At PST, we have a team of respected and trained retired law enforcement and public sector officials with extensive experience in pre-employment background investigations, complex criminal investigations, workplace investigations and state-of-the-art interview techniques.
Kyle Aiken retired from the Bellevue Police Department after 28 years of service in law enforcement. Kyle was a Deputy Prosecutor in King County for seven years. She left that position in 1992 to accept the position of Legal Adviser for the Office of the King County Sheriff. She left that position in 2001 to accept the position of Legal Adviser for the Bellevue Police Department, where she worked until retiring in 2013.
During her career Kyle participated in hundreds of internal investigations. She handled legal and practical questions about background investigations–including what to do when a candidate confesses to a murder during the oral board. Kyle also responded to EEOC issues relating to hiring disqualifications and employment discrimination. She has participated in the defense of multiple employment claims and lawsuits.
Throughout her career, Kyle trained on and taught various courses. She taught criminal law and procedure courses at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) and Green River College and served as an Adjunct Professor at Central Washington State College, Des Moines Campus. Kyle received a Certificate of Appreciation from the CJTC for presenting classes to more than 5000 BLEA Recruits. She has spoken at various professional conferences on sexual assault, ethics, domestic violence, and public disclosure.
Kyle graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Society and Justice. She obtained her law degree at Willamette College of Law. Kyle worked as a lawyer for the Oregon Supreme Court, the Minnesota Supreme Court, and the Washington State Senate Judiciary Committee.
After 35 years of service, Cherie Baker retired in 2013 as Deputy Chief from the Bellevue Police Department, the fourth largest department in Washington State. During her tenure she was recognized for her leadership and supervised almost every unit within the department. She served as a Field Training Officer, worked in Detectives and K-9, has 20 years’ experience as lead Hostage Negotiator and Team Leader, and had the unique experience of founding and leading the School Resource Officer Program, the Family Services Unit, including Special Assault, and the Domestic Violence Unit. As Captain, Cherie served as Watch Commander and managed recruiting, hiring, background investigations, training of police personnel, and all aspects of the hiring process for police and the dispatch center. In addition to supervising Patrol, Traffic, Records, Personnel Services and Investigations, as Deputy Chief she led major initiatives, including the drafting of the Strategic Plan, writing policy, and extensively developing community partnerships and collaboration with surrounding departments.
Cherie led the Assessment Center process for Bellevue Police for the ranks of Corporal through Major. Also, she has been an assessor for promotional examinations for the ranks of Corporal to Deputy Chief for Bellevue Police and a number of outside agencies. She has sat on numerous hiring interviews for entry level and lateral Police and Dispatch positions.
Cherie has conducted numerous background investigations and internal investigations for Bellevue Police. She received training from the Institute of Police Technology and Management in Internal Investigations and Background Investigations, along with numerous training programs for investigations. She was selected for the International Leadership training in Antwerp, Belgium, which she attended and graduated from in 2003. Cherie graduated from the FBI National Academy class 229 in 2007 and remains active in the FBI National Academy Associates. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Administration.
Tom retired as a Captain with the Seattle Police Department after nearly 37 years of service. Tom has extensive command experience in police operations including precinct patrol, SWAT, canine, and mounted patrol. He has reviewed and investigated hundreds of internal investigations and use of force cases. Tom assisted in the development and administration of promotional examinations and assessment centers for the Seattle Police Department as a Special Examiner with the Seattle Civil Service Commission. He was also the commander of the Audits and Ethics Section, which involved supervising department audits and the application process for accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA). Tom was a Board Chair for the Collision Review and Firearms Review Boards.
Tom has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Puget Sound. He completed the West Point Leadership in Police Organizations course and is career certified in middle management by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. Tom is a 3rd degree black belt instructor in Tae Kwon Do and certified as a Verbal Judo Instructor.
Ed retired from the Seattle Police Department after 26 years of law enforcement service as a patrol officer, detective, and detective sergeant. The majority of Ed’s assignments were in the Criminal Investigations Bureau, which included Background Investigations, Burglary/Theft, Special Assault Unit, Narcotics, Robbery/Homicide, and Criminal Intelligence – Special Investigation Unit.
Ed had special assignments at SPD that included the Wah Mee Task Force homicide investigation, cooperative/joint investigations with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – Medical Fraud, and the FBI – Counter Terrorism Task Force; earning Top Secret Clearances from the Department of Justice.
He was also involved in the Seattle Police Department’s hiring process as a Background Investigator and as an Oral Board Interviewer for lateral and entry-level police officer positions.
Ed earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Police Science and Administration from Seattle University, as well as other certificates from the FBI, DEA, and U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Jim Costa retired as a Lieutenant from the Olympia Police Department on April 15, 2016, after serving 37 years in law enforcement. Prior to his career in law enforcement he served four years in the United States Air Force with the 62nd Military Police Squadron stationed at the Joint Base Lewis/McChord.
Jim’s primary responsibility prior to retiring was his assignment to the Professional Standards Office and the department’s Detective Bureau. Jim has managed, supervised, and worked in Internal Affairs, Detectives, Traffic, Patrol (uniform services), Evidence Management, SWAT, and the Thurston County Regional Narcotics Task Force. Additionally, he held two assignments as Commander of the Thurston County Regional Critical Incident Response Team, which is comprised of members from Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington State Patrol. The primary responsibility of the Critical Incident Response Team is the investigation of officer involved fatalities.
Jim graduated from The Evergreen State College with a BA degree and has an AA degree from Centralia Community College. Additionally, Jim is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 219th Session. He also attended and graduated from the Western Oregon School of Polygraph and continues his National Certification as an examiner and a member in good standing of the Northwest Polygraph Examiners Association.
Shawn Delaney retired from law enforcement after a 27-year career. Prior to retiring, Shawn worked as the Deputy Chief of the Poulsbo Police Department for almost three years. Before being selected for the Deputy Chief’s position in Poulsbo, Shawn spent 24+ years with the Visalia Police Department in central California. While with Visalia, Shawn worked in a number of assignments including stints in patrol as an officer/FTO as well as a property crimes detective. Additionally, he has many years of experience as a sergeant; including serving in the patrol division as well as supervising property crimes investigators and also heading the narcotics unit.
Shawn supervised the Professional Standards Bureau for three years. While in charge of this unit, Shawn managed the department’s internal affairs investigations, coordination of training, personnel, and hiring. It was while supervising personnel and hiring that Shawn both conducted and managed background investigations and all other aspects of the hiring process. Additionally, while in this unit Shawn was the Public Information Officer for the department. After supervising the Professional Standards Bureau, Shawn was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and served as an Operations Watch Commander before being selected for the position with the Poulsbo Police Department.
Shawn is a graduate of California State University, Fresno and possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Shawn is proud to have graduated from the Department of Justice Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and also the LAPD West Point Leadership Program.
Ralph retired in January 2014 after completing 36 years of state service. He spent his first 25 years with the Washington State Patrol, with assignments in traffic, supervising the cadet testing program, working as a detective sergeant in the Internal Affairs unit, managing the Commercial Vehicle Section, and finishing his career as a Lieutenant in Tacoma.
For the past 11 years, Ralph has been a Revenue Agent for the Department of Revenue, six of those years based in Wenatchee as the Senior Revenue Agent for north central Washington. His job duties included investigating unregistered businesses operating in Washington, pursuing tax violators, and working with delinquent taxpayers to obtain regulatory compliance.
Ralph is a graduate of The Evergreen State College with a BA in Organizational Management. In addition, he completed Command School at Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute, in Dallas, Texas. Other completed courses revolved around internal affairs investigative techniques, basic and advanced Reid courses, and SCAN analysis. Ralph has participated on numerous oral boards for entry level and promotional candidates.
Tina Drain retired in May 2010 after nearly 32 years of service with the Seattle Police Department. She was a detective for 22 of those years in a variety of assignments, including Background Investigations (conducting more than 200 backgrounds), Burglary and Theft, and Missing Persons. Tina was also a member of the original squad that created and implemented the Domestic Violence Unit. She investigated hundreds of felony domestic violence cases over a period of more than seven years and trained other detectives when they came to the DV unit.
Tina’s other assignments included Patrol, Recruitment, Academy Instructor, and Public Information Officer. Additionally, she was a Hostage Negotiator for more than ten years, and was on the team that developed the King County Regional Amber Alert that eventually merged with the Washington State Patrol. Tina also served on a state task force that worked to improve missing persons investigations statewide. She produced a training video for law enforcement that was sent to every agency in Washington State.
Over the years, Tina received training in numerous areas including Reid Interrogation, Hostage Negotiations, NAMUS (National Missing and Unidentified Systems), Media Relations, and Homicide. Conversely, Tina has been the trainer at many venues, both law enforcement and private.
Apart from PST, Tina is an instructor for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center; teaching about missing persons and Amber Alert.
Steve retired after more than 32 years of combined law enforcement experience. He retired as a Lieutenant after serving 29 years with the Yakima Police Department and began his career as a deputy with the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office prior to that. Steve’s assignments included patrol, detectives (both major crimes and narcotics), bike patrol, 911 communications, internal investigations, and SWAT. He spent 10 years as an operator and assistant team leader with SWAT and an additional 10 years as the SWAT team commander.
Steve was instrumental in forming the Professional Standards Office at the Yakima Police Department, creating a centralized point for internal investigations, audits, pursuit reviews, officer-involved collisions, and officer performance. He has conducted numerous background and internal investigations.
Steve attended the 213th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, in 2003.
Jon Frantzen began his career with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, where he carried a warden’s commission. He was then employed by the City of Arlington, Washington, where he was engaged in all facets of police work including two times serving as acting Chief of Police. Jon was then hired by and served most of his career with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) in Everett, Washington. While employed with the SCSO, he worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, burglary/robbery, undercover narcotics, and outlaw biker intelligence.
Concurrent with his law enforcement duties, he also achieved Master Instructor status with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission where he then developed and taught classes in various subjects including defensive tactics, instructor development, communication skills and personal safety.
Additionally, Jon Frantzen has provided training throughout the United States in criminal justice and related topics such as instructor development, communication skills, personal safety programs, pepper spray, firearms training, long-range patrolling for emergency response teams and various tactical tracking courses. He retired from full-time law enforcement in 1993, and since then has provided training for many hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement personnel, and also to members of the U.S. military, including many Special Operations personnel.
Terry Gallagher served as a law enforcement officer for more than 32 years, including nine years as Chief of the Port Angeles Police Department. During the course of his career, he worked in a number of different positions that include patrol officer, DARE officer, detective, narcotics investigator, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, and Deputy Chief of Police.
Terry has extensive investigative experience and training. He spent approximately two years as a detective generalist, three years as a drug task force detective, and seven years as a detective sergeant conducting or overseeing all manner of criminal investigations and background investigations. In 2000 Terry advanced to the Deputy Chief position and served as the operations supervisor of a 32-officer department, essentially responsible for the department’s patrol and investigative functions.
Selected as the Port Angeles Police Chief in 2007 after a national candidate search, he led a police department that also included a regional 9-1-1 center providing full dispatch services for 17 police and fire agencies. Terry has extensive experience in all phases of police department management including the entry level hiring and background investigation process. He has served as a member of entry and promotional level oral boards on many occasions and as an assessor on a number of promotional assessment centers.
Following his retirement from Port Angeles in March of 2016, he served as the Interim Police Chief in Oak Harbor, Washington, while the community searched for a permanent chief. Terry Gallagher is career certified at the middle manager level through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice through The Evergreen State College, and is a U.S. Army veteran having served as a member of the Military Police Corps (1977-80).
Jeff retired in March 2010 after 35 years with the Bellevue Police Department. Jeff has been an investigator/detective for more than 28 years. He has been assigned to the traffic division as a major accident/fatality investigator, Property Crimes Unit detective, Major Crimes Unit/Homicide detective, Seattle Federal Bureau of Investigation, and his last eight years as the department Hiring Coordinator responsible for the testing, oral boards, and background investigations of all commissioned and civilian personnel for the department.
Jeff has attended the following training courses in background investigations: John Reid: Integrity Interviewing course; Stanley Slowik: Objective Pre-employment Interviewing; Institute of Police Technology and Management: Background Investigation course; Public Agency Training Council: Hiring & Background Investigations; Glacken & Associates: Background Investigations for Police Applicants.
Jeff is a member of the Northwest Background Investigators Association.
Jeff has conducted more than 800 background investigations for the Bellevue Police Department. He has directed the investigations of 12 certified background investigators for the department in the areas of entry/lateral police officer, civilian dispatcher, information technology positions, and civilian volunteer positions.
Jeff is a certified instructor of background investigation courses by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. He has also written the current Testing, Hiring and Background Investigation manual for the Bellevue Police Department.
Jeff has B.A. degree in Police Science and Administration from Seattle University.
John Gray served in the law enforcement profession for 32 years, including 12 years as a Police Chief for Lake Stevens and Arlington. He worked for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years; five years as a supervisor, three as a detective working several hundred cases of sex crimes and crimes against children, and was the staff assistant to the Sheriff handling complex plans. He came to Washington State from Oregon where he was a deputy sheriff and U.S. Park Ranger. He has extensive experience, training, and education in the management of an agency including screening and hiring applicants. He has conducted and supervised background investigations. He has completed the Integrity Interview Course offered by John Reid and Associates.
For Public Safety Testing, in addition to background investigations, he provides the service of assessment center promotional testing.
He is a life member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs and chaired the committees providing accreditation and management assistance to agencies.
John Gray is on the faculty for the Executive Institute at Western Illinois University presenting training and seminars. He taught management topics for the Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command for five years and was a part-time instructor for 10 years at Everett Community College in Washington State teaching courses in Child Abuse Investigation, Professional Development, Report Writing, and Officer Safety. He also teaches or guest lectures for criminal justice training agencies and organizations on the topics of budgeting, leadership, and supervision.
He has a Master of Education from Western Washington University; a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University, is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, the Northwest Law Enforcement Executive Command College, and FBI LEEDS program, the International Association of Police Chief’s Leadership of Police Organizations; and holds an Executive Certificate from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
He continues to publish articles on leadership and management topics in Police Chief Magazine, Law & Order Magazine, and Public Manager Magazine.
Kate Hamilton has approximately 19 years of law enforcement experience with the Mill Creek Police Department (1997-2016) where she worked as an Officer, Detective, and Sergeant. She was the department’s first Detective Sergeant, supervising the Investigations Unit and specializing in the investigation of child and elder abuse.
During her career Kate had the opportunity to work with and mentor most of the officers and sergeants currently working for the department. She participated in oral boards for lateral and entry level officer positions. Kate continued to support the hiring process by assisting the Police Chief and Commander with the Chief’s interview and selection phase.
Kate earned an AA degree in Criminal Justice from Everett Community College. She is career certified at the First Level Supervision level by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. Kate is licensed as a Private Investigator and has attended background investigation training through Public Safety Testing where she has been a Background Investigator since September 2016.
Edward Hopkins joined the team at PST Investigations after 29 years of combined law enforcement and private sector investigative experience. He retired from law enforcement at the rank of Detective, then went on to the private sector where he was the Vice President and Head of Corporate Security for a global security and logistics corporation.
While serving as a Police Officer for the Bothell Police Department, Edward was a Field Training Officer and Hostage Negotiator. He worked with the Eastside Narcotics Task Force and participated in numerous undercover operations. Edward was later promoted to the rank of Detective and received countless hours of investigative training, including background investigations and pre-employment interviewing. Edward conducted background investigations for police candidates, in addition to all types of criminal investigations. He was a member of the Snohomish County Multi-Agency Response Team and was selected for assignment to the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force in Seattle.
While serving in the private sector, Edward was responsible for all security, investigative, and protective efforts across the nation, for a company with more than 10,000 U.S. based employees and 50,000 worldwide. In this capacity, Edward coordinated efforts with law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local level, in addition to leading a national team of experienced investigators and support staff. His scope of responsibilities included civil and criminal investigations, executive protection, process improvement, and program development. Edward is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and previously served on the IACP Private Sector Liaison Committee.
Throughout his career, Edward has excelled in the area of interview & interrogation and his demonstrated abilities in this area resulted in the successful resolution of numerous major case investigations in both the public and private sector.
Cindi Ketchum retired from the King County Sheriff’s Office in 2008 after 21 years of service. Her assignments have included reactive and proactive patrol, undercover, criminal and internal investigations, training, and supervisory roles. She has been a field training officer, master police officer, and acting sergeant. As a plainclothes detective assigned to the Street Crimes Unit, she was involved in investigations including street level narcotics and prostitution. In the Special Assault Unit, she investigated crimes of sexual assault, child abuse, and elderly abuse. During Cindi’s assignment to the Internal Investigations Unit, she investigated allegations of misconduct by department members and conducted background investigations on police candidates. Cindi also spent eight years assigned to the Special Support Enforcement Unit, a federally funded unit responsible for locating and apprehending parents who are delinquent or refusing to pay child support.
In addition, Cindi has served on numerous oral boards for entry level and lateral police candidates. She has also received specialized training in both beginning and advanced Reid Interview Techniques, FBI Interview Techniques, Psychological Profiling, and Community Oriented Policing.
Oma LaMothe earned her Juris Doctor degree from Seattle University and is licensed to practice law in Washington. She worked as a King County Senior Prosecuting Attorney for 20 years, representing many agencies including the King County Sheriff’s Office and represented King County in numerous trial and appellate court matters. She served as a key advisor for executives and department heads on business and legal issues. Oma has degrees in Law & Justice and Sociology from Central Washington University.
Bryan has 30 years of law enforcement experience, the last 27 with the Kirkland Police Department retiring in 2014 as a Sergeant. While in patrol he was a Field Training officer, Bike Patrol Officer, and Hostage Negotiator. Bryan was a certified narcotics investigator with the Eastside Narcotics Task Force where he worked in both plain clothes and in an undercover capacity participating in over 300 drug investigations. He was subsequently assigned to supervise the Investigations Unit where he oversaw all felony crime investigations and was instrumental in developing the Family Violence Unit for the department. Bryan supervised for more than 20 years with responsibilities including the supervision of the Traffic Division, the Community Services Unit, School Resource Officer Program, and he was also supervisor of the Pro Act Team and the Crisis Negotiations Team with the Kirkland Police Department.
Bryan demonstrated an aptitude for successful interviewing throughout his career and was influential in the development of new officers in this area throughout his career. He received considerable training in the areas of interviewing, communications and interpersonal interactions, as well as nonverbal communications and specific background investigations training such as Stanley Slowik: Objective Pre-Employment Interviewing. Bryan has participated in several interview/oral boards for both commissioned and non-commissioned hirings and has conducted numerous background investigations of applicants for law enforcement positions. His educational background is in criminal justice and psychology.
Marcia Nelson retired in early 2017 after working for 33 years as an attorney in the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. She represented many departments of the City of Seattle including the Seattle Police Department, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle City Light and the Seattle Municipal Court. Marcia also represented individual employees of the City when they were individually named as defendants in civil lawsuits. For the last seven years of her service, she was the Torts Director and, in that capacity, managed the defense of individual police officers who were sued in police action cases, which included allegations of unconstitutional policing such as excessive force and wrongful arrest. She regularly handled lawsuits in King County Superior Court and handled many lawsuits on appeal to the Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court.
She earned her Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. She attended the University of Washington and earned her B.A. from Evergreen State College.
Steve Oderman has more than 33 years of law enforcement experience. He retired as a Lieutenant from the Olympia Police Department with 28 years of service. His assignments included Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Detectives, S.W.A.T., and Field Training Officer. As a Lieutenant he managed a number of units and programs including Field Operations, Detectives Division, Special Operations, Internal Investigations, Background Investigations, and the Thurston County Critical Incident Team. Steve has had extensive experience conducting or supervising background investigations for both entry level and lateral candidates.
Steve earned a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University. He is career certified at the management level by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
Michel Pentony retired as a Major in 2010 from the Bellevue Police Department after 32 years of service. He has many years of investigative experience; including undercover narcotics, fraud, property crimes, traffic accident, and violent crime investigations. Michel was a Field Training Officer and later the Supervisor in charge of Field Training. As a Supervisor and Commander, Michel conducted and reviewed many internal investigations, as well as reviewing numerous other investigative reports. As a Captain, he oversaw the department’s Personnel Services Unit that was responsible for all department training and hiring. As a Major, Michel continued to oversee the Personnel Services Unit as a Division Commander. Michel has sat on numerous oral, field training, and probationary boards. He has also been in charge of developing assessment centers for promotion and has served as an assessor for both his department and other agencies. Michel has served as Commander of the Patrol, Staff Support, and Investigations Divisions. During his career, Michel served in many other capacities within the department, including S.W.A.T.as both team member and leader. He also served on regional and Bellevue city committees.
Michel is a graduate of Washington State University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and achieved his Executive Level Certification with the State of Washington. Michel has completed thousands of hours of various law enforcement training to include the basic and advanced Reid Interview and Interrogation school.
Rich retired in 2014 following a 34 1/2-year career with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. His assignments included Patrol, Field Training, Master Defensive Tactics Instructor, Marine Sergeant, and Land Sergeant. During his career he also served at the Washington Criminal Justice Training Academy (BLEA) as TAC Officer from 2002-2005, lead Defensive Tactics Instructor in 2006, and Assistant Commander from 2008-2010. Rich attended the FBI Command College in 2009.
Rich is a recognized defensive tactics/use of force instructor. He recently served on the Joint Legislative Use of Force Task Force representing the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs. (WACOPS) He is a former instructor at both Skagit Valley College and Everett Community College.
Vic Peirsol has more than 40 years’ experience in campus law enforcement and campus security. Vic was with the University of Washington Police Department for 30 years, rising to the rank of captain where he served as both Patrol Commander and Support Services Commander, supervising commissioned and civilian personnel of various ranks. During his career he was also assigned supervisory responsibility for UWPD’s Special Event Unit, Special Protection Unit, and the Hostage Negotiation Team.
Vic also chaired a Washington State Electronic Crime Information & Research Group from 1995-1997 that brought together regional, state, and federal law enforcement resources along with prosecutors to partner with representatives from local higher educational institutions and hi-tech businesses to address the explosion of computer and internet related crime issues.
During his law enforcement career Vic served on both entry level and promotional oral boards as well as assessment center processes for multiple police departments in the region.
After retiring from the UWPD Vic spent seven years working for Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound where he managed media outreach. In 2005 Vic joined Seattle Pacific University as Associate Director of Safety and Security and concluded his service there in 2015.
Vic has an A.A. Degree in Law Enforcement from Shoreline Community College and a Ministerial Diploma from Eugene Bible College. He is a graduate of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center Basic Law Enforcement Academy. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy (Session 129) and has attended dignitary protection training sessions from the US Secret Service in Washington D.C.
Vic completed Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Middle Management Certification in 1990 and is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Executive Development Command College.
In his 32-year career in law enforcement as the principal Police Legal Advisor for the City of Seattle, Leo Poort gave day to day advice to the Seattle Police Department. He counseled, instructed, and advised seven different chiefs and hundreds of senior staff members, thousands of sworn and civilian managers and countless officer regarding criminal laws and constitutional procedures, first amendment protections, personnel laws, municipal ordinances, traffic laws, state and federal laws affecting property and personal injury (tort) liability, and personnel law, all laws that affect the operation of a major law enforcement agency.
With Leo’s long history and experience with SPD as their Police Legal Advisor, he drafted laws, testified, and worked with the legislature to develop many public safety laws for Washington State regarding the reporting and enforcement of domestic violence, missing persons, child abuse, and neglect. He also worked to refine laws related to narcotics, police information sharing, criminal history records, obtaining information regulated by state law under HIPAA standards, state firearm restrictions and penalties, use of force by police officers, police pursuits, seizure and forfeiture laws, classification/registration of sex offenders and violent offenders, anti-harassment laws, prostitution abatement, drug abatement, alcohol abuse, civility and trespass, landlord/tenant laws, private security, emergency preparedness, police discipline, police intelligence laws, and records laws that allow victims access to police information. Leo also worked to develop criminal procedural rules relating to search warrants, obtaining sensitive information by subpoena, and inquest rules (coroner procedures) that apply in King County when a person dies either in police custody or by lethal force employed by an officer.
He provided input and updated department staff on new laws affecting law enforcement and reviewed all contracts with outside agencies. He also coordinated requests for legal opinions, the drafting of new ordinances, risk management issues, as well as discovery and defense of lawsuits against officers with the City Attorney’s Office. On behalf of the Chief, he represented the department in mediations and court proceedings (local, state, and federal). He produced affidavits, documents, and answers to interrogatories to defend SPD’s policies and its personnel in litigation. At times he arranged for outside attorneys for officers as needed to avoid conflicts of interest. Leo Poort retired from the Seattle Police Department in February 2009.
Leo holds a B.A. degree from Michigan State University in English and he taught high school for 3 ½ years. Leo is a 1973 graduate of Tulane University with a Juris Doctorate in Law. He was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 1973 and has been a member of the Bar for more than 40 years.
John Wasberg retired as a Senior Counsel in 2011 after 37 years in the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. In 1971, John graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. degree, and in 1975 he graduated from the UW’s law school.
From 1975 to 1983 he worked in successive full-time assignments in several AGO divisions, including, from 1979 to1983, the AGO’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD). From 1983 through 2011, while continuing to do work for the CJD, his primary assignment was with the AGO Labor & Industries Division. At retirement, he was the AGO L&I Appellate Advisor. He argued numerous L&I cases in the Washington appellate courts and the several L&I cases in the Ninth Circuit.
From 1978 to 2000 his CJD work was as (1) the AGO’s advisor to the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC), (2) the sole editor of the CJTC’s monthly Law Enforcement Digest (LED), and (3) a law enforcement classroom instructor on a number of subjects. From January 2000 to his retirement in April of 2011, his primary CJD work was to co-edit the LED and to present update training.
Since retirement in 2011, John maintains active attorney status. He continues as a volunteer on the CJTC’s LED, and he continues to annually update several outlines and articles for the CJTC LED Internet pages. John also continues to participate in the Police Legal Advisors group of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC), and he helps out on WASPC amicus briefs authored by members of the Group. He also continues to present training on law enforcement subjects several times per year.
Cameron retired from the King County Sheriff’s Office in 2010 at the rank of captain. For four years he was the commander of the Internal Investigations and Background Investigations Units. Since 2010 he has been a Special Investigator retained by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Cameron has a great deal of experience interviewing people in both pleasant and unpleasant circumstances, and in helping to determine a person’s suitability for positions of public trust, as well as for positions requiring various levels of security clearances.
Cameron also recently retired from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve at the rank of Commander. His most recent assignments involved intelligence and liaison work, representing the Coast Guard at other agencies such as FEMA, the State Department, and USAID, as well as doing liaison work with and in the countries of Canada and Kuwait.
Cameron has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He has served as a guest instructor at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center and is a certified Critical Incident Stress Management Team Member. He has attended a long list of nationally recognized interview/interrogation and internal investigation/employee discipline courses through such organizations as Reid and Associates, LRIS, IACP, Thomas-Means and PATC.