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Cedric Mitchell (retired Detective)  Cedric A. Mitchell is a retired Police Detective from Washington DC who began his law enforcement career in 1988 with Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) and held a distinguished career for 30 years.  He served in the uniform patrol and plainclothes unit and promoted to Detective in the Criminal Investigation Division in 1993. His advancement continued in 2007 when he was assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – Joint Terrorism Task Force and was a part of the special detail for the Presidential 2009 Inauguration for Barack H. Obama II. In 2012, he retired from the MTPD as one of its most decorated officers and joined the
Office of the Inspector General with the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority as a senior investigator and served the agency for four years. Afterward, in 2016 he launched CTC Solutions L.L.C. a proactive vehicle designed to present a distinctive way of training and education for the Law Enforcement community while forging a new paradigm for a broken system. He has always believed in giving back to the community. Therefore, after a few 

years on the force, he persuaded several fellow officers to help him establish a mentoring program in Prince George's County, Maryland. As a coach, he coached basketball, T-ball, and football at the Glenarden Boys & Girls Club and later AAU basketball for the Maryland Panthers Youth Association. He is currently a mentor with Promise Youth Development in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a detective and plain-clothes officer, he had numerous daily interactions with people of various cultural and social backgrounds. He developed the ability to adapt to changing situations and built a rapport with individuals. Mitchell is a nationally renowned lecturer, educator, and subject matter expert in the field of robbery pickpocket & identity theft investigations. During his career he has been featured on both national and local television networks to provide insight and analysis. It is his view that Law Enforcement is the heartbeat of the community, and their commitment to serve and protect humanity is what keeps us going.


Dr. Debra Smith Associate Professor in the Africana Studies Department at UNC Charlotte.  Her research and teaching interests include ways in which media influence student learning; African-Americans in communication and popular culture, minority images in the media, and developing teaching strategies that incorporate popular culture, language, and power.  At UNC Charlotte Dr. Smith teaches media courses, introductory Africana Studies courses, and courses in minority health disparities. Dr. Smith is the author of the book, The Words Unspoken: The Hidden Power of Language(Carolina Academic Press), which examines issues of language and power. She was a 2014 Bank of America Teaching Finalist for excellence in teaching.

EDUCATION: Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Masters Degrees from both UNC Charlotte and East Carolina University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Taborn (retired Police Chief) was employed with the Metro Transit Police Department (WMATA) for 33 years, the last 6 of those years were as the Chief of Police. Prior to returning to WMATA as the Chief of Police, he spent six years working in the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Office of Safety and Security in several capacities. He was initially a training specialist. Michael Taborn coordinated FTA Safety and Security training activities with the National Transit Institute (NTI), the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), and worked with other FTA offices to ensure training programs in the area of safety and security were developed. Michael Taborn ultimately became the Director of the Office of Safety and Security (FTA).

EDUCATION: M.S., Management, Johns Hopkins University, 1999

B.S., Criminal Justice, University of Maryland-University College, 1997

FBI National Academy – 147th Session, Department of Justice, 1986​

Clifton (Smokey) Douglas ​has worked for the United States Government Accountability Office since 1983. He is an Assistant Director responsible for managing GAO audits and developing and directing comprehensive investigations of government and government-related programs. He has also spent the last thirty years working with the Glenarden Ardmore Boys and Girls Club which provides sports and educational opportunities for approximately 500 youth in Prince George County, MD. Since 2001, Smokey has served as Club President and been responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Club’s activities. In addition, he has also served the Club as Athletic Director, Basketball Commissioner, Football Commissioner, and Head Coach (basketball, football, and baseball). In addition, from 2000 to 2015, Smokey was the President of the Maryland Panthers Youth Association Basketball program, a non-profit youth organization that promotes leadership and development opportunities through basketball competition. In addition, Smokey was a member of St. Mary’s College Men’s Basketball team from 1981 through 1983.

EDUCATION: St. Mary’s College of Maryland (B.A. in Economics)

Ray Gray is a Mental Health Professional trained in Conflict resolution, Trauma, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Teaching the connection between the brain, body, and behavior, by working to learn healthier behaviors/habits and change unrealistic ideas about yourself and the world around you. As an Occupational Therapy grad and Qualified Mental Health Professional Ray is familiar with Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, and the relationship between human movement and psychology from having worked in Rehab and now Mental Health. He believes you must know the most interesting person in the world: “You". Ray has been in the Mental/Physical/Emotional/Behavioral Health field for the past 25 years. 


EDUCATION: B.S,  Occupational Therapy, Howard University Associate,  Allied Health 


In Memoriam - Gone but Not Forgotten Dr. Phyllis McDonald Associate Professor with the Division of Public Safety Leadership (PSL) at John Hopkins University. She conducted research, managed program development projects, taught leadership courses for undergraduate and graduate students and worked with local public safety agencies. Dr. McDonald conducted projects for: The Federal Transit Administration (USDOT); the Transportation Security Administration (DHS); State of Maryland MTA; Delaware State Police, and the Metro Transit Police and Department of Safety, WMATA. Dr. McDonald’s work experience included 20 years in local police agencies prior to joining the PSL faculty in 2000. She served five years, achieving the rank of a three-star executive commander, with the NYC Transit Police and five years as a senior program manager, National Institute of Justice, USDOJ. As a Superintendent of Professional Standards, she served at the sworn rank of Major with the Dayton, OH “Police Department.” Her publications include two books and several articles, papers, and presentations.

EDUCATION: B. A. and M. A. State University of New York at Albany

Ed. S. and Ed. D George Washington University

Phyllis was a key contributor in the development of the training The Police Officer: A New Paradigm, bridging the gap through P.E.A.C.E (Police Education And Community Engagement)