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.
After 41 years of law enforcement service, Chris retired from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Police (DFW) following 30 years of service with DFW. During his time with DFW he held the ranks of officer, sergeant, regional captain, professional standards captain, and chief. While serving as agency chief he was responsible for labor negotiations, labor contracts, hiring decisions, and disciplinary actions.
Chris began his law enforcement career with the Tumwater Police Department. After two years with the city, he accepted a position with the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked patrol, field training, detectives, and timber/marine operations. He was also a long-time member of the Thurston County Tactical Team. After nine years with the county, Chris was hired by the state and spent an additional two years as a member of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team.
During his career Chris received numerous awards including Deputy of the Year, several merit awards, an agency public service award, and a life-saving commendation. He has also successfully written and administered numerous funding grants at the local, state, and federal levels.
Chris has extensive experience conducting investigations including criminal, personnel, alleged misconduct, and pre-employment investigations. He earned state certifications as a first-level supervisor and middle manager, and in 2012 he completed command college. Chris was also a long-time member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) and co-chaired its state vessel safety committee.
Gene retired from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2008 after 30 years of service as a Wildlife Control Agent and Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officer in the Yakima valley. During his career with the state, Gene conducted numerous game and poaching violations, some of which were the result of orchardists protecting their multi-million dollar crops. His assignments included Field Training Officer, Enforcement Recruiter, and two years as a Sergeant supervising the Tri-City detachment. Gene was awarded the Shikar Safari Washington Wildlife Officer of the Year in 2001 and 2003. Additionally, he was a member of the Yakima Valley College Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
Following his retirement from the state, Gene worked as a Court Security Officer at the William O. Douglas Federal Courthouse in Yakima. He was promoted to Lead Court Security Officer in 2014 and retired from the courthouse in 2017.
Tim started his law enforcement career in 1988 in Oregon. In 1991, he moved to New Mexico and became a deputy with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office in the Four Corners region of the state. He worked as a patrol deputy, field training officer, firearms instructor, detective and polygrapher and then held first line supervisory and leadership positions in both the operational and administrative functions of the office, including internal affairs investigations. Tim is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and he retired in 2012 at the rank of captain from the sheriff’s office. After retirement, he worked as a contractor with a U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force in the Southern Philippines where he managed an advanced training program for Philippine National Police Officers. More recently, Tim worked as a patrol officer on Whidbey Island before joining PST in 2016.
Roy retired from the Battle Ground Police Department after serving a total of 40 years in law enforcement in Washington State. He began his career with the Mason County Sheriff’s office in 1978. As a deputy, he served in patrol, with the detective unit, and in the Traffic Unit, where he was the lead fatal investigator for several years. Roy was a Field Training Officer and certified to train other Field Training Officers. He has extensive experience in accident investigations and completed the Washington State Patrol’s technical level of investigation training. Additionally, Roy has conducted a variety of investigations including background, internal, criminal, and risk management investigations. Roy was promoted to Sergeant and became certified as a first level supervisor by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC). In 1993, he accepted a Lieutenant position with the Battle Ground Police Department, where he was second in command during a period of extensive growth in the city’s population. Roy earned Middle Manager and Executive Level Supervisor certifications through the CJTC and is a graduate of the Command College and the FBI National Academy. He completed training in conducting background investigation from the International Chiefs of Police and has an AA degree from Clark College in Vancouver, Washington.
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.
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.
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.
David started his career as a Deputy Sheriff with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office in 1995. He transferred to the Vancouver (Washington) Police Department in 1997 and worked there until retiring in October 2018.
During his career with the Vancouver Police Department his assignments included Patrol, Field Training Officer, Corporal, Arson Supervisor and Investigator, Patrol Sergeant, Community Outreach Sergeant, and Backgrounds Sergeant. During his assignment to the Backgrounds Unit, David and three Detectives conducted 600 sworn and non-sworn background investigations, resulting in 64 police officers and 50 non-sworn employees hired by the agency.
David has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Portland Community College.
Glen retired from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) after 33 years of service. Glen started his law enforcement career working as a trooper cadet assigned to the Bremerton Communications Center. After graduating first in his trooper cadet class in defensive tactics, Glen was assigned as a trooper to the Field Operations Bureau in South King County. After 3 ½ years, Glen transferred to Southwest Washington to be closer to family and continue his work in traffic law enforcement. While in Vancouver, Glen became a Belt Weapons Instructor, VIN Inspector, and Field Training Officer. In 1992, Glen was selected as the trooper of the year for Southwest Washington and earned the Clark County Community Policing Award.
In 1995, Glen became a detective in the WSP’s Criminal Investigation Division. During more than 12 years in the division, he worked as a certified collision reconstructionist and was a member of the statewide Crime Scene Response Team. As a detective, Glen was the lead investigator on hundreds of criminal cases including, homicide, sexual assault, burglary, robbery, fraud, perjury, theft, forgery, felony hit and run, vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, threats, kidnapping, arson, official misconduct, and threats against the governor. He also conducted criminal investigations involving state, city, and county employees, assaults (including assaults on police officers), officer involved shootings, auto theft, narcotics (including drug trafficking), and identity theft. Glen completed training in interviewing/interrogation as well as detective basic, internal affairs, organized crime, arson, and homicide training.
In 2008, Glen was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to Naselle in the Field Operations Bureau. Glen completed a four-week course on Leadership in Police Organizations and supervised eight troopers and an office assistant for approximately six months before transferring to Kelso. While in Kelso, he was asked to serve as a long-term acting Lieutenant and acting Assistant District Commander. During this assignment, Glen supervised six detachment sergeants and a property and evidence custodian.
In 2012, Glen was selected to supervise WSP’s Special Operations Detachment in Vancouver where he was responsible for supervising the License Fraud/Investigation Unit, Serious Highway Crime Apprehension Team, Motors and the Public Information Officer. He also served as a Field Training Sergeant and was one of three sergeants on WSP’s Best Practices Team. Additionally, Glen served as the District Recruiting Sergeant and was responsible to oversee physical, written and oral board testing for trooper cadet applicants in Southwest Washington.
In 2016, Glen received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission’s Target Zero Program in Clark County.
Bob was hired in 1982 as a patrol deputy with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. For much of his career he policed our community as a Patrol Officer. He was selected to be an undercover detective with the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit for two years and then worked for four years as a detective with the Property Crimes Unit. He also served as a DARE Officer for two years. Bob has the ability to utilize his training and experience to cultivate actionable information from witnesses and suspects and has been recognized for his success in getting challenging subjects to speak that were reluctant to speak to others. His ability to elicit information resulted in multiple cases being solved and criminal charges being filed where there had previously been little to no chance of prosecution.
Bob began a second career in 2010 with the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) at the Monroe Correctional Complex, an adult prison with more than 3,000 prisoners and 1,000 employees. As a member of the Investigations and Intelligence Unit he investigated allegations of smuggling of narcotics and other contraband, investigating cases of extortion, assaults, sexual assaults, Security Threat Group (gang) activities, fraud, and a variety of other offenses. His investigations at the prison included offenders, visitors, volunteers and occasionally an employee. During Bob’s time as an investigator at the DOC he worked closely with multiple agencies including the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, Seattle Police Department Homicide Unit, the Snohomish County Regional Drug Task Force and the ATF.
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.
After serving eight years in the United States Marine Corps, Morley began a career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 1990. He was assigned to in-custody operations and patrol before being selected as a member of the Tri-Cities Direct Enforcement Team, which focused on career criminals and crime trends. Morley was appointed to the Gang Unit, writing and serving countless search warrants and testifying as a gang expert in high-profile gang-related trials. He went on to join the Transit Police Services Right of Way team.
After being promoted to Sergeant, Morley returned to the Orange County Jail where he oversaw the Community Work Program. He was selected to become the North Investigations Sergeant where he supervised eight detectives who investigated crimes that occurred in North Orange County, John Wayne Airport, all county courthouses, three county harbors, and all five county jails. As the North Investigations Sergeant, Morley was also tasked with implementing the Armed Prohibited Person’s System, which identified individuals no longer fit or authorized to own firearms. Morley retired from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 2015 after almost 26 years of service.
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.
Ron worked for the San Diego Police Department as an intern criminalist, University of California Berkeley Police Department, and the City of Concord, California, in positions as a patrol officer, detective, crime scene investigator, and assistant bomb technician. After 12 years of sworn law enforcement he became a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed mental health counselor, doing psychotherapy and forensic mental health. Conducting critical incident stress debriefings for public safety agencies and private industry were part of his clinical practice along with treatment of PTSD for public safety personnel. Ron then began conducting psycho-social investigations for defendants in capital murder cases at the trial and appellate levels. He has also worked on general homicide investigations and other major crimes in the private sector.
Ron retired from his clinical/behavioral forensics practice in 2016 after 44 years of related work in the judicial system. He was commissioned by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office as a volunteer cold case homicide investigator, is active in community services, has been a search & rescue volunteer for 35 years, and is a certified firearms instructor. Ron is a published contributing author to several international investigative textbooks and is an investigative seminar presenter.
Ron was trained as a forensic scientist at the University of California with a Bachelor of Science degree, earned a Master of Arts degree from University of San Francisco in public service, and has Master of Science degree in clinical mental health from Cal State University at Hayward.
Dean began his 35-year law enforcement career at the Ellensburg Police Department as a dispatcher and interim police officer. He was hired as a police officer for the Moses Lake Police Department in 1979 and graduated from the basic law enforcement academy in Seattle. Dean held the positions of patrol officer and sergeant, served as a DARE officer, and was responsible for overseeing the department’s reserve officers.
Dean was promoted to Assistant Chief in 1991 and oversaw the operations and clerical staff. He served as the department’s accreditation manager when Moses Lake was one of the state’s first police agencies to achieve state accreditation. Dean played a significant role in creating the Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team as well as the Columbia Basin Investigative Team, responsible for investigating deadly force incidents.
Dean was promoted to chief in 2004 and retired in 2013. After retirement he worked five years as a contract private investigator for Clear Risk Solutions and investigated school, municipal, and county claims within the state. Dean obtained his executive level certification through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, is a WASPC/FBI Command College graduate and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Justice from CWU.
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.
After 34 years of law enforcement service, Shari retired as a Captain from the Redmond Police Department. During her 24 years with Redmond she held the rank of Captain, Commander, Lieutenant, Detective, and Officer. Shari participated as a patrol officer, field training officer, officer-in-charge, narcotics detective, patrol and investigations lieutenant, patrol, investigations, and administrative/internal affairs commander, and operations captain. Shari spent much of her law enforcement career conducting criminal, personnel, and alleged misconduct investigations and pre-employment interviews. She also has more than 25 years’ experience conducting backgrounds for entry-level and executive-level applicants.
Shari began her law enforcement career in 1984 as a Reserve Police Officer with the City of Orange, California. She went on to become a full-time police officer with the City of Cypress where she spent 10 years and worked patrol, field training officer, crime prevention, DARE Officer, and was a detective working property crimes and crimes involving persons.
During her career, Shari received numerous awards including Citizen of the Year, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Award, Narcotics Officer Enforcement Award from the Drug Enforcement Administration, and citations for her work with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program in Cypress from 1987 to 1990.
Shari earned her first level supervisor certificate and middle manager certificate through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien, and she graduated from the Northwestern School for Police Staff and Command in 2011. Sheri has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Columbia College with a focus in Criminal Justice.
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.
Doug started his 28-year career in law enforcement in 1988 as a Reserve Deputy with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department in the mountain community of Big Bear Lake, California, and in October1989 became a full-time Deputy. He completed the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Academy in February 1990 and was assigned to the Central Jail, Barstow Station and the Big Bear Station. While working as a Deputy, Doug’s assignments included Patrol Deputy, Search and Rescue Coordinator, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Firearms Instructor. During his time as Traffic Enforcement Officer he earned the Mothers Against Drunk Driving award for DUI arrests.
Doug was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in March 1995 and was assigned to patrol duties. He was assigned as the Department’s training officer in 1998 and became a Defensive Tactics Instructor and Range Master. Doug’s responsibilities included ensuring that department personnel received all required training and maintained the appropriate documentation.
During his tenure as Training Officer, Doug became an adjunct Firearms Instructor for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) and was one of five Master Firearms Instructors in the state. Over the course of 16 years, he trained hundreds of law enforcement officers to become handgun, shotgun and rifle instructors.
Doug volunteered with the Cowlitz County Fire District 1 as a Firefighter and EMT. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and became the Department EMS Officer.
Doug served as a leader for the Tactical Medics with the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team and was responsible for tactical training of EMS providers to provide medical support in high risk situations. Additionally, Doug and his team trained hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers in Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC). H also helped train all law enforcement personnel in Clark County in First Aid, CPR and AED application.
After retiring at the rank of Corporal from the Vancouver Police Department in January 2017, Doug worked for the Portland Police Bureau as a Background Investigator for 17 months and completed more than 90 background investigations on civilian and sworn officer applicants.
Erika retired from law enforcement after 16 years of service with the Costa Mesa Police Department and Mercer Island Police Department. During her career, she served as a patrol officer, firearms instructor, SWAT Operator, hostage negotiator, peer support officer, and field training officer. In the course of her duties, Erika obtained extensive investigation experience and routinely testified in court. She has attended specialized schools including interview and interrogation training through the Behavior Analysis Training Institute (BATI), Advanced Crisis Negotiations through California’s Disaster Preparedness and Critical Incident Response (D-Prep), and California POST peer support training. She earned her master’s degree and is an associate professor for the criminal justice program at Everett Community College.
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.
Jack retired in January 2016 as Chief Deputy after 30 years of service with the U.S. Marshals Service. He has conducted investigations related to candidate backgrounds, threats to the judiciary, fugitive location and apprehension, employee misconduct, and retail and warranty fraud. Jack spent five years leading the Pacific Northwest Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, which included deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service and detectives from the Seattle Police Department, King County Sheriff, and Washington State Department of Corrections and their work focused on high-priority violent offenders from those jurisdictions.
Jack’s experience as a fraud investigator includes working in the information services industry, conducting card-not-present investigations, directing outside investigators, working closely with corporate legal teams and making criminal referrals to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
Training courses successfully completed include Wicklander – Zulawski Criminal Interview & Interrogation Advanced Seminar, John Reid Advanced Interviewing Techniques and the Federal Criminal Investigator Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Jack has First Level Supervisor and Middle Management certifications from the WSCJTC and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington.
Greg Wilson serves as the Director of Investigations and brings to PST more than 32-years of diverse and progressive public safety experience serving three different municipalities in the Puget Sound region.
Greg began his law enforcement career at the Renton Police Department and was one of the founding members of the Federal Way Police Department where he served many roles, including Commander of Professional Standards. Greg retired after serving more than 10 years as the Chief of Police in Mountlake Terrace. Greg has extensive experience conducting and/or managing criminal, background, internal affairs, and workplace misconduct investigations.
Greg received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University; is a graduate of the 219th Session of the FBI National Academy and the 67th Session of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. Greg is a life time member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and a recipient of the Patriotic Employer Award from the United States Department of Defense. Greg is a certified Leadership/Ethics Instructor for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and has conducted leadership, ethics and management courses across the nation to federal, state, and local public safety agencies.
Brenda’s assignments during her 30-year law enforcement career with the Yakima Police Department included patrol, criminal investigations, community services, training, internal investigations, crime analysis, and hostage negotiations. In 1998 she was promoted to Sergeant; after several years working patrol and in other various departments within the police department, she was transferred to the Detective Division Special Assault Unit where she managed hundreds of investigations involving misdemeanor and felony assaults, crimes against children and incidents of suspicious deaths of minors. Additionally, Brenda served on numerous oral boards for entry-level police candidates for city, county, and federal agencies.
Brenda was instrumental in developing then overseeing the Yakima Police Explorer Post, which became a valuable source for the department for hiring new and qualified officers and support staff. She collaborated with city and county officials to develop a protocol for sex offender tracking and was a certified Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) instructor teaching self-defense to residents in the community and surrounding areas. While supervising the Special Assault Unit, Brenda obtained grants for up-to-date tools and training for investigations. She has earned certifications for criminal investigation, interview and interrogation techniques, and background investigations. After retiring from the Yakima Police Department, Brenda served on the City of Yakima Civil Service Commission for four years.
Brenda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University.