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Jim Donahue

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 use 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. Email contact:Jim@CopBlue.com.

 

 

 

 

Social Media Specialist

Christopher DeRosa

Sergeant Christopher M. DeRosa (Ret.) knew that being a police officer was his calling from a very young age. He moved from New York to Florida with his family in his teen years and graduated from high school with Magna Cum Lauda. Immediately thereafter, he enrolled in the police academy at age 18, graduating again with high honors in 2002. In 2016 Chris obtained is Associate of Science Degree graduating again with high honors.

Chris began his professional career with the Edgewater, FL Police Department. His diligence and professionalism were recognized as he became the head Field Training Officer. After several years of patrol, earning numerous medals and awards, Chris was promoted to Detective and worked many intensive investigations. Having one of the highest clearance rates he 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 as a patrol Sergeant earned him the title of Supervisor of the Year. In 2014 Chris was promoted again to Administrative Sergeant and took command of Internal Affairs, Background investigations, and Accreditation.

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 with CopBlue. Chris is married and has two young daughters.

Email contact: cderosa@copblue.com

 

Operations Manager

Don Houvener

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. Email contact: DonH@CopBlue.com.

 

Contributing Editor

Tim McGuckin

Sgt. Tim McGuckin is a 14 yr veteran of the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office in Lapeer, Michigan. Assigned to the corrections division, he is a member of the department’s Special Response Team as well as a Search and Recovery diver. He is also a Police and Corrections academy instructor covering multiple topics for several local academies and colleges.

Tim’s email contact is:  TmMcGuckin@CopBlue.com 

 

 

 

  John Tarr

I began my career in 1994, for the Daytona Beach Police Department.  During my career there, I specialized in DUI Enforcement and became a Drug Recognition Expert.  I was also trained in Traffic Homicide Investigations and became a lead THI Investigator for the city.  Later in my career, I was afforded to the opportunity to become one of our agency’s first officers to begin training in Crisis Intervention Training; an assignment that I was excited about due being involved in a shooting early in my career.

An injury on-duty led to an assignment in Accreditation, where I was able to help our agency receive Accreditation status and also led to me being promoted to Sergeant.  As Sergeant, I had 22 officers under me, supervised the CIT Team, and became the K9 Unit Supervisor.  I took a five year leave from law enforcement, chasing my dream job; the economic collapse ended that and I returned to law enforcement with the Edgewater Police Department.

While I was with the agency, I was asked to start their K9 Unit and became their first Canine Officer, with my partner Karma.  While with the agency I became the head of the union and chair of the pension board.  Once again, I was promoted to Sergeant and placed in charge of a squad.  While responding to a call to assist my officers, I was involved in my second officer involved shooting.  It was during this time I learned how valuable the support and motivation I had received from my first agency and the officers there had been; none of that occurred at my new agency.

I was diagnosed with PTSD and fired.  I had 19 years of total service and was not even spoken to by anyone at the agency, just HR in the city.  I applied for my disability pension, represented myself at the hearings, and received my pension.

Life has gotten a little more relaxed.  I am back to being a fishing guide, teach as elementary school as a substitute teacher, teach various law enforcement classes at Daytona State College, and still represent officers, when asked to, for internal investigations.  I have never forgotten my Brothers and Sisters on the front line, and I am always looking for ways to help them when they need it.

John’s email address is:   jtarr@copblue.com

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