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Colonel Jim Cockrell, Session #195 has retired from the Alaska State Troopers to accept a position as Security Supervisor with Tesoro at the Kenai, Alaska refinery. Jim started his career with the Alaska State Troopers in 1983 and retired as a Major in 2004. He worked an additional three years under a federal grant and retired again in 2007. He spent six years in private security before his appointment as Colonel of the Alaska State Troopers in June 2013 and retired again in May 2017.  

The City of Ketchikan has a new Police Chief as of May 2017.  Lt Joe White, Session #254 had served the city as the Acting Chief of Police since January when Chief Alan Bengaard, Session #206 retired. Joe attended the Alaska Law Enforcement Training Academy in 1995 and started his career with the Ketchikan Police Department in 1996. Joe is married to Natalie, and they have five children. 

Colonel Steve Bear, Session #219 has retired from the Alaska State Troopers. Steve started his career in 1990 and rose through the ranks serving in the Alaska Wildlife Troopers side of the agency. Steve and his wife Renee have five children. They will be moving to Washington State as Steve has been appointed the Chief of Law Enforcement with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Juneau Police Department’s Deputy Chief Edwin Mercer, graduate of Session #259 took over the reins as the new Chief of Police at the end of July. He is a born and raised Alaskan from Sitka and started his law enforcement career in 1992 as a reserve officer for the Sitka Police Department until 1993 when he was offered a full time police officer position.  In 2000, Ed was hired by the Juneau Police Department.  For the next 17 years, he worked his way through the ranks as a Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief.

Alaska State Trooper Captain Tony April is a graduate of Session #226 and he is a member of the Alaska Chapter. Tony was recently elected National Parliamentarian for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). Tony was also nominated, selected, and elevated to Illustrious Grand Inspector General aka 33rd and Last Degree of the Masons. Only 3% of Masons are nominated worldwide.

Tony and his comrades in the Masons did their civic duty by helping with Clean-up Day in Anchorage, specifically on their designated “Adopt A Road” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Tony is in the blue shirt on the right. 

 Alaska State Trooper Captain Barry Wilson, graduate of Session #244 and current Southcentral Vice President of the Alaska Chapter was selected to represent Alaska law enforcement at the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, World Winter Games in Austria in March. 

Captain Barry Wilson helped carry the flame of hope on the Final Leg of the Torch Run to the Opening Games of the World Winter Games for Special Olympics in Austria.  He along with 133 other law enforcement officers, many of whom were FBINA graduates, traveled across 2929 miles of Austria through 47 cities to the opening ceremonies. This effort not only showed the LEO commitment, but also the international outreach of FBINA and it graduates in supporting Special Olympics and positive initiatives for law enforcement.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run starting in Fairbanks. Organizer Alaska State Trooper Captain Barry Wilson is pictured second from the right. Fourteen communities across the State of Alaska all ran simultaneously to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics.

Barry is providing much encouragement for the youth participating.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run in Ketchikan, Alaska. Our members, Chief of Police Joseph White (leaning on the trunk of the car) and Deputy Chief Josh Dossett (somewhere in the upper right) of the Ketchikan Police Department participated. Joe is a graduate of Session #254 and Josh is a graduate of Session #238. Josh serves on the Training Committee. 

Alaska State Trooper Chad Goeden, Commander of the State Trooper Training Academy, graduate of the Session #266 and current Southeast Vice President of the Alaska Chapter got his entire academy class involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Chad is pictured on the far right. 

Anchorage Police Department Chief Justin Doll, Session #260 on the right runs to the finish line along with Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. 


5.11 Opening - Several members of the Executive Board were able to attend the grand opening of the new Phoenix 5.11 store recently.  5.11 has been a good partner to the FBINA, but locally and nationally.

New Graduates - Congratulations to our latest NA graduates from the Arizona Chapter:
Session 268
Lt. James Gregory Prescott Valley PD
Cmdr. Doug Steele Peoria PD
Lt. Joe Pacello Goodyear PD
Cmdr. Anthony Vasquez Phoenix PD

Session 269
Chief William Ponce Quartzsite PD
Major Deston Coleman AZ DPS
Lt. Corey Doggett Tucson PD
Lt. Christopher Hiser Sierra Vista PD

Session 270 (Graduating on 12/15/17)
Deputy Chief Walter Miller Flagstaff PD
Lt. John Brambila Prescott PD
Cmdr. Colby Brandt Glendale PD
Cmdr. James Jackson Surprise PD

Charity Golf Tournament - Thanks to all that participated in our 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament in October.   A special thanks to Cmdr. Jeff Grow for his work on putting it all together.

Chapter Training – We hope to see everyone at our next Chapter Training in November.  The focus of the training will be S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strength & Honor In Everyday Lawful Decisions).  This law enforcement and public safety focused resiliency program addresses the personal and professional realities that can lead to divorce, substance abuse & suicide.

Volunteer Opportunities – Anyone wishing to help with the 2019 FBINAA Annual Training Conference being hosted by our Chapter is encouraged to contact Joe Gaylord ( or Jim Gallagher (  In addition, Jim could probably use help with his run for Section 1 Representative in 2019.

Joe Gaylord Award – Congratulations to long-time Chapter member, Jim Humphries (Session 85), who was recently recognized with our Chapter’s Joe Gaylord Award.  The award is given to deserving Chapter members for their dedication and support of the Chapter.

Retirements and Promotions

The following members of the Arizona Chapter have retired after lengthy years of service to the Arizona law enforcement community:

Mesa Police Assistant Chief Michael Soelberg (Session 258) retired from Mesa Police Department and was hired as the Police Chief for the Town of Gilbert.
Assistant Chief Ramon Batista (Session 259) retired from the Tucson Police Department and was hired as the Police Chief for the Mesa Police Department.
Chief Dan Brown (Session 267) left St. John and hired as the new Police Chief for the Winslow Police Department.

The 2017 FBINAA California Chapter Executive Board welcomed the members to San Diego.

The California Chapter held its annual trainer at the beautiful Hyatt Mission Bay in San Diego, California from August 29 through September 01, 2017.  The conference kicked off with a golf tournament at the Riverwalk Golf Course.  A great time was had by all golfers.  Vendors and sponsors were teamed up with NA Members.  National University representatives Damon Martin and Jack Hamlin played with Past President Kevin Jensen, NA 222 and 1st VP Mike Barletta, NA 222.

Following the golf tournament, a dinner was held to honor all the past presidents from the California Chapter at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on the bay.  The San Diego Harbor Police conducted a demonstration of police boat capabilities. 

2007 Past National President Timothy Overton, NA 150, celebrated the evening with the California Past Presidents.  Pictured with him are Treasurer Cris Trulsson, NA 227, Past President Janis Trulsson, NA 224, and John Parker, husband of past California Chapter President Octavia Parker, NA 196.

Former FBI San Diego Division SAC and now San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore welcomed the group.  

President Ken Tanaka, NA 228, thanked Sheriff Gore, NA 95, for his long- time support of the NA and presented him with his 25- year plus membership pin.

Following the opening ceremonies, the first general business meeting was held.  Upon the completion of this meeting classes began.  The classes were well attended with many interesting and knowledgeable presenters.  
The Presidents Reception, hosted by Sempra Energy, was a cruise of the San Diego Bay by Horn Blower Cruises.

 The National Academy Associates is truly a family and during the past year, Michael McCann, NA 240, greatly assisted the Barletta family upon the tragic death of their daughter.  Immediate Past President Russell
 McKinney, NA, 240, presented Mike with a resolution, recognizing his compassion, extraordinary assistance and never -ending support of a fellow NA member.  Thank you, Mike!

 Training continued on the third day followed by the installation banquet.  Captain Mark E. Cedrun, retired United States Navy, gave an informative and interesting presentation on his involvement of the rescue of Captain Phillips, captain of the container ship Maersk Alabama who was held hostage by Somali pirates.
 President Ken Tanaka was recognized for his service as President.  He recognized his family for all their support over the past 10 years.

The new 2018 Executive Board was sworn into office by San Diego SAC Eric S. Birnbaum.

New to the board is Eric Thunberg, NA 255 from the Chula Vista Police Department.  Returning to the board is Past President Max Santiago who won the election for the position of Secretary.
President-Elect Mike Barletta appointed Roxanna Kennedy as the Corporate Sponsorship Development Coordinator, Gina Haynes as Historian and Russell McKinney as the Training/Digital Media Manager
Leaving the board is Jim Smith, NA 214, after six years of service as the Training/Digital Media Manager.  Thank you, Jim for all your hard work and dedication.  Retiring from the Board is Wayne Ikeuchi, NA 182, after nearly 20 years of service to the California Chapter.

The California Chapter would like to thank all the sponsors and vendors for their contributions in making this conference a success.
Copies of the photographs are available to those that attended the conference.  Please contact Wayne Ikeuchi, Historian at <>.  Please state your name, session number address and phone number.  Wayne will send you a thumb drive containing the photographs.  Please return the thumb drive within 2 days so it can be resent.  I have 3 drives loaded with photographs.  Copies of the 2016 and the 2015 conferences are also available upon request.

Skagway, Alaska to Daytona Beach, Florida for NASCAR Daytona 500
Sgt. Ken Cox (252nd Session), Skagway Police Department, Alaska, and his wife Jill planned a trip to attend the Daytona 500 NASCAR race. Ken and his wife connected with Doug Muldoon (153rd Session) who was attending the Daytona race, and offered to show them around the track. Ken and Jill were given a grand tour and over the weekend and enjoyed their NASCAR experience. On Sunday prior to the race, Volusia County Sheriff, Mike Chitwood (204th Session) met up with Ken and Doug. Ken and Jill are now planning their next NASCAR venture.  Special thanks to Christopher Davis (FBINAA member/ Retired Inspector FBI) and now Chief of Security for NASCAR for his hospitality.
INSERT PIC COX/CAPTION L-R Doug Muldoon, Mike Chitwood, Ken Cox

William Donald Maxwell, NA 118, passed away on July 27, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Don was a Volusia County Deputy. During his time with Volusia County, he worked his way up from a Deputy to the head Administrative Lieutenant, implementing policies, procedures, and grants to help better the department. During this time, he was the Vice President of the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) statewide. 

 Charles Frank Scavuzzo, 49 0f NA 250, died suddenly at his home in Port Saint Lucie, Florida on September 15, 2017. He is survived by his wife of twenty years, Tonya, his three wonderful children, Sydney, Nicholas, and Lyndsey, his mother Ethel, and his siblings, Lori, and Robert Quist of Grand Rapids, MI. He is preceded in death by his father, Frank. 
Charlie was a Captain who commanded the Criminal Investigations Division of the Saint Lucie County Sheriff's Office. He passionately served his community through law enforcement for 28+ years. He worked in various divisions including the Special Investigations Unit and Road Patrol. He also worked alongside federal, state, and local agencies.

Congratulations to Captain Brian Nanavaty, 255th Session, on his retirement from the Indianapolis Metro Police Department after 33 years of service!

During his career Nanavaty created the Indianapolis Metro Police Department (IMPD) Office of Police Officer Development and Wellness (OPDW) and served as professional performance manager. His innovative officer and agency wellness and development programs created a culture of health at IMPD and resulted in a reduction of officer failures and disciplinary referrals by 40%.

He is now working for Dynamic Life Recovery Centers and serves as National Director for First Responder Outreach, educating and connecting police, fire and EMS, and their peers and loved ones with addiction and mental health treatment and long-term recovery programs.  He is also an active member of the FBINAA’s Officer Safety & Wellness Committee (OSW) and has presented at the National Academy as part of the FBINA Enrichment series.

With his new position, Nanavaty has developed the ARMOR Program.   His experience and knowledge recognized the sacrifice of first responders, and developed a treatment and recovery program focused on the following:

Comprehensive and Personal Approach
Individual and Family Centric Care
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Trauma Therapy
Transitional and Long-Term Care
Structured Family Recovery

In addition to creating the officer resiliency program at IMPD and the Armor program at Dynamic Life, Nanavaty has instructed thousands of officers, agency executives, union officials, insurance providers and clinicians in the areas of personal and career survival for the Department of Justice (DOJ) VALOR program, the FBINA, Safe Call Now, the Dolan Consulting Group and at IACP, ILEETA, IADLEST, NOBLE, and FOP conferences. Nanavaty has also been featured on Police, in Law and Order magazine and in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and was previously Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Indiana and Purdue Universities. 

In 2015, Nanavaty and IMPD received the Destination Zero Valor Award from the DOJ and the National Memorial for his officer and agency wellness initiative, and in 2016, in addition to appearing in front of the US Congress on the issue of police officer wellness, Nanavaty was a finalist for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Officer of the Year. In 2016, the White House sent US Attorney General Loretta Lynch to Indianapolis as part of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing where Lynch stated “Captain Nanavaty’s officer and agency wellness program in Indianapolis should be the model for law enforcement across the US.”

To learn more about the ARMOR Program, visit: 

Congratulations to Barry Thomas (Session 223) for finishing his eight years of service to all of us on the National Board.  Barry wrapped up his time on the board at the Washington D.C. conference.  He has agreed to continue to serve the Iowa Chapter as our Vendor Coordinator.  We are grateful for Barry’s passion and commitment to the NAA at all levels.
Plans are underway for the annual Spring Retrainer to be held in West Des Moines, April 25-27, 2018.  Sheriff Chad Leonard (Session 233) is our conference chair and host.  He has put together and outstanding program.  This will also be the first conference where Barry Thomas (Session 223) will be in his new role.  We are looking forward to having a great turnout as we will be in the middle of the state and hope everyone can attend.  

Captain Rex Mueller (Session 254) was named Sioux City’s next Chief of Police at City Hall in Sioux City on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.  Congratulations to Rex on his promotion!


After 28½ years of service with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office as a special deputy sheriff and full-time deputy sheriff, Major John Godar (Session 255) retired on August 25, 2017.  He has accepted employment as the Program Manager of the Weapons Permit Section of the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Program Services Bureau.  We are looking forward to continuing to work with John in this new role. (photo attached)

Rick Smith, a graduate of Session #233, was sworn in as the 45th Police Chief of the Kansas City, MO Police Department on August 15, 2017!!  Chief Smith is a 29-year veteran with KCPD and previously held the rank of Major.  KCPD has over 1,300 sworn and nearly 550 civilian employees!!  Congrats to Chief Smith and we wish you the best as you lead your department forward!!  

Major Jim McCulloch is a graduate of Session #251 and retired on April 14, 2017 from the Springfield, MO Police Department after 27 years of service.  Jim started with the Wichita, KS Police Department for the first two years of his career before moving to Springfield PD.  He served in many different capacities to include patrol, narcotics and criminal investigations.  Jim served on multi-jurisdictional task forces over the years as well as community boards such as the U.S. Attorney’s Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, Salvation Army Advisory Board, and the Salvation Army Red Kettle Committee!!  He rose up through the ranks and was the Major that oversaw the Investigations and Support Services Bureau!!  We wish Jim well in his retirement and thank him for his many years of service!!


Peter Bartlett, Session #264, took the helm at the Dracut (MA) Police Department in April, having previously served as the Chief in Hooksett, NH.
In May, Matthew Canfield, Session # 257, was promoted to Chief of Police for the Laconia, NH Police Department.

Patrick Swanick, Session #216, was promoted to Chief of the Wayland MA Police Department in October


2017 Scholarship: 
The Northwest Chapter is pleased to announce Emily Huettl, daughter of Jeffrey Huettl (242nd Session), as the recipient of our 2017 scholarship. Emily graduated from Champlin Park High School. She is attending North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, MN to complete her general credits, with plans to transfer to St. Could State University and complete a degree in chemistry. Congratulations Emily! 

2017 Re-trainer: 
The Northwest Chapter re-trainer was held in Fargo, ND September 18-20. A great time, with outstanding speakers and networking opportunities, was had by all. Thank you to our sponsors & vendors, including: 
5.11 Tactical
First Tactical
Wells Fargo
3X Gear
Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Fargo-Moorhead Chamber 
D & S Beverage
Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop

On a recent visit to Puerto Rico, Johnny Sexton, NA 115, met with Secretary -Treasurer Alfredo Fuentes-Sosa, NA 111 in Old San Juan.  Over the years, members of the Puerto Rico chapter have welcomed  NA grads who have vacationed on the island.


Congratulations to Danielle Croyle on her promotion to the rank of Captain with the Ogden City Police Department, Ogden, Utah, on July 1, 2017. 
Captain Croyle attended the 250th Session of the National Academy and has worked for the Ogden Police Department for 24 years.

 Congratulations to Colleen Nolen on her promotion to the rank of Deputy Chief with the West Valley City Police Department, West Valley City, Utah, on 06/01/2017 and her subsequent appointment as Interim Chief on 09/09/2017.Chief Nolen attended the 249th Session of the National Academy.