Our Instructors

Lincoln Ryder

Lincoln Ryder has worked in Maine law enforcement since 1993, beginning his career as a Reserve Police Officer with the South Portland and Scarborough Police Departments while in college at the University of Southern Maine.  In 1994, Lincoln was hired by the Waterville Police Department and served as a Patrol Officer until 1997 when he was hired by the Wells Police Department.  Lincoln served with Wells PD until 2005, holding the ranks of Patrol Officer, Corporal, then Sergeant.  

In 2005, Lincoln returned to the Waterville Police Department as a Patrol Officer, and has subsequently been promoted to the positions of Detective (2009 to 2012) and Sergeant (2012 to present) holding assignments to the Waterville Communication Center, Patrol Division, and his current position as the Detective Sergeant supervising the Detective Division.  Additionally, while serving as a Detective, Lincoln was assigned to the Waterville PD Drug Unit and also served with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency as a Resident Special Agent from 2010 to 2012.  Lincoln’s current responsibilities include management of the seven member Detective Division, which includes a two-member Drug Unit, three Detectives who work a general caseload, a School Resource Officer covering five schools (K-12), and an officer who is assigned full-time as a Special Agent with Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.  Lincoln also manages the Evidence / Property Room and the related functions. 

In addition to teaching for Dirigo Safety, LLC, Lincoln has worked as a Master Instructor for PepperBall since 2003.  He conducts Instructor and Armorer training for law enforcement and correctional agencies in the use of non-lethal weapon systems. Lincoln is a graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s 77th Municipal / County Basic Police School (1995) and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology (2001) and a Master of Public Policy and Management (2015) from the University of Southern Maine.  


Christian Behr

Christian J Behr has over 30 years of experience in Maine Law Enforcement. He has worked for the past 24 years at the August Police Department and is currently the Bureau Chief of Information Services. Christian is a retired 1SG (first Sergeant) in the Maine Army National Guard having served 25 years in the Reserves, Active and Guard. During his time in the military Christian served as a Retention NCO, Administration Clerk, Small Group Leader, Branch Chief of the Basic NonCommissioned Officers Course at the Regional Training Institute and NCOIC of the Maine State Select Honor Guard. Christian has one deployment to Iraq in 2005 serving as the Regimental Safety NCOIC and Force Protection Team member for the 278th Regimental Combat Team under the 42nd Infantry Division (Mechanized). While the Branch Chief at the 240th RTI in Bangor, Christian travelled to the country of Montenegro where he taught Army academy standards to their military along with several other instructors. 

Christian was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation, Army Achievement medals and the Combat Action Badge along with many others. In 1995 Christian Started his full time law enforcement career with the Augusta Police Department and has served in several capacities. Christian has held the position of Field Training Officer and MCJA instructor while in the Patrol Division. In 2011 Christian was promoted to patrol sergeant and was responsible for the Police Officer Training program instituting the first program, writing policy and procedure for the department. Christian also served as the OIC of the department Honor Guard which was brought into being during his time in patrol. 

In 2018 Christian was promoted to Staff Sergeant, Bureau Chief of Information Services. In this position Christian is responsible for the daily operations of the communications section (dispatch), property and evidence and records and supervises 11 full time and 4 part time employees. Christian has been awarded the department Merit award and several commendations. Christian graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Maine at Augusta with an associate’s degree in Justice Studies, is an FBI LEEDA Trilogy recipient as well as a graduate of the FBI New England Command College. Christian serves on the advisory board of the Capitol Clubhouse in Augusta and is a founding member of the Museum of the United States Army. Christian is the department MLEAP coordinator and evaluator.   


Nathan Drost

Nathan Drost has more than 17-years of federal and local law enforcement experience.  Nathan teaches our "Interview and Interrogation " course at Dirigo Safety.He began his career with the United States Air Force where he served as a Security Forces member (Military Police Officer).  During his tenure in the Air Force, Nathan had the opportunity to serve in many positions in addition to his normal duties.  He served as a Military Training Instructor, a Traffic Management Collison Investigator (similar to a reconstructionist), and a Criminal Investigator.  Prior to leaving the Air Force, Nathan was the Non-Commissioned Officer-In-Charge (NCOIC) of Security Forces Intelligence and Investigations where he oversaw case management of all criminal investigations falling within his purview for his installation.  Nathan also attended the U.S. Army Military Police Investigations School where he attained the highest class average and graduated as the Distinguished Graduate.   Additionally, in 2013 he competed with local, county, state and federal law enforcement officers where he was selected as the Minot Optimist Club Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  He holds a bachelor’s degree with a double-major in Homeland Security and Emergency Management magna cum laude, as well as two associates degrees; one in Criminal Justice and one as an Instructor of Technology and Military Science.  

Nathan currently works for the Orono Police Department where he serves as the Detective.  He also serves as the evidence custodian and a crisis negotiator.  Furthermore, he is a member of the regional domestic violence task force, and a forensic interviewer at the Penquis Children’s Advocacy Center in Bangor.  He has a passion for interviewing and interrogation, specifically the inner-workings of the interview/interrogation.  That passion drove him to seek additional training in reading, understanding, and interpreting body language as an essential tool in daily law enforcement operations.  Additionally, Nathan instructs response to crime scenes for the Law Enforcement Pre-Service Training Program. 


Haley Fleming

Haley Fleming is one of core instructors for Dirigo Safety LLC and developed a comprehensive course called “Preparing a Defendable Use of Force Case.” Recently has been instrumental in creating our Active Threat Response Program as he is a certified lead instructor for Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT). He has a wealth of tactical knowledge and know-how that is evident when he speaks to program participants. Haley encourages dialogue and provides constructive feedback. He is known to give the facts to his audience and in an encouraging manner that helps the participants feel at ease. 

Haley has been a full-time law enforcement officer since 2008 and is currently a Captain with the Winslow Police Department. Before his promotion, he worked patrol for ten years as a Patrol Officer and Senior Patrol Sergeant, where his duties included Field Training Officer, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Use of Force Instructor for not only the Winslow Police Department but the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Haley is a 2019 Graduate of the prestigious of the FBI - National Academy, the prominent Force Science Institute, and has been awarded the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award for attending Supervisor Leadership Institute, Command Leadership Institute, and Executive Leadership Institute. He is currently working towards his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice


Thomas Reagan

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.  


Brian McDonough

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.


Michael Cunniff

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.