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Jim Donahue is a native of the Midwest, getting his education at Michigan State University. Jim’s copyrighted class, Technology & Tactics teaches street cops how to us patrol car technology – safely. Thousands of officers have benefited from the class over the past twenty years.
Previously, Jim was a corporal in the Wayne County (MI) Sheriff’s Department Reserve Unit and was detailed full-time to U.S. Customs & Immigration at the Detroit/Canadian border for the three years following the attacks of 9/11. He has also worked as a part-time patrolman on the streets of a suburban Detroit community.
Jim served a three-year term as an Ambassador for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C. Jim is married and has two adult children. He is an experienced competitive bodybuilder.
Chief Milton Agay (ret) has more than thirty years serving in law enforcement has received numerous awards for his work. He served with two police agencies during that time, retiring from both as their Chief.
Known by many for his investigative skills and ability Milt is a strong believer in interagency collaboration at all levels of government. His work includes being deputized as a Special US Marshal serving a number of years with an ATF firearm trafficking task force and an FBI Violent Crimes Task Force.
Milt is an exceptional grant writer. He has secured funding from a variety of sources exceeding eight million dollars. For many years now, he has worked with various federal agencies reviewing funding requests and as a subject matter expert.
While police chief, Milt was very active in state legislative issues and served on the board of directors of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and several committees with the IACP. Milt is a well-known police professional and a strong advocate for the physical and mental health of all police personnel.
Milt has been very active in the F.O.P. since the 1980s. He has served as Lodge president and is the current V.P. of his local lodge. His role with the F.O.P. expanded to the state level working with their labor committee.
Milt and his wife Michelle of 25 years have raised two adult sons: Joseph completed his education at Loyola is now an officer in the U.S. Army; Benjamin is currently enrolled at Western Michigan University.
Milt’s family has a long history of military and law enforcement service. Throughout his life, Milt has been very active in Boy Scouts, having attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Both of his sons followed in their Dad’s footsteps also attaining their Eagle rank. Milt’s long scouting services spanned not only local activities but also national events.
Originally from New York, Christopher knew that being a police officer was his calling from a very young age. He moved to Florida with his family in his teen years and graduated from high school with honors. Immediately thereafter, he enrolled in the police academy, graduating again with honors.
Chris began his professional career with the Edgewater, FL Police Department. His diligence and professionalism were recognized as he became a Field Training Officer. Later, he would lead that group. He was then promoted to a Detective position and earned the award of Detective of the Year.
In 2011, Chris was promoted to Sergeant and took responsibility for one of the agency’s patrol platoons. His outstanding work earned him the title of Supervisor of the Year. Due to a line-of-duty injury, Chris was forced to take a medical retirement in 2016.
Because Chris will always be a cop, he has turned the page and taken a new law enforcement role: Business Manager with CopBlue. Chris is married and has two young daughters.
Sergeant Don Houvener (Ret.) served his entire 22 year law enforcement career with the New York City Police Department, starting as a Police Officer on patrol, both in uniform and plainclothes assignments, where he earned numerous medals and awards and also participated in the rescue and recovery efforts following the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.
Don was later promoted to Sergeant and transferred to a new command, where he continued to serve in several roles on patrol over the years. First, as a Patrol Supervisor, next as a Field Training Sergeant for new Academy graduates, then in Community Policing and finally, as a plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit Sergeant. During this time, he continued to earn additional medals and awards, including Supervisor of the Year.
His many years of experience and professionalism were recognized, when he then earned a position at headquarters in the Office of the Chief of Department. There, he worked on a daily basis as a supervisor in the department’s Operations Unit, gathering and disseminating critical information from ongoing incidents for ranking department executives, including the Chief of Department and the Police Commissioner. Often, during large-scale events and emergencies, he also worked as a supervisor in the department’s Joint Operations Center, as a liaison between the department and local, state and federal agencies.
Don retired from the department in 2017 and lives in New York with his wife and two children.