Albert Liebno, Jr., Md. Police & Correctional Training Commissions
Albert Liebno, Jr. is the current Deputy Director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions Maryland’s POST Agency) in Sykesville, Maryland. Al is a charter member of ALERT International and hosted the 2011 National Conference in Annapolis. He began his law enforcement career in 1974 with the Maryland State Police and was most noted for his 18 years of overseeing that Department’s EVO program. In 1985 Mr. Liebno developed, received approval and implemented MSP’s first “formalized” EVOC program in the Department’s history. In 2001 Al retired from the Maryland State Police with 28 years of service. Immediately following his retirement he continued his passion for EVOC training in the position of Administrator for Maryland’s new Public Safety Education and Training Center’s statewide Driver Training Facility. Then in 2007 he was promoted to the newly created position of Skills Training Administrator with the responsibility of supervising, directing and integrating all “skills” related training for the MPCTC providing all types of practical skills training for police and correctional officers from Maryland’s 170 police and 30 correctional agencies.
Al has also provided vehicle operations training to civilian students as a Driver’s Education Instructor for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration new driver program. He also works with the seven High School administrators in his county of residence educating parents and Jr/Sr students in developing proper skills to handle unexpected emergencies while driving on the highways.
Geoff Bush, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania
Corporal Geoffrey Bush is currently assigned as a full time Instructor at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey Pa. He is the Departments lead EVOC instructor and is also a certified Taser, use of force, and officer safety instructor. He is also a certified instructor through the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Training Commission. Cpl. Bush has over 20 years of law enforcement experience including 2 years as a municipal police officer in Pennsylvania, 7 years as a Trooper with the Virginia State Police and 11 years with the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). In addition to his current position, in his career he has worked in Patrol, Investigations, participated and supervised narcotics task forces, and participated in City/State Aggressive Patrol Partnership task forces. He is a graduate in Criminology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Cpl. Bush initiated and played an integral part in revamping the EVOC program and curriculum for the PSP, including preparing a 200 page comprehensive driver training manual. He introduced the Below 100 program to the PSP and has trained over 700 members in the Department. He is a Master EVOC instructor and is responsible for training other EVOC instructors throughout the state of Pennsylvania. He is a nationally certified EVOC and Precision Immobilization Technique Instructor through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Cpl. Bush is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and the International Association of Law Enforcement Emergency Response Trainers (ALERT). He received the ALERT Zman award in 2015 and is a 2016 outstanding nominee for the IACP State and Provincial Police Academy Directors Instructor of the year.
Jonathan Davis, Ohio State Highway Patrol
Jonathan S. Davis is a Sergeant with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). In his 14 year career he has served as a Deputy Sheriff for 1 year, 5 years as a city Police Officer and 8 years with the OSHP. In his career he has worked on narcotics task forces, Criminal Patrol teams, Investigations and is currently an academy instructor. Sgt. Davis is course director for Emergency Vehicle Operations, Physical Fitness Programs and Basic Training for new Police recruits for OSHP training academy in Columbus, Ohio. He has designed and implemented new Emergency Vehicle Operations training courses for OSHP and assisted other agencies with EVO training for their officers.
In 2014, as a Subject Matter Expert in Emergency Vehicle Operation’s he assisted in revamping the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Driver’s Training Program. These cutting edge programs are designed at decreasing agency liability and improving officer safety. He has also been instrumental in bringing the national “Below 100” campaign to the State of Ohio and is a Core Instructor for the program. Sergeant Davis holds the position of Secretary on the executive board for the Association of Law Enforcement Emergency Response Trainers. Sergeant Davis is a Master Instructor and Train-the-Trainer for numerous training programs.
Away from the OSHP, Sergeant Davis is a consultant for a fortune 500 company that provides agencies and officers with support and various resources designed to improve operations and quality of life.
Robert Strong, Midwest Police Department, Oklahoma
Robert Strong began his career at Midwest City Police Department in Oklahoma in 1979. He joined the department’s training staff in 1981 and received State Certifications as an Instructor in Firearms, Chemical Agents, D.A.R.E. Instructor, D.A.R.E. Mentor Instructor, as well as CISM. Robert also served as the entry man on his Departments SWAT Team from 1981-94. Robert was also one of only 4 Instructors selected to serve as an Associate Staff Instructor in 1987 by the TSI Federal Governments Anti-Terrorism Program in Oklahoma City and taught Weapons Capabilities and Effects for TSI 1987-91, training Law Officers from all over the World. Robert also was one of two Officers selected to Instruct Police Officers and Bodyguards in Sal Salvador, El Salvador for SPIRIT Specialist Unlimited in the late 80’s and early 90’s as well. Robert is also a Nationally Registered Intermediate Paramedic and has been employed by Midwest EMS since 1989. Robert formalized and started Midwest EMS first ever EVO classroom and driving EVO program in 2012 and is the acting Coordinator and only Instructor for his agency of 110 Medics. Robert also graduated from Counter Narcotics Tactical Officers Medical School in San Antonio (CONTOMS ) in 1997. Robert has been an LEDT / EVOC Instructor at his Department since graduating from Oklahoma Highway Patrols LEDT Instructor school in 1998 and is currently serving as one of his Departments Senior Instructors. Robert has been an ALERT member since 2000 and began attending ALERT Conferences in 2001.
Duane Hampton, Hillsborough Police Dept, North Carolina
Duane has been serving as the Chief of Police in Hillsborough, NC since 2010. Prior to that served for 16 years with the Durham Police Department in North Carolina where he worked in patrol, traffic, training and investigations. He has been a Criminal Justice Instructor since 1998 with specializations in Driving and Firearms. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2011 he developed a lesson plan based on Below 100 that was adopted as a topic of choice for statewide mandatory in-service in North Carolina in 2012.
Travis Yates, Tulsa Police Dept, Oklahoma
Major Travis Yates began his career in 1993 with the Tulsa (OK) Police Department. He has served 18 years of his career in a patrol function with other assignments in Gangs, Media Relations, Training and Planning. Travis has been recognized throughout the world in regards to law enforcement training and received the International Police Trainer of the Year Award in 2008 by ILEETA. He is the Editor In Chief of Law Officer Magazine and is one of the most prolific writers in law enforcement, authoring hundreds of articles for various publications. Travis is often interviewed by major media outlets in regards to law enforcement with past interviews with CNN, USA Today and the Associated Press. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern State University and is a graduate of the 227th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Travis is the immediate Past President of ALERT International and the co-founder of the Below 100 Initiative which strives through a series of articles, classes and “train the trainer” courses to reduce line of duty deaths in America to below 100 per year. He is the current Director of Training for SAFETAC Training – www.safetac.org.
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