Training & Technical Assistance Group

T.T.A.G.

A part of LAPSEN

TTAG

The TTAG is a volunteer group with the basic roles of supporting instructors and others involved in helping students learn and develop skills related to the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security (LPSCS) Career Cluster. This support includes: 1) providing on-line and telephone assistance and advice, 2) helping to facilitate and instruct at workshops, conferences and technical, on-site assistance, and 3) continuing to develop each member’s individual expertise. The first role is a requirement for membership, the other two are expected but we realize that the Team members have other jobs and need flexibility as to when and where they can be involved. For the training and technical assistance, on-site work there is reimbursement for travel and a stipend is provided. The stipend depends on a number of factors including the amount of time involved.

The TTAG has been developed so that there is some consistency around what members present and how they present it. However, the LAPSEN philosophy focuses on flexibility and analyzing the special needs of each situation. In other words, the TTAG does not convey any set way to develop and manage law, public safety and security career programs. That of course is the reason for the Group —we want to have a range of people who represent different types of programs, in a range of locations and student populations.

At this point, we have enough experience to realize that there are some key concepts and program elements that should be incorporated into any law, public safety and security career program, to the extent practicable. They include:certificate

  • Building true learning communities
  • Meaningful partnerships with employers and colleges
  • Contextual learning
  • Service or experiential learning in the “real world”

  • Curriculum and courses that integrate both academic and career standards
  • Balanced instructional strategies with an emphasis on a range of interactive approaches

Typically, LAPSEN staff or board members will invite certain instructors and other in the LPSCS field to consider applying as a TTAG member. However, anyone who is a LAPSEN member, is eligible to apply. To apply, three key items are required. They are:

  1. A list of your areas of expertise. This can range from specific skill and experience areas as an instructor such as teaching forensics or use of force to starting a career program or developing exemplary lesson plans in a LPSCS area.
  2. A biography that outlines your experience.
  3. Completing the form that describes the current LPSCS career program you are associated with.

In addition, at each LAPSEN conference, there is a session for all TTAG members. These sessions will involve both training for members and involve planning TTAG activities. Team members are also encouraged to do a session at the conference.

For questions or to apply, contact LAPSEN at info@lapsenetwork.org

TAGG Team

Here are some of our TAGG members. If you would like to learn more about consultation with TAGG team members email info@lapsen.org. TAGG can support any level of support required from local program implementation to statewide projects.

Each TTAG member has been assigned to one or more pathways, depending on their expertise. Each pathway has a pathway leader and the TTAG members assigned to a particular pathway form the pathway team. By looking at the TTAG member list below, you can find the pathway that you have an interest in and the member associated with it. Just click on the pathway name and you will be taken to the pathway and be able to obtain more information about the expertise of TTAG members in that pathway and ways to contact them. Those who are designated as the Pathway Specialists are responsible for the particular pathway. If you have questions you may want to start with the Specialist. Or you can click on the pathway and see all the team members and the expert of each.

Wayne Bailey

Drone Pathway Specialist 

Pathway: Drones 

State: North Carolina 

Expertise 

  • Administration
  • Drone Technology
  • Fire Fighting 
  • NFPA 1006 Technical Rescuer and FAA Part 107 Drone Pilot Instructor
  • Lesson Plans

Dr. David Barbour

Pathway: Drones

State: North Carolina 

 

Expertise 

  • State Level LPS Administration
  • Drone Technology
  • Certified FAA 14 CFR Part 107a pilot
  • Start to finish High School Drone Program Knowledge
  • IT, Web design, Writing, Professional development, strategic planning

Sam Bishop

EMT Pathway Specialist

Pathway: EMT

State: North Carolina 

 

Expertise 

  • 4 decades in public safety and security
  • 3 decades in teaching post secondary 
  • Certified in all levels of training and teaching EMT, EMR, ACLS, BCLS, AHA & others
  • Planned emergency medical response for NASCAR & NFL events

Dr. Lance Bohn

Correctional Pathway Specialist

Pathway: Corrections

State: California

Expertise 

  • Corrections
  • Law Enforcement
  • Law and Legal Services
  • Corrections operations
  • Program development and lesson plans.
  • Research.

Chief Jeff Branyon

Forensic Pathway Specialist 

Pathway: Forensics and Law Enforcement

State: Georgia

Expertise 

  • Law Enforcement
  • Forensics
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Security Protective Services
  • Firearms, SWAT
  • Public speaking

Lt. Shad Canestrino

Pathway: Law Enforcement and Forensics 

State: California

Expertise 

  • Law Enforcement
  • Forensics
  • Corrections
  • Criminal Investigations 
  • Fatal Traffic Collision Investigation
  • Ballistics and Firearms Evidence
  • Curriculum Development

Chief Joel Davis

Pathway: Firefighting & Public Safety

State: North Carolina 

Expertise 

  • Fire Fighting
  • Emergency Sciences management
  • Emergency medical
  • Firefighter Certifications
  • Incident Command System 
  • Program Development
  • Fire Training Props Construction

Chip De Pietro

Pathway: Law Enforcement 

State: Florida

Expertise 

  • Law Enforcement
  • Forensics
  • Drone Technology
  • Use of Force
  • Training Certifications
  • Program Development
  • Report Writing

Robert “Bob” DiPietro

Fire Pathway Specialist 

Pathway: Firefighting & Public Safety

State: Arizona 

Expertise 

  • Fire Fighting
  • Emergency Sciences management
  • Emergency medical
  • Firefighter Certifications
  • Incident Command System 
  • Program Development
  • Google Classroom 

Cory DeVaul

Pathway: Law Enforcement 

State: Missouri 

Expertise 

  • Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Dispatch
  • Forensics 
  • Administration/Organization,
  • Internships
  • SkillsUSA Competition Planning

Judith Essig

Pathway: Corrections and Law Enforcement 

State: New York

Expertise 

  • Corrections Law Enforcement
  • Sex Offender Community Supervision
  • SkillsUSA Integration
  • CJS/TECI, Inc
  • Event Planning

Liz Everidge

Pathway: Emergency Dispatch and Law & Legal Services

State: North Carolina

Expertise 

  • Emergency Dispatch
  • Law and Legal Services
  • Emergency Sciences Management
  • Emergency Medical 
  • Starting a new program on a small budget
  • Piloting programs
  • Online Curriculum/ Teaching

Debra Fraysure-McCormick, JD

Legal Pathway Specialist

Pathway: Law & Legal Services

State: Georgia

Expertise 

  • Law and Legal Services
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Practice of law in general
  • Developing lesson plans for trial techniques
  • Writing (speeches, legal briefs, letters, promotional materials)

Kelly Glenn

Pathway: Law Enforcement 

State: Virginia 

Expertise 

  • Law Enforcement
  • Forensics
  • Use of Force Simulator Instructor 
  • Suicide Prevention & Awareness (SafeTALK)
  • Domestic Violence Policies & Advocacy
  • Forensic Nurse Examiners
  • Program Development
  • Certified Google Educator
  • Grant Writing/Reporting

Tim Hart

L.E. Pathway Specialist 

Pathway: Law Enforcement 

State: Georgia 

Expertise 

  • Law Enforcement
  • Defense Tactics 
  • Instructional Methodologies
  • Community Policing
  • Middle School Programs
  • SkillsUSA Competitions
  • Curriculum Development

Lori Henricksen

Pathway: Emergency Dispatch and Law Enforcement 

State: Nevada

Expertise 

  • Emergency Dispatch
  • Creating Programs
  • Online curriculum Development
  • Community/Agency Partnerships
  • CIT: Crisis Intervention
  • Scenario Writing
  • Tool creation (activities, slides, games, etc)
  • Workplace Readiness (Employability) Skills

Stacey Hervey

Pathway: Forensics and Law Enforcement 

State: Colorado

Expertise 

  • Forensics
  • Law Enforcement
  • Hate crimes/group violence
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Culturally responsive education
  • Online course development

Heather Joyner

Dispatch Pathway Specialist

Pathway: Emergency Dispatch

State: North Carolina

Expertise 

  • Emergency Dispatch
  • Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Sciences management
  • Emergency medical 
  • CJLEADS Program development,
  • Grants
  • Website design

Chris Phelps

Pathway: Emergency Medical Services

State: Missouri 

Expertise 

  • Emergency Medical
  • Law and Legal Services
  • Training Certification and Credentialing
  • Administrative Law
  • Program Development
  • Administration
  • Compliance

Shannon Rollins

Pathway: Law and Legal Services

State: Georgia

Expertise 

  • Law and Legal Services
  • Curriculum design
  • Student judiciary advisor
  • Mock trial coach
  • Research and writing skills

Kevin Sparks

Security Pathway  Specialist 

Pathway: Security 

State: Georgia

Expertise 

  • Protective Services
  • Asset Protection 
  • Firearms in Private Security 
  • Healthcare Security 
  • Airport Security
  • Ports Security 

Dr. Thomas Washburn

Pathway: Law Enforcement and Forensics 

State: Georgia

Expertise 

  • Law Enforcement
  • Forensics
  • Mock Trial
  • Program creation and improvement
  • Advisory committees,
  • Best practices events
  • Website
  • Social media