Dan joined LEIC in 2014 and comes from Minnesota where he worked as a sworn police officer and crime scene investigator. He worked as a Medicolegal Death Investigator for the Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office and covered over 5 counties in the Twin Cities, Minnesota metropolitan area. Dan has extensive training in the field of forensic science, patrol operations/tactics, and crisis intervention. Dan is a member of the International Association for Identification (IAI), The International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA), MN Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), and holds a Peace Officers license from the MN Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).
Dan is the Past-President of the Minnesota Division of the International Association for Identification and continues to remain actively involved in the field of forensic science. Dan has a Bachelor of Science degree from Metropolitan State University and a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Dan authored a children's book aimed at introducing kids to forensic science and police officers without the need to display violence. The book is titled, Officer Dan Looks for Clues-An introduction to forensic science for kids, which is available online.
Dan's role with the LEIC is to assist in the planning, development, resourcing, instruction and execution of the UT's National Forensic Academy (NFA), the NFA Collegiate course, and other crime scene investigative programs offered by the LEIC. Dan is also responsible for the development and managment of the NFA alumni organization including website, updates and bi-annual NFA retraining opportunities for Alumni; managing the budget for the associated programs and reporting of federal grants and contracts; support development of new and revised law enforcement curriculum, evaluation and assessment of courses, conferences and symposiums; and frequent contact with law enforcement, medical examiners, forensic subject matter experts, federal, state and local officials.