Elevate Blue

Elevate Blue is a virtual training suite designed to address contemporary issues law enforcement faces today. In collaboration with six partner agencies, Elevate Blue virtual training modules deliver best-in-class training rooted in an evidence-based design process and delivered using adult-learning principles.

Courses are designed for learners of all law enforcement ranks and professional civilian staff affiliated with all types of law enforcement agencies, including local, county, state, federal, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions.

Elevate Blue is funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.


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  • Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course is part of the Elevate Blue online series of training and will provide officers a comprehensive understanding of officer safety and wellness concepts.

    Safety and wellness for law enforcement can be a difficult balancing act. Officers are asked to face challenges that threaten their health and safety regularly. This course will help you focus on how to be proactive with your physical, mental, and financial wellness. We'll specifically examine strategies for developing resilience, addressing and preventing suicide, and confidently seeking out others to build support networks.

    This course will help you identify resources available to you and how to use them to create a comprehensive wellness plan that will give you what you need to maintain a safe, healthy lifestyle both on and off the job.

    Each of these dimensions should be incorporated to promote healthy living practices and a better quality of life.

    Meghann Holloway


    Howard County PD in Maryland

    Meghann has been a police officer for 23 years and served in a variety of capacities including patrol, various special assignment sections, and as a primary academy instructor but it is her appointment as her agency’s first wellness coordinator that goes down as her most important and humbling assignment so far. Meghann has over a decade of experience as a health and fitness instructor and is currently completing her master’s degree in counseling. She carries numerous certifications including ICISF peer supporter, FBI hostage negotiator, Yoga for First Responders Train the Trainer, a guide in training for Boulder Crest's Struggle Well training, and is a Master Trainer for the emerging Power in Peers training presented by the FOP. It is her outside the box thinking and creative problem solving though that has allowed her to have large-scale impact even without the benefit of having a large-scale budget. By using her own professional experiences, personal challenges, and a hefty dose of humor, Meghann decreases the stigma and demystifies the experiences many of our first responders are having. She regularly teaches classes in understanding the brain science of trauma, achieving nervous system regulation, enhancing operational durability, and building family wellness. Meghann is a national level presenter and regularly consults with agencies who are looking to build their own robust wellness programs.

  • Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits

    When responding to public demonstrations, law enforcement efforts must focus on protecting individual rights related to assembly and free speech. When encountering protestors, officers must be fair and recognize how implicit bias can adversely impact decision-making.

    When responding to public demonstrations, law enforcement efforts must focus on protecting individual rights related to assembly and free speech. When encountering protestors, officers must be fair and recognize how implicit bias can adversely impact decision-making.

    John Feroleto

    District Attorney

    Erie County, PA

    John Patrick Feroleto began his career with the Erie County District Attorney’s Office in 2008 and is currently the Chief of the Major Crimes Bureau which handles all nonfatal shootings and other gun related violence.  Over the course of his career, Mr. Feroleto has served in many bureaus but has spent most of his years in Homicide, Tactical Prosecution and Felony Trials, handling predominantly cases involving violent crime especially those which involve child victims.  Mr. Feroleto obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School in 2007 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester. Additionally, Mr. Feroleto was the lead advisor for Law Enforcement in Erie County regarding protests and civil unrest in May and June of 2020

    Kelly Nee

    Chief of Police

    Boston University PD

    Kelly Nee is an experienced law enforcement and safety management professional with a distinguished 33-year career with the Boston Police Department.  She held various supervisory and command roles and demonstrated her commitment to the diverse communities within the city.

    In 2017, she was appointed as the first female chief of police at Boston University, where she successfully navigated the institution through significant changes, including mergers, decoupling and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and protests against police violence. Kelly has been actively engaged in community safety and has represented the Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement (MAWLE) on the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) during a crucial period of police reform.

    In January 2023, Kelly Nee's dedication and leadership were recognized with a promotion to the inaugural position of Chief Safety, Security, and Preparedness Officer at Boston University. In this role, she oversees a range of vital departments, including emergency management, police, and public safety, ensuring the safety and well-being of the university community. Kelly Nee's career exemplifies her unwavering commitment to public safety and community service.

    Dustin Sternbeck

    Chief Communications Officer

    City of Denton, Texas

    In October 2023, Dustin Sternbeck was appointed as the first-ever Chief Communications Officer for the City of Denton, Texas. In this executive level role, he leads the City’s Marketing and Communications team charged with the development and implementation of citywide communication strategies, impactful stakeholder engagement and brand advancement. Previously, he served on the Executive Staff of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, DC as their Director of Communications. He has close to two decades of experience in operational and administrative positions in public safety. While with MPD, Dustin worked as a consultant on the Mass Violence Advisory Initiative team for the International Association of Chiefs of Police and chaired the Major Cities Chiefs Association Public Information Officer Committee. Additionally, he was an active member of the National Information Officers Association.

    Dustin is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Public Administration from Liberty University. He received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications studies from West Virginia University.

  • Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The unique nature of policing requires a certain type of leader. This course provides information on four foundational skills required of successful police leaders. The skills, which include (1) communication; (2) self-awareness; (3) empowerment; and (4) accountability, enable you to inspire others, build trust, focus efforts, and serve the community well.

    The unique nature of policing requires a certain type of leader. This course provides information on four foundational skills required of successful police leaders. 

    The skills, which include: 

    • Communication 
    • Self-awareness 
    • Empowerment
    • Accountability, enable you to inspire others, build trust, focus efforts, and serve the community well.

    Christopher Mason


    Massachusetts State Police

    Christopher Mason holds the rank of Colonel/Superintendent on the Massachusetts State Police.  Mason was selected by Governor Charles Baker to lead the Massachusetts State Police in November of 2019.

    Mason is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences.  After his graduation in 1985, Mason attended the Barnstable County Municipal Police Academy and became a game warden on Cape Cod.  In 1993 he joined the Massachusetts State Police and attended the Massachusetts State Police Academy.  Upon graduation from that academy he was assigned to patrol as a uniformed Trooper.  Mason then obtained a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College. 

    Mason worked in assignments as a uniformed Trooper for approximately five years before he transferred to the State Police Detective Unit (SPDU) for the Cape and Islands District.  Working as a homicide detective, Mason received promotions to Sergeant, Lieutenant, and then to the rank of Captain.  Mason was fortunate to assume the role of Unit Commander for the Cape and Islands SPDU; where he supervised the daily operations of both the homicide unit and the Cape Cod Drug Task Force.  In 2015 Mason was promoted to the rank of Major and served as a Deputy Division Commander in the Division of Homeland Security and Preparedness. In that capacity Mason oversaw the operation of the state’s Commonwealth Fusion Center (CFC).  Mason served as the Director of the CFC until November 2017.  In addition to the CFC, Mason supervised the State Police Cyber Crimes Unit, High Risk Victim Unit, State Identification Section, and the MSP Fraud Unit.

    In November of 2017 Mason was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and oversaw operations of the Massachusetts State Police Division of Investigative Services.  In January of 2019 he was designated as the Deputy Superintendent before being appointed to the rank of Colonel. 

    Mason is also a 2013 graduate of the 253rd Session of the F.B.I. National Academy and a member of the F.B.I National Executive Institute Cohort #44 in Quantico, VA.  Mason has also attended the Drug Enforcement Agency, Drug Unit Commanders Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School, Fusion Center Leaders Program. 

    Rob Fanelli


    Gainesville Police Department

    Captain Rob Fanelli is currently an operations commander at the Gainesville Police Department. Prior to his promotion to captain he was the Criminal Investigations Division Commander. He has 20 years of law enforcement experience with a diverse career. He has experience in policy writing and compliance, investigations, street crime units, and administration. His goal is to improve the profession of Law Enforcement by challenging thoughts and misconceptions, sharing ideas, encouraging communication across agencies and disciplines, and passing knowledge on to a new generation of law enforcement officers.     

    Captain Fanelli has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida in Criminology. He went on to receive a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Leo University and completed his dissertation on Effective Police Organizational Structure: Managerial Economics of a Police Department. As a result of his participation in several IACP projects on enhancing response to gender-based violence and law enforcement victim advocacy he now provides technical assistance and is a consultant for the IACP. In addition to his work with the IACP he also instructs on various topics such as Report Writing and Investigations and Field Training for Advanced Police Concepts and is a subject matter expert for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Middle Management. He is an adjunct professor for Santa Fe Community College Institute of Public Safety and is the President and Founder of the Southeastern Field Training Officer Association. He is currently enrolled as a fellow in the Bloomberg School of Public at Johns Hopkins pursuing a Master’s In Public Health with a focus on violence in communities.       

    Gina Hawkins

    (Ret.) Chief of Police

    Fayetteville, NC PD

    Gina V. Hawkins served as the Chief of Police for the City of Fayetteville North Carolina Police Department from August 2017 until January 2023. She has over 34 years of exceptional law enforcement experience, starting her career in 1988 with the City of Atlanta police department. She worked in many divisions before retiring as an Assistant Zone Commander in 2006. She went on to assist the newly formed police department in the City of Sandy Springs, Georgia as a Commander. Chief Hawkins was instrumental in establishing an efficient, forward thinking police department and commanded many units. In 2013, Chief Hawkins joined the Clayton County Police Department as a Deputy Chief of Police where she presided at different times over both the Operational Command and the Support Service Command of the department which provided her the experience of commanding every aspect of the Department.

    She is a graduate of the F.B.I National Associates Academy – Session 252 and was chosen to be a delegate in the prestigious 23rd Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), where she traveled to Israel with other law enforcement executives to study and evaluate the Israeli Police Force. Chief Hawkins is a 2010 graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) presented by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Chief Hawkins is an alumna of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education and has an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership by completing the Senior Executives in National and International Security, Leadership in Crisis and Leadership Decision Making programs. In 2014, she was named as Georgia’s 100 Most Powerful and Influential Award by Women Looking AheadNews. Chief Hawkins received the “We Are Clayton” Magazine 2016 Living Legend Award. In 2019, Chief Hawkins was awarded the North Carolina Dogwood Award by Attorney General Joshua H. Stein for pursuing community solutions to North Carolina’s most pressing safety issues. Chief Hawkins was named the 2019 Chief of the Year by North Carolina Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run for leadership and commitment to raising funds for Special Olympics. In 2020 the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives awarded her the Women Law Enforcement Executive (WoLEEY) of the Year Award. In January 2020, she was sworn in by the Attorney General to serve as a Commissioner on the Presidential Commission of Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. She served on the Executive Board of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives from 2017-2021. She serves as the 1st Vice President of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the North Carolina’s Association of Chiefs of Police, the North Carolina Police Executive Association (NCPEA), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA)

    Tarrick McGuire

    Assistant Chief of Police

    Arlington Police Department, Texas

    Tarrick McGuire began a career in public service with the Arlington (TX) Police Department in 2003. He has served in multiple positions before being appointed to Assistant Police Chief in 2022. As a nationally recognized public speaker and published author, Chief McGuire has been a leading authority on community police relations, police pattern and practice, evidence-based policing, police reform, and public policy. In 2020, he was appointed to the Council on Police Reform and Race by the National Police Institue and in 2022 he was inducted into the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame.
    During his career, Chief McGuire has been at the forefront of developing innovative strategies, leading local and national change in community police relations. Chief McGuire served as a law enforcement fellow with the IACP contributing research and technical assistance to U.S. police departments on 21st Century Policing in Washington, DC. Chief McGuire has earned a B.S. in Speech Communications from Oklahoma State University, a M.A. in Christian Leadership from Criswell College, and a Doctor of Public Administration from California Baptist University.