A.C. Roper

A.C. Roper, a graduate of the Masters Program, is the Chief of the Birmingham Police Department. His extensive law enforcement career began in Montgomery in 1985. In 1988, he returned home to the Birmingham area where he took a position at the Hoover PD. He eventually rose to the rank of Assistant Chief of Police. In […]

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Jackie Chavez

Jackie Chavez is a 2006 alumna of the Masters program. She has worked as a fraud investigator for NWI Investigative Group, Inc. and as an instructor at Mississippi State University.  She holds a PhD in Sociology from Mississippi State University and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Troy University.

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Tim Dees

Tim Dees is the Editor-in-Chief of www.lawofficer.com. From 1979 to 19941, he was a law enforcement officer in Reno, Nevada. His writing has been publicshed in nearly every major law enforcement magazine, and he is the author of a guide to online resources for law enforcement officers that was published by Prentice-Hall in 2001. Tim […]

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Darren D. Gil

Darren D. Gil served more than 22 years as a special agent with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). During this period, he served as Chief of the Counterterrorism Division and as the Counterterrorism Liaison between ATF and the FBI. Earlier in his career, he was also a […]

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A.T. Smith

A.T. Smith is currently Deputy Director of the United States Secret Service. As Deputy Director, Mr. Smith executes oversight of the agency’s daily operations, including approximately 7,000 personnel and $1.6 billion budget. He also develops and implements policy as it relates to the agency’s investigative and protective mission. Mr. Smith has received numerous citations of […]

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Stefan Spasovski

Stefan Spasovski graduated from the University of Alabama in 2012. He worked for the Tuscaloosa Police Department for two years before being accepted into the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in August of 2015 and has since graduated from the the Basic School and the Basic […]

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Chelsie Dean Smith

Chelsie Dean Smith is 2009 alumna of the undergraduate program. She was promoted to Senior Probation and Parole Officer in June of this year. In September of 2014 she and her husband welcomed their first child, Henry Dean Smith.

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Abby Smith

Abby Haynes Smith is a 2012 graduate of the Masters program and as well as an undergraduate alumna who describes her time at the University of Alabama as “the best years of [her] life.” Today Abby works as a background investigator for CACI. CACI is a major provider of information solutions and services to governmental agencies working […]

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Jason Denham

Jason Denham, a veteran of the MS program in Criminal Justice, has been working as an ATF Special Agent since 2007. He was recognized in 2011 as the Statewide Officer of the Year by the Florida Narcotics Officer’s Association and was recognized by ATF in 2014 as the Bureau’s national Special Agent/Law Enforcement Officer of the […]

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Michael L. Hawkins, Sr.

Michael L. Hawkins has had a forty-year career in public safety and is currently the President and Managing Associate of theSTARgroup, Inc. in Tallahassee, Florida. TheSTARgroup serves as public safety consultants to governmental agencies and private companies nationwide. Prior to starting theSTARgroup in 1995 Mike retired as Chief of Fire and Arson Investigations for Florida’s Department […]

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