M.S. in Law Enforcement Leadership Faculty

The faculty for the Masters in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership are experienced instructor practitioners, who hold advanced degrees and possess extensive experience in law enforcement.  The diversity of experience the instructors’ possess is striking as they hold positions such as Commander in the DA office’s Bureau of Investigation, Chief of Police, Deputy District Attorney, Chief Probation Officer and US Marine Lt. Colonel.

Erik Fritsvold, PhD Academic Director, MS-LEPSL Program Read More

Erik Fritsvold, PhD

Academic Director, MS-LEPSL Program

Degree Program

  • Online Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership

Erik Fritsvold, PhD

Academic Director, MS-LEPSL Program

Erik Fritsvold is the Academic Director for the Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership and an Associate Professor of Sociology: Crime, Justice, Law & Society Concentration (CJLS). Prof. Fritsvold has been a full-time faculty member at USD in various capacities since 2005. His areas of expertise include Criminology, Law & Society, the politics of law and crime management, social theory and research methods. Substantive and research foci include: the war on drugs, underground drug markets, nontraditional street gangs, white-collar crime, social movements, eco-terrorism, the death penalty, social justice and the contentious process of attempting to balance social control and individual freedoms. In 2013, Prof. Fritsvold was recognized by Princeton Review as one of America’s “Best 300 Professors” in a book by the same name.

Student Reviews:

 

“Professor Erik Fritsvold provided prompt feedback to questions and our discussions to include emails with relevant references. I found all the material to be relevant and fresh with current Law Enforcement issues. I couldn’t be happier to have joined USD.”
-Summer ’19 Student
“I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Fritsvold. He provided informative feedback on my discussion board comments and written assignments. He’s extremely knowledgeable on course-related topics. USD should be pleased to have an instructor of his high caliber.”
– Summer ’19 Student
“Professor Fritsvold brought a lot of interesting discussion to each of the modules. He provided feedback, as well as additional reference material.”
-Summer ’19 Student
“Prof. Fritsvold is an absolute asset to USD and this program. He deeply cares about each students success and is engaged to make sure we are getting everything possible from the class experience. I am very pleased with my decision to enroll in this program and look forward to many more similar class experiences!!”
– Summer ’19 Student
“Professor Fritsvold is an exceptional instructor and facilitator, and has done an outstanding job with the research, development and implementation of this entire program.”
-Spring ’19 Student
“Once again, it has been a pleasure to be a student in one of Professor Fritsvold’s courses. I appreciate his timely and detailed feedback on coursework as well as his optimistic and enthusiastic attitude. His teaching style makes me try harder.”
– Spring ’19 Student
“I think I just enjoy his deep wisdom and ability to ask questions, from an academic perspective, in attempts at learning our police culture.”
– Spring ’19 Student
“It was a pleasure to finally have Professor Fritsvold as an instructor. Professor Fritsvold was always attentive to the student questions and his research background and insight contributed a great deal to our DB conversations.”
– Spring ’19 Student
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Elisabeth Albanese, JD Lieutenant, Beverly Hills Police Department Read More

Elisabeth Albanese, JD

Lieutenant, Beverly Hills Police Department

Degree Program

  • Online Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership

Elisabeth Albanese, JD

Lieutenant, Beverly Hills Police Department
INSTRUCTOR, M.S. IN LAW ENFORCEMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Lieutenant Elisabeth Albanese has 17 years of law enforcement experience with the Beverly Hills Police Department. She is currently assigned as the Executive Officer for the Department, managing Community and Media Relations, the Professional Standards Unit and Personnel and Training Bureau. Her previous assignments included overseeing investigations involving crimes against persons, juvenile victims and juvenile offenders, where she directly supervised eight detectives and was responsible for liaising with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office on criminal cases and logistical matters. Lt. Albanese earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and her J.D. from Southwestern Law School. In addition to her experience in law enforcement, Lt. Albanese has worked on a pro-bono basis for the Los Angeles Domestic Violence Project, providing no-cost legal consultation and completion of restraining orders for victims of domestic violence.

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Michael Begovich, JD Attorney, Bobbitt, Pinckard & Fields Read More

Michael Begovich, JD

Attorney, Bobbitt, Pinckard & Fields

Degree Program

  • Online Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership

Michael Begovich, JD

Attorney, Bobbitt, Pinckard & Fields
INSTRUCTOR, M.S. IN LAW ENFORCEMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Michael Begovich is currently an Attorney with the specialty civil law firm of Bobbitt, Pinckard & Fields. Mr. Begovich is an AV-Rated trial attorney with a complex practice in public sector labor law, collective bargaining, federal and state criminal defense, adverse adminstrative actions and judicial proceedings litigation, and appellate/legislative advocacy. Mr. Begovich served as a San Diego County deputy public defender for 31 years and tried 172 trials to verdict, including 12 murder cases. He has also participated in several trials regarding the 4th Amendment use of digital communications, which will likely influence the legality of body worn cameras and digital communications in law enforcement. Mr. Begovich earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of California – Hastings and has taught criminal justice, federal evidence and trial advocacy courses at several universities across San Diego, including the USD School of Law.

Student Reviews:

“I genuinely thought this class was one if the best experiences I have ever had in higher education. Professor Begovich was clear, concise, and his material was as relevant as one could ask for. I LOVED THIS CLASS and would have taken it even it had no credit!”
-Spring ’17 Student
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Samantha Begovich, JD, Esq. Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County Read More

Samantha Begovich, JD, Esq.

Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County

Degree Program

  • Online Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership

Samantha Begovich, JD, Esq.

Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County
INSTRUCTOR, M.S. IN LAW ENFORCEMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Samantha Begovich is an experienced trial lawyer, a former U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division federal prosecutor and a current County of San Diego Deputy District Attorney. Ms. Begovich’s successful, complex litigation experience includes over 50 jury trials along with appeals court advocacy. She has practiced in San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties, Washington, DC, Charleston, SC, and Birmingham, AL.

Ms. Begovich is currently an appellate lawyer that argues significant cases before the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court involving first-degree murder, sexual assault, jurisdiction, ineffective assistance of counsel and sentencing issues resulting in published decisions.

Ms. Begovich has taught Courtroom Procedure, in a mock trial setting, to thousands of San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Academy recruits since 1995. She speaks to youth and community groups, law enforcement organizations, and a variety of legal institutions about the criminal justice system. She has taught jury selection, closing arguments, sexual assault, domestic violence, professionalism in the courtroom, narcotics trafficking, and Fourth Amendment law.

She was re-elected twice as Chairwoman of the San Diego County Employees’ Retirement Association, a $13.5 Billion trust fund for 48,000 County of San Diego members.

Ms. Begovich is a past Chair of the Stanford Law Society of San Diego, Co-Chair, Malin Burnham San Diego Center of Civic Engagement Leadership Council, Vice-Chair, San Diego Foundation’s Leadership Fund Steering Committee, Advisory Board Member, Kim Center for Social Balance and Executive Board Member, at Access Youth Academy.

Ms. Begovich received her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and her law degree from Stanford Law School with Distinction.

Student Reviews:

“Professor Begovich is extremely intelligent and engaging! I thoroughly enjoyed her insight and responses to my submitted course work…I hope to take another course from professor Begovich in this program.”
-Spring ’19 Student
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Jay Bishop, MS Retired Major, United States Marine Corps Read More

Jay Bishop, MS

Retired Major, United States Marine Corps

Degree Program

  • Online Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership

Jay Bishop, MS

Retired Major, United States Marine Corps
INSTRUCTOR, M.S. IN LAW ENFORCEMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Jay Bishop completed initial officer training at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia and Artillery Officer Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He deployed three times, twice to combat in Iraq. He served as a Battalion Executive Officer, Battery Commander, Fire Support Coordination Officer and Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC). While not with the operating forces Jay served as Aide-de-Camp to three General Officers. He earned a Master’s of Science in Leadership and Human Resource Development from the Naval Postgraduate School and served as an adjunct professor teaching leadership at the United States Naval Academy.

Jay’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with 4 Gold Stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat “V”, the Combat Action Ribbon and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

Jay now works with Marine Corps Community Services at Camp Pendleton, California. He served two years as the operations officer coordinating the work of ten divisions with more than 2,000 employees. Currently, he is the Director of the Food, Leisure, Hospitality and Services Division, overseeing a broad range of business models and activities ranging from contracted fast food franchises and lodging facilities (government hotels) to horse stables and a marina.

Student Reviews:

“Professor Bishop was extremely engaged and showed care and concern with everything that was going on in my command and Department during this course. I felt he genuinely cared about all the students and was willing to help me be successful in this course”
-Spring ’19 Student
“Amazing interaction with students and superb critiques with writing assignments. I truly learned so much from my professor.”
– Spring ’19 Student
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Tyler Blondi, MEd Retired Field Training Officer, Beverly Hills Police Department Read More

Tyler Blondi, MEd

Retired Field Training Officer, Beverly Hills Police Department

Degree Program

  • Online Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership

Tyler Blondi, MEd

Retired Field Training Officer, Beverly Hills Police Department
Instructor, M.S. in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership Program

Tyler Blondi is currently the Director of Business Development in Public Safety for McMurray Stern, after retiring from a 12-year career with the Beverly Hills Police Department. The majority of Blondi’s law enforcement career was spent doing what he loved most: teaching new officers as an FTO and as an operator on the SWAT team. While at BHPD he also worked the following positions: background investigator/recruiter, bike officer, defensive tactics instructor, and polygraph examiner. He also spent many years as BHPD’s Team Captain for their Baker to Vegas race team, and served two terms on the POA board as Vice President and as a Director. Although retired from the Department, Blondi still conducts Beverly Hills Police Department’s pre-employment polygraph exams as a contractor. In addition to his faculty position with USD’s LEPSL program, Blondi teaches part-time for the University of La Verne within their Education Department.

Student Reviews:

“I enjoyed having Professor Blondi for my first online course. His feedback on the discussion boards and on my papers was valuable for my learning and understanding of the material.”
-Spring ’19 Student
“Professor Blondi has done an excellent job communicating with us and has offered valuable insight.”
-Spring ’19 Student
“Tyler Blondi was fantastic as a section instructor. He was very engaged and enthusiastic in the facilitation of our learning. His feedback was detailed and thoughtful and opened us up to new ways of looking at certain subjects.”
-Spring ’19 Student
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Denton Carlson, MS Captain, San Ramon Police Department Read More

Denton Carlson, MS

Captain, San Ramon Police Department

Degree Program

  • Online Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership

Denton Carlson, MS

Captain, San Ramon Police Department
INSTRUCTOR, M.S. IN LAW ENFORCEMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Denton Carlson began his law enforcement career in 1998 as a Deputy Sheriff with the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff. In 2007, Denton joined the newly formed San Ramon Police Department. During his career, Denton has served as a Detective, Academy Recruit Training Officer, Public Information Officer, Professional Standards and Training Supervisor, and Social Media Outreach Coordinator. In addition, he has well over a decade of SWAT experience as an operator, sniper, sniper team leader, and ultimately the Commander of a multi-agency regional SWAT Team. Currently, Denton is the Commander of the San Ramon Police Department’s Support Services Bureau and the Director of the City of San Ramon’s Office of Emergency Preparedness.

Denton possesses a Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the Union Institute and University. He is also a graduate of the California POST Command College where he was awarded the Dorothy Harris Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.

Student Reviews:

“Very good instructor. He had a lot of information to add and was vested in the material and message.”
-Spring ’19 Student
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Tom Chaplin, MS Police Chief, City of Walnut Creek, CA Read More

Tom Chaplin, MS

Police Chief, City of Walnut Creek, CA

Degree Program

  • Online Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership

Tom Chaplin, MS

Police Chief, City of Walnut Creek
INSTRUCTOR, M.S. IN LAW ENFORCEMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Tom Chaplin has served as the Police Chief for the city of Walnut Creek since 2013. Prior to his appointment, he served with the Citrus Heights Police Department for seven years, where he served as a lieutenant in the Patrol Division and the Investigative Services Division. He also served as commander in the Patrol Division and Investigative Services Division. In addition to being a member of the department start-up team, he spent nine months in the role of deputy chief of police.

Chief Chaplin spent five years with the California Department of Justice. During this time frame, he was assigned as special agent on the Sexual Predator Apprehension Team, California Bureau of Investigation, Sacramento Regional Office; a special agent supervisor for the Investigative Support Team – California Attorney General’s Office – Northern California; and a special agent in charge for the Mission Support Branch, overseeing the Professional Standards Group, Background Investigations Group, and Litigation Unit.

Chief Chaplin started his law enforcement career with the Sacramento Police Department. In the Sacramento Police Department, Chaplin served as a community services officer, a patrol officer, field training officer, neighborhood police officer, detective, academy instructor, and other assignments. Chief Chaplin served as an instructor at the police academy and for in-house training in the following areas: expert testimony, surveillance, VICE, informant management, search warrant preparation, investigations, proactive child sexual exploitation investigations, and undercover operations.

Chief Chaplin holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational studies and a Master’s degree in emergency services administration, both from California State University, Long Beach. He is an Executive Fellow for the National Police Foundation.

He is a graduate of the 44th class of the California Command College. He has published an article in the California Journal of Law Enforcement titled; Cybercriminals have Passed Law Enforcement By. Let’s Catch Back Up!”

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James R. Davis, MS Retired Chief of Police, El Cajon Read More

James R. Davis, MS

Retired Chief of Police, El Cajon

Degree Program

  • Online Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership

James R. Davis, MS

Retired Chief of Police, El Cajon
INSTRUCTOR, M.S. IN LAW ENFORCEMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Mr. Davis has more than 44 years of public safety experience. Having served in every capacity in his organization he retired as the Chief of Police for the City of El Cajon. He went on to consult on regional, state, national and international issues with the Folsom based consulting firm, Citygate Associates, and Civilian Police International (CPI). He is currently the Police Services Principal for Citygate Associates.

He accepted an appointment from the Governor as a Commissioner, then Chairman and Executive Officer of the California Board of Parole Hearings. He was an Adjunct Instructor and Director of the Police Academy at Southwestern College.

Active in his community, he received several awards including, IGCS Leadership Award, Chamber of Commerce George Felix Award, Kurdish Human Rights Award for Leadership, and El Cajon Citizen of the Year. He led two (Public Safety facilities and Education Facilities) successful Bond Measure campaigns. He has been recognized for his entrepreneurial leadership and ability to bring diverse groups together around shared values.

Jim is a 2018 graduate of the Law Enforcement, Public Safety Leadership (LEPSL) program at the University of San Diego (USD). He has additional graduate work in adult education, educational leadership, and organizational development from the University of Virginia and San Diego State University. He is a graduate of the POST California Command College, Senior Management Institute for Police (Police Executive Research Forum), FBI National Academy, and Leadership East County. His professional associations include the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, California Police Chiefs Association, FBI National Academy Associates, FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, California Police Officers Association, Phi Kappa Phi, and the International Society of Academy Directors.

Joseph Dulla, MA Lieutenant, Training Bureau-Recruit Training Unit, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Read More

Joseph Dulla, MA

Lieutenant, Training Bureau-Recruit Training Unit, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Degree Program

  • Online Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership

Joseph Dulla, MA

Lieutenant, Training Bureau-Recruit Training Unit, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
INSTRUCTOR, M.S. IN LAW ENFORCEMENT & PUBLIC SAFETY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Joseph Dulla is a 27-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, currently holding the rank of Lieutenant, assigned to the Training Bureau-Recruit Training Unit where he is responsible for the management and training of more than 800 deputy and Custody Assistant recruits each year. Lt. Dulla has worked in custody, patrol, special projects, detective, training, and regional investigative task force assignments.

On the private sector side, Lt. Dulla owns and operates a training company and has instructed in a variety of law enforcement programs, including the California POST Management School, Field Officer Training Course, Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, and Civilian Supervisory Program. He has presented to the United States Department of Justice, White Collar Crime Subcommittee; California Legislature, Public Safety Committee; and California Commission on POST Instructor and California State University Faculty Symposiums.

He holds both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in sociology from California State University, Fullerton, a certificate in Executive Leadership and Strategic Planning from Cornell University’s Graduate School of Management, and a graduate certificate in Evidence-Based Coaching from Fielding Graduate University.

Student Reviews:

“Professor Dulla was an excellent instructor, responsive to students, and provided constructive feedback on assignments.”
-Spring ’18 Student
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