Erica Richardson

Erica Richardson joined the Police Foundation as a Communications Specialist in 2018. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a focus in Public Relations, as well as a minor in Spanish and concentration in Criminal Law and Justice, from the University of Maryland in College Park. While attending UMD, she interned with the Prince George’s County Police Department in its Media Relations Division and the University of Maryland Office of Community Engagement. She was a teaching assistant for both a News Writing & Reporting class and a Criminal Law and Procedure class, where she had the opportunity to work directly with a United States federal prosecutor. Erica is passionate about public relations, social media marketing, law enforcement, and fitness!


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Lorena Singer

Lorena Singer joins the Police Foundation in January 2019 as a Regional Manager for the Mexico team. In her Regional Manager role, Ms. Singer works on grant projects awarded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) with the purpose of increasing the professionalism of Mexican criminal justice agencies through CALEA Accreditation. Ms. Singer is additionally a Corrections and Law Enforcement Consultant and Audit SME.

Ms. Singer’s experience in law enforcement and corrections dates back to 1982, beginning in the juvenile justice system where she assisted juvenile probation officers with neglect and abuse cases. Ms. Singer was most recently assigned from September 2015 to December 2018 as a contracted corrections advisor under a US Department of State INL program, providing assistance to Mexican prisons with the goal of obtaining ACA accreditation. From 1982 to 2010 she worked for the City of Las Vegas, Nevada in a law enforcement and correctional agency holding various positions, such as correctional nurse, Corrections Programs Counselor, and ACA and CALEA Accreditation Manager. She was also active in other areas of operations such as recruiting, public relations, and training. From 2007 until 2016 Ms. Singer worked for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) as an assessor and as the Regional Program Manager assigned to Latin America and the Rocky Mountain Regions. Lorena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico. She has roots in Puerto Rico and Spain and is fluent in Spanish.


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Kerry Yerico

Kerry is a Senior Program Manager at the Police Foundation. She began her career at the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. serving as a crime analyst, and she eventually accepted a position with Baltimore Police Department as Director of Analytical Intelligence working out of their real-time crime center. In 2013, Kerry accepted a position with the Camden County Police Department in Camden, NJ as the Director of Criminal Intelligence & Analysis, where she created an intelligence unit as part of the newly formed department. Most recently, she worked out of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice as the Associate Director of Criminal Justice Programs. She has also served as a panelist regarding data and crime analysis at various IACP and National Institute of Justice conferences.

Kerry received a B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University and a M.S. in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Intelligence and Crime Analysis from Saint Joseph’s University.

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Virgil Young, Jr.

Mr. Young currently serves as a Senior 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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