F E A T U R E S 5 Meet the 2020-2021 FBINAA Executive Board 8 Reform and Unrest: Hidden Opportunities in Difficult Times – Clifton Couch 11 Uber Teams Up with Law Enforcement for Safer Communities 12 Technology Solutions for Police Reform Should Look at the Whole Officer – Juan Colon 15 Verizon Continues to Accomplish its Mission, Support Public Safety and the FBINAA 16 The Weight of the Badge – Gregory Wright 22 FBINAA 2020: Connecting Leaders Virtual Event 24 Is the Virtual Partner the Key to Improve Police-Community Relations? – Charles King C O L U M N S 4 Association Perspective 7 Association Update 17 A Message from Our Chaplain 20 Historian’s Spotlight 26 National Academy Update 29 FBINAA Charitable Foundation E A C H I S S U E 6 Strategic / Academic Alliances A D I N D E X – University of San Diego 10 5.11 14 CZ USA 27 St. Leo University – CRI-TAC – JFCU
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A ttending the 197th Session of the FBI National Academy began an incredible twenty-one year journey that led me from a student in the spring of 1999, to serving as the association President in 2020/2021. It is a position that I humbly embrace, and will give my utmost effort and attention. It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve the world’s strongest law enforcement leadership network, the FBINAA, and I look forward to the chal- lenges and triumphs of the coming year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kevin Wingerson for his leadership this past year as the FBINAA President, and we look forward to Kevin’s wisdom and guidance as he will continue to serve on the board this year as the immediate Past President. I would also like to thank Johnnie Adams for his dedication and service to this Association. Under normal circumstances, we would have met in New Orleans this summer for our annual national training conference. The pandemic made that an impossibility. Instead of folding our tents and looking forward to the conference in Orlando in 2021, as many associations did, your association continued moving forward determined to serve our members, partners and alli- ances. The focus was a simple one, face the challenges ahead by finding new and innovative ways to continue our mission and engage our members. Throughout the spring, we were able to develop and introduce our newest initiative, FBINAA 2020: CONNECTING LEADERS our first ever FBINAA Virtual Conference. Nearly 2,000 attendees joined us and heard from law enforce- ment and public safety leaders from throughout the country, as well as mental health experts who shared their leadership philosophies, experience and expertise on the most important issues affecting law enforcement around the world. We were fortunate to have had world-class keynote presenters and the continued support from our strategic partners. Attendance was impressive, particularly given the short timeframe our current environment provided. Our plan moving forward is to continue finding ways to ad- dress current issues and challenges head on, and as evidenced by the connecting leader’s virtual event, we plan to turn many of those challenges into opportunities. The issues we face may change, but our vigilance in addressing them will not. The FBI National Academy Associates has always been committed and dedicated to providing our communities, states, countries, and profession with the highest degree of law enforcement exper- tise, education, and information… it is our plan to continue that tradition with passion. As this year’s President, I can say with confidence, this asso- ciation is on solid ground, it is fiscally sound, and well prepared for the future with a strategic and balanced approach. I want to assure you that your National Board and your National Office staff are working to make this Association more responsive and relevant to our members than ever before. We are only a phone call or e-mail away so please share your ideas, challenges, and suggestions with us so we can continue to make our network even stronger.
During these challenging times, some of our members may be facing hardships or periods of uncertainty, please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Please remem- ber that “The Helping Hands” of our Association our own FBINAA Charitable Foundation is here to lend its support. Since their inception, they have given back to our members over $220,000 and 110 college scholarships. Law Enforcement Officers tend to be a very proud group, and rarely ask for help. If you know of a member that needs assistance, regardless of the circumstances, please contact the Foundation. You can find their contact information on their website at https://fbinaafoundation.org/ . All it takes is a quick phone call and help will be on the way in a matter of hours. In closing, I would like to take a moment and personally thank our Executive Director Howard Cook and the National Staff for all of their efforts during the past six months. They are the ones behind the scenes that have kept the association on track, and moving forward. They have done an amazing job under less than ideal circumstances. Thank you.
Stay safe and stay healthy…
Joe Hellebrand, President FBINAA Director, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
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MEET THE 2020/2021 EXECUTIVE BOARD
President / JOE HELLEBRAND Director, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (FL)
Past President / KEVIN WINGERSON Assistant Chief, Pasadena Police Dept. (TX)
1st Vice President, Section IV / KEN TRUVER Chief, Borough of Castle Shannon (PA)
2nd Vice President, Section I / TIM BRANIFF Undersheriff, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (WA)
3rd Vice President, Section II / SCOTT RHOAD Chief/Dir. of Public Safety, Univ. of Central Missouri (MO)
Representative, Section I / JIM GALLAGHER Commander, Phoenix Police Department (AZ)
Representative, Section II / LARRY DYESS Captain, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (LA)
Representative, Section III / GRADY SANFORD Chief Deputy, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (GA)
Representative, Section IV / BILL CARBONE Director, Suffolk County Crime Assessment Center, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services
Chaplain / JEFF KRUITHOFF Chief of Police, City of Springboro (OH)
Historian / CINDY REED Special Agent (Ret.), Washington State Gambling Commission
FBI Assistant Director / RENAE McDERMOTT FBI Training Division (VA)
Executive Director / HOWARD COOK Chief (Ret.), FBINAA Executive Office (VA)
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ASSOCIATION UPDATE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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H ere we are again, approaching the change in seasons. It happens every year like clockwork. We anticipate it and look forward to the change. We welcome that change. At least, that is what we have done year after year when things were well...normal. Change this year has been a shock to the system…for all of us. No matter how hard we try to look for a return to normalcy, it’s hard to find. Yet, for the FBINAA, its members and sponsors, we found a way forward. That is why I am so proud to write this letter for this edition of the magazine. While many associations seem to be struggling right now with all the challenges we are personally and professionally facing, the FBINAA remains strong. We have continued to stand by our Mission of “impacting communities by providing and promoting law enforcement leadership through training and net- working”. We do this by continuing to bring you impactful train- ing and providing resources to our members, Chapters, and the law enforcement community. A prime example of this is our first virtual event, FBINAA 2020: Connecting Leaders that we hosted the beginning of September. This event was a huge success with nearly 2,000 attendees. We have also found a way to deal with life’s interruptions and in some cases, embrace them. Our entire FBINAA staff has been working remotely during these last several months and through that, we have remained engaged and responsive to our members through personal phone calls, emails, Law Enforce- ment COVID-19 Resources, increased communication, website improvements, career development, and bringing you news and information to your preferred way of communicating with the FBINAA. One of these popular initiatives was to make our beloved Chapter Chat release monthly. Our members have enjoyed catching up with fellow session alumni and chapter peers in Chapter Chat which features news and information from our Chapters as well as milestones, promotions, retirements and sadly the passing of our valued members. We are now highlight- ing this information every month on our website. We have also archived past Chapter Chats so you will never miss out on what’s happening. Lastly, the pandemic has affected the National Academy Program with the planning of conducting future sessions in a safe and productive way. The Bureau is looking forward to a modified NA class taking place in January. We do not see it happening on the usual campus, but training will be conducted by the usual great instructors. We as a National Office look to be closely involved with our activities and special meals.
I continue to be encouraged as we move through these days by the many conversations I am having with our members at Chapter Retrainers. It’s been so wonderful to meet with mem- bers in person. It's during these personal interactions where you really see why the FBINAA is the Strongest Law Enforcement Leadership Network in the World.
Stay strong and I hope to see you soon,
Howard M. Cook FBINAA Executive Director FBINA #224
Kevin Wingerson receives a CZ-USA FBINAA commemorative gun with his name and the NA seal as a thank you for his outstanding leadership on the Executive Board.
REFORM AND UNREST HIDDEN OPPORTUNITIES IN DIFFICULT TIMES
To say that the law enforcement profession is facing unprecedented challenges would be an understatement. I was recently told by a class- mate from the FBI National Academy that his agency in Oregon has dealt with on-going protests for over 100 days straight. My newsfeed every morning is filled with stories of riots, protests, and various other forms of unrest. My own community has been (thankfully) free of the violence that’s swept across larger cities, but there have been very painful, difficult conversations. The public discourse ripped off the scab of old wounds and experiences for cops and community mem- bers alike. I often hear officers remark that they’d choose a different career if they could start over. Some days, I agree with them.
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WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR SAFER COMMUNITIES
U ber continues to add new and innovative products to its platform each and every day. As Uber grows and expands into new areas of opportunity, it is paramount that safety con- tinues to be a top priority, working tirelessly to be good part- ners and citizens in all the cities where we operate. Part of that effort was the creation of Uber’s Law Enforcement Operations team. The team’s goal is to make Uber the mobility platform law enforcement trusts the most via engagement, partnership and response. Uber Law Enforcement Operations consists of two teams, Outreach and Response. The Outreach team is made up of former law enforcement professionals turned regional liaisons whose primary responsibility is to engage and partner with law enforcement at all levels. The team achieves these objectives by educating law enforcement on how Uber works as a platform, the data captured, and how to obtain that data during a criminal investigation or critical incident. Outreach partners with law enforcement to create safety initiatives that impact our platform and our communities. The other crucial component to Law Enforcement Opera- tions is The Law Enforcement Response Team. Their primary responsibility is to respond to law enforcement requests for in- formation whether it’s an emergency situation or a legal process request. This team operates on 24/7 basis with personnel around the world working in concert with one another to ensure you get the data you requested, especially during an emergency situation.
With an average of 18 million trips a day, Uber is one of the most widely used trans- portation companies in the world and one of the few technology companies whose platform physically integrates into our communities. Data from the Uber platform can and have helped law enforcement solve a vast array of criminal investigations. Whether it is finding a wanted fugitive, identifying a person who is targeting children, locating a missing juvenile, or contacting a rider or driver who may have been a witness to a violent crime. Uber is committed to working with law enforce- ment to make the communities we operate in safer.
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TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR POLICE REFORM SHOULD LOOK AT THE WHOLE OFFICER
MAJOR JUAN COLON
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While the specifics of police reform are still unknown, it is becoming clear that use of data will be a cornerstone of those efforts. Law enforcement decision-makers will need data and insights to establish a new generation of policies, training, police recruits, and approaches that reduce use of force incidents, complaints against officers, operating costs, and litigation risk, while promoting transparency and accountability to build public trust and legitimacy.
I t is often said that while policing has changed, police officers haven’t. As policymakers and law enforcement leaders act ex- peditiously to meet new police reform requirements, it’s critical to understand the scope of the policing problem and potential cascading effects of new reformmeasures. In this data-driven society, technology will more than ever be necessary to drive and inform policy development and pro- gram development. However, these technological approaches should not focus just on negative outcomes, but also positive behavioral and performance indicators that support officer readiness, wellness, and long-term culture change. THE CURRENT STATE OF EARLY INTERVENTION SYSTEMS Reform efforts at the municipal, state, and federal levels indi- cate the expanded use of early intervention systems (EIS) , which are used to identify officers at risk of being involved in adverse incidents such as unnecessary or excessive use of force. As citizen complaints, use of force incidents, and accidents occur, current EIS combine the incidents to assign each officer a risk score. Using past incidents to identify officers, who may have crossed the line is important and should be part of any serious reform effort. Current EIS can help agencies intervene when offi- cers meet predetermined thresholds to remand those officers to training, counseling or other measures. But there are too many stories of police officers with a long history of complaints and abuse that only come to light publicly when the incident shows up on social or news media. This erodes not just public trust, but also legitimacy of authority. However, before most adverse incidents occur, there are often missed opportunities to prevent them from occurring. Cur- rent systems, by design, gather insufficient indicators and have inflexible business rules that fail to identify anomalous patterns of adverse behaviors as well as positive acts by exemplary model officers. Capturing and analyzing the aggregate of adverse and positive behaviors and performance provides a foundation for true reform that fosters generational change in policing. Currents EIS have not maintained pace with societal and policing chang- es. Moreover, they have failed to prevent the various adverse incidents that have contributed to the call for police reforms. INTEGRATING MRE DATA TO CREATE A HOLISTIC VIEW OF AN OFFICER Pre-service and ongoing in-service training provide police officers the guidelines for mechanical and legal application of force. Even more important is the ability to deescalate situations and proportionately apply the use of force on citizens. Officers
must make split-second “reasonable” decisions under rapidly evolving and intense circumstances. But thoughts drive actions, and police officers encounter a variety of stressors, which impact their physical and mental health. Regardless, officers are re- quired to have situational awareness and an enhanced presence of mind to apply critical thinking to protect all involved from injury or death. Early intervention systems have laid the groundwork for more comprehensive strategies that support officer readiness and wellness. This is accomplished through a holistic approach that incorporates the data sets collected by current early intervention systems and combining them with information on training, evaluations, commendations, absences and leave, as- signment history and other behavioral and performance data. CONTINUOUS ANALYSIS OF INDICATORS OF PERFORMANCE & BEHAVIORAL INDICATORS TO DRIVE INTERVENTIONS The goal is not just to find officers more at risk of misuse of force, it is to assess officer readiness. Are they ready to perform their duties up to expectations, or even exceed expectations? Or do they need counseling or training? Such a holistic system supported by continuous analytics can track an officer’s per- formance and behavior over time. As counseling, training, and incident dispositions are concluded, those results are fed into the models to make themmore robust with a more complete view of readiness and risk. A continuous monitoring approach also allows for an of- ficer to grow and change. For instance, a rookie officer may not have the emotional intelligence, stress management, and calm demeanor of a seasoned veteran or supervisor. But as they grow into the job and demonstrate the ability to de-escalate situa- tions, a holistic system would take that maturation into account. PUTTING THE SPOTLIGHT ON EXEMPLARY PERFORMANCE It is understandable to be apprehensive when a brighter light is shown on a profession where split-second decisions can mean the difference between safety and harm, life and death. But in this unprecedented push for police reform, there is an op- portunity to not only root out those who damage the public trust but highlight those that uphold the best traditions of honor and service. A holistic system captures the trainings, actions, citizen feedback, commendations and other performance and behav- ioral indicators that reveal patterns of exemplary performance. Is
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V erizon has always been a leader in the communication industry and consistently invests in the network. 5G is an example of such an investment, which has been deployed to many parts of the country. By investing in our infrastructure, Ve- rizon is making communicating and working remotely better and more efficient. The differences between 5G and 4G are dramatic. Download speed of 5G can be up to 1000 times faster than 4G. Verizon has been a longtime supporter of the FBINAA and our commitment has not waivered during this pandemic. We remain a Diamond level sponsor and continue to support chap- ters as they conduct training events. If a chapter has had or is planning on conducting their event this year, Verizon’s support is unwavering. Over the past several months, many training events have gone virtual, and Verizon has supported these events and will be participating in the NAA’s virtual national conference in September. As crises continue to occur around the country, Verizon’s response teams remain ready and are responding to calls for help from public safety and others. During the first half of 2020, the Verizon response teams have been deployed over 400 times and had over 600 customer engagements. These deployments ranged from agencies requesting additional phones for specific situations to network enhancements in areas where additional coverage was needed based on the emergency. One example was when the US Navy Ship Comfort docked near New York City to help with the potential increase in COVID-19 cases. Our network and response teams helped get the ship connected and prepared the Verizon network to handle the potential increase in wireless activity. These dedicated teams respond whenever and wherever they are needed, regardless of the weather conditions or terrain. When they are deployed, they respond with every-
The entire world, including Law Enforcement, has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; Verizon is no exception. Through all of the adversity, Verizon has continued to accomplish its mission, and has also continued to support the FBINAA as well as all of public safety. Although our mission has remained the same, the way we deliver our mission has greatly changed. With more and more people working, studying and shopping remotely, there has been an increased use of our wireless and wired networks. Verizon employees continue to work and meet this increased need, and also continued to support and provide services throughout the public safety community.
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THE WEIGHT OF A BADGE
GREGORY S. WRIGHT / FBINA 241
O v a l , s t a r - s h a p e d , o r t r a d i t i o n a l ; M a t t e , s i l v e r , g l o s s , o r g o l d ; I t ’ s a n h o n o r f o r t h o s e w h o p o s s e s s o n e . O n l y e a r n e d ; n e v e r b o u g h t o r s o l d .
T o t h e p u b l i c , i t ’ s v i e w e d o n l y a s a s h i n y o b j e c t ; O f t e n r e p r e s e n t i n g a l l t h a t ’ s m i s u n d e r s t o o d . H o w e v e r w h e n w o r n w i t h t h e p r o p e r i n t e n t i o n s , i t ’ s a r e f l e c t i o n o f j u s t i c e , a n d a l l t h a t i s g o o d . I t d o e s m o r e t h a n t u g d o w n a t y o u r s h i r t ; I t e l i c i t s m o r e t h a n t h e a u t h o r i t y i t d e m a n d s . T h e w e i g h t o f a b a d g e i s e n o r m o u s . S o m e t h i n g n o o n e e l s e c a n u n d e r s t a n d . T h e w e i g h t o f a b a d g e i s s a c r i f i c i n g t h e t i m e b e l o n g i n g t o t h o s e y o u l o v e m o s t . W h e r e y o u r a b s e n c e f r o m t h e m b e c o m e s t h e n o r m a n d y o u r p r e s e n c e m o r e a s a g h o s t . T h e w e i g h t o f a b a d g e i s n o t a l w a y s w e l c o m e d . I t ’ s d o i n g w h a t n o o n e e l s e w i s h e s t o d o . E x p o s i n g y o u r s e l f t o a l l f o r m s o f a b u s e . P r o t e c t i n g t h a n k l e s s p e o p l e y o u n e v e r k n e w . T h e w e i g h t o f a b a d g e i s b e i n g t h e b e a r e r o f s a d n e w s ; t h e v o i c e t o t h e m o s t d r e a d e d w o r d . C o n s o l i n g t h o s e w h o l o s t a l o v e d o n e ; w i s h i n g y o u r w o r d s w e r e n e v e r h e a r d . T h e w e i g h t o f a b a d g e i s t h e i n a b i l i t y t o h o l d b a c k t e a r s , w h e n o t h e r s a r e h u r t a n d c r y i n g t o o . B u t k n o w i n g w h e n t o r e m a i n u n e m o t i o n a l a n d s t r o n g ; a l l o w i n g o t h e r s t o s h o w p a i n e x c e p t y o u . T h e w e i g h t o f a b a d g e i s g i v i n g i t y o u r a l l ; l o n g s h i f t s u n d e r u n f a v o r a b l e c o n d i t i o n s . F u n c t i o n i n g w i t h j u s t a l i t t l e t i m e f o r y o u r s e l f ; t o r e l a x o r c h a s e d o w n o t h e r a m b i t i o n s . T h e w e i g h t o f a b a d g e i s a c h a n g e i n l i f e s t y l e ; Y o u r c o n d u c t i s a l w a y s o n d i s p l a y . I t d o e s n ’ t m a t t e r w h e t h e r y o u ’ r e o n d u t y o r n o t , Y o u r a c t i o n s a r e j u d g e d e v e r y d a y . T h e w e i g h t o f a b a d g e w i l l e v o k e a s e r i e s o f e m o t i o n s a s y o u r e f l e c t a n d l o o k b a c k o n y o u r y e a r s o f s e r v i c e . T h e r e a l i t y o f n o l o n g e r p i n n i n g i t b a c k o n ; l i k e t h e f i r s t t i m e w e a r i n g i t , f e e l i n g j u s t a s n e r v o u s .
A n d a s I r e f l e c t o n m y m a n y y e a r s o f s e r v i c e ; t h o s e w h o s e r v e d t o o w o u l d a g r e e . I n o w k n o w w h y I ’ v e b e c o m e w h o I a m t o d a y ; …T h e w e i g h t o f a b a d g e m a d e m e .
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A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAPLAIN
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A tradition at the annual FBINAA Training Conference is when we collectively take time to remember and honor those graduates who have passed away since our last training confer- ence, or their passing was recently brought to the attention of the National office. Right now our world swirls with problems, and as a result, we were unable to meet and hold a traditional Memory Roll Ceremony . However, it is still important to take the time and honor those who have died before us. In addition to this article which included the 2020 Memory Roll, the Eventive Group along with members of the National Office and the Louisiana Chapter have created a video of the 2020 Memory Roll. I hope you will take the time to review it. To many of us, the persons we honor today paved the way for our own careers. I have always respected police officers. Sheriff’s and Chief’s were larger than life to me as a child and in most cases still are. So many of the individuals we honor today sought to fulfill a childhood dream of merely being a police of- ficer never suspecting the contributions they would make. Some became Incident Commanders at very high profile incidents in our country. Super Bowls, political conventions and other mass casualty incidents. Others became teachers, professors, or instructors on higher learning. Some started K-9 units, marine patrols, or implemented things we take for granted today. Others opened homeless and domestic violence shelters in their communities. Many coached sports teams and carried the nickname of “coach” to their deaths. The common bond all of these graduates was their proud completion of the FBI National Academy. The list of life long members and office holders at the FBI- NAA Chapter level are numerous. David from 101, Harold from 154, Rusty from 156, Bob from 171, and Jim from 189 all spent countless years contributing to this Association. So as we take a precious few moments to reflect, honor, and remember these colleagues, friends, and associates who have left us. And lest this moment give us discomfort, let us not forget the words found in the Gospel of John where we are promised that God will not leave us comfortless. And his promise in the book of Revelation that He will wipe every tear from our eyes, and death and pain will be no more. Just as a police funeral is rich with symbolism; the American flag, the shrouded badge, and cadence walk of an honor guard, we also mark the occasion of the Memory Roll through the use of symbols.
1. The table, covered with a white cloth, symbolizes the loyalty and commitment of these graduates throughout their career of service to their respective communities. 2. An encased and folded American flag is placed on the table to represent the courage and sacrifice of these graduates as they protected our freedom and provided a safe environment for the citizens they served. 3. A single red rose in a vase is placed on the table to symbolize the family and friends of these graduates left behind. 4. A police hat and badge is placed on the table to symbolize the absence of these graduates. 5. A white candle is placed on the table and is lit as a constant reminder that these graduates are not, and will not, be forgotten. 6. A framed list providing the name, session, and date of death of each fallen graduates is posted on the table. The graduates listed have stopped making their contribu- tions to our profession; however, we can all carry on their legacy by living the creed of the FBINAA. KNOWLEDGE, COURAGE, INTEGRITY.
Until next time.
Jeff Kruithoff National Chaplain firstname.lastname@example.org | 937.545.0227
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Cindy Reed THE HISTORIAN'S SPOTLIGHT
Roy and Noreen Skagen
T he first two women to be accepted to the National Academy were in Session 91 (1972). It wasn’t long afterwards that the designation of first “married National Academy graduates” was achieved. Jim Cotter , former Agent in Charge of the National Academy, gave that designation to Seattle Police Department’s Roy Skagen #92 (1972) and Noreen Skagen #96 (1974). Sadly, Noreen Skagen passed away on August 25th, 2017. Information for this article came from phone conversations with Roy and news clippings he provided along with the memories of two of their children who were also in law enforcement. The story of their careers and marriage is interesting. It was not a first marriage for either of them and both had children. Their careers were notable individually and together they were a formidable couple. Roy served as a Marine Corps officer (and attended officer training in Quantico) and still holds the record for the shortest time rising through the ranks of the Seattle Police Department. He was only 34 when he became the assistant chief of police after serving as Crimes Against Persons Division Major. He was first nominated to attend the National Academy in 1969 when he was a sergeant. Unfortunately, it was a tumultuous time in SPD history with the agency being investigated for corruption by the U.S. Attorney. There was a grand jury investigation and coincidental top to bottom organizational study by the IACP. As a matter of policy, the Bureau would not accept candidates from any agency under federal investigation, so his attendance was put on hold from 1969 until 1972. Roy was put into critical positions within the agency and rose from sergeant to captain. He was accepted for the NA in 1972, which was still difficult for the agency because he was relied on by several interim police chiefs to command the Department’s most complex and sensi- tive operations and investigations. His session (#92) was the first one in the newly constructed Quantico Academy, so he viewed it as a return to his Marine Corps alma mater. Roy retired in 1992 after 30 years with SPD and continued to be a strong support for his wife who served in several different law enforcement roles as well as volunteering with the community. Noreen was a sergeant when she attended the NA in 1974 when most attendees were at least lieutenants. According to a comment made to Roy by Jim Cotter, her scores were not only the highest in her class, they were the highest he had ever seen. Her journey into law enforcement was not as straightforward as Roy’s. Noreen majored in journalism at the University of Washington. She married and began her career as a writer. Late in the 1950’s with her marriage failing and two sons to support, she applied to the Seattle Police Department, primarily because of the salary it offered. In those early years her title was police- woman, with responsibilities related to children at risk instead of being assigned to a traditional patrol beat. Throughout her
very distinguished career, she managed to combine her deep compassion with a tough approach to doing the right thing, especially as it related to abused youth. It wasn’t uncommon for Noreen to chase down runaway teenagers in dangerous parts of town where police were not welcome. During Noreen’s career, she served in many roles. Her talents with Seattle PD were finally acknowledged and rewarded with her promotion as SPD’s first female Assistant Chief. Her achievements came to the attention of President Ronald Reagan. She was nominated and confirmed in 1988 by the Senate as the first female U.S. Marshal for Western Washington She served in that position for five years. She vol- unteered to serve on the Mill Creek Police Advisory Board and in 2000 was asked to act as the interim police chief for the agency. How did these two come together? Roy said that he had a tough time getting Noreen to agree to date him. She was very strict about mixing the personal with the professional. He finally used a ruse to get her to meet him for coffee across the street from the police department. At that time, he was a sergeant and Noreen was a detective. Roy had been attracted by the same quality that everyone else had noticed: an insistence on devoting her energies to improving other people’s lives with little concern about her own advancement. Noreen was a tough sell... she was seven years older than Roy and thought that would be a problem. Roy’s response was “When I am 80, what difference will it make?” Roy reflected on the sad irony that he was, in fact, 80 years old when she died. Roy’s persistence was rewarded in 1969 when the two were married. Although both brought children into the marriage, it was Noreen’s two sons, Clark and Scott Kimerer, who lived with them and later went into police work. The Skagens were happily married for 48 years. They were proud of their children’s achievements and enjoyed the blessings of their five grandsons from the Kimerer side and 6 granddaughters on the Skagen side. According to son Clark, “ They were never assigned to the same bureau after they married. The Department was pretty scrupulous about not assigning personnel who were married – or even in relationships, to the extent they were acknowledged or admitted – to the same unit, section or bureau. When Mom and
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232 in 2008. Older brother Clark was on the list to attend several times, but had assignments involving incident command and operational planning that conspired to thwart being able to attend. Clark was finally able to attend the National Executive Institute (NEI) Session 27 in 2006 as the first Assistant Chief from a department other than New York, Chicago, LA and D.C. to be appointed. At least he could commiserate with the other NA graduates in his family on the size of the rooms and walking through the gerbil tubes. Both Skagens were a presence in many community activi- ties – it was the consummate “two for one” if either signed up for a volunteer project. One of Roy’s favorite experiences was when Noreen became involved in judging several Miss Washing- ton pageants and even one Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. She also served on the boards of Childhaven, Kid’s Place and the Boy Scouts of America. Noreen’s passing in 2017 left a huge gap in Roy’s life and he misses her terribly. He consoles himself with the realization that her life was a blessing to so many. Roy was the one who suggested profiling the historical information of their status as the “first couple” to complete the National Academy.
Roy were simultaneously Assistant Chiefs, she commanded the Field Support Bureau and he commanded the Investigations Bu- reau. From the time they married, Mom was in Operations, Crime Prevention and Field Support for almost the entire time that Roy was in Investigations. That institutional practice may have eroded since their tenure, owing to union grievances and constitutional challenges, but back when Mom and Roy were married they were never within the same division or chain of command.” Roy added this comment on the subject “ We went to great lengths to keep our careers total separate. We never had lunch or even a cup of coffee together when they were on duty. If we both had to be at the same command staff meeting together while representing our respective commands, we could never seat ourselves on the same side of the conference table. It made our professional lives work well. We had no official photos taken of us together in uniform as it seemed to be the most prudent thing to do.” When Roy attended the NA in 1972, Clark was only 17 years old and a high school Junior. Clark’s memory was that since Nor- een had raised them as a single parent for many years, both boys were very independent and life didn’t change that much. Two years later when Noreen attended and Roy had the responsibili- ties to corral the kids in her absence, Clark had already left for college. Clark Kimerer retired in 2014 as the Assistant Chief of Seattle Police Department. His younger brother, Scott Kimerer retired in 2017 from the King County Sheriff’s Office as the Chief of the contract city of Burien. Scott also continued the National Academy tradition set by Noreen and Roy by attending Session
Although many have now attained that status, Roy and Noreen remain as the trailblazers.
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