President S/Sgt. Mike Thompson
Mike Thompson began his policing career in 1996 with the Chatham Police Service, prior to the formation of the Chatham-Kent Police Service in 1998. Mike has taken on many roles within the Chatham-Kent Police Service, including General Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Traffic, and Training. Notable is his experience in Traffic-related investigations. He is a former Collision Reconstructionist, Radar instructor, Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and Breath Technician.
Mike was promoted to Sergeant in July 2013 and began leading the Service’s Training unit in January 2014. He was appointed to the Ontario Association of Police Educators (OAPE) Executive in August 2014 and is currently serving the OAPE Board as President.
Present day, Mike is a Staff Sergeant, managing his Department’s Corporate Services section. Mike is passionate about quality Professional development within the Police Profession and is dedicated to lifelong learning.
Vice President Sgt. Mike Foreman
Mike Foreman began his law enforcement career with the Ontario Provincial Police as an Auxiliary Constable in 1989. He joined the LaSalle Police Service in 1993 as a Cadet. Mike has worked in patrol, community services, and training.
In 2000, Mike was assigned to the LaSalle Police Service Training Unit as a Use of Force and Firearms Instructor. Mike was appointed the LaSalle Police Service Training Unit O.I.C in 2008 and serves in that capacity presently as well as being a Patrol Sergeant.
In 2000 Mike joined OAPE and was elected to the Executive Board of Directors in 2008. Recently, Mike was elected to the position of Vice President of OAPE and is looking forward to enhancing all of our relationships with our partners in training namely the Ontario Police College and the Ontario Police Video Training Alliance.
Past President Gord Scott
Secretary Dave Sinclair
Dave Sinclair retired from the Brantford Police Service as a Sergeant in July of 2011 after completing 20 years of service to start his next career as a full-time professor at Mohawk College in Brantford. Dave spent almost half of his career working in the Criminal Investigation Section, specializing in the investigation of crimes against people such as sexual assault, robbery, attempt homicide, and homicide. A highlight of his career was working with investigative teams conducting complex, protracted homicide investigations.
Dave is a graduate of the Police Foundations Program and has completed a diploma in Police Studies from McMaster University. Dave has been working as a part time professor at Mohawk College since 2004 and assisted in the creation and development of the Advanced Police Studies Program, founded in 2008. Dave primarily teaches in the Criminal Investigation courses in the Advanced Police Studies and Police Foundations Program and is passionate about the education of future police officers.
Treasurer Wes Brown
Wes began his career in 2000 with Peel Regional Police after graduating from the Police Foundations Program at Georgian College. He joined the South Simcoe Police in 2002 where he was assigned to general patrol. In 2005 Wes became a member of the Emergency Response Unit and is currently a Team Leader and is responsible for all team training as well as planning for operational deployments.
In 2008 Wes was assigned to the Training Unit where he continues to be responsible for all in-service training. To carry out these duties Wes has maintained his instructor status in Use of Force and Firearms including Patrol Carbine and Shotgun, CEW X-2, Suspect Apprehension Pursuit, First Aid, CPR, Search and Rescue, and he continues to be updated to deliver any legislative changes. Wes is also a member of the Service’s Marine, ATV and Snowmobile Patrol units.
Wes actively represented South Simcoe Police at OAPE since 2008 and was elected to the OAPE Executive in October 2018.
Director Jen Davis
Jen began her policing career in 1998. She worked in General Patrol, Community Resources as well as in Detectives where she was seconded to both the Homicide Branch and Break and Enter Enforcement Team. In 2009 she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant, she worked in the Domestic Violence Investigations Branch, Patrol as well as in Human Resources – Uniform Recruiting. In 2015 she was promoted to Staff Sergeant assigned to the Training Branch. Most recently, in 2017 she was promoted to Inspector and currently serves as the Inspector of Strategic Services responsible for the coordination of Planning and Project Management and Policy and Procedure Development.
Jen has a degree in Social Sciences from the University of Guelph as well as a degree in Business Administration from Athabasca University.
Jen was elected to the OAPE Executive in August 2017.
Director Sean O’Brien
Sean started in policing in 1987 with the then Metropolitan Toronto Police Force. Sean has worked in several different areas of the now Toronto Police Service such as Traffic, Divisional Policing, Frauds, and Professional Standards. Sean has been involved in major projects such as the implementation of a new records management system, the implementation of an early intervention system, and most recently the Body Worn Camera pilot project. Sean is currently posted to the Toronto Police College in the Learning Development and Standards Section where he oversees all e-learning development, the In-Car Camera Training program and other associated duties. Sean holds an Honors B.A. degree in Justice Studies from Guelph – Humber University.
Sean currently is the Chair of the Ontario Police Training Video Association (OPVTA) and sits on committees for the Canadian Police Knowledge Network. Sean was appointed to the OAPE Executive in April of 2018. Sean shares a commitment with his OAPE colleagues to bring a high level of education and continuous learning to his fellow officers and Service members in Ontario.
Director John Belisle
John attended the University of Ottawa where he studied criminology and sociology. After finishing his undergraduate degree John proceeded to do an Honours Degree in Criminology and subsequently a Master’s of Criminology Applied Degree at the University of Ottawa, during which time he completed his Master’s thesis on Youth Gangs in Canada.
Upon graduation John was hired by the Peel Regional Police and worked in uniform patrol as a Constable, Field Training Officer and Acting Sergeant. John continued a successful policing career working in the Criminal Investigation Bureau, Break and Enter Unit, Gang Unit and the Central Robbery Bureau.
John subsequently went on to accept a full time teaching position at Mohawk College in Hamilton where he taught in the Police Foundations Program. While at Mohawk College John pursued his passion for teaching and training. He took the lead in conceiving, creating and developing the Advanced Police Studies Post Graduate Program, which he coordinated and taught in. John eventually had the opportunity to return to the Ottawa area where he currently teaches full time at Algonquin College in the Police Foundations Program, as well as, the Bachelor of Public Safety Honours Degree Program. John has been a long time member of OAPE and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2019.
Director Mike Souliere
Mike is an Instructor at the Ontario Police College (OPC). Mike started his career with the Canadian Military Police in 1982. In 1987, he moved back to his hometown of Brantford and continued his policing career with the Brantford Police Service. Over 14 years saw experience in Uniform Patrol, Emergency Response Team, High School Resource, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Intelligence and Forensic Identification Services (FIS) where he left Brantford as the Sergeant/Supervisor of that section.
In 2002 his love of teaching brought him to the OPC as an Instructor. During his time at the OPC, Mike has been assigned to Forensic Identification Training, Race Relations Adult Education Unit, Evidence, Crime Scene Protection and Community Policing. Mike is presently the Coordinator of Search Warrant and Fraud Investigation Training.
Director Mike Knight
Michael Knight retired as a Sergeant with the Aylmer Police (1986-2015). He was the supervising training officer for Aylmer, which complemented his regular duties of general patrol, investigations, and administration. His interest in training developed from his time spent as a Secondary School teacher prior to joining policing. His formal education includes Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education Degrees, as well as an Alberta and Ontario Teachers Certificates. He is currently working towards a Bachelors of Human Resources Degree in Policing Studies.
He was seconded to the Ontario Police College from 1997-99 teaching in both the Academics and Firearms Sections. Topics taught in the Academic section included Federal and Provincial Statutes, Evidence, Tactical Communications, Domestic Violence, Officer Safety, Anti-Racism, Advanced Patrol Training, and Drugs. He periodically returns to the OPC to act as a guest facilitator for Domestic Violence, and more recently guest facilitating the Carbine Instructor’s course. He was a part-time Instructor for OPP Block Training from 2002-2013. He has provided training for the Federal Parole Officers London Office, Aylmer Fire Department, and the Thames Valley District School Board Principals course. He was active in the Ontario Police Video Training Alliance (OPVTA) as a Director on the board of Executives from 2006 until his retirement, assuming the responsibility of Vice-Chair in 2007, then Chair from 2007-2010, and finally Past-Chair. He was also a member of the Ontario Association of Chief’s of Police (OACP) Training Committee. He joined Fanshawe College as an Adjunct Professor in the Police Foundations Program after his retirement. He also joined the O.P.P. as a Part-time Constable working in Court Services and prisoner transport.
He has been a member of OAPE since 2001 and joined the Executive board as a Director in 2003, then accepted the position of Treasurer in 2007, Vice-President in 2011, President in 2012, and Past-President upon his retirement.
Director Judy Manherz
Prior to becoming a coordinator/professor in the Police Foundations Program at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Judy served with the Ottawa Police Service. Her policing career included a secondment to the Canadian Police College, as an instructor/coordinator of various courses (i.e. Media Communications, Systems Approach to Training, Design and Delivery, Instructional Techniques and Senior Police Administrator Course). She also served in the Professional Development Centre of the Ottawa Police Service as an instructor, facilitator and writer of course training standards. While at Algonquin College, she has also been active in PARE (Physical Ability Readiness Evaluation) testing for the RCMP and Calgary Police Service.
Additionally, Judy is a certified yoga and Yoga Warriors ® teacher. She is also the Trainer for Centurion K9 PTSD Service Dogs, training service dogs for first responders and military with PTSD. Judy holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo.