Dom Cappelluti CFI, is a veteran street cop with the Waukegan (Illinois) Police Department and former Group Supervisor of the elite Lake County Major Crime Task Force (Illinois). With over 16 years of experience Domenic has specialized in high profile violent street crimes, to include homicides, murder for hire cases on gang and drug officers, and officer involved shootings. Domenic is a nationally recognized lecturer for his vast experience in interviewing and interrogation, homicide and gangs.
Betsy Brantner Smith
Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith is a 29-year veteran of a large Chicago suburban police department who has held positions in dispatch, patrol, investigations, narcotics, juvenile, hostage negotiation, crime prevention, field training, bike patrol, crisis intervention, supervision and much more. She was a class officer and graduate of the Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety’s School of Staff and Command in May of 2001 and has been an internationally nationally recognized trainer, consultant and author for over 20 years.
Nancy Fatura is a Sergeant with the Tucson (AZ) Police Department. A native of Wisconsin, she attended the University of Wisconsin/Madison and worked in the Governor’s office. Nancy is a military veteran of the United States Army and was a Behavioral Science Specialist deployed to Germany during ‘Operation Joint Endeavor.’ Upon returning to civilian life, Nancy moved to Arizona and began her law enforcement career in 1999 with the City of Tucson. She has worked in patrol, narcotics, Field Training Officer, recruit training, and in various plainclothes assignments including working as a background investigator.
Dave “Buck Savage” Smith began his police career in Arizona and has held positions in Patrol, SWAT, Narcotics, Training and Management. In 1980 he developed the popular “JD Buck Savage” video training series and was instrumental in creating the timeless “Tactical Edge” officer survival book and “Street Survival” seminar by Calibre Press. He writes for numerous publications, speaks internationally and is the author of the popular new book In My Sights. Dave Smith is one of the most well known law enforcement trainers on the market today.
Dr. Lawrence Simon
Lawrence J. Simon, Psy.D., is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology certified as a clinical sexologist. He is the author of the book “Murder by Numbers: Perspectives on Serial Sexual Violence” and soon to be released “Mortal Desire: Origins of Sexualized Violence” Dr. Simon has dedicated his services to law enforcement, legal and forensic professionals throughout the country and is recognized as one of the most highly respected and accomplished instructors in the country.
CHIEF CHRISTOPHER MANNINO
Neal is a supervisor with a major Midwest Law Enforcement agency in which he has held a variety of positions in his over 20-year distinguished career. Neal holds an M.B.A. from St. Xavier University and received his C.F.E. designation in 2005. He was a course developer and instructor for CPD (Career Professional Development a Law Enforcement training company).
Detective Scott S. Byington
Detective Scott S. Byington received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Logistics from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah in 1998. Scott was hired by Layton City Police Department and graduated from Utah P.O.S.T. Police Academy in 1999. Scott began his career as a patrol officer until 2001 when he was assigned to the traffic division. Scott is a trained accident reconstruction investigator and Emergency Vehicle Operation instructor, he is currently the lead instructor for Layton PD. Scott was transferred to the detective division in 2003 where he earned the Distinguished Service Award and a Unit Citation Award. After serving the Layton City Detective Division for 7 years, Scott was assigned to the Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force as their first pharmaceutical drug investigator. Scott has been recognized with several Citations of Honor from the Utah Narcotic Officer’s Association and Distinguished Service Awards from the Layton City Police Department. He has dismantled multiple drug trafficking organizations including a white supremacy pharmaceutical DTO responsible for forging prescriptions and distributing well over 15,000 pills in a three month span. Scott also identified and dismantled an Oxycodone drug trafficking organization operating in multiple states. In 2012, Scott was selected by Rocky Mountain HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) as the Drug Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Captain Justin Chapman
Captain Justin Chapman is a 25-year veteran of the Sandy City Police Department. He has enjoyed numerous assignments including Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, D.A.R.E., Community Policing Unit, Detective, S.W.A.T. Operator/Commander, Public Information Officer, EVO and ATV operations instructor, Bike Unit, Youth Court Coordinator and more. He was promoted through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant and is currently a Captain where he oversees 70+ officers in the patrol division.
Steve Hollister, is a detective with the Waukegan (Illinois) Police Department and has been a police officer for over 19 years. During his tenure, Steve has worked in Patrol, Gang Unit, Drug Unit, Adult Investigations, SWAT, and currently the Gang Intelligence Unit (GIU) which is a high bred Gang/Drug unit. Steve primarily worked for the department’s elite drug and gang unit as the drug unit’s senior drug investigator until having the opportunity to work as a Task Force Officer (TFO) with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). During his time with the DEA, over $10 Million dollars were seized in the form of currency, homes, vehicles and jewelry. Also during his tenure at DEA, well over 300 kilos of heroin, cocaine or meth were taken off the streets as well as numerous high level cartel members that organized drug operations in the United States, Columbia, Mexico and Peru.
Andrew Jones, is currently a sergeant with the Vernon Hills (Illinois) Police Department and brings 30 years of police experience to the classroom. Andrew has served as a patrol officer, field training officer, evidence technician, bike patrol officer, detective, school resource officer, multi-faceted use of force instructor and patrol sergeant.
Jon Oliver, is a lieutenant with the Waukegan (Illinois) Police Department and has been a police officer there for over 23 years. Jon began his career in the Patrol Unit and during that time he spent most of his time working in high crime areas. In May of 1997, Jon was transferred to the Detective Bureau at which time he investigated cases ranging from misdemeanors to murders. Jon was promoted to sergeant in 1998 and was put in charge of the Narcotics Division which conducted both tactical and undercover drug operations. In early 2000, Jon successfully built and commanded the Neighborhood Enforcement Team (N.E.T.), the largest drug and gang unit in Lake County, from the ground up. Jon was promoted to lieutenant in 2001 and later returned to patrol where he supervised each of the three patrol shifts.
Edgardo Navarro is a commander with the Waukegan (Illinois) Police Department and oversees the operations for the Gang Intelligence Unit (GIU). GIU encompasses all gang and narcotics investigations for the department. Edgar earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College of Missouri. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command in Evanston, IL. Edgar has over 21 years of law enforcement experience which began as a Corrections Officer with the Cook County Sherriff’s Office in Chicago.