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.
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.
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 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 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’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 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.
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’s other assignments included Patrol, Recruitment, Academy Instructor, and Public Information Officer. Additionally, she worked numerous times for Vice (undercover), 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.
While assigned to the Missing Persons Unit, Tina became a consultant with Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI. She worked with a team of detectives from other major cities, developing curriculum and training law enforcement agencies across the country in the areas of Missing Persons Investigations and Media Relations.
For several years, Tina was on-air talent for the Seattle Police live television show, Beyond the Badge, doing the opening segment and interviewing guests. Her working relationship with the video unit expanded to include writing and assisting in the production of a variety of videos used for training purposes and special events, including a widely-distributed training video on Internet Crimes Against Children. Additionally, Tina 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.
Tina received several awards during her time with Seattle Police, including two Outstanding Public Service Awards – one for the Amber Alert Project and another for Beyond the Badge. Additionally, she received an Inspirational Award for her work on an extended video project entitled Women in Law Enforcement. She was also presented an award by ASIS International (Security Professionals) for special services in relation to missing person investigations.
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. She is also a private tutor and public sports fan.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.