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Byron Boston

 

Byron Boston is a twenty (20) year veteran of the Dallas Police Department who has spent over (14) years assigned to the Narcotics Division.  For five (5) years, Byron was assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Task Force Officer (TFO) to investigate Transnational Criminal Organizations impacting the Southwest Border of the United States.  The investigations involved drug trafficking, kidnappings, extortions, and homicides.   Read More...

Alisha Shoates James

 

Alisha Shoates James currently serves as the Assistant Commissioner of Community Supervision for the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC), which is a fully accredited state law enforcement agency. In her current role in she oversees nearly 1,000 employees who are responsible for the supervision of approximately 80,000 offenders in the community.  Alisha began her law enforcement career with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department in January 2005.   Read More...

Jon Britton

 

Sgt. Jon Britton began his law enforcement career with the Shelby/Panola County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force in 1991.  For the past 20 years, Sgt Britton he has worked with the Plano, Texas Police Department completing various assignments that included: patrol officer, narcotics detective, K-9 handler, field training officer, and Criminal Investigations Division supervisor.  Sgt. Britton was instrumental in the formation of the Plano Police Departments first Criminal Interdiction unit and the Hotel/Motel Interdiction position for the Narcotics Unit.  He currently serves as supervisor over the Crime Prevention and Warrant Units with the Plano Police Department.  Read More...

Anita Seamans

 

Anita Seamans Ph.D. is the director of the Southwest Regional Law Enforcement Academy, located in Southwest Colorado. Anita began her career with the Live Oak Police Department. She worked for the police department for 31 years and was a member of the criminal investigations unit for 20 years.  Anita has investigated a wide range of criminal cases including capital murder, sexual assault, robbery, negligent homicide, child abuse, credit card fraud, drug offenses, burglary and theft. Anita has prosecuted persons in both state and federal courts.

Anita participated in a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team and has served that team as a combat medic, sniper, sniper team leader, assistant commander and commander.  Read More...

Larry Gordon

 

Larry Gordon is a twenty-two (22) year veteran of the Dallas Police Department who spent over (13) years assigned to the highly-coveted Dallas SWAT Team.  While assigned to SWAT, Larry executed hundreds of high risk search warrants, provided dignitary protection, and served as the lead crisis/hostage negotiator.  On July 7 2016, Larry served as the primary negotiator with the suspect who shot and killed five police officers.  Read More..

Donna Edelen

 

Donna Edelen began her law enforcement career with the Prince William County Police Department in July 2004.  After serving as a patrol officer for approximately seven years, Donna was selected to join the Prince William County Police Narcotics Task Force.  While on this task force, Donna participated in hundreds of undercover operations that included street-level drug buys, prostitution stings, and upper-level narcotic investigations.  

In 2013 Donna participated in a FBI investigation dubbed Operation Family Guys, targeting cocaine and crack distribution networks in Northern Virginia.  The investigation utilized wiretaps, physical and electronic surveillance, and controlled purchases.   Read More...

Joe Garza

Joe Garza began his law enforcement career with the Dallas Police Department in January 1989.  After completing the academy he was assigned to the Southwest Patrol Division.  In January of 1992, he was selected to join the Narcotics “Street Squad” Unit.  This unit consisted of officers with patrol experience to work undercover to make cases on street level drug dealers.  Joe was part of several Federal Task Forces that led to dozens of arrests and forfeiture of cash, real property and vehicles.  While assigned to the Narcotics Street Squad, Joe worked undercover and executed hundreds of dynamic entry and vehicle assault narcotic warrants as the point entry member of the warrant team.  Read More...

Scott Donaldson

 

Scott Donaldson began his professional career in 2000 serving as a police officer with the Bryan Police Department in Bryan, Texas.  He has experience as a patrol officer, field training officer, certified crime prevention inspector, property crimes detective, and major crimes/homicide investigator.  In 2008, Scott was hired as a training coordinator for the Criminal Justice Training Center located at Tarrant County College (TCC-CJTA) in Fort Worth, Texas to facilitate training to new recruits.  TCC-CJTA is one of the premier law enforcement training academies in the North Texas Metropolitan area.  Over forty (40) police agencies send their new recruits to this academy based on its outstanding reputation.  Scott’s current assignment at TCC-CJTA involves providing organizational coordination, developmental support, and instructional support by coordinating continuing education courses for law enforcement.  Read More...

Harry Haynes

 

 

Harry Haynes began his law enforcement career with the Houston Police Department in 1994, where he served faithfully for four years.  In July of 1998, Harry was given the unique opportunity to serve with the Dallas Police Department.  He started his career serving as a patrol officer and was quickly promoted to Senior Corporal.  After his promotion, Harry was transferred to one of the cities toughest areas where he developed a knack for arresting violent criminals and drug dealers.

In 2006 Harry was selected as a Detective to join a street-level narcotic team.  For the next two years, Harry and his team would primarily investigate low level drug dealers and conduct dynamic entry search warrants at “Trap and Stash Houses.”  Read More...

Matt Griffin

 

Matt Griffin is a fourteen-year (14)  law enforcement veteran specializing in narcotic-related investigations.  Matt started his police career with the Virginia Beach Police Department in August of 2003. He was assigned to the 3rd precinct where he received several accolades including the Class Act Award for initiative and motivation.  Matt’s expertise in patrol narcotics earned him a certification in Virginia Beach Criminal and Superior Court as an expert witness in narcotics packaging, distribution and sales.  Read More…

Diana Scotto

 

Dianna Scotto is a retired New York City Police Department Sergeant with 23 years of law enforcement experience. The first seven years of her career were spent as a uniformed patrol officer in Staten Island.  Upon promotion to Sergeant in 1994, she was transferred to Brooklyn as a Patrol Supervisor. From 1999 through 2009 she was assigned to the NYPD’s Gang Division where during her tenure she served with over 350 assigned officers.  Read More...

 

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