Officer Wellness Training Instructors

Jerry W. Baker

Jerry Baker is a Vietnam veteran. Shortly after returning from Vietnam in 1970 he enrolled in college and majored in Psychology. He was introduced to Law Enforcement through a class project and became fascinated with all the things the Police Officers did. In 1972, he subsequently applied for a job as a Police Officer and was hired four days later. He finished his bachelor's degree in Business Administration while working full time as a Police Officer.

Mr. Baker is a graduate of the Michigan Law Enforcement Officer Training Council and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy where he is a Master Instructor. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is an adjunct faculty member of Indiana University Indianapolis. Mr. Baker is an instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation providing training to first responders in dealing with the aftermath of trauma and disasters.

Mr. Baker is a member of the State FOP Memorial Team serving as a First Responder and trainer for many Police and Fire Departments throughout Indiana. As an instructor, he focuses primarily on issues related to Officer Safety, dealing with Officers in crisis and ethics.

Mr. Baker retired in May of 2014 with 42 years as a sworn Police Officer, eight as Chief of Police and an additional three years as Director of Public Safety. Mr. Baker is also the father of slain Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Baker.

Lieutenant Harold Bozeman

Lieutenant Harold Bozeman has served with the Wilmington Delaware Police Department for more than 21 years and is in his fifth year as the President of the local FOP: Delaware Lodge 1. For eighteen years he has served on the Critical Incident Stress Management Team, climbing through the ranks from basic peer supporter to Team Commander and training coordinator and now manages the team of twenty-one CISM providers in an urban police department with 315 sworn officers and 65 civilian employees. As a supervising member of Delaware CISM, he responds as mutual aid for critical incidents state-wide. He is also a Team Leader on the Crisis Management Hostage Negotiations Team. Lt. Bozeman was instrumental in bringing the Crisis Intervention Team concept to the State of Delaware and his home department and in developing the program for full implementation. He now serves as the CIT Coordinator for the Wilmington Police and is on the Delaware State CIT committee as a law enforcement advisor and faculty member.

He has delivered officer wellness, stress management, and hostage negotiations training to police academy classes since 2002. Additionally, he has instructed thousands of sworn personnel and civilians at FOP and National Alliance on Mental Illness conferences as well as at dozens of private and departmental training events. He is a recognized instructor for the National Alliance on Mental Illness in their peer support, family, and mental health advocacy programs.

Lt. Bozeman serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Delaware and the Trauma Survivors Foundation where he develops and delivers training material for officer wellness, veterans issues, and community mental health. Because of his efforts in these fields, Bozeman was awarded the National Alliance for Mental Illness Crisis Intervention Officer of the Year in 2015, the City of Wilmington's "Keys to Success" award in 2013, and the FOP Delaware Lodge 1 Member of the Year in 2012.

Deirdre DeLong

An International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Approved Instructor in both Group and Individual classes, Deirdre DeLong is the Director of the Critical Incident Response Service and a member of the Mid-Ohio and Miami Valley CISM teams.

DeLong majored in psychology and political science, attending Mount Holyoke College and receiving her BA from Miami University. She was an EMT from 1985&#endash;1994 and was both a volunteer firefighter and dispatcher before entering the police academy in 1988.

DeLong received her Ohio Peace Officer Training instructor certification in 1992 and has taught at academies in Butler and Hamilton Counties. She is retired from the Blue Ash Police Department and has been working with the FOP of Ohio since 2010.

Captain Brian Nanavaty (ret.)

Captain Brian Nanavaty retired after 33 years with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department (IMPD) where in 2010 he created the IMPD Office of Professional Development and Wellness (OPDW) and served as Professional Performance Manager. His innovative programs created a culture of health at IMPD and resulted in a reduction of officer disciplinary referrals by 40%.

During his career, Nanavaty has instructed officers, executives, union officials, insurance providers and clinicians in the areas of personal and career survival for the Department of Justice (DOJ), the FBI, Safe Call Now, the Dolan Consulting Group and at major conferences including IACP, ILEETA, IADLEST, NOBLE, FOP and EAPA conferences and the 2017 National Crime Summit. Nanavaty has also been featured on and in Law and Order magazine and in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

In 2015, Nanavaty and IMPD received the Destination Zero Valor Award from the DOJ and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) for his innovative officer and agency wellness programs and in 2016, in addition to appearing in front of the US Congress on the issue of police officer wellness, Nanavaty was a finalist for the prestigious International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Officer of the Year award. In 2016, the White House sent U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to Indianapolis as part of the President':s Task Force on 21st Century Policing where Lynch stated "Captain Nanavaty's officer and agency wellness program in Indianapolis should be the model for law enforcement across the US." In 2016 Nanavaty applied for and was awarded the BJA/COPS Microgrant for Officer Safety and Wellness.

Captain Nanavaty currently consults with U.S. law enforcement agencies and mental health and addictive treatment facilities to assist with educating and connecting and coordinating officers and agencies and peers and loved ones with long-term recovery programs. He also serves on the FBINAA and the Fraternal Order of Police National Safety and Wellness Committees as well as the governing board of the National Institute for Public Safety Health.

Captain Nanavaty attended Franklin College (IN), Drew University (NJ), and the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of the 255th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico VA. From 1994–2003 he was Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Indiana and Purdue Universities.

Sergeant Aaron Snyder

Sergeant Aaron Snyder is an 18-year veteran of the IMPD and has managed the Officer Wellness and Development programs since 2012 in addition to the IMPD Career Leadership Development Academy where he assisted in the development of the 4-week Leadership Academy program and the Master Patrol and Master Detective programs. Snyder has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Ball State University and is a certified Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) instructor.

Snyder has presented at IACP, NOBLE, ILEETA and FOP conferences on the topics of Resiliency, Wellness, Development, Peer Support, Mentoring and Suicide Prevention. Snyder also manages the DOJ/BJA/COPS Micro-grant for Officer Safety and Wellness which was awarded in 2016 to the IMPD Wellness office as part of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Officer Danny Veith

Danny Veith has been continuously employed by a law enforcement agency since graduating high school in 1980 (the initial five years as a dispatcher, and the past 33 years as a police officer). His experience as a police officer includes nearly 10 years with a small agency in a metropolitan area, followed by 24 years with a major city agency. Danny has primarily worked uniform assignments and currently works in the Patrol Division with a major city agency in Colorado.

His interest in emergency services stress is best expressed by 26 years as an active Peer Support Provider (via a local CISM/Crisis Support Team from 1992 to 2008, and 2015 to present; as a Certified Trauma Responder; and a major city police agency Peer Support Program, 2000 to present).

From 2008 through 2012, Danny had the unique opportunity to create and implement a comprehensive Wellness Unit within his agency. In this position, Danny created curriculum and co-instructed a one-day class, "Officer Down," addressing the prevention and intervention of police officer suicide. Danny also assisted officers and employees with identifying options, strategies, and resources to address issues and concerns impacting their ability to live and work in a healthy manner.

In 2014 Danny was appointed to a Task Force for the Colorado State Legislature concerning PTSD within the law enforcement profession. In 2016 he became a member of the Leadership Team for the newly formed Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation (a line-of-duty death response team). In 2017 Danny became an active member of the Resiliency subgroup for Colorado's ResponderStrongTM (a platform for mental wellness that serves emergency responders across the state).

Officer Danny Veith is a member of FOP Lodge #41 (Colorado).