In April 1987, he started his federal career with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In November 1990, Mr. Collier accepted an appointment as a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Washington, D.C. His first duty assignment was in the New York Field Division and he subsequently worked in DEA offices in Atlantic City, Paterson and Newark. As a special agent, Mr. Collier conducted voluminous investigations targeting international heroin and cocaine networks, money launderers, and organizations involved in trafficking steroids and other dangerous drugs. Due to Special Agent Collier’s breath of experience, he was selected in 2000 for a temporary assignment to the DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia to assist in the training of newly hired DEA agents.
In 2001, Special Agent Collier was chosen as the Division Training Coordinator and was responsible for the training needs of DEA personnel as well as providing drug-related training to the numerous law enforcement agencies in New Jersey. Special Agent Collier was instrumental in creating the Drug Commander Leadership Course.
In 2002, Special Agent Collier was reassigned as the Demand Reduction Coordinator. In this capacity, Special Agent Collier was responsible for DEA’s drug prevention and education efforts statewide. He successfully forged relationships with the State’s prevention and treatment partners and was instrumental in formulating several innovative drug prevention training programs that have been adopted by numerous substance abuse organizations. Special Agent Collier served as the DEA’s Public Information Officer. As such, he developed channels of communication and implemented public information programs to ensure that the public and the media were aware of DEA’s objectives, programs, goals and accomplishments. Special Agent Collier was featured in several national television shows such as MSNBC’s Heroin Inc. and the Discovery Channel Heroin Nation. In addition, Special Agent Collier was the DEA’s New Jersey Division Producer for the SPIKE TV show titled “DEA”.
In 2013, Special Agent Collier accepted a position with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law and Public Safety as the Drug Initiative Coordinator with the – Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA). As the Drug Initiative Coordinator, Mr. Collier devises new programs and initiatives to combat drug abuse and the diversion of prescription and designer drugs. Mr. Collier also had a special focus on efforts to enhance the security of controlled dangerous substances within the medical community, including pharmacy security and the security of New Jersey Prescription Blanks. Mr. Collier conducted numerous educational and awareness programs to the NJ medical community regarding the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP) and opioid prescribing. He managed the Project Medicine Drop program with law enforcement officers around the State and conducted outreach programs to increase the public’s awareness regarding substance abuse.
In 2014, Special Agent Collier was selected to work with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ), Prosecutor Supervision & Training Bureau, and was one of the architects in developing the New Jersey State-Wide Community Law Enforcement
Affirmative Relations (CLEAR) Continuing Education Institute. Also, Special Agent Collier was assigned as the liaison officers for all federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies throughout the New Jersey endorsing New Jersey Attorney General initiatives. Additionally, Special Agent Collier was sworn in as a Special State Investigator in support of conducting field inspections within the New Jersey Prosecutor’s Offices.
In 2018, Special Agent Collier united with Monmouth University, Department of Criminal Justice and serves as the Director of Professional Outreach and Engagement and a Graduate Professor. S/A Collier’s role is to developed and promote the graduate program among practitioner’s and executive leaders throughout the criminal justice field. Additionally, Special Agent Collier will be one of the Graduate Program Professor’s teaching and enhancing the program with a special focus on international global studies.
Special Agent Collier holds a Bachelor’s Degree from National College and has earned a Master’s Degree from Monmouth University. He is also a Police Training Commission (PTC) certified instructor, professor, and has testified as an expert witness regarding international and domestic drug investigations. Special Agent Collier is a member of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP), and an Associate Academic Member of the International Chiefs of Police (IACP).
John Carmichael has been the Chief of the Walpole Massachusetts Police Department since July of 2015, and has served with the Department since 1996. Prior to that, he served with the Medfield Police Department and the United States Army Military Police. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy Class – #248, and holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Curry College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England University. Chief Carmichael is a member of the Norfolk County Police Anti-Crime Task Force (NORPAC) and has been trained in Contemporary Drug Issues, focusing on Commanding Drug Task Force Operations through the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) at Quantico VA. For his Master’s Thesis, Chief Carmichael conducted a critical analysis of Marijuana Decriminalization in the United States. He is a member of the Norfolk County Prescription Drug and Overdose Task Force; was a prior member of the Governors Opioid Drug Task Force, worked with DPH during the development of the Medical Marijuana Regulations and was an original member of the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Selection Committee for DPH. He is currently the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Liaison to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, the Governor’s Interagency Council on Substance Abuse & Mental Health, a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs Committee, and Chair of the Massachusetts Chiefs Substance Abuse Committee.
In 2015, Chief Carmichael visited Colorado, and met with the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana regarding the public safety impact of marijuana legalization. In 2017, Chief Carmichael was appointed as the sole law enforcement representative to the Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board by Governor Charlie Baker. Most recently, Chief Carmichael was selected by Massachusetts Chiefs of Police as the law enforcement representative to the Massachusetts Commission on Operating Under the Influence and Impaired Driving.
Detective/Corporal Edwin L. Santana is a 23-year veteran of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Corrections and a founding member of the Morris County Gang Intelligence Unit. As a graduate of the Passaic County Police Academy, Det/Cpl. Santana was certified by the State of New Jersey as a Method of Instruction (MOI) instructor in 2001. Since 2008, Corporal Santana has held the honor to be utilized by the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy to instruct the academy recruits that are training under the Police Training Commission (PTC) Basic Police Class & Basic Correctional Classes. In addition, Det/Cpl. Santana has been utilized to testify as an Expert Gang Witness on both the State and Federal judiciary level. In 2019, Det/Cpl. Santana was accepted by United States Chief District Judge Frank D. Whitney of the Western District of North Carolina as an Expert Gang Witness regarding the “United Blood Nation” and “9-Trey Gangster Blood” gang history, culture and ideologies.
Det/Cpl. Edwin L. Santana has lectured to approximately 47,000 Civic and Law Enforcement personnel throughout the United States. His knowledge on Street/Prison Gangs and Graffiti Identification has led him to be utilized by various national and local law enforcement organizations within twenty-eight states. In addition, Det/Cpl. Santana has interviewed and assisted as a gang specialist for various news and media outlets that include: 1010 WINNS AM New Radio, Telemundo 47, Fox News’ “Geraldo Rivera At Large”, Biography Channel’s “Gangsters” America’s Most Evil” season 2 and the History Channel’s “Gangland: Blood Oath” season 1 & “Gangland: One Blood” season 2 and “Gangland: Better Off Dead” season 6.
Det/Cpl. Santana is presently the East Coast Gang Investigators Association’s (ECGIA) New Jersey Chapter President (2018-Present) and oversees its membership and training within the Garden State. Prior to this, Det/Cpl. Santana was the International Latino Gangs Investigators Association (ILGIA) Vice President (2010-2013) and held the responsibility of overseeing its many chapters that included the Unites States, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Spain. In 2006, Det/Cpl. Santana became an original Executive Board Member for the New Jersey Gang Investigators Association (NJGIA) and eventually was appointed as the NJGIA Vice President of Training (2013-2015). Currently, Det/Cpl. Santana continues his individualized training for the civilian and law enforcement communities throughout the Unites States under the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and/or his G-STEP, LLC banner.
David Magnusson is a retired chief of police from the Havelock Police Department, Havelock, North Carolina. He became Chief after retiring from the Miami Police Department as a major with 30 years on the job there. During his police career, Magnusson served in all sections and divisions including uniform patrol, undercover narcotics, robbery, communications, and personnel. He commanded Tactical Operations which included narcotics, K-9, Gangs, SWAT, Aviation, and Problem Solving Teams.
After 9-11 Magnusson was tasked with training the entire Miami Police Department (sworn and civilian) with WMD and ICS training. He also taught ethics classes to graduating police academy classes. As police chief his department was at the forefront of domestic violence training and working hand-in-hand with the local women’s shelter. The very successful school program, Do the Right Thing” was also brought up to North Carolina from Miami upon his arrival. Under his tenure, Havelock was declared the Top Ten safest cities in North Carolina.
Magnusson graduated from the JFK School of Government, The FBI Academy (224th Session), and the SMIP (Senior Management Institute for Police 31st Session)
Magnusson has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Military history. His thesis combined both degrees with Counterinsurgency in American Law Enforcement as a Strategy: Winning the Hearts and Minds of a Crime Weary Populace.
Magnusson is an avid history researcher and writer. He has a blog, which highlights the pride he has in his Swedish roots (his father came from Stockholm). It is called “the norseman historian.”
Magnusson is a retired Golden Gloves boxer. He has also refereed boxing matches. A big sports enthusiast, his passion is boxing, the St. Louis Cardinals, LA Rams, and Boston Bruins.
David and his wife Rosa have five adult children and two grandchildren. Rosa also retired from the Miami Police Department as a civilian after 31 years. Rosa and David reside in Coral Gables, Florida. They love traveling and eating out in many of the great restaurants in South Florida.