Scot Mattox retired in September 2013 as a Sergeant with the Portland Police Department after 26 years in law enforcement. During his career, he held a number of positions within the police department including Patrol Sergeant, Directed Patrol and Tactical Enforcement Sergeant, and Internal Affairs Investigator. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology; a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management; a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law; is currently a member in good standing of the Maine Bar and an Adjunct Instructor in Criminology, Juvenile Justice, and Law Enforcement Ethics for Saint Joseph's College of Maine. He is formally a Maine licensed Paramedic and an Adjunct Instructor in Police Use of Force and Police Procedure at Southern Maine Community College.
After leaving Portland PD, he worked as a Hearings Examiner for the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles for a year before taking a position as Maine’s first Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) contracted through a grant from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety (MeBHS).
Currently, Mr. Mattox is the owner of Dirigo Safety, LLC where he continues TSRP contract work for MeBHS; as well as overseeing Dirigo Safety’s contract work with the Maine Center for Disease Control’s for Administrative Oversight of the Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grant. He is also a reserve officer for Falmouth PD and a Special Assistant District Attorney for District 3 (Androscoggin County).
Thomas Reagan retired as a patrol lieutenant in February of 2014 after over 25 years of service with the Bangor, Maine Police Department. He has a long history of traffic enforcement with emphasis on impaired driving enforcement and was one of the first drug recognition experts (DRE) in the State of Maine. He also served as DRE instructor and DRE course coordinator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and has taught or administrated the DRE program in several other states. Tom has lectured in several other states and eastern Canada about the synthetic cathinones (bath salts) and was invited to speak at the National Drug Recognition Expert Conference in 2012 in Seattle, Washington. In 2012, Tom was the recipient of the Maine and the National Enrique Camarena Awards. These awards are presented by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks to recognize and honor law enforcement officers who have made a significant contribution in the field of drug prevention and who personify Agent Camarena’s belief that one person can make a difference. Tom was also the recipient of the Maine Transportation Safety Coalition’s Transportation Safety Champion award. He is recognized for his dedication as a Drug Recognition Expert, and for developing training and teaching on the dangers of bath salts. Since retirement, his interest in traffic safety and drug impaired driving has not waned. He has created several presentations about recognizing drug impairment in the workplace for the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor. Also, in 2017, Tom was recognized by the International Association Chiefs of Police for his work in the DRE and related programs and is the only Maine DRE granted DRE Emeritus status. Tom now works as a contractor for the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety as the Law Enforcement Liaison; he continues to teach for Dirigo Safety, LLC.
Michael A. Cunniff was awarded a law degree magna cum laude by Suffolk University Law School in Boston, and an undergraduate degree in psychology cum laude by Boston College. He is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Courts of Maine and Massachusetts and their subordinate courts, as well as in the United States District Court for the District of Maine, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Mike has considerable experience as counsel to public officials, particularly police officers and other public safety personnel, in internal affairs matters, civil rights cases alleging constitutional violations, and critical incidents involving the use of deadly force. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings as assigned to Mike a rating of " AV Preeminent," reflecting that peers in the legal community ranked him as having achieved the highest level of professional excellence, including in the categories of legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience, and as having met very high ethical criteria. Mike has been listed in Legal Leaders: Boston's Top-Rated Lawyers in the fields of administrative, civil rights, and criminal law. Mike began his law practice in 1999 after 27 years of federal law enforcement service with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and its predecessor agency, the United States Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. At the time of his retirement from federal service, Mike was a Supervisory Special Agent managing a Massachusetts-based multi-jurisdictional task force operating in the inner-city neighborhoods of Eastern Massachusetts, often concentrating on the suppression of drug-related violence. He served in permanent posts of duty in Boston, New York City, and Portland, Maine. Mike investigated and supervised complicated cases involving criminal organizations with operations that were often interstate or international in scope, or engaged in law enforcement efforts designed to improve the quality of life in the communities where he worked, and included risky undercover assignments. Mike was also the lead federal law enforcement officer in a Maine task force that investigated diversion of pharmaceuticals and failures to comply with regulatory requirements for legitimately manufactured drugs, and the manager of a multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional financial investigative group in Massachusetts. As a federal agent, he was a regular member of prosecutor-investigator teams that presented complex cases to federal grand juries and then tried the indicted cases to federal juries. He frequently testified as a percipient or expert witness about those matters. As a supervisor, he conducted delegated internal affairs investigations and delegated inspections of DEA regional offices for compliance with institutional requirements for good law enforcement agency management, fiscal integrity and achievement of enforcement objectives. Enlisted to help prepare aspiring lawyers for the courtroom, Mike accepted an appointment from the University of Maine School of Law as a member of its adjunct faculty, where he served from 2007 until early 2012. At the Law School, he taught courses in trial practice, as well as sentencing law and strategy. He is a frequent lecturer and speaker on topics that are related to his law practice, including constitutional criminal procedure, investigative strategy and tactics, police liability, health care fraud and regulatory compliance. Mike also regularly supports efforts to provide continuing legal education to the law enforcement community; he makes presentations to law enforcement audiences on topics ranging from constitutional criminal procedure to case preparation to situational uses of force and related police liability issues.
Brian McDonough is a 32-year veteran law enforcement officer recently retired from the Maine State Police with extensive investigative and administrative management experience, most recently having served as the Commanding Officer for the Southern Major Crimes Unit. As a Lieutenant in the Major Crimes Unit, Brian was responsible for the overall management and day-to-day operations of a team of 20 detectives investigating the highest profile investigations in the state and continually interacting with local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, providing leadership and facilitating investigations. During Brian’s time as Commanding Officer, he investigated or oversaw the investigation of over 900 deaths, managed the investigations of State Police officer involved shootings, and the Unit consistently maintained a highly successful record in solvability and conviction rates of greater than 95%. Furthermore, the unit was responsible for developing a number of initiatives and educational programs that have been implemented statewide in the areas of domestic violence, child abuse, Shaken Baby Syndrome, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Shawn O'Leary started his career as a summer Reserve Officer for the Towns of Ogunquit and Wells. In 1988 he was selected by the Brunswick Police Department where he eventually retired as a Patrol Lieutenant. During his tenure, he was the Primary Use of Force Instructor, oversaw all background investigations, managed numerous federal and state grants, was a member of the Special Response Team and Bike Patrol Unit. After retiring, he worked initially as the Captain of Support Services for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and later oversaw the Criminal Investigations Division. Currently, he is the Chief of Police for the Town of Winslow. During his 32 years in Law Enforcement, fourteen of them have been at the Supervisory or Command level. He has had a diverse career, allowing him to teach at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, Maine Chief of Police Traveling Road Show, and at other various venues throughout the state. His professional skills entail a strong leadership philosophy towards mentoring, teaching, motivating and developing cohesive teams to fulfill the needs of the individual, agency, and the community officers serve. Additionally, he has a strong management background to include organizational assessments, strategic planning, policy development, budgeting, innovations, and implementation of identified goals. Shawn has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Bangor Community College, a Bachelors Degree with honors in Business Management with a minor in Human Resource Management from Southern New Hampshire University, and he is a Graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 253. Additionally, over 2,254 hours of In-service training with an emphasis in Executive Leadership, Operations, Use of Force and Instructor Development.
Daniel Thompson has almost twenty years of experience in the Fire and EMS community. Dan currently provides pre-hospital care as a full time Paramedic/Firefighter for the City of Portland. Dan is a FEMA fire instructor, State of Maine fire instructor, and also a hazmat technician. Dan teaches annual OSHA safety programs around the state. Dan created the Maine Law Enforcement Phlebotomy Technician Program that is currently used to teach law enforcement officers how to draw blood for evidence during impaired driving investigations. He is credentialed in under water evidence recovery through York County. Dan enjoys creating classes based on current trends and his instructor qualifications allow him to share his knowledge at local, state and federal levels. Dan is a very personable and energetic instructor who draws from his field experience when teaching. Recently Dan received a letter of commendation from Senator Susan Collins for his efforts to protect the State’s roadways from dangerous drivers through Tactical Services, LLC which runs the OUI blood evidence collection in the state. The law enforcement phlebotomy program is the only certified OUI blood evidence training program in the State of Maine.
Don Finnegan is the Substance Use Prevention Coordinator for the Knox County Community Health Coalition. Don recently retired as a Sergeant with the Rockland Police Department, where during his 25 year career, he served as a special agent with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, conducted over 200 drug influence evaluations on drug impaired drivers, and was a credentialed instructor in the Drug Evaluation and Classification program. Don trained hundreds of police officers, EMS, military, educators, and medical professionals in alcohol and drug impairment issues, and has been called to testify and provide an expert opinion in criminal trials by both prosecution and defense attorneys. Don served on Maine's Impaired Driving Task Force, as the State's impaired driving champion on Maine's Strategic Highway Safety Planning Committee, and on a legislative sub-committee examining marijuana and its impact on driving. Don holds an A.S. in Legal Technology from the University of Maine.
Officer Libby is a 27-year member of the South Portland Police Department. He is a Senior Impaired Driving Instructor for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. He has been a Drug Recognition Expert since 1997 and a Drug Recognition Instructor since 1999. Additionally, he has been a Breath Testing Operator Instructor since 2003; and has been a Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals Instructor since 2009. He is a 10-year veteran of the US Army and Maine National Guard as a Medical Specialist. Bob is married and has two daughters.