The BWC TTA program is supported by TTA Leads and Subject Matter Experts who are key members and essential to the success of the BWC TTA Program. They contribute to a number of critical training and technical assistance activities—from webinar development, to product development, to on-site technical assistance, to participation in national meetings and training events, to regular conference calls with BWC PIP sites.
Subject Matter Experts contribute to the resource development, national meetings, and on-site technical assistance with any agency across the country, while TTA Leads are matched with BWC PIP sites and asked to provide specific training and technical assistance activities depending on the skills and expertise required.
Learn more about the Subject Matter Experts and TTA Leads and their time spent in the BWC TTA program through their bios and audio recordings. To access the audio recordings, click the podcast icon next to each of their names.
Arif Alikhan is the former Director for Constitutional Policing and Policy at the Los Angeles Police Department. He has served in several senior homeland security, counterterrorism,and law enforcement positions, including as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in LA and as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Arif Alikhan, Director (ret.)
Chief Orlando Cuevas (ret.)
Chief Cuevas has served as a BWC TTA Lead and subject matter expert since 2016. He has nearly 25 years of experience in the law enforcement field. His entire law enforcement career was spent with the Camden County Police Department. He has served in many different areas of the department including patrol, crime-scene investigation, evidence and investigations. He held the positions of Lieutenant, Inspector of Operations, and Inspect of Support Services and Investigative Services. In 2013, he became Deputy Chief and then later was promoted to Assistance Chief of Police in the Fall of 2013. Chief Cuevas retired from the Camden County Police Department as Assistant Chief in the Fall of 2016. Chief Cuevas has great expertise in may different areas of law enforcement. Some of the areas include police administration and operations, criminal investigations, community relations, strategic operations and public safety technology, large scale operations, interagency partnerships, and BWC technology. Chief Cuevas has served as the TTA lead to over 35 BWC PIP sites.
Scott Decker is a Senior Scientist at CNA working with the Justice Group. He currently works with the Strategies for Policing Innovation, Body Worn Cameras, Project Safe Neighborhood, and the Project on American Justice. He also serves as Associate Monitor as a member of the Independent Monitoring Team for the Consent Decree between the Chicago Police Department and the State of Illinois. He is a specialist in collaborations between practitioners and researchers. He formerly served as Foundation Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He is the author of 18 books and over 140 scientific articles.
Scott Decker, PhD
Laura McElroy has 30 years’ experience as an award-winning journalist, as the communications director of a large urban police department, and as a communication strategist. She has guided government agencies and large companies during high-profile crises and managed large-scale events. Ms. McElroy led the joint information centers for a Republican National Convention, multiple hurricanes, and Super Bowl XLIII. She has helped leaders effectively manage incidents including officer-involved shootings, a statewide manhunt for a cop killer, political protests, a sex scandal at a public agency, negligent death cases, a murder-suicide at a large hospital, the death of a child in protective service care, and officers involved in criminal activity. She also served as a subject matter expert to MPD through the OJP Diagnostic Center in 2015. Ms. McElroy is a member of the Independent Monitoring Team of the Chicago Police Department. She works with the Monitor’s Community Engagement Team to ensure community members have a voice in reforming their police department. She shares best practices in her field as an instructor with the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute of Police (SMIP). She also serves as a subject matter expert for the DOJ, CNA’s Institute for Public Research, Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), the National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC), and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Through these organizations, she develops strategic communications plans and conducts executive-level training with law enforcement agencies around the country, installing best practices in crisis communication, media relations, social media, and community outreach. During her 11 years as the Tampa Police Department’s Chief Information Officer, Laura helped the agency navigate innumerable crises, all while strengthening its community relationships. By establishing new levels of transparency and accountability, she improved public trust in the department that resulted in extensive positive news coverage and helped mitigate controversial issues. In this role, she developed excellent working relationships with all Tampa media outlets and created new partnerships with activists, community groups, and business leaders.
Chief McLaughlin is an accomplished law enforcement professional with extensive experience directing and managing the daily operations of a full-service police department of nearly 100 personnel serving a population of 25,000 (nighttime)/ 125,000 (daytime). He has over 30 years of progressive, extensive and diverse experiences and has navigated a balanced career with operational and staff assignments. He implemented a focus on community policing initiatives by actively working in conjunction with community leaders and concerned citizens to develop and strengthen relationships. He is dedicated to impeccable professionalism, personal integrity, courage and ethical decision-making.
Chief Richard McLaughlin (ret.)
Retired Chief Rodney D. Monroe is an accomplished and highly respected subject matter expert in community policing and police reform. With over 40 years of experience in law enforcement, retiring as Assistant Chief of Police in Washington, D.C., and continuing to serve as Chief of Police for 15 years in three cities, he is now sharing valuable knowledge and expertise with various law enforcement entities. Chief Monroe continues his police reform efforts by partnering with noted professional organizations providing consulting services and subject matter expertise in various collaborative reforms, critical incident reviews, violence reductions, Body Worn Camera Programs, and the handling of mass demonstrations and special events. Chief Monroe served as Monitor for Department of Justice Federal Consent Decree, (Meridian MS.) and is currently serving as the Deputy Monitor for the Chicago Police Departments Federal Consent Decree). Currently Chief Monroe serves as an Executive Fellow and subject matter expert with the National Police Foundation. He also serves as a Strategic Site Liaison for projects spearheaded by the Department of Justice COPS such as the Public Safety Partnership, which focuses on reducing violent crime within urban cities and Body Worn Camera Program in developing policies and implementation.
Chief Rodney Monroe (ret.)
Chief O'Connor has served as a BWC TTA Lead and subject matter expert since 2019. As a 22-year veteran in the law enforcement profession, she has been a proven leader in evidence-based policing and community engagement. Her entire law enforcement career was spent with the Tampa Police Department, where she worked her way to Assistant Chief and retired in 2016. Community partnerships and technology were two cornerstones of the plan that Chief O'Connor implemented contributing to a 61% reduction in crime and 54% reduction in arrests over a ten-year period. Chief O'Connor works today to share best practices in command leadership and community collaboration as a faculty member of the FBI LEEDA's Supervisor and Command Leadership Institutes and as a Special Advisor for the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives. She has great expertise in many different areas of law enforcement. Some of the areas include but are not limited to: evidence-based policing, community engagement, intelligence-led policing, technology, officer health and wellness, and inter-agency partnerships.
Chief Mary O'Connor (ret.)
Eddie Reyes, Public Safety Communications Director
Eddie L. Reyes was appointed as the Director of Prince William County’s Office of Public Safety Communications on February 20, 2018. In this capacity, he oversees Prince William County’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), which is responsible for answering and dispatching calls for police services in the County, and fire and rescue services in the County and cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, as well as the towns of Dumfries, Haymarket and Occoquan. Since the early 2000’s, Reyes has been intimately involved with technology related to public safety communications, such as 911 telephony, computer aided dispatch, land mobile radio systems, emergency communications voice recording systems, mobile data terminals, automatic vehicle locator for the expedited dispatch of first responders as well as body worn cameras, firearm discharge detection technology and small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS).
Stephen Rickman has a career in public safety spanning over 40 years that includes serving as a justice statistician, program manager, public safety coordinator and Homeland Security/Emergency Management Agency Director for Washington DC, a senior Department of Justice Office Director serving as a member of the Senior Executive Service and national Director of the Weed and Seed program working with communities and law enforcement agencies in nearly 300 jurisdictions across the country. He was detailed to the White House Office of Homeland Security post 9/11 and helped establish national counter-terrorism programs and assisted in the design for the Department of Homeland Security. Working as a public safety and policing consultant expert, Mr. Rickman helped establish the SMART policing program which promoted the use of analytics and technology in law enforcement for the Department of Justice and collaborative reform programming for law enforcement agencies. Currently Mr. Rickman serves as an Associate Monitor for Community in Policing in both Chicago, Illinois and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Geoff Smith, Director of Public Safety (ret.)
Retired Public Safety Director Geoff Smith is an expert on law enforcement and fire policies, operations, and oversight. He served as the Public Safety Director of the City of Sturgis from 2013 to 2020 and served in law enforcement for more than 26 years and firefighting for more than 10 years. Director (ret.) Smith has substantial expertise in technology, including deployment of in-car and body worn camera systems, cell phone forensic, as well as active shooter training. Currently, he Director (ret.) Smith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management & Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University and is a certified instructor and specialist in various disciplines including computer and cell phone forensics. He has served as President of Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and of the Western Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. He was a former member of L.E.A.F, a group of chiefs, litigation attorneys and the Michigan Municipal League, that develops “Best Practices” policies for law enforcement agencies across the State. Director (ret.) Smith has presented on numerous public safety topics at annual conferences of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, the Michigan Municipal League, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Charles Stephenson, Senior Advisor
Michael D. White, PhD
Captain Dan Zehnder (ret.)