Speakers and Instructors

The brains and talent behind the Writers' Police Academy

2023 WPA Guest of Honor - TBA

Nicole Crocker

Nicole Crocker

Detective

Nicole is presently assigned as a detective with the Oconto Police Department. She is also a Wisconsin Department of Justice certified instructor.

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Jason Feucht

Jason Feucht

Patrol Lieutenant

Jason currently serves as a patrol lieutenant for the Fox Crossing Police Department. In his time at the police department Jason has also worked as a patrol officer, drug investigator, and detective.

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Nicole Fumelle

Nicole Fumelle

Adjunct Instructor

Nicole has 15 years of experience in corrections, having worked at the Brown County Sheriff’s Office attaining the level of Corporal. Nicole also was responsible for training jail staff, and she’s worked as an adjunct instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

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Alan Hardwick

Alan Hardwick

Acting Chief of Police (ret.)

As a detective, Alan Hardwick founded the Boise Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit. Later, Alan was hired by the Edmonds (WA) Police Department where he partnered with the Seattle FBI and the Intelligence Community, directing international terrorism investigations around the globe. He retired from law enforcement in 2021, serving as Acting Assistant Chief of Police at Edmonds PD.

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Dave Jones

Dave Jones

Wisconsin Department of Justice Certified Instructor

Dave recently retired as the Chief of Police for the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay Police Department, an NCAA Division 1 State University. He oversaw all Police Operations and Emergency Management for its four campuses (Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan).

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brian jordon

Brian Jordan

Patrol Sergeant

Brian is a 25-year law enforcement veteran and currently a Patrol Sergeant, Field Training Officer and Training Unit member with the Green Bay Police Department.

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k9 deputy turbo

Oconto County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit

Dual Purpose Tracking and Narcotics Detection Police Service Dogs

All K-9s within the unit are dual purpose tracking and narcotics detection police service dogs, and each is trained in handler protection, obedience, criminal apprehension, and tracking including evidentiary scent work.

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Ron King

Police Officer

Ron is a police officer for the Oneida Police Department and is presently assigned as a detective. Ron is a Wisconsin Department of Justice certified instructor in Vehicle Contacts, and Firearms.

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Kurt Kitzman

Kurt Kitzman

Patrol Lieutenant

Kurt is presently assigned as a patrol lieutenant with the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office. He is a Wisconsin Department of Justice certified instructor in Defensive and Arrest Tactics (DAAT), EVOC, and Firearms. 

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Mike Knetzger

Mike Knetzger

Patrol Sergeant

Mike Knetzger, a certified use of force analyst for the Force Science Research Center and recipient of the J. Edgar Hoover Memorial Award, is a 28-year law enforcement veteran and currently a patrol sergeant with the City of Green Bay.

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Jonathon Ladwig

Jonathon Ladwig

Fire Training Coordinator and Instructor

Jonathon is presently the Fire Training Coordinator and Instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.  Jonathon is also the fire chief for Little River Fire Department.

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rick mcmahan

Rick McMahan

Detective, Kentucky Attorney General’s Office

Rick McMahan spent over a quarter of a century as a Special Agent for the ATF. During his career, Rick investigated a wide range of crimes from violent militant extremists to outlaw motorcycle gangs to murder for hire plots. Currently, he serves as a Detective for the Kentucky Attorney General’s office.

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Jon Nejedlo

Jon Nejedlo

Police Officer

Jon Nejedlo is a Police Officer for the City of Green Bay Police Department who’s served 19 years as a Patrol Officer. He is currently assigned to the Operations Department as the Range Master.

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Matt Ninham

Matt Ninham

Criminal Justice Instructor

Matt is an Oneida Tribal Member and grew up on the Oneida Indian Reservation. He was an Oneida Police Officer for 16 years and retired in 2016. Matt is currently a fulltime Criminal Justice Instructor at NWTC, and a part time officer with the Hortonville Police Department.

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andrew opperman

Andrew Opperman

Professional Standards Division Lieutenant

Andrew is currently a Professional Standards Division Lieutenant for the Green Bay Police Department. He has served as a supervisor in the investigation division and in patrol. Prior to becoming a supervisor, he spent 7+ plus years as a patrol officer.

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Eric Paulowski

Eric Paulowski

Public Safety Officer

Eric is a public safety officer for Ashwaubenon Public Safety Department, an agency whose officers perform three roles during a 24-hour shift—EMT, law enforcement officer, and firefighter.

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Dr. Katherine Ramsland

Dr. Katherine Ramsland

Special Guest Speaker

Saturday Special Session

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Kevin Rathburn

Kevin Rathburn

Municipal Judge

Municipal Judge Kevin Rathburn became a full-time faculty member at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in 2000 after serving as an adjunct instructor for nine years. Prior to that, he served for ten years as an Assistant District Attorney for Brown County in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Anne E. Schwartz

Anne E. Schwartz

Special Guest Speaker

Thursday Evening Special Presentation

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Jeff Steeber

Jeff Steeber

Instructor

Jeff Steeber is a full-time criminal justice instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). Prior to employment at NWTC, Jeff spent 15 years as an officer for the Fox Valley Metro Police Department.

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Justin Uitenbroek

Justin Uitenbroek

Fire Science Instructor

Justin Uitenbroek is a full-time Fire Science Instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Justin also works as a paramedic in Clintonville, Wi., and a firefighter for Fox Crossing, Wi.

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Angel Van Noie

Angel Van Noie

Instructor

Angel is 20-year veteran police officer of the Hobart-Lawrence Police Department. During that time, Angel worked patrol and served as a School Resource Officer in the West De Pere School District.

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erik walters

Erik Walters

Public Safety Training Complex Specialist

Erik is the Public Safety Training Complex Specialist at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.  In that role, Erik oversees all the public safety training facilities and equipment at 4 different locations. 

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