Legislative Update

Mick McHale
Mick McHale

Michael “Mick” McHale serves as the National President of the National Association of Police Organizations.  The National Association of Police Organizations represents some 1,000 professional police associations and units and 241,000 sworn officers throughout the United States.

Mick is currently assigned as an Administrative Sergeant in charge of the Canine, Marine Patrol, Traffic Unit and Honor Guard for the City of Sarasota Police Department, Sarasota, Florida.

He is also the President of the Southwest Florida Police Benevolent Association and serves as Vice President for Chapters with the State of Florida PBA representing over 30,000 law enforcement officers and their families

Mick began his career with Sarasota P.D. in 1990 and has served as a Patrol Officer as well as a Narcotics Detective (for 10 years) and recently served a six year term as a Commissioner with the State of Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission as a rank and file representative.

Matt Puckett
Matt Puckett

Matt Puckett is the Executive Director of the Florida Police Benevolent Association. The association provides labor, legal and legislative services to over 24,000 law enforcement officers in the State of Florida.

Mr. Puckett has lobbied law enforcement issues before the Florida Legislature for over 15 years and will review Body Camera legislation currently in play at the state level.

Police And Community Relations

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Bishop Corey Wilson

Bishop Corey Wilson relocated to Houston, Texas in August 2012 after a fulfilling career over a 12+ year span with Contra Costa County as a Psychology Facilitator and an Emerging Leader of Allen Temple Baptist Church; Senator Don Perata – “Get off the Bus” – State Assessment of Schools in Alameda County, California; Board Member – “Living Wage” Committee, Richmond, California and Co-Chair – “Building Blocks for Kids”, Richmond, California.

November 2012 Bishop Wilson was unanimously elected Pastor of Christian Faith Missionary Baptist Church.  He is currently the Archbishop for the International Church Fellowship of Houston, “Give-A-Thumbs-Up” – Pray for Police initiative, Chaplain of the National Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th Calvary Museum.  Bishop Wilson holds a Doctorate of Christian Psychology and Doctorate of Humanitarianism.

He is married to Tangie Wilson and they are parents of three: Rechard, Jered, Kayla, and proud Grandparents of Lauren Nichole.

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Senior Police Officer Ray Hunt

Ray Hunt is a native Houstonian and has been a Houston Police Officer since 1989 after graduating with a Government degree from the University of Texas.  He worked nightshift patrol for 18 years, where he was a trainer and evaluator for 12 years.p

Ray was appointed by Governor Bush in 1997 to serve a 6 year term as a Commissioner for Texas law enforcement.  He has served the Houston Police Officers’ Union in the capacity of shift rep, board member, secretary, vice President, and has been the elected president for the past 5 years.

He and his wife live north of Houston in Spring, Texas.  They have 2 grown children and 2 incredible granddaughters.

Crisis Management BEFORE The Crisis

Therese “Teri” Barbera
Therese “Teri” Barbera

Ms. Teri Barbera is the head of the Media Relations Office of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. She is currently the Bureau Director/Public Information Officer responsible for public information, social media, graphics, community outreach.

Teri is the President of CO-OP.  A group designed to improve communication and develop professional relationships among governmental agencies and the media.

Teri holds a Bachelor of Public Administration, Magna Cum Laude, from Barry University. She is married to Nick and has two daughters, Britany, 28 years old and Brooke, 21 years old.

Sheriff Bradshaw
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw

Ric Bradshaw is currently Sheriff of Palm Beach County Florida, an agency of over 4,000 employees an recently tasked to provide security for the president while visiting the “Winter White House” at Mara Lago.  Sheriff Bradshaw serves as Chairman of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force for Region 7 (South Florida) and chairs the Florida Sheriff’s Emergency Task Force.

Sheriff Bradshaw rose through the ranks over a 44 year career including serving as Chief of Police for the City of West Palm Beach (1996).

Sheriff Bradshaw holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Human Resources Management and a Master of Science Degree with Honors where he specialized in Emergency Management.

Sheriff Bradshaw is married to Dorothy and has four children.

Wayne Ivey
Sheriff Wayne Ivey

Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a Law Enforcement Officer for over three decades. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections. Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Public Perception of Law Enforcement

Steven J. Vancore
Community Relations/Social Media Tools in Shaping Public Perception: Steven J. Vancore

Steven J. Vancore is the President of Clearview Research. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business and his Master’s degree in Marketing Communications from Florida State University. Throughout his career, he has coordinated scores of political/electoral campaigns, served as the political director of a major statewide association, has run a polling research center, and has overseen numerous political, public relations, marketing and government affairs projects throughout the country.

His firm specializes in survey research, focus groups, social media and public relations.

Transparency in Policing

Crisis Management and Response Strategies: Jim Spearing

Jim Spearing is a veteran political consultant who has represented law enforcement across the country for the past 27 years. Along the way, Mr. Spearing has managed political campaigns at both the state and local level, conducted issue campaigns on behalf of police and firefighter organizations, and is a published author on news media relations. Jim is also a veteran presenter of training seminars for government employees on a wide range of topics including customer service, workplace relations, media coaching and ethics. He is the owner of JMS Associates which assists organizations with planning and executing public information campaigns as well as media relations coaching for agency or organization spokespersons.

Mr. Spearing is a co-author of Police Associations, Power, Politics and Confrontation and is a graduate of Florida State University with a B.A. in Political Science with honors. He can be contacted at

Race, Crime and Policing

Lorenzo M. Boyd, Ph.D.
Lorenzo M. Boyd, Ph.D.

Dr. Lorenzo Boyd currently serves as Chair, Criminal Justice Department at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from Northeastern University specializing in urban policing. His master’s degree is from the University of Massachusetts Boston where his research explored the effectiveness of community corrections programs and his doctoral thesis involved attitudinal differences between black and white police officers regarding quality of life issues.

He served over a decade as a Deputy Sheriff in Suffolk County, Massachusetts and, in addition to his teaching duties, serves as a police consultant on training and assessments.  He is President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Science (ACJS), the largest criminal justice organization nationally.

Ron DeLord
Labor Perspective: Ron DeLord, PLLC

Ronald G. DeLord, PLLC runs a private law practice and public sector labor relations consulting firm specializing in assisting public employees, firefighters, police officers and their associations and unions in dealing with contract negotiations, impasse resolutions, media relations, political action, leadership development, organizational governance, strategic planning, training and critical incidents. He has served as chief negotiator for labor on more than 150 contracts and has conducted more than 50 seminars in the U.S., Canada and Australia on such topics as police leadership, organizational power, politics and conflict management for both labor and management associations.

Accountability & The Police

John Rivera
John Rivera

John Rivera currently serves a President of both the Florida and Miami-Dade County Police Benevolent Associations which collectively represent over 30,000 law enforcement officers. A veteran Miami Dade police officer, Rivera investigated political and public corruption cases and was the lead investigator on the Mariel Task Force.

John is a much sought after lecturer at various symposiums, including Harvard University, on topics facing law enforcement and the role of labor unions. In 2011, Rivera was asked to share his leadership and insight at the National Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School, the National Institute of Justice and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

He is the recipient of many awards, including the Sherman Winn Award for his commitment to the community he serves, and the Concerns of Police Survivors “Distinguished Service Award”.