Each year the Delaware State Police strive to obtain Speakers that address national topics, trends and technology. As we confirm our topics and presenters, we will update our website with their information and biographies.
Eric McBride began his career with the San Bernardino Police Department in 1991 after serving 6 ½ years in the United States Marine Corps. After graduating from the San Bernardino Sheriff's Academy, he was assigned to the patrol division. His patrol assignments included Problem Oriented Policing, Field Training Officer, and was a member of the auxiliary SWAT team. In 1999, he was transferred to the Investigations Division, where he was assigned to the Multiple Enforcement Team (MET), where his duties included SWAT and gang investigation. In 2002, he was promoted to Detective and was reassigned to the Narcotics Bureau, while still maintaining an auxiliary assignment on the SWAT team. In 2004, he was promoted to Sergeant and again returned to the patrol division as a supervisor and assisted in the supervision of the field training program. In 2009, he was transferred to the Internal Affairs unit and served as the unit's supervisor until his promotion to Lieutenant in 2011. As Lieutenant, his assignments included Watch Commander, Southeast District Commander, and Dispatch / Records Bureau Commander. In 2014, he was certified to Captain and continued to manage both Records / Dispatch but added Professional Standards and Personnel and Training. Chief McBride has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with an emphasis on Public Administration from California Baptist University, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Troy University, and a certificate in Emergency Management from Auburn University. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, the Great Valley Leadership Institute Class IX, POST Command College Class #56, Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School, and Session 271 of the FBI National Academy.
Phil Chalmers is a true crime writer, homicide trainer, and a criminal profiler. He is the author of several books, including “Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer” and “The Teen Killer Whisperer.” He has been researching homicide and interviewing killers for 35 years, and his work has been featured on dozens of television shows and networks, including A&E’s “Killer Kids” and Fox’s “Crime Watch Daily.” He has interviewed over 200 killers face to face, including teen killers, school shooters, mass murderers and serial killers. Phil and his wife Wendi reside on the Gulf Coast of Florida and enjoy fitness, the beach, and Walt Disney World. When Phil and Wendi aren’t researching and writing books, they are traveling around the country conducting live seminars to various law enforcement and child advocacy groups, schools and law agencies.
Lieutenant Tim Fetzer is a full-time law enforcement officer and has been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police for a period of twenty-one years. Tim has held positions as a patrol section member, background investigator, internal affairs investigator, patrol unit supervisor, criminal law unit instructor, and use of force instructor during his tenure with the referenced agency.
Tim has investigated numerous officer-involved shootings, in-custody deaths, and a wide array of incidents involving applications of force.
Tim is currently assigned as the commander of the Use of Force Section within the Bureau of Training and Education. This section is responsible for providing comprehensive analyses of a variety of application of force cases, including officer-involved shootings. The use of force section regularly consults with attorneys from the department’s Office of Chief Counsel and attorneys from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Office of Attorney General.
Captain Melissa Hukill retired from the Delaware State Police in 2020 after 24 years of service with the Division. During her career, Capt Hukill worked as a supervisor in patrol and criminal investigations at the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. Most notably, Capt Hukill spent 7 years as the commander of the state-wide Homicide Unit. During this time, she supervised and assisted in hundreds of investigations of homicides and officer-involved shootings. Among those cases were several high profile investigations including the James T Vaughn prison riot in Smyrna, the New Castle County Court House mass shooting and the line-of duty murder of DSP Corporal Stephen Ballard. Under Captain Hukill’s leadership the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit recorded annual clearance rates above the national average, including a 100% clearance rate in 2014. Capt Hukill notes that she was very fortunate to have an extremely talented group of investigators and administrators surrounding her during her tenure in the unit.
Capt Hukill is graduate of the University of Delaware and the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course. Capt Hukill also attended training at the Force Science Institute in Chicago, Illinois.
Special Agent Coder is currently serving as an FBI Agent assigned to a Violent Crimes squad. SA Coder has been a criminal investigations Special Agent his entire career and has investigated cases to include Mexican Cartel Drug Trafficking, Domestic Terrorism, Crimes against Children/Missing persons, and Violent Crimes/Fugitives. SA Coder has been the recipient of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) “Task Force of the Year” Award during two separate years, and has been nominated for the DOJ “Attorney General’s Award” and the FBI’s “Director’s Award” for his role as Lead Case Agent during a Domestic Terrorism investigation related to an assassination attempt on the Nederland, Colorado Police Department in October of 2016.
SA Coder is recently known for his work as the lead Case Agent for the FBI during the 2018 Christopher Watts quadruple homicide case. In August of 2018 Christopher Watts murdered his pregnant wife Shannan and their two daughters Bella (4) and Celeste “Cici” (3) via strangulation with his bare hands. Watts disposed of his wife in a shallow grave in rural eastern Colorado, and dumped the bodies of his children in a nearby oil refinery tank where he worked. Watts was found to have been involved in a sexual affair with a co-worker, and killed his entire family in order to pursue his illicit affair. SA Coder (FBI) and SA Lee from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted a two day interrogation of Watts and obtained a full confession to include the locations of his pregnant wife Shannan, and their daughters Bella and Celeste.
Agent Tammy Lee currently works as a Field Agent for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Agent Lee has worked in a variety of capacities while employed by the CBI, which includes Major Crimes, Gaming/Organized Crime, and Human Trafficking. Agent Lee has extensive experience in investigating homicides, sexual assaults, crimes against children, officer involved shootings, human trafficking, and organized crime. In 2017, Agent Lee was named the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s ‘Agent of the Year.’ Agent Lee has been a certified polygraph examiner since 2013 and has conducted hundreds of criminal and pre-employment examinations. In May of 2019, Agent Lee received a national award from the American Association of Police Polygraphists related to her involvement with a missing person investigation, which was initiated in August of 2018 out of Frederick, Colorado.
Agent Lee was assigned as the Case Agent for the missing person investigation, which involved a pregnant mother, Shanann Watts, and her two young daughters, Bella and Celeste. Agent Lee assisted with the polygraph and interrogation of the suspect, Christopher Watts. Christopher Watts ultimately confessed to murdering his pregnant wife and burying her in a shallow grave and disposing of his two young daughters in large oil tanks. In November of 2018, Christopher Watts plead guilty to three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree murder of a child under the age of 12, three counts of tampering with a deceased human body, and one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy. Christopher Watts was sentenced to five life sentences plus 84 years in prison.
Corporal Josh Guthrie is a full-time law enforcement officer and has been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police for a period of twenty-two years. Josh has held positions as a patrol section member, a collision analysis and reconstruction specialist, and as an in-service instructor during his tenure with the referenced agency.
Josh has investigated and reconstructed hundreds of significant automobile collisions and criminal incidents. The reconstruction of these events involved the forensic mapping and analysis of both physical and video evidence. Josh has demonstrated a wide-ranging understanding of scientific and mathematical principals, as well as, the competent application of recognized exploratory practices.
Josh has also provided critical incident scene reconstruction training to thousands of active police officers and trainees. This instruction has granted students with a concentration upon time – distance analysis and the critical examination of physical evidence, video footage, and environmental factors pertinent to a critical event.
Sergeant Coker is a passionate leader and educator well known for his unwavering dedication to his community. As a veteran of Portsmouth Police Department for over two decades, he harnesses his extensive experience to educate public and private sector professionals on the ins and outs of leadership. He travels nationally conducting trainings on important topics that both motivate and empower employees to lead with the three C’s: confidence, compassion, and competence. However, his expertise lies beyond training. His primary specialty is “EnterTRAINment,” which is a one-of-a-kind immersive experience that merges learning with fun through vivid visual aids and music.
Sgt. Coker graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bethel University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Mike is also a 2009 PLP graduate at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. Throughout his multifaceted career, Michael effectively occupied various assignments in Uniform Patrol and Investigations and supervised a multitude of different units during his tenure, including Homicide and Robbery, Domestic Violence/Sex Crimes Unit, Robbery Task Force, and served as the Shift Commander. He has also cultivated extensive lecturing and teaching experience, including the Indiana Chapter of the FBI National Academy Alumni Association Conference, Executive Staff Management Team in Sharonville, Ohio, Polaroid Corporation, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Illinois State Police, United States Postal Service, U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern Mississippi District, Birmingham Alabama Police Department, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, Idaho P.O.S.T., Idaho Governor’s Task Force, Suffolk County Long Island New York, Virginia Juvenile Court Judges, Texas P.O.S.T, University of Delaware, Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, Hampton Roads Academy of Criminal Justice Services, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and the United States Virgin Island Police.
William Shute is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He has been with the FBI for over 20 years. Special Agent Shute has primarily worked Violent Crime cases over most of his career. In 2005, SA Shute developed a program known as Project Pin-Point, which was a geo-spatial program used to map crime data for actively targeting street criminals. The program became a nationwide initiative for the FBI and for his efforts, SA Shute was awarded with the FBI’s Director’s award in 2006.
Utilizing layers of data to solve crimes, SA Shute had utilized cellular data in investigations for years. Project Pin-point morphed and SA Shute continued to use cellular data as one of his data layers. In 2005, SA Shute testified as an expert witness as the first federal expert in historical cell site analysis. For the next five years, SA Shute split his time between working violet crime and fugitive cases in Philadelphia and traveling the country teaching about and testifying to historical cell site analysis. In 2010, SA Shute and representatives from FBI HQ prepared a curriculum and 4-week training course known as CAST Certification. This was the foundation of the program that would eventually become the Cellular Analysis Survey Team (CAST).
SA Shute testified in approximately half of the states in the country. SA Shute has presented internationally in Canada, Germany, and Malta, and testified in Europe in the island country of Malta regarding a cellular device that was used to detonate a bomb during the assassination of a Maltese journalist. He currently serves as a National Asset for the FBI CAST program out of FBI HQ in Washington D.C. and also serves as a member of the FBI’s elite Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) team helping to investigate and bring resolution to matters where a child has gone missing. SA Shute has personally worked on over two dozen Child Abduction cases over the past decade including in the state of Delaware and has also provided training to numerous law enforcement agencies in conducting Child Abduction investigations.
SA Shute has also served as an instructor all over the country as well as internationally for numerous training courses in countries regarding historical cell site analysis. He has served as the creator and lead instructor for many of the CAST classes taught by his unit, especially CAST certification. SA Shute has trained over 7,500 law enforcement officers regarding cellular telephone matters. He has presented to law enforcement in 43 different states across the country. He is the most senior member of CAST and has worked on over one thousand cases involving cellular evidence.
He has dedicated his career to working with law enforcement all over the country and maintains that the best part of his career has been working with and getting to know police officers, investigators, and prosecutors all over the country.
Investigator Tom Martin began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a uniformed New York State Trooper, and began his forensic career in 1990 as crime scene field technician. For nearly his entire career, Tom was assigned to the NYSP Forensic Identification Unit in Poughkeepsie, and supervised that unit for 14 years before retiring from that position in October 2010. Tom regularly provides expert forensic testimony in various state and federal courts.
Tom’s training and experience encompass several fields of expertise, including: forensic crime scene processing, latent print processing and identification, blood stain pattern analysis and documentation, shooting reconstruction, police involved shooting scenes, forensic composite art, excavation of human remains, forensic entomology collection, digital imaging technology and photo enhancement.
Tom has investigated thousands of forensic cases; including, murder, serial and mass murders, police involved shootings, bombings and sexual assaults. He worked at ground zero at the World Trade Center disaster and assisted with the anthrax testing and removal from the New York State government offices in 2001. Tom has a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and serves as a guest lecturer at colleges and universities nationwide. In addition to his lectures, Tom has worked as a consultant for entities such as the National Institute of Justice. He has appeared on Court TV/TruTV as an expert guest analyst and has appeared on the Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN) – “Child Abuse/Child Murders”, the HBO series “Autopsy”, the Court TV series “Trace Evidence”, The TruTV series “Forensic Files” and has appeared on several episodes for The Discovery channel. He is the author of the Crime Scene Forensics: A Field Guide for the First Responder pocket guide series published by Looseleaf Law.
Tom is a nationally recognized speaker who has instructed at numerous forensic training seminars across the United States, including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Conferences, The National Institute of Justice Annual Conferences and Technology Fairs, and the Smithsonian Institute. He is a faculty member of the National College of District Attorneys and an instructor for Public Agency Training Council, (PATC). Since 2010, Tom has been working with the U.S. State Dept and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, (IACP) in developing and delivering training programs, involving evidence based investigations, for ranking members of the Iraqi police forces.
Tom currently serves as a member of the National Institute of Justice Technical Working Groups for both Sensor and Surveillance Technology and General Forensics. Tom established his private forensic training and consulting practice, Crime Scene Forensics, LLC in 2006, and consults on forensic cases nationwide.
Corporal Kevin Selverian is a full-time law enforcement officer and has been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police for a period of twenty-six years. Kevin has served in a variety of capacities during his employment with the Pennsylvania State Police. He has held positions as a patrol section member, a criminal investigation section member, and a defensive tactics instructor during his tenure with the referenced agency.
Kevin has investigated a significant number of criminal incidents, to include: criminal homicides, officer-involved shootings, physical assaults, sexual assaults, and child abuse cases. He has trained thousands of municipal, state, and federal law enforcement officers regarding a wide array of topics in both classroom and practical settings. The focus of much of this training surrounded the instruction of recognized defensive tactics related to deadly and less-lethal force options, the lawful application of force, and the proper implementation of recognized criminal investigative techniques.
Kevin is currently assigned as a use of force specialist within the department’s use of force section. He has conducted numerous comprehensive analyses related to a variety of application of force cases. These examinations have addressed officer-involved shootings, conducted energy weapon (TASER) deployments, oleoresin capsicum deployments, ASP baton deployments, legal interventions, and the application of hands-on control techniques. Kevin has also provided testimony in a variety of venues related to criminal and civil court proceedings.
Sergeant Jon King is a 22 year veteran of the Delaware State Police and is currently assigned as a shift commander at Troop 7. Prior to becoming a Sergeant in March of 2021, Jon spent 14 years in the Major Crimes and Homicide Unit as an investigator. Prior to joining the Delaware State Police, Jon graduated from Rowan University with a bachelor’s degree in Law Justice, was as a 9-1-1 dispatcher and served as a Delaware Probation Officer. Jon has worked a multitude of felony level cases during his career while specializing in child homicide, abuse, and neglect cases. He represents DSP on the Child Abuse and Neglect panel for the state and is a member of the Child Protection and Accountability Commission for Delaware. He has extensive experience in investigating homicides, child abuse, officer involved shootings, missing persons and sexual assault investigations.
In April of 2017 Sgt King was tasked with investigating the murder of Delaware State Trooper Corporal Stephen Ballard and the subsequent officer involved shooting of the suspect involving 4 separate agencies.