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Dr. Christopher Figueroa

Dr. Figueroa is the Director of Training and co-founder of the firm. He is a retired Police Detective III with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Audit Division (AD). He was the Officer-in-Charge of the Audit Training Section at AD. Chris had 33½ years with the LAPD and was assigned to patrol, field training officer, traffic collision investigator, background investigator, field detective, detective training, and an internal auditor. He was also a Level 1 Reserve Police Officer with the LAPD for 13 years, assigned to AD conducting audits, inspections and consulting on training.

Dr. Figueroa received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Phoenix and his Master of Arts degree in Behavioral Science, Conflict Negotiation and Resolution from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He received a Doctor of Public Administration degree from the University of La Verne with an emphasis in the field of law enforcement performance auditing and organizational development. Dr. Figueroa’s dissertation was titled “Law Enforcement Performance Auditing: A Proactive New Police Accountability Management Tool.”

Dr. Figueroa is a Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS), Certified Law Enforcement Auditor (CLEA) and a Certification on Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). He was a member of the instructional staff of the Association of Certified Fraud Specialists (ACFS) and was an advisory board member of the International Law Enforcement Auditor Association (ILEAA). He has lectured in the field of auditing for the ACFS, ILEAA and the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement.

Dr. Figueroa was the instructional designer of the first Basic Law Enforcement Performance Auditor Course in the United States that is certified by California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES). This course was presented by the LAPD, and iterations were presented to the Detroit Police Department and California Highway Patrol, wherein Dr. Figueroa was the course administrator.

He was also responsible for the development of the same course presented to the San Jose Police Department by San Jose State University’s Administration of Justice Bureau. Dr. Figueroa was also the instructional designer of the first Advanced Law Enforcement Auditor Course for Executives and Managers in the United States.

He is a certified POST/Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI) instructor and a graduate of the California POST Master Instructor Development Program (MIDP). As a POST Master Instructor, Chris is responsible for mentoring and evaluating California law enforcement instructors. Dr. Figueroa graduated from the Technology, Training Design and Development Course at the University of Southern California. He has received numerous awards as a trainer and auditor. Dr. Figueroa received the 2000/2001 ICI Excellence in Instruction Award for Course Administration, the prestigious 2006 ICI Founders Award, the 2008 and 2009 ACFS National Distinguished Service Award, 2008/2009 MIDP Leading Towards Excellence Mentor Award, and the LAPD AD Lifetime Achievement Award.

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