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Tom Lawrence is currently serving as the Public Services Department Head where he is responsible for leadership and management of three college programs (Criminal Justice, Media Technology and Arts, and Early Childhood Development). His assignment includes faculty duties in the criminal justice program. His college contributions include service on the faculty senate, criminal justice advisory committee, college incident command system group and advisor to the Criminal Justice Association.
Mr. Lawrence is a fifteen-year law enforcement veteran, holding supervisory and line positions at the federal, county, and municipal levels. He is a distinguished graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and USAF Special Investigators Course. Mr. Lawrence is a certified federal criminal investigator, military criminal investigator and law enforcement officer/supervisor in the State of California.
As a civilian Special Agent for the Department of Air Force-Office of Inspector General, he was detailed to the central systems program (CS). He was charged with investigating fraud, waste, and abuse during the acquisition of primary weapon systems. These complex investigations required coordination and consultation with federal partners including the FBI, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Army CID, NCIS, and U.S. Attorney's Office. He participated in several Department of Defense anti-terrorism programs, including the Criminal Investigative Task Force (CITF). Located in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba CITF investigated alleged war crimes committed by suspected Al Qaeda detainees.
As a state certified peace officer, he performed an array of duties. At the field-level, he served as a uniformed patrol officer, Detective (Financial Crimes Unit), SWAT team member, K9 deputy, and Field Training Officer. During his tenure as a Sheriff's Sergeant he acted as a patrol supervisor and watch commander for a service population exceeding 160,000 residents in four contract cities and unincorporated territory. He managed several specialized programs including the hostage negotiation steam, crime scene unit, community deputy program, and property & evidence section. In his last assignment, he served as the Training Manager for an eight county regional law enforcement training center. Mr. Lawrence was elected for two consecutive terms as a public safety labor negotiator and served on several executive-level committees. He was designated as an in-house case law expert and policy author while on staff for a California law enforcement agency.
Mr. Lawrence holds a bachelor's degree in management from Saint Mary's College of California and a master of criminal justice from Boston University. As a current Ph.D. student, he understands the challenges associated with managing family, work, and school responsibilities. Mr. Lawrence maintains active membership in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Southern Criminal Justice Association, International Leadership Association, American Association of Community Colleges and the Association for the Study of Higher Education.