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Clearwater Police Department
Detective Joseph Ruhlin has been with the Clearwater Police Department since 1992 and has been a homicide detective since 2005. He is a Computer Voice Stress Analyzer Operator and was one of the first operators at the Clearwater Police Department who founded the Program. Detective Ruhlin has also been a burglary detective, FTO, patrol sex crimes investigator, and intoxilyzer operator and is radar certified.

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Vice President

Formerly Miami-Dade Police Department

Retired Detective Robert "Bobby" Miller was a Law Enforcement Officer with 30 years of distinguished service with the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), Miami-Dade County, Florida. He retired honorably on September 30, 2020.

Prior to a career in law enforcement, Detective Miller served 6 years in the United States Marine Corps.

In 1991, after the completion of a nine-month academy, Detective Miller was assigned to uniform patrol at the MDPD Midwest District Station. He was transferred a year later to the Northwest District Station, where he continued to patrol for the next three years.

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Clearwater Police Department

Sergeant Michael Beaver has 20 years of law enforcement experience. He is originally from Michigan, where he began his law enforcement career working for the Flint Police Department. He moved to Florida, making a long-term home at the Clearwater Police Department within Pinellas County. Sergeant Beaver served as a Field Training Officer and Street Crimes member within the Uniformed Patrol Division. He was selected as a detective for the Robbery Unit in 2016 and later transitioned into the Homicide Unit. In 2022, Beaver was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and is currently assigned to the Homicide Unit.

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Los Angeles Police Department

Detective Bertha "B" Durazo was born and raised in Los Angeles. She began her career with the Los Angeles Police Department in 1996. She worked patrol and narcotics before being promoted to the rank of Detective in 2003. At LAPD's 77th Division, her investigative assignments included Crimes Against Persons, Auto Theft, and Robbery. In 2006, she was reassigned to the Major Crimes Division and tasked with terrorism-related investigations.

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Director of Medicolegal Death Investigators

Ada County Coroner's Office

Chief Deputy Brett Harding began his career in medicolegal death investigation in 1988 when he joined Florida's District 21 Medical Examiner's Office as a Forensic Investigator. In 1990, he entered the field of organ transplantation, where he received critical care and surgical training. This was followed by a year of clinical research before returning to the medicolegal death investigation in 1997. Mr. Harding successfully became a registered medical death investigator and then one of the first board-certified medical death investigators in the State of Florida. He went on to serve on both the Advisory Council and the Board of Directors for the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

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Board Member

Formerly Miami-Dade Police Department

Before embarking on his career with the Miami-Dade Police Department, Jeff served honorably in the United States Air Force. During this time, he acted as a Security Police Investigator at Homestead Air Force Base, where he conducted a wide range of investigations.

Detective Jeff Lewis retired from the Miami-Dade Police Department in 2010. His 30-year career was marked by countless commendations and accolades. Prior to his tenure in Homicide, Jeff spent 13 years as a Robbery Investigator, where he acted as lead detective on thousands of armed robbery cases. Jeff was assigned to the Homicide Bureau during the last 14 years of his career, where he assumed responsibility for hundreds of high-profile, complex murder investigations.

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Melbourne Police Department, Major Crimes/Homicide Unit

Detective Thomas "Tommy" Cahalan attended the Brevard County, Florida, Law Enforcement Academy in 2001 after moving to Melbourne, Florida, from his home State of Massachusetts. He began his law enforcement career in 2002 as a Uniformed Patrol Officer for the Melbourne Police Department. After serving his first six years, gaining respect from his peers, and establishing himself through his exemplary work in the Patrol Unit, Tom was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division as an Intelligence Detective, responsible for investigating high-profile criminal targets and violent gang members. Tom was later transferred to the General Crimes Unit, where he investigated hundreds of burglaries, robberies, and property-related crimes.
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Advisory Member


Lieutenant Mark Boudreau has been a member of the Flint Police Department since 2004 and is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau, where he oversees the Major Case Unit, SAKI Unit, and Youth Services Bureau. Lieutenant Boudreau was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2014 and has served as a shift commander in the Patrol Operations Bureau, as well as commanding the Crime Area Target Team (CATT Squad). He also serves as the Flint Police Department's lead crisis negotiator.

Lieutenant Boudreau earned his Bachelor of Arts from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, and is also a graduate of the Michigan State University School of Staff & Command.

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Advisory Member


Michael Connelly was born in Philadelphia, PA, on July 21, 1956. He moved to Florida with his family when he was 12 years old. Michael decided to become a writer after discovering Raymond Chandler's books while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction, he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.

After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale, he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors, which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.

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Advisory Member

Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office

Mr. Hodgman received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in 1975 and his law degree from Hastings College of Law in 1978. He joined the District Attorney's Office in November 1978. While serving in different trial and special prosecution units, Mr. Hodgman tried to jury over 140 felony cases, including more than 40 murder cases. In 1991, he was the lead trial lawyer in the securities fraud prosecution of Charles H. Keating, Jr. After securing convictions in that case, he was selected as the 1992 Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year by the California District Attorneys Association and the Los Angeles County Association of Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA). In 1993, Mr. Hodgman was one of the lead prosecutors involved in the investigation of Michael Jackson regarding child molestation allegations. In 1994 and 1995, he was one of the lead prosecutors in the double-murder prosecution of O.J. Simpson. In 1996 and early 1997, Mr. Hodgman successfully prosecuted and secured a nine-year prison sentence against Marion "Suge" Knight, the founder of Death Row Records. In October 2000, Mr. Hodgman was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in Washington, D.C.

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District Attorney's Office, Wichita, Kansas (Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office)

Kelly started in law enforcement with the Wichita Police Department in February 1985. He worked the midnight shift in patrol for almost 11 years. He was then promoted to Detective, where he spent one year in Narcotics, and then was promoted to the Homicide Unit, where he spent 11 years.

He was offered the position of Chief Investigator at the D.A's Office in 2007. He supervises 13 investigators, eight commissioned investigators, and 5 civilians.

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Advisory Member

Formerly Miami-Dade Police Department

David Rivers retired as a Detective Sergeant in the Metropolitan Dade County Police Department after over 27 years of service, 20 years in the Homicide Bureau. As a lead investigator and supervisor, he assisted in the investigation of several hundred homicides, suicides, and accidental and other death investigations.

On April 11, 1986, he supervised the crime scene portion of the investigation of the largest shootout in the history, to date, of the F.B.I. He and several of the involved agents have given presentations on this incident for 35 years as of 2021.

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Advisory Member

Federal Bureau of Investigations

Lisa G. Skinner is a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation Supervisory Special Agent. During her 27 years as a Special Agent with the FBI, she served in the following Field Offices: Houston, Texas; Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Florida; Seattle, Washington; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Anchorage, Alaska. Her final assignment was as an instructor at the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia.

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Calgary Police Services Homicide Unit

Detective Christina Witt, PhD, has twenty-three years of police experience with the Calgary Police Service. Dr. Witt has been a homicide detective since 2011, with prior experience in patrol, undercover drug officer, and child abuse investigator. Dr. Witt has presented at numerous criminal justice conferences in Canada, Australia, and the USA. Dr. Witt has also been teaching as a sessional instructor at Mount Royal University in the field of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies periodically since 2010. Dr. Witt has a Master of Science Degree in Forensic and Legal Psychology and her PhD in Criminology, with a research focus on Best Practices of Homicide Investigations.

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Dave Ross was born in Texas and grew up in Wyoming and Colorado. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after high school and served for over 20 years before retiring to pursue a career in law enforcement. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1996 and retired honorably in 2023 after 26 years of service.

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In September 1980, Amoros began his 28-year Law Enforcement career with the New York City Police Department. During his New York City Police career, he worked and supervised three department divisions, including the Patrol Division and the Detective Bureau, and closed out his NYPD career with the Organized Crime Control Bureau. During his last assignment, Amoros worked under the Organized Crime Investigative and Electronic Surveillance division under U.S Attorney Rudolph Giuliani, contributing to several Major Organized Crime family indictments and arrests.

In 1991, upon his retirement from the NYPD - he moved to Central Florida with his family to be close to his parents. In 1996, his Police career continued as he joined forces with the Seminole County Sheriff's office. During his tenure as a full-time / Part time deputy, he was assigned to Patrol duties, the Security division, the Division of Children and Families, and the Special Operations Range and Water unit.
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