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William Rousseau is the President of the National Institute of Crime Prevention. Bill retired from the Tampa Police Department as a Detective Sergeant after 29 years of service. He was the department’s Domestic Violence Coordinator for 7 years. Bill created and supervised the department’s Family Violence – Sex Crimes Unit.
Mr. Rousseau is recognized nationwide as a Domestic Violence teacher and expert. He has conducted training seminars for the United States Army, Florida State University, the Florida Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence, the Interdisciplinary Rape Science Training Institute, the University of South Florida, and many more. Bill is the recent Past Chairperson of the Hillsborough County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. He was also the Chairperson for the Hillsborough County Domestic Violence Council. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Speech from the University of South Florida, in Tampa.
Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton
Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton is a 1979 graduate of Waco High School. He attended McLennan Community College and started with the Waco Police Department as a Cadet in 1980. Sgt. Swanton was selected to attend the Waco Police Department’s academy in 1981.
In Swanton’s 29 + years of service with the Waco Police Department, his assignments have been numerous. The first ten years he served in Patrol as a Patrol Officer, Special Investigator, and Field Training Officer training new recruits.
During the next four years, Swanton was assigned to the Special Operation’s Unit (S.W.A.T. Team) where he became certified as a Crisis Negotiator. Swanton has attended many courses in negotiation and holds basic through advanced certificates in Crisis Intervention. Sgt. Swanton is currently the team leader over the Crisis Intervention Unit. While in Special Operations he furthered his training by attending a course provided by the National Guard on helicopter assaults and courses on basic through advanced S.W.A.T. Team Tactics. While in Special Operations Swanton was also involved in the aftermath at Mount Carmel and was awarded the Police Commendation bar along with his other teammates for their involvement.
In September of 1994 Swanton transferred to the Community Services Section where he specialized in Crime and Drug Prevention Programs. Swanton taught groups ranging from children to the elderly. Swanton also attended D.A.R.E. Officer training where he became certified as a D.A.R.E. Instructor. While attending D.A.R.E School, Swanton received the award of “Top Team Member” from his D.A.R.E Instructor. Sgt. Swanton has been the guest speaker at meetings such as Kiawanas club, Young Lawyers Association, Boy Scout Ceremonies, VA Women’s groups, McLennan Community College, Baylor University, and others.
In June of 1999 Sgt. Swanton transferred back to Patrol where he was promoted the following October to Sergeant. In 2003 Sgt. Swanton took over as the Sergeant of the Family Violence Unit where he is currently assigned. He has twice been awarded the Police Commendation Bar, as well as the Certificate of Merit Bar, and the Meritorious Unit Award.
Swanton holds a Master Police Officer Certificate and an Instructor’s Certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education. Sgt. Swanton also holds a certificate as a Basic School Resource Officer. He also has served on the Board of the Waco Police Association, Vice President of Training with the Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators Board of Directors overseeing statewide training for negotiators throughout Texas and has served on the Board of Directors for the Family Abuse Shelter.
Ryan Wilfong MS, NICP Instructor, is a native of Huntington, West Virginia and began his law enforcement career with the Marshall University Police Department in Huntington, West Virginia in June 1988. Wilfong served as a patrol officer, crisis negotiator and was assigned as the Assistant Firearms Instructor from 1990 to 1992.
In 1996, Mr. Wilfong transferred to the Jefferson County Police Department/Louisville Metro Police Department in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1998, Detective Wilfong was assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit – Robbery Section. During his tenure in the Robbery Section, Detective Wilfong was also active in the investigation of homicides, felonious assaults and sex crimes.
Detective Wilfong was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in August 2004 with the newly merged Louisville Metro Police Department. He has served in capacities as an administrative supervisor, patrol supervisor, as well as a Field Training Sergeant. He was also assigned as an adjunct instructor to the department’s Training Academy / Crisis Intervention Team. Sergeant Wilfong served as a Team Supervisor and Assistant Team Commander of the LMPD Hostage Negotiations Team.
Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in November 2007, Lieutenant Wilfong served in the Special Operations Section of LMPD as the Commander of the Hostage Negotiations Team, retiring in 2010.
Ryan recently retired from the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General overseeing abuse/neglect/exploitation of the elder population, as well as medical provider fraud.
Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Marshall University and a Master of Science Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Melissa Greenwell has worked in the victim services field for over 20 years. She began her career as a case manager for a domestic violence shelter and then moved to Women’s Crisis Center in 1999, a dual program providing services to survivors of both domestic violence and sexual assault. In her time at Women’s Crisis Center, Melissa has served as a counselor, court advocate, Outreach Manager and now holds the position as the Director of the Buffalo Trace Women’s Crisis Center. As Director, Melissa provides direction and leadership to the sexual and intimate partner violence response and assist
s in education and prevention efforts. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, as well as numerous other committees and boards at the local and state level working to collaborate and improve the response to survivors. Melissa has an intense belief that the key to being successful in ending violence in its many forms is community engagement, and that we all have a part to play in ending power-based personal violence and making our world a safer place.
Ms. Greenwell holds a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Morehead State University, as well as a licensure through the Kentucky Board of Social Work.