Speakers

Photo Name Summary City State
Officer Karen Hawkes (Ret.)

Karen Hawkes served as a Massachusetts state trooper for 13 years. Over the course of her career she made several drug arrests. She served as a contraband officer, processing narcotics evidence and preparing it to be analyzed. Karen earned a B.S.B.A in Finance from Northeastern University and a Master’s in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England […]

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Commissioner Branville Bard

Branville Bard began his law enforcement career as an officer in the Philadelphia Police Department. Over the course of 25 years, Bard served as the Commanding Officer of the Education and Training Division, Captain of the 22nd District, and Police Inspector.

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Superintendent Christine Elow

Superintendent Christine Elow served in the U.S. Navy for four years before beginning her law enforcement career in 1995 as an officer with the Cambridge Police Department. She served in the Patrol Division and oversaw the Professional Standards Unit, where she was responsible for receiving, processing, and investigating complaints made against members of the department.

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Sheriff Steve Tompkins

Sheriff Steve Tompkins began his law enforcement career in 2002 with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department in Massachusetts. He served previously as the Chief of External Affairs, where he was responsible for the day–to–day management of the department’s operations.

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Major Mike Hilliard (Ret.)

Michael Hilliard began his 27-year police career in 1975 as a patrolman in East Baltimore. He served as an internal affairs detective; coordinated Baltimore youth programs, and led an undercover squad. As a lieutenant assigned to the Northeast District, he helped establish the NorthEast Citizens’ Patrol. He also served six Chiefs of Patrol as an […]

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Captain Leigh Maddox (Ret.)

Leigh Maddox retired as a Captain from the Maryland State Police in 2007. In the 1990s, she worked as a patrol trooper and supervisor; serving in the Intelligence Division. Maddox worked long-term undercover assignments and infiltrated organizations such as the Klu Klux Klan.

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Major Neill Franklin (Ret.)

Major Neill Franklin is a 34-year law enforcement veteran of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department. During his time on the force, he held the position of commander for the Education and Training Division and the Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement.  

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Judge Billy Murphy (Fmr.)

Former Judge and practicing attorney Billy Murphy has been practicing law for over thirty years, including three years as a judge on the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, the highest Maryland trial court. Murphy has handled cases before the Supreme Court of the United States and the state and federal courts of ten states, as well […]

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Eric E. Sterling, Assistant Counsel (Fmr.)

Eric Sterling, Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, knows just about all there is to know about U.S. drug policy. Eric was Counsel to the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary from 1979 to 1989.

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William Cooke, Prosecutor (Fmr.)

William “Bill” Cooke spent four years, from 2012 to 2016, as a prosecutor with Maryland’s Attorney’s Office for Baltimore City.

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