Jeff began his law enforcement career in the military, serving as a Security Police Officer. Following four years of military service, he entered civilian law enforcement at the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office where he stayed full time for 15 years. Jeff had numerous assignments including, patrol, street crimes, beach/marine unit, investigations, sex offender unit, and gang intelligence. During his time with the Sheriff’s Office Jeff also spent six years assigned as a Task Force Officer for the US Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force based in Pensacola, FL. Jeff is now a full time Training Coordinator/Instructor for the police academy located on the Northwest Florida State College.
He is the co-founder of Type A Solutions a training company focused on the needs of first responders and volunteers as a peer supporter for critical incident debriefings. Jeff has received numerous awards for actions taken during an officer involved shooting where his partner was severely injured in the line of duty. The story was told in Hearts Beneath the Badge.
Jeff earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Troy University and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. He is currently a PhD student at Nova Southeastern University. Jeff is a member of ILEETA (International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association) and co-author of The Price They Pay.
Patrick is a 28 year veteran of law enforcement and is currently employed as a Contingency Operations Planner for the U.S. Air Force. Patrick began his law enforcement career with the Montgomery Police Department, Montgomery AL before he entered active duty with the Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist. Patrick left shift work to become a Federal Agent with the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations. After retiring from OSI Patrick returned to work for the Air Force as the Antiterrorism Officer for Maxwell Air Force Base, AL before accepting his current position. In addition, Patrick has supported multiple agencies as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst.
Patrick is a cofounder of Type A Solutions; a training company focused on the needs of first responders and volunteers as a peer supporter for critical incident debriefings. Patrick is able to use his experiences in law enforcement, counter terrorism, and emergency management to help organizations plan for and mitigate potential threats.
Patrick earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor of Science in Resource and Technology Management with a minor in Military Science from Troy University, and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from Arizona State University. Patrick earned his Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Designation and is a FEMA Emergency Management Professional Practitioner as well as a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician.
Steven is a 20-year veteran of Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office where he completed numerous assignments including, patrol, street crimes , drug task force, beach/marine unit, sex offender unit, gang intelligence unit and criminal investigations as a polygrapher. During his time with the Sheriff’s Office Steven also spent seven years assigned as a Task Force Officer for the US Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force based in Pensacola, FL. While serving a warrant with the task force Steven was shot numerous times, including once in the face. As a result of his actions, Steven was awarded the Congressional Badge of Bravery, United States Marshal’s Purple Heart, and the Metal of Valor from Santa Rosa County. Steven has since retired from the sheriff’s office and is now a full time Training Coordinator/Instructor for the police academy located on the Northwest Florida State College.
Steven is the co-founder of Type A Solutions; a training company focused on the needs of first responders and volunteers as a peer supporter for critical incident debriefings. Steven has taken advantage of being able to tell his story to other wounded warriors as well as those just entering the law enforcement career field. Steven’s story was told in Hearts Beneath the Badge and Behind the Badge.
Steven earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Troy University and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. Steven is a member of ILEETA (International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association).
Dr. Tina Jaeckle received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida in Criminology and Sociology in 1990 and completed a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Houston in 1995. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida and has approximately 25 years of mental health and crisis intervention experience. Dr. Jaeckle also completed a Masters of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a specialty track in the Behavioral Sciences from Nova Southeastern University, and earned a Ph.D. in the Humanities and Social Sciences with an emphasis in Conflict Analysis and Resolution (specialty in crisis management) from the same institution. She presently serves as an Associate Professor and the Criminology Program Coordinator at Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida. In addition, Dr. Jaeckle has presented nationally on issues of crisis/critical incidents, suicide (law enforcement), child abuse/homicide, domestic violence, mental illness, and high-conflict families. She serves as the mental health coordinator for several CISM, hostage/negotiation, and crisis intervention teams and now consults with numerous law enforcement agencies across the nation. Dr. Jaeckle has extensive experience in the development, coordination, and training of law enforcement critical incident teams and peer support programs. She is also board certified in emergency crisis response and bereavement trauma through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; a member of American Board of Critical Incident Professionals; A Certified Forensic Consultant and Master of Forensic Social Work with the American College of Forensic Examiners; a Fellow with the National Center for Crisis Management; a former visiting professor at the FBI Academy (Behavioral Science Unit/National Academy) in Quantico, Virginia; a past visiting professor with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Child Abduction Response Team; a member of the North Florida Child Death Review Team; certified in Force Science Analysis (Force Science Institute), certified in Survival Mindset through ACFEI; and completed a fellowship as the FBI’s Futurist in Residence for the 2008-2009 year and conducted research on illegal immigration, culture, and future policing implications. Dr. Jaeckle received the Distinguished Alumni Award for the Criminal Justice Institute at Nova Southeastern University.
Assistant Chief (ret) Rick Parker is a twenty-six year veteran of the Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff’s Office, one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the U.S. Upon his retirement, he held command oversight of the agency Special Weapons and Tactics team, Bomb Squad, Air Support Unit, Homeland Security Unit, K-9 unit, Mounted Unit, Gang Unit, Career Criminal Unit, Gun Crimes Unit, Dive Team and Seaport Security Unit.
Over the span of his career, Rick’s assignments through the ranks have included SWAT team marksman, training academy instructor, internal affairs detective, bomb squad member, hostage negotiator, patrol division sergeant, homicide detective sergeant and patrol division lieutenant. In 2004, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief and given command of the Narcotics and Vice Unit. In 2005, he was assigned to the Homeland Security Division and returned to the SWAT team as its commanding officer. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and Bomb Squad hold Tier 1 designation as recognized by the Department of Homeland Security. Rick has attended numerous career development courses and has earned several instructor certifications in both local and federal law enforcement. Rick is a graduate of the F.B.I.’s Hazardous Devices School located at the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama and is a certified bomb technician.
Rick is a former instructor assigned to the Enforcement Operations Division, Basic Tactics Branch at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He holds a B.S. in Education from Southern Illinois University and a M.S in Criminal Justice from the University of North Florida. He currently teaches at UNF and at Flagler College.