Cheryl Johnson joined the Fort Worth Police Department in 1989. She promoted to detective in 1994 and was assigned to the Sexual Assault Unit. In 1999, she was assigned as a detective in the Crime Scene Search Unit before joining the Homicide Unit in 2001. Cheryl promoted to Sergeant in 2006 and returned to supervise the Sexual Assault Unit in 2007. In 2011, Cheryl was selected to supervise the Homicide and Cold Case Units. Cheryl retired from the Fort Worth Police Department in March 2014.
Cheryl worked on numerous violent crime investigations during her career to include several high profile murder cases, death penalty cases and serial cases, both in Homicide and Sexual Assault.
Nick Daugherty began his career with the Grand Prairie Police Department in 2003. He worked as a patrol officer and School Resource Officer as well as serving on an underage alcohol and drug task force. In 2012 he promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he spent 2 ½ years as a patrol Sergeant, field training Sergeant, and fleet coordinator before becoming the criminal intelligence unit Sergeant for 2 ½ years. He semi-retired in August of 2017 and now serves as a reserve officer for GPPD.
In 2011 he was approached by Grand Prairie Police Chief Steve Dye who wanted to design, and instruct, a revolutionary and progressive training block on financial planning in the Grand Prairie police academy to all incoming recruits. This was later expanded into mandatory training classes for all officers at numerous agencies throughout the DFW metroplex. He currently teaches “Building Financial Strength in Police/Firefighter Families” across the nation utilizing the principles of Dave Ramsey.
Nick is licensed with the State of Texas as a registered investment advisor representative and manages $10’s of millions in retirement assets, as well as being a licensed health and life insurance agent.
Dorcia has been employed by the Fort Worth Police Department in Fort Worth, TX for 31 years with the last 14 years serving as the department’s range master. She is now retired and teaching for Safariland Training Group and her own company Precision Pistol Training., LLC. At Ft. Worth Police Department, she supervised twelve officers and one civilian. Her expertise is called upon during the investigations of all officer involved shootings, department weapon and equipment selection and evaluation.
Dorcia holds many current state and national shooting titles to include the 5-time women’s NRA’s champion honors. She also holds 8 national records for police pistol combat competitions. This list of shooting accomplishments is not inclusive.
She is the current President of the Texas State Rifle Association, with over 36,000 members.
Dorcia has been teaching firearms since 1985 and holds instructor certifications in a variety of firearms systems to include handgun, shotgun, submachine gun and rifle. She also holds instructor certifications in defensive tactics and fitness to include attending the proclaimed F.B.I. Physical Fitness & Defensive Tactics Instructor Schools. She has trained at facilities such as Blackwater Training Center, H and K, Smith and Wesson, NRA, and many more.
Dorcia is considered by the industry as one of the best female police shooters in the United States, respected not only for her shooting abilities but also her knowledge of ballistics, ammunition characteristics, weapon systems and teaching abilities.
Officer Heather Bill is a 17 year veteran of the Dallas Fort Worth Airport Police Department. She has been assigned to the K9/EOD Unit for 14 years as an explosive detection K9 handler and Bomb Technician. Heather has presented explosive and IED recognition classes for multiple agencies to include TSA National Explosive Detection Canine School, US Customs, US Homeland Security Office for Bombing Prevention, and several police agencies. Heather successfully completed the TSA National Explosive Detection Canine Program, FBI Hazardous Devices School, ATF Advanced Explosive Destruction Techniques, ATF Homemade Explosive School, and FBI Tactical Bomb Technician.
Kim is a law enforcement training specialist at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) in Austin, Texas.
Kim began her law enforcement career with the Austin Police Department in 1986. There she worked patrol for 8 years and with at-risk youth for 4 years. Kim was promoted to detective in 1997, where she spent a year in Missing Persons and her last 12 years in the Sex Crimes Unit. Her investigations included felony stranger and non-stranger sexual assault cases, serial rapists, drug and alcohol facilitated cases, investigations involving same sex victims and intimate partner sexual assaults. During this time, The APD Sex Crimes Unit was nationally recognized for its progressive approach toward investigating sexual assaults and was Unit of the Year. Kim retired from the Austin Police Department after 24 years of service, with a Master Peace Officer’s License.
Since joining TAASA in 2016, Kim has obtained her TCOLE training certificate, consulted with the OVC on statewide trainings and provided training and technical assistance to local, state and federal law enforcement officers, as well as advocates, nurses and attorneys, sharing her knowledge and expertise in the area of trauma-informed sexual assault investigations.
Officer Chris Morgan is the Crisis Intervention Officer for the North Richland Hills Police Department where he has served for the last 14 years. As a crisis negotiator, Chris recognized the need for a proactive program to better serve and build rapport with the mentally ill within the community and developed the Crisis Intervention program at the department. Chris’s has been a negotiator on the on the NRH SWAT team for nine years and is currently working toward his Master’s degree in Psychology.
Kenny “Opie” Echols joined the Houston Police Department in 1983 after being discharged from the United States Marine Corps . Officer Echols worked nightshift patrol for several years until being selected for the Southwest Tactical Unit in 1989. This unit was responsible for undercover narcotics and vice investigations as well as the execution of High Risk warrants.
Officer Echols was selected to the Narcotics Division as a case agent in 1993. Officer Echols while assigned to the Narcotics Division, was involved in hundreds of investigations from street level Buy Busts to the execution of Narcotics Search Warrants. Officer Echols while in the narcotics division, has been involved in various investigations including those involving the recent rise in the sale and distribution of Synthetic Cannabinoids. Officer Echols was also a member of the Clan Lab call out squad, having been certified both as Clan Lab Officer as well as Site Safety Officer in Quantico, Virginia. Officer Echols served in the Narcotics Division for twenty-five years.
Officer Echols has taught at the Houston Police Academy on various topics as well the Texas Narcotics Association. Officer Echols has been a Firearms Instructor since 1993 and attended numerous instructor’s schools including one at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in 2018. Officer Echols obtained his TCOLE instructors certification in 1994.
Officer Echols retired from the Houston Police Department in April of 2018, having served the department for 35 years. Officer Echols continued to teach police officers from various departments and is an adjunct instructor for a college in Houston, Texas.
Officer Kamper started her career in medicine in 1999 in the United States Army where she became a Combat Medic, and a nurse. She left the Army after 11 years as a Staff Sergeant. She then worked at the county hospital as a pediatric nurse before going to the police academy in 2007. She worked patrol for 3 years before co-creating a class called “Tactical Lifesaver” that teaches self- aid buddy aid to Police Officers in Fort Worth and surrounding agencies. Along with her fellow instructors, they have trained over 2000 officers in life saving prehospital trauma care. There have been many officers’ and citizens lives saved as a result of this training. Officer Kamper and her partner created the Fort Worth Police Department Tactical Medic Unit, which now consists of 7 cross trained Fort Worth Police Officers who are all Paramedics. The unit is responsible for answering all SWAT callouts, and answering high priority calls (i.e. shooting and stabbings) with patrol officers.
Patt Scheckel Hollingsworth is a police officer with 43 years of experience. She began her career with the Arlington Police Department in 1974, and continues to serve as a reserve police officer.
Ms. Hollingsworth holds TCOLE licenses and certificates which include: Master Peace Officer, Advanced Instructor, Mental Health Peace Officer, and Special Investigator Certificate along with several others.
She has conducted and coordinated assessment centers for selection of chiefs of police, supervisors and training coordinators.
Lt. Trish Hoffman began her career with the Albuquerque Police Department in 1994. She has been with APD for the past 20 years and has worked all over the city as a patrol officer. She is a training officer, a crisis intervention officer, a defensive tactics instructor, a ground control instructor, and has taught at the APD training academy for the past 15 years.
Lt. Hoffman has her Masters Degree in Business, specializing in Management and Leadership.
Now retired Lt. Hoffman continues to serve her community through her business, Women Against Crime founded in 2001. Women Against Crime offers public workshops, speeches and corporate training that educate and empower women. Lt. Hoffman, the primary instructor, shares practical safety information, easy-to-remember tips, realistic scenarios, and hands-on self-defense to prepare women for violent attacks, from robbery to assault.
Marcott began her law enforcement career in 2003 in Albuquerque, NM. While there she served as Firearms, Officer Survival, Ground Control, and Defensive Tactics Instructor. She was also a part of the emergency response team that responded to Hurricane Katrina, CNT Member, Region 1 Narcotics Detective, and worked as a DES Task Force Officer conducting federal narcotics investigations for five years.
In 2015 Marcott relocated to Rio Rancho where she works as their Training Coordinator – Master Instructor. Her focus is on Tactical Firearms, Officer Survival, Terrorism Response Tactics, and Active Shooter Response.