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.


Anita is a recognized expert in questioned document examination and handwriting comparison.  Anita was assigned to the F.B.I. task force “Innocent Images” where she served for 18 months. Anita was also assigned to a DEA task force in 2014.  As a result of several major drug investigations Anita and other narcotics investigators seized over $130,000 in United States currency and several pounds of synthetic marijuana.

Anita has been featured on the television series “ I almost got away with it”, “Women behind bars” and “Dr. G Medical Examiner”.


Anita has earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Stephen F Austin State University, her master’s degree in Criminal Justice/Education from Our Lady of the Lake University and received her doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Our Lady of the Lake University. Anita also attended the 244th session of the prestigious F.B.I. National Academy.


Anita is a licensed instructor with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education and has been an instructor with the Alamo Area Law Enforcement Academy for 19 years. Anita has taught officers in locations such as American Samoa and St Christopher’s Island. Anita has been an adjunct instructor at The University of Texas at San Antonio and Our lady of the Lake University. Anita has presented at law enforcement conferences in San Antonio, Kerrville, and Washington D.C and has presented at The Round Table at Oxford University in England.

Anita recently accepted a position as the director of the Southwest Regional Law Enforcement Academy. Anita is certified as a peace officer in Colorado and Texas. 



  • Police Officer of the Year, Live Oak  Police Department X4
  • Fabian Dominguez Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement 1999
  • Professional Achievement Award, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education, 2000
  • Academic Achievement Award, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education, 2001
  • Citizenship Award, Time Warner Cable, 2005
  • Law Enforcement Achievement Award, The San Antonio Police Officers Association, 2007
  • Employee of the Quarter City of Live Oak—2011
  • Texas Narcotic Officers Association—Non-Narcotic Officer of The Year 2014
  • 20+ Internal/External Commendations