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Dr. Charles (Chuck) Russo

Program Director Professor, Security and Global Studies

Education

Ph.D. in Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
M.S. in Criminal Justice
University of Central Florida
M.A. in Instructional Technology/Media
University of Central Florida
B.A. in Criminal Justice
University of Central Florida
A.A. in Associate of Arts
University of Central Florida

Teaching Interests

Dr. Chuck Russo is an education and public safety professional with over 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He has a doctorate degree in public affairs, coupled with graduate degrees in criminal justice and education – instructional design. Dr. Russo has been involved in online learning since 1995 and pioneered many of the learning models utilized throughout the world today. Dr. Russo’s recent articles have focused on emerging law enforcement technology, social media and use of force. Dr. Russo’s law enforcement career has spanned four decades and involved all areas of patrol, special operations and investigations. His response to dynamic incidents earned him several awards ranging from the life saver award to the medal of valor. He has had the privilege and honor of training and educating law enforcement professionals from six continents and numerous countries. Dr. Russo’s pioneering learning models paved the way for the creation of the online learning environment utilized by millions today. When he created the first online training institute in the U.S. in 1996, he empowered governments to save millions of dollars in training funds by providing efficient, effective and cost conscious training to those in remote, as well as populous, locations. The online learning institutes he has created, supervised, maintained and managed have garnered both national and international awards. Dr. Russo’s proven knowledge, skills and abilities in the areas of public safety and training/education solutions have enabled him to consult with governments and organizations throughout the world. Dr. Russo has supervised and managed domestic and international personnel and programs for university, non-profit, government and Fortune 1000 organizations.

Positions Held

2001 - Present
SPS Innovation Group, LLC
President
2010 - 2013
State of Florida
Team Leader - Regional Disaster Behavioral Health Assessment Team
2006 - 2013
Daytona Beach Police Department
Police Officer
1996 - 2010
University of Central Florida
Instructor

Presentations

Emerging Issues

13th Annual International Association For Intelligence Education
May 22, 2017

Technology and Forensics: The Future of Law Enforcement

AMU-VACCINE Webinar Series
April 21, 2017

Shifting from traditional to digital forensics

Technology and Forensics: The Future of Law Enforcement
April 21, 2017

PTSD: Is it pension worthy?

ACJS 2017 Annual Meeting
March 23, 2017

Recruiting police and corrections officers into college programs.

ACJS 2017 Annual Meeting
March 22, 2017

AMU Law Enforcement Executive Program

AMU Law Enforcement Executive Program
May 29, 2014

Online Training Solutions

FBI NAA Executive Board at the FBI National Academy Associates Chapter Officers’ Meeting
March 2, 2014

Critical incident stress management (CISM) integration – academy to administrators

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting
March 16, 2012

Combating traumatic stress – the role of CISM teams

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting
March 15, 2012

Online criminal justice training policy and procedures standards

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting
March 15, 2012

Budgeting dilemmas: Doing more with less

Illinois FBI National Academy Associates Annual Meeting
September 08, 2011

Critical incident stress management

New York/Eastern Canada FBI National Academy Associates Annual Meeting
July 16, 2011

Cost effective technology tools for online learning

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting
March 05, 2011

Strengthening American/Canadian Justice Connections

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting
March 4, 2011

Psychological and physiological responses to traumatic stress

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting
February 28, 2011

Establishing state standards for online criminal justice training

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting
February 25, 2011

Practical Applications of psychological first aid and critical incident stress management for criminal justice professionals

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting
February 25, 2011

Instructor Led Online Learning

Northeast Florida Law Enforcement Executive’s Association
August 18, 2010

Critical Incident Debriefing

North Carolina FBI National Academy Associates Annual Meeting
June 15, 2010

Using the online environment for in-service training

New Jersey FBI National Academy Alumni Association Annual Meeting
May 20, 2010

Building online communities within a law enforcement agency

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting
February 27, 2010

Critical incident stress management – helping those who help others

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting
February 26, 2010

Customized agency-based online learning on a budget

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting
February 25, 2010

Tweet: Social networking and policing

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting
February 25, 2010

Media Contributions

A natural progression

Journal of Higher Learning for Today's Servicemember
June 21, 2017
Social Media - Blog

How a mobile application team can improve officer recruitment.

In Public Safety
May 9, 2017
Social Media - Blog

Finding tomorrow's law enforcement officers today.

LinkedIn Pulse
April 25, 2017
Social Media - Blog

The debate continues…Do cops need a college education?

LinkedIn Pulse
April 25, 2017
Social Media - Blog

Recovering from Orlando: The role of a critical incident stress team.

In Public Safety
April 24, 2017
Social Media - Blog

Recruiting tomorrow's police officers.

In Public Safety
April 24, 2017
Social Media - Blog

Critical incident stress management interventions help heal first responders.

PoliceOne.com
April 19, 2017
Social Media - Blog

Do cops need a college education?

In Public Safety
April 7, 2017
Social Media - Blog

Contributing to research and discussions in the criminal justice field.

In Public Safety
March 7, 2017
Social Media - Blog

The evolution of police: From the 19th century beat cop to today.

In Public Safety
September 19, 2016
Social Media - Blog

The history of online education, 25 years after first website launched.

In Public Safety
August 17, 2016
Social Media - Blog

Recovering from Orlando: The role of a Critical Incident Stress Team.

In Public Safety
July 18, 2016
Social Media - Blog

Improving police response time doesn't reduce crime, so why is it still important?

In Public Safety
May 11, 2016
Social Media - Blog

Failure to provide personal safety equipment can come at a cost

FireRescue.com
March 24, 2016
Social Media - Blog

Failure to provide personal safety equipment can comes at a cost to government.

LinkedIn Pulse
March 14, 2016
Social Media - Blog

Integrating drones into disaster response operations.

In Public Safety
March 6, 2016
Social Media - Blog

Failure to provide personal safety equipment can come at a cost.

In Public Safety
March 1, 2016
Social Media - Blog

The case for training reserve officers to handle internal affairs investigations.

The Police Chief
October 2015
Magazine

Mass shootings: Getting to the heart of the issue.

LinkedIn Pulse
October 27, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Getting to the heart of issues behind mass shootings.

In Public Safety
October 9, 2015
Social Media - Blog

The case for training reserve officers to handle internal affairs investigations.

The Police Chief
September 2015
Magazine

How to turn $10 into a comfortable retirement.

In Public Safety
September 29, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Counseling and other sources to help with career transition.

In Public Safety
September 18, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Beyond the badge: Always keep your options open.

In Public Safety
September 8, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Ashley Madison hack will end careers.

In Public Safety
August 28, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Prevent police-involved shootings with education, training.

PoliceOne.com
August 25, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Police shootings can be prevented!

LinkedIn Pulse
August 17, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Prevent police-involved shootings with education, training

In Public Safety
August 11, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Getting hired … The interview board - Part two: The interview.

LinkedIn Pulse
June 18, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Strategies for preparing for a job interview.

Online Career Tips
June 15, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Getting hired as an officer: The interview.

In Public Safety
June 9, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Pursuits, use of force and perceptions

LinkedIn Pulse
June 8, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Pursuits, use of force, and the influence of public perceptions on policing.

In Public Safety
June 5, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Getting hired in law enforcement…The interview board: Part one.

LinkedIn Pulse
May 28, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Become a police officer: What to know leading up to an interview.

In Public Safety
May 18, 2015
Social Media - Blog

UAS for disaster response: Not if but when.

LinkedIn Pulse
May 14, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Integrating drones into disaster response operations.

In Public Safety
May 6, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Why do agencies have reserve officers?

In Public Safety
April 24, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Why do agencies have reserve officers?

In Public Safety
April 24, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Court Rules on Civilian Drones Used to Record Police

In Public Safety
April 8, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Careers & transitions: Degrees in criminal justice.

Journal of Higher Learning for Today's Service Member
April 7, 2015
Other

Change in the Law Enforcement Agency

LinkedIn Pulse
April 7, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Critical Incident Stress Management Interventions Help Heal First Responders

In Public Safety
March 18, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Passed up for promotion: What to do when your best isn't enough

PoliceOne.com
March 8, 2015
Magazine

Putting experience to work: The value of a formal mentoring program

In Public Safety
February 25, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Questionable Police Reform: New Orleans PD Axes Education Requirement

In Public Safety
February 18, 2015
Social Media - Blog

FAA Proposed UAS Policy Changes and Impacts to Public Safety Agencies

LinkedIn Pulse
February 17, 2015
Social Media - Blog

FAA Releases Policies for Unmanned Aerial System Use in the National Airspace System.

In Public Safety
February 16, 2015
Social Media - Blog

When being the best isn't enough.

LinkedIn Pulse
February 6, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Passed up for promotion? What to do when your best isn't enough.

In Public Safety
February 5, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Attack on Paris: How UAVs could have aided police response

PoliceOne.com
January 13, 2015
Social Media - Blog

Paris Terrorist Attacks: How Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Could Have Aided Police Response

In Public Safety
January 11, 2015
Social Media - Blog

The Coloring of America: Do You Identify as Blue, Green, and Tan?

In Public Safety
December 12, 2014
Social Media - Blog

Strong Community Relations Among the Lessons of Ferguson

In Public Safety
August 18, 2014
Social Media - Blog

Memphis Police Blue Flu Protest Sheds Light on Limitations of Tools

InPublicSafety.com
July 10, 2014
Social Media - Blog

Demystifying the background investigation process: What you can expect when applying for a law enforcement job

PoliceOne.com
February 19, 2014
Magazine

Demystifying the background investigation process: What you can expect when applying for a law enforcement job

InPublicSafety.com
February 4, 2014
Social Media - Blog

Ore. mall shooting highlights importance of police partnerships with the private sector

PoliceOne.com
December 14, 2012
Magazine

Newtown shooting: First responders must be prepared for the rollercoaster of emotions

PoliceOne.com
December 14, 2012
Magazine

Certifications and Licensure

National Competition License
Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)
Nationally Certified Driving Instructor
Porsche Club of America (PCA)

Awards & Honors

2004
Best New Corporate University (Second Place)
Corporate University Best in Class (CUBIC) Award
2004
Most Innovative Corporate University (First Place)
Corporate University Best in Class (CUBIC) Award
April 2001
Distinguished Service Certificate
University of West Florida
1999
Commercial Program Award of Excellence
International Association of Correctional Training Personnel
For Pegasus Innovation Group
1997
Award of Excellence in Education
American Society of Association Executives
for APCO International's Virtual Institute
May 1996
Life Saver Award
Winter Park Police Department
Provided emergency first aid that saved an individual's life.
November 1995
Medal of Valor
Winter Park Police Department
Response and apprehension of a violent individual who robbed a restaurant and multiple employees and patrons