Experienced Instructors

Our instructors do more than just teach the latest developments in interviewing, forensics and policing. Each one has thousands of hours in the field working real cases, handling real evidence and investigating real crimes. Our instructors are experts and their goal is to train other professionals to be the best.
Alan (Boe) Bostjancic, Retired Sergeant, Norfolk Police Department

Alan (Boe) Bostjancic

Retired Sergeant, Norfolk Police Department

Boe Bostjancic is a retired Sergeant of the Norfolk Police Department. Boe was in charge of a 28 person Hostage Crisis Negotiation Team, and is currently the Virginia Director for the International Association of Hostage Negotiators. Sergeant Bostjancic was responsible for training multiple federal agencies’ Negotiation Teams. CIA, NCIS, Department Defense. Boe Bostjancic has been court certified as an expert witness in crisis negotiation / civil litigation.

Boe has also instructed a variety of workplace violence classes as well as active shooter classes to both Sentara Norfolk and Children Hospital . He has also instructed workplace violence classes to all of Eastern Virginia Medical School staff in conjunction with their risk management.  These classes were also given to all Virginia OSHA employees at their annual retreat. Boe Also served honorably for 8 years in the United States Marine Corps.

Boe is a graduate of Saint Leo University . On June 16, 2011 a special flag was flown over the CIA building in Boe’s name for his help in instructing their Hostage Crisis Negotiation Team.  

Chris Humphries, Cpl. Detective, Chesterfield Co. Police, Unsolved Major Investigations Group

Chris Humphries

Cpl. Detective, Chesterfield Co. Police, Unsolved Major Investigations Group

Chris Humphries earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Virginia Commonwealth University and has been with the Chesterfield County Police Department since 1993. Chris has held positions within the department such as, Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Street Drug Enforcement Officer, Vice and Narcotics Detective, DEA Task Force Officer, Senior Detective, Master Detective, Career Detective, and Corporal Detective.

Chris is currently assigned to the Chesterfield County Criminal Investigations Division, Unsolved Major Investigations Group (UMIG). This elite group is tasked with investigating unsolved homicides, suspicious missing persons cases, serial violent offenders, officer involved use of force cases, and investigating high profile or sensitive violent crime involving political figures, elected officials, and judges should they arise.

Key Cold Cases Investigations

2007 – Investigation, arrest, trial preparation, and conviction of defendant for 1991, unsolved double homicide in Chesterfield County, Virginia

Commonwealth v. Wallace

2016 – Investigation, arrest, trial preparation, and conviction of a defendant in Chesterfield County’s first “no-body” homicide investigation.

Commonwealth v. Edwards

2017 – Investigation, arrest, trial preparation and conviction of a defendant in Chesterfield County’s second “no-body” homicide investigation.

Commonwealth v. Gibbs

2020 – Investigation into the 1986 murder and dismemberment of a 16-year-old Christy Lynn Floyd. Victim had remained unidentified from 1986 until March of 2020. Floyd identified but with use of DNA technology, testing, and genealogical research. (CASE PENDING AND LAW ENFORCEMENT SENSITIVE)

2021 – Investigation, arrest, and trial preparation of a defendant in Chesterfield County’s third “no-body” homicide investigation.

Commonwealth vs. Howard.

Donnie Norrell, Retired, Norfolk Police Department

Donnie Norrell

Retired, Norfolk Police Department

Donnie earned a BA in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University and served 26 years with the Norfolk Police Department before retiring. After graduating from the police academy, he was assigned to uniform patrol briefly before moving into Vice & Narcotics, where he spent 10 years. He was transferred to K-9, where he served as part of the emergency response team (ERT) for the next 5 years and completed his time in Norfolk, assigned to Homicide. During his 10 year stent in homicide, he was assigned to 77 “active” homicides, achieved a 100% clearance rate and brought to a close 7 “cold case” homicides. He’s received several letters of commendation and was awarded Police Officer of the Year in 1999. After retiring from the police department, Donnie continued his work in death investigations with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as the State’s Senior Investigator. He was certified by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators and has conducted over five thousand medicolegal death investigations. Donnie was a certified instructor with DCJS, a member of the Virginia Beach police “civilian” cold case squad and the NCIS cold case work group.

Dr. Elayne Pope, Forensic Anthropologist/Fatal Fire Expert

Dr. Elayne Pope

Forensic Anthropologist/Fatal Fire Expert

Dr. Elayne Pope is a Forensic Anthropologist and the Director of Fatal Fire Forensics www.burnedbone.com. Dr. Pope’s research has focused on how the human body burns within in different types of fire environments (structures, vehicles, confined space, outdoor, and incendiary) and what types of physical evidence remains of the victim’s body at the fatal fire scene for crime scene and fire investigators. She completed her doctorate from the University of Arkansas in 2007 for “The Effects of Fire on Human Remains.” Dr. Pope worked as the Autopsy Supervisor and Forensic Anthropologist for 6 years at the Tidewater Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Norfolk, Virginia (2011-2017). Currently, Dr. Pope provides ongoing instructional course lectures and training, forensic expert consultation and examination of fatal fire casework for fire investigators, law enforcement, medical examiners/coroners, attorneys, and court testimony. She has conducted ongoing field research that examines the process of how human bodies burn under different fire scene conditions and environments in collaboration with the San Luis Obispo Fire Investigation Strike Team (SLO FIST) Fatal Fire Death Investigation Course (FFDIC) in San Luis Obispo, California where she has been an instructor since 2008 (www.slofist.org). 

James (Jamie) Thomas, Senior Homicide Detective, Chesapeake Police Department

James (Jamie) Thomas

Senior Homicide Detective, Chesapeake Police Department

James G. (Jamie) Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Leo University; graduating Cum Laude. Jamie is currently a dedicated Senior Homicide Detective with the Chesapeake Police Department. Twenty-two years with the CPD, has equipped Detective Thomas with a well-rounded background in proven investigative strategies and is recognized by many as an expert in the field of Cellular Survey Analysis; well versed and documented successful prosecutions using key facets of the technology, such as writing and effecting search warrants for cellular devices, call detail records and mapping. While he has demonstrated much success in effectively prosecuting cases of burglary, larceny, forgery, assault, missing persons, robbery, abduction, murder for hire, and homicide using his expertise in Cellular Analysis techniques, Detective Thomas’ was most proud when he solved a case of a twelve-year-old girl, kidnapped and taken to Mexico, using Cellular Analysis techniques and strategies; remarkably, the girl was returned to her family.  Jamie has received numerous Meritorious Service Awards; Hampton Roads Top Cop Award in 2004 and Great Bridge Ruritan Club Police Officer of the Year in 2000 are just two of many awarded to Detective James G. (Jamie) Thomas.

Kenneth R. Morris, Criminal Profiler Consultant, Virginia State Police

Kenneth R. Morris

Criminal Profiler Consultant, Virginia State Police

Kenneth R. Morris

Criminal Profiler Consultant, Virginia State Police

After 27 years as a sworn member of the Virginia Department of State Police, Ken retired from its behavioral unit on September 1, 2014. He returned to the State Police on October 26, 2015, in the same capacity as a criminal profiler but, as a civilian consultant. As one of only about 75 certified criminal profilers in the world, Ken continues to assist with violent crimes investigations for local and federal law enforcement agencies around the United States and internationally. Recently, he assisted with investigations in Virginia, Idaho, California, and Missouri.

Ken specializes in criminal investigative analysis, an investigative umbrella that includes determining personality traits and other characteristics of unknown offenders (criminal profiling), assessing threatening communications and actions, providing interview/interrogation techniques, and analyzing statements for truthfulness. He is also a crisis negotiator and court-certified expert in bloodstain pattern analysis. He lectures extensively on criminal profiling throughout the United States and has done so abroad in Canada, Germany, and South Africa.

Ken’s profiling certification was attained by completing a demanding training agenda mandated by the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship (ICIAF), a renowned group whose membership includes active and retired profilers from various elite law enforcement agencies from the US and around the world.

Ken, a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, served in the U.S. Army as an armor officer before joining the Virginia State Police as a Trooper in 1987. He is a graduate of the Virginia State Police Basic Academy, the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Understudy Program, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science Academy, the National Fire Academy, and the FBI Basic Bomb and Hazardous Devices School at Redstone Arsenal. He served as a Board Member and Vice President of the Virginia Homicide Investigators’ Association for 16 years.

Lena Sisco, Body Language Expert, Certified Military Interrogator, Author

Lena Sisco

Body Language Expert, Certified Military Interrogator, Author

Lena Sisco is a Certified Military Interrogator with an extensive background in interviewing and interrogation. While working in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, she was involved in interrogating members of Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Her ability to build a rapport, employ effective questioning techniques and accurately read body language led to numerous successes that saved American lives. She is the Founder of Concruency Group and since 2003 has shared her skills with both, law enforcement and military professions to include DEA, Border Patrol, Defense Intelligence Agency, Navy Special Warfare as well as other local, State and Federal Agencies. Her techniques have been used to assist these individuals in their personal and professional lives, apprehend criminals and gather necessary intelligence for our military. She holds a Master's Degree from Brown University and authored two books, titled "You're Lying," a book that describes the techniques of detecting deception Lena has developed and mastered as well as "Marine Scout Snipers." Ms. Sisco has been a keynote speaker for TED and several private sector businesses, and is recognized as a certified Expert in the art of enhanced communications.

Philip G. Evans, Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, Retired

Philip G. Evans

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, Retired

Philip G. Evans, recently retired after 27 years service as Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, Norfolk, Virginia, 1994-2021.  Supervised the Adult Violent Crime Prosecution Team for 24 years and personally prosecuted all types of violent crime cases to include approximately 150 murder cases which included twenty-five defendants charged with capital murder; Recipient, 2018 Warren B. Von Schuch Award,  Distinguished Prosecutor Award; Recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Biometric Identification Award [Next Generation Identification System] in both 2019, Commonwealth v. Daniel Johnston: [Jury Trial, 1981 cold case homicide] and 2015, Commonwealth v. Amin Garcia, [Jury trial: cold case sexual assault]; Served as Faculty Instructor from 2004-2020 for the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council (CASC) and/or Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys (VACA) for multiple instruction courses to include Prosecuting Homicides, Prosecuting Capital Murder Cases, Virginia DNA Procedures; Virginia Post-Conviction DNA Petitions/Evidence Retention; Member, 2016 Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) National Workgroup: “Police Officer Use of Force Project”; Instructor on Criminal Procedure, Norfolk Police Department, 1994-2021.  Served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 1987-1994, as both prosecutor and defense counsel: 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg; United States Army Berlin, Germany; United States Army Trial Defense Service.  Juris Doctor [Law Degree], Loyola University of Chicago; Bachelor’s Degree: Journalism, The Pennsylvania State University.  Resident of Chesapeake, Virginia.    

Ronnie Young, Retired, Chesapeake Police Department

Ronnie Young

Retired, Chesapeake Police Department

Ronnie is a 35 year veteran of the Chesapeake Police Department. After 3 years in Uniform Patrol, he was assigned to the Special Investigations Unit, Vice & Narcotics section for the next 8 years. After being transferred to the Criminal Investigations Section in 1991, he worked briefly in the property crimes section before being moved into the Crimes against Persons, Homicide unit. He worked active death investigations for 20 years and was selected to start the “Cold Case” section in 2011, where he remains currently assigned. Prior to his assignment in homicide, he served 10 years with SWAT and is a recipient of the Department’s Heroism Award, the VHIA Homicide Investigator of the Year award as well as a two time recipient of the Meritorious Service Award. He's a Charter Member of the Virginia Homicide Investigator’s Association and served 4 years on the Awards Committee before being elected to the Board of Directors in 2006. In 2007, he was elected by the Board of Directors to serve as Vice President and in October of 2012, once again elected to become the 4th President of the V.H.I.A. organization. Ronnie has served as an Instructor for the DCJS for over 30 years, specializing in Death Investigation, Interview and Interrogation Techniques and Search Warrant & Affidavit writing.