Mexico and Barbados. He has led 12 CALEA assessments of Mexican agencies. He is also active with the Law Enforcement Accreditation Coalition of Tennessee (LEACT) and has used LEACT protocols to conduct more than 40 mock assessments, including 14 mock assessments in Mexico.

Before beginning his law enforcement career, Mr. Young earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas. During his FBI career, he graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA; the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA; and the FBI’s Executive Development Institute at the FBI Academy. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies from Long Island University.


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Jennifer Zeunik

Jennifer Zeunik is the Director of Programs for the Police Foundation, where she provides oversight; leadership; report development; and project and staff management for projects such as Collaborative Reform and Critical Incident Reviews including the San Bernardino terrorist attack–and the resulting report Bringing Calm to Chaos–and the Orlando Pulse shooting (in progress). Throughout her career, Ms. Zeunik has worked closely with all levels of government in law enforcement program and policy. In her previous role as a law enforcement consultant, Ms. Zeunik provided strategic management expertise to international, federal, state and local criminal justice clients. Her work focused on justice policy research, business development activities, program management, strategic planning, training and technical assistance management, and development of strategic communications.

In 2008, Ms. Zeunik served as the Vice President of Programs for the Atlanta Police Foundation where she led the development, implementation and management of the APF portfolio of programs designed to enhance safety in the city of Atlanta. In this role, Ms. Zeunik worked with the Atlanta Police Department command staff and officers on a daily basis to implement programs designed to expand the professional services of the department. Before her work with APF, Ms. Zeunik served as a Project Manager for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) where she directed all activities of two United States Department of Justice grant-funded national-scope information sharing projects. In this capacity, Ms. Zeunik was responsible for IACP criminal justice information sharing activities including the development of resources for law enforcement executives, execution of training and technical assistance for criminal justice information sharing stakeholders, and representing the IACP membership on key committees and in national forums to shape national policy.

During her time with IACP, Ms. Zeunik published articles in The Police Chief Magazine, and served as a guest editor for the publication. More recently during her time as a consultant, she served as a lead writer on numerous published reports, including the COPS/PF Collaborative Reform Initiative: An Assessment of the St. Louis County Police Department and the IACP National Policy Summit Report on Community Police Relations: Advancing a Culture of Cohesion and Community Trust.

Ms. Zeunik also has experience working in the private sector as a contractor on a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) program. As the NIBIN/DRUGFIRE Program Support Manager for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), she was responsible for all program and site support activities for approximately 180 networked ballistic imaging and correlation systems installed in law enforcement agencies and crime laboratories across the United States. Ms. Zeunik began her career in 1995 as a Crime Laboratory Technician with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Criminology from Florida State University, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Georgia, School of Public and International Affairs.


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