OAPE Executive

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.

Email: miket@Chatham-kent.ca

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.

E-mail: mforeman@lasallepolice.ca

Past President Gord Scott


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.

Email: dave.sinclair1@mohawkcollege.ca

Treasurer 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.

Email: Judy.Manherz@algonquincollege.com