BrownMike Brown
Chief of Police – Salt Lake City Police Department

Chief Mike Brown has served in the Salt Lake City Police Department since 1991.  He was appointed Chief of Police on May 3, 2016, and prior to that was the Interim Police Chief from June 11, 2015. He has held many positions throughout the department during his 27-year career, and most recently was the Commander for the Special Operations Bureau.  As the Interim Police Chief, he implemented a Civilian Advisory Board (CAB) in 2015.

Chief Brown completed the FBI’s National Executives Institute and the Major Cities Chiefs Association’s Police Executive Leadership Institute. Chief Brown has been an active member of the MCCA Intelligence Commanders Group and Drug Commanders Group and currently serves on the MCCA Forensic Science Committee. He was recently selected to serve on the National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee. Chief Brown holds a B.S. in General Studies from Columbia College.

Chief Brown’s experience has been focused on a number of specialty functions to address community needs, participation and management of special events and demonstrations, serious collision investigations, and coordination with federal and municipal agencies. As the Special Operations Bureau commander, he oversaw SWAT, Safe Streets Gang FBI Task Force, DEA Metropolitan Narcotic Task Force, Organized Crime Unit, Hazardous Device Unit, Motorcycle Squad, Public Order Unit and Accident Investigation.


James A. Cervera
Chief of Police – Virginia Beach

CeveraJim Cervera is the Chief of Police of the Virginia Beach Police Department, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s largest city police force. He supervises nearly 1,000 employees, both sworn and non-sworn, and has responsibility for a budget of $100 million. His career in law enforcement spans over 39 years, beginning in Montclair, New Jersey in 1976. Since his arrival in Virginia in 1978, he steadily moved through the ranks of the Virginia Beach Police Department to his current position to which he was appointed September 1, 2010.  Chief Cervera has served in a wide variety of leadership roles, including serving as SWAT Team Leader, Community Policing Program Director, and Second Precinct Commanding Officer. He also served as the Operations Plans Officer for the FEMA Virginia Task Force Two: Urban Search and Rescue. He is recognized in particular for his innovative efforts and leadership in the areas of race relations, community policing, DUI enforcement and gang strategies and awareness. He served on Governor Bob McDonnell’s Transition Team.

Active in the community, Chief Cervera currently serves on the Virginia Beach Foundation Board, the Board of Trustees of Project Lifesaver International, and as a Board Member of the Chesapeake Bay Alcohol Safety Action Program. His service to the community has been recognized with the 1994 Inaugural Human Rights Award from the City of Virginia Beach. He received a proclamation from Governor Gilmore and the City Council of Virginia Beach in 1998 for efforts in community oriented policing and the Department of the Army Award of Recognition for rescue/recovery efforts at the Pentagon in 2001. He was presented the LEAD Hampton Roads’ Class of 2002 “Exemplary Leadership Award” and the “Board Partnership Excellence Award” in 2005. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Chief Cervera to the Governor’s Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse Task Force in 2014.

Chief Cervera holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Public Administration from Old Dominion University.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy; Police Executive Leadership School, University of Richmond; Senior Executive Institute, University of Virginia; Senior Management Institute for Police, Boston University; and the National Executive Institute of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Will D. Johnson
Chief – Arlington Police Department

michael harrisonWill Johnson has twenty-four years of law enforcement experience and was promoted to police chief in March, 2013. Under the leadership of Will Johnson, the Arlington Police Department has earned national recognition as a premier law enforcement agency in promoting community policing, procedural justice, and protecting the civil rights of all persons. Will currently serves on the IACP Executive Board as Vice President and as Past Chair of the IACP Human and Civil Rights Committee. Will is a subject matter expert for the Department of Justice.

Will is an Executive Fellow for the Police Executive Research Forum where he developed the first national best practices for the use of Tasers in policing and was the recipient of the PERF 2013 Gary P. Hayes Leadership Award and the 2016 Ethical Leadership Award from the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration.

Will holds a Master's degree from Texas Christian University and a Bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 245th Session where he was honored to serve as the session president, a graduate of the 35th session of the Senior Management Institute for Police, the 40th FBI National Executive Institute, and the Texas Law Enforcement Management lnstitute's 45th Leadership Command College.

Adam Palmer
Chief Constable – Vancouver Police Department

CHIEF CONSTABLE ADAM PALMER took command as the 31st Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Department on May 6th, 2015. Chief Palmer was born and raised in the Vancouver area.

Prior to joining the VPD, he studied business administration at Simon Fraser University and worked as a correctional officer. Chief Palmer began his career with the VPD in 1987 and since that time has worked in a variety of operational, investigative and administrative areas. He spent the first 13 years of his career working as a patrol officer in East Vancouver. He has also worked in the Jail, the Crowd Control Unit, the Gang Crime Unit, the Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia, Police/Crown Liaison and the Planning, Research and Audit Section.

As a Sergeant, he was extensively involved in the development of the VPD's Strategic Plan and managed a long-term review of policing operations at the VPD. The Operational Review project examined topical policing issues including the use of overtime, the civilianization of sworn positions, shared services with the City of Vancouver, and the deployment of patrol, investigative and administrative police resources. The Operational Review resulted in improved departmental business practices and the addition of 194 police officers and 95 civilian staff positions between 2005 and 2007. This research has attracted interest from across North America and abroad. Chief Palmer has been invited to speak to other police agencies and international police conferences on the methodology and findings of this project.

As an Inspector, he was the officer in charge of Patrol District 2, which includes the Downtown Eastside, Chinatown, Gastown, Strathcona, Grandview-Woodlands and Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhoods. He was also responsible for port and marine policing for the City of Vancouver, the largest port in Canada. During the 2010 Winter Olympics Chief Palmer was seconded to the Integrated Security Unit as the Venue Commander for the Pacific Coliseum where he oversaw the security for the figure skating and short track speed skating events.

Upon promotion to Deputy Chief in 2010, he was assigned to the Support Services Division where he was responsible for Planning, Research and Audit, Professional Standards, Human Resources, Training, Recruiting, the Jail, Information Management, Information Technology, Communications, Fleet, Facilities, and Finance. He was then assigned to the Investigation Division where he was responsible for all investigative areas of the VPD including Major Crime, Special Investigations, Organized Crime, General Investigations, Forensic Services, Tactical Support and Youth Services.

Chief Palmer has completed numerous policing and professional development courses throughout his career. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) and has completed two executive leadership programs with the FBI: Leadership in Counter-Terrorism and the National Executive Institute.

On August 13th, 2018, Chief Palmer was elected as the President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP). Chief Palmer also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). In January 2019, he was elected to the Board of Directors for the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), which represents the largest cities in the United States and Canada. Chief Palmer serves on the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) Board of Directors, the National Executive Committee for the Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada (CISC), the Metro Vancouver Transit Police Board of Directors, the Criminology Advisory Committee for Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and is a former member of the Canadian Police Knowledge Network Board of Directors

In 2009, Chief Palmer was invested as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada. In 2017, he was promoted to Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, in recognition of his leadership and service. Chief Palmer is the recipient of nine Vancouver Police Department Commendations and is a former VPD Police Officer of the Year.


Erika Shields
Chief of Police – Atlanta Police Department


Erika Shields is the 24th Chief of the City of Atlanta Police Department, appointed in December 2016. She is an advocate for 21st Century Policing – with a focus on reducing crime while also strengthening trust and collaboration with our communities. Chief Shields has a tough mindset on crime, but a compassionate and proactive approach to working with the community and its leaders while also ensuring accountability for officers.

Chief Shields is committed to developing a culture of technology, innovation, excellence and transparency throughout the organization. Since her appointment as Chief, the department has made significant strides in its focus on reducing violent crimes and taking repeat offenders and stolen guns off the streets. She continues to work closely with judicial leaders to advocate for stronger sentencing for those individuals who commit violent felonies.

Shields joined APD in 1995, beginning her career as a Patrol Officer and working in a number of roles with increasing responsibilities. She is an active member of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). She was appointed as a board member to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council by Gov. Nathan Deal in August 2017. Chief Shields holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Webster University and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University.