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 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.
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.
Sergeant Chris Scallon retired as a 24+-year veteran with the Norfolk Police Department. He holds a Masters in Psychology, BS in Criminal Justice, and is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management from the University of Maryland BC Emergency Health Services. He is the Founder of Survival Mindset Training and Consulting, the current Director of Public Safety Support for Chateau Recovery and a Co-Founder of Trauma Behind the Badge. He was the founder and first Director of the Norfolk Police Department’s Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) & Peer Support Unit, and the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Co-Coordinator. Sgt. Scallon is a peer and current board member of Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program (VALEAP) and a certified peer with the West Coast Post Trauma Retreat/First Responder Support Network. Chris is an approved instructor for International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor (Adult/Veteran Modules) through the National Council for Behavioral Health, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran’s Association (IAVA), and a Master Trainer for Homefront Protective Group teaching across the country and abroad. Chris has worked with victims of numerous mass shootings (e.g., Pulse Night Club, Sandy Hook/Newtown, Virginia Tech, Virginia Beach). Chris is a U.S. Navy Veteran and served as a line officer in the Port Washington, NY Fire Department, Atlantic Hook & Ladder, Light and Heavy Rescue.
Chris has received numerous awards including the National Top Cop award (NAPO), Virginia’s Public Safety Medal of Valor (presented by Former Governor Tim Kaine), and the Norfolk Police Department’s Medal of Honor.