Brad Flynn

NA Graduate

245th Session


Helena Police Department


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Topic of Presentation

International Intelligence/Cooperation

Title of Presentation

Unfathomable- The International Investigation into the death of Christina Watson

Length of Presentation

3.5 - 4 hours

Presentation Objective

To present the legal and political challenges faced in coordinating this 7- year multinational homicide investigation

Presentation Description

The presentation takes the class through the 8 ½ year multinational homicide investigation into the death of Christina Watson, a US citizen, who died mysteriously while SCUBA diving in Australia on her honeymoon. The investigation spanned thousands of miles and 4 continents and presented unprecedented challenges and legal hurdles for the investigators in both the US and Australia. Attendees will see and hear not just the synopsis of the case, but learn how to coordinate an international criminal investigation by lessons learned on this investigation.

Speaker Bio

Brad Flynn currently serves as the Operations Division Commander for the Helena, Alabama Police Department. He has worked in law enforcement for over 25 years and has served in many capacities during his career, including Narcotics and Undercover Investigations, Traffic Homicide Investigation, Hostage Negotiator, Training Officer, Tactical Unit Operator and Commander, Emergency Operations Coordinator, Public Information Officer and Criminal Investigations Division Commander. During his 9 years in C.I.D., he also was a sworn Special Deputy United States Marshal while serving on the North Alabama Identity Theft Task Force. Lt. Flynn also obtained certifications as a Hazardous Materials Technician and Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate during his career.


Lt. Flynn is also a senior active shooter response instructor/coordinator for the State of Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and has trained thousands of law enforcement officers in basic active shooter response, tactical medicine, and advanced outdoor operations. He is also a Law Enforcement Hazardous Materials Operations Instructor for the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama. Lt. Flynn formerly served as an Adjunct Instructor for the  National Center for Biomedical Research and Training in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he traveled the country training state, local and federal law enforcement on Counter Terrorism Operations and Prevention.


Lt. Flynn holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama Birmingham and is also a graduate of the 245th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.