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APTA Directors for 2006 are





Board of Directors




Bobby Blankenship 
Bobby Blankenship began his career in 1991 with the Ozark Police Department. Currently he is the Commander of the Training Division and the Day Shift Commander of a 50 man agency. During his career, he has worked in patrol, including patrol duties coupled with work as a Traffic Homicide Investigator and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.


Approximately 8 or 10 years ago Bobby began assisting with in-service training within the Ozark Police Department.  He is now certified to instruct in the areas of Aerosol Chemical Weapons, Radar Instructor, Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Electronic Tracking Devices, Mobile Video Instructor,  PPCT Defensive Tactics Instructor, The FN 303 Less Lethal Launcher Instructor, and Terrorism Awareness. He is also an Instructor for a child abduction prevention program by the name of Kid Escape.


Bobby has also been involved with the SWAT team for ten years, finally leaving the team as the team leader. Interdiction was one of his duties during patrol and he commanded the Traffic Division until personnel shortages forced the unit to be integrated back into patrol services.


Lt. Tommy Carswell  
Tommy Carswell is a police lieutenant at the City of Auburn, Alabama, after beginning his law enforcement career in 1981 at the Lee County, Alabama Sheriff's Department.   Currently, he is the commander of the department's special services unit.  


Prior assignments at the City of Auburn include patrol officer, detective, field training officer, Vice & Narcotics investigations, supervisor, and shift commander.  While serving the Lee County Sheriff, Tommy was assigned to the Jail/ Communications Division, District Attorney's Child Support Division, and Patrol Division.     


Tommy is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Criminal Justice Education (ICJE), is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College class XV, and currently is working toward completion of a Master of Public Administration degree at Columbus State University.  He has earned an Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice (CJ) from Southern Union State Junior College, as well as Bachelor of Science and Master of Science CJ degrees from Faulkner University, where he is a member of Faulkner University's AWA chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society.  


Tommy received certification as a field training officer at the Institute of Police Technology & Management in Jacksonville, Florida, where he also was certified as a RADAR instructor.


Tommy can be reached at tcarswell@auburnalabama.org or 334.501.3156.



Mr. Billy Duckett  
Billy Duckett is currently the Director of the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy at Jacksonville State University. He has over 25 years of law enforcement experience to include service as a patrol Sgt. at Albertville, Police Department, Deputy Chief at Boaz Police Department,and 14 years as a Alabama State Trooper. While with the State Troopers he served as a Highway Patrolman, Public Information Officer, Staff Instructor at the Trooper Academy and later served in Executive Security.

Billy is a gradate of the 216th Session of the F.B.I. National Academy. He has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Gadsden State Jr. College and a BS Degree in Criminal Justice from Jacksonville State University.   

Billy served 30 years active and reserve in the U.S. Marines. He is a Persian Gulf veteran and retired in 2003 as a Sgt. Maj. He and his wife Melanie currently reside in Alexandria and they have two daughters.



Ms. Therese Ford 
Therese Ford has over 27 years experience in the criminal justice field. During her twenty-five years with the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC) she managed the Alabama Uniform Crime Reporting Program and the Statistical Analysis Center. She was also responsible for writing federal and state grants for ACJIC and is an experienced grant writer/developer for law enforcement programs. She received an appointment as the first Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Systems Integration and Standards (LESIS), which was created to develop standards and a sharing and data integration system for law enforcement and criminal justice professionals.
She has developed training programs for law enforcement and taught in-house training sessions as well as at several of the regional police academies across Alabama. She is POST certified instructor and has taught classes in the Criminal Justice and the Legal Studies programs at Faulkner University in Montgomery. She also taught at Huntingdon College in their paralegal program.

Ms. Ford received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Auburn University at Montgomery in 1974. She received a Juris Doctor from Jones School of Law in 1994. She received a Masters in Public Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2001.



Terry Hagler 
Terry Hagler has 10 Years of Experience in the Field of Law Enforcement. He started his career with the Montgomery Police Department in 1995. He served in the Patrol Division for 2 years, Traffic Division 6 ½ years, and 2 ½ years in the Training and Recruiting Division where he is currently assigned.

Terry is currently serving in the Alabama National Guard. He started his Military career in 1990 and has served 14 years in Artillery. Sergeant Hagler is currently assigned to Joint Forces Headquarters serving as a Human Resource Specialist.




Dr. Lou Harris  
Lou is currently chair of the Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. He created the department in 1993 with 10 students which has grown to about 240 students in 2005. He holds a Master of Science degree in criminal justice (TSUM) and the Doctor of Public Administration from The University of Alabama.
After serving four years in the U.S. Navy during the 1960s, he joined the FBI as a Special Agent. He retired in 1993 with 25 years of experience as an investigator, police instructor, and relief supervisor. He was assigned to the Yakima Indian Reservation for 11 years where he worked a variety of personal and property crimes. He has been an APOST-certified instructor since 1987.
He is currently a board member of the Alabama Sentencing Commission, past president of the Montgomery Chapter of CrimeStoppers, reporter for the Governor's Task Force on Prison Overcrowding and secretary of the Montgomery Chapter of ASIS (a private security professional association).



Jake Heath 



Lt. William J. Hough 
Bill Hough has over 30 years of experience it the Law Enforcement Career field.  He is presently assigned as the Supervisor in charge of the Training and Investigations section for the Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Department where he has been employed since 1995.  Lt. Hough began his career in the United States Air Force where he was assigned duties as Training Supervisor, Investigations Supervisor, (JDET) Joint Drug Enforcement Team, Confinement Supervisor and Budget officer to name a few.  
He is APOSTC certified instructor and instructs at the Trooper and Basic Academy.  He is also a member of the State ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Task force as well as a member of the Federal PROTECT (Prosecute and Restrain Offenders That Exploit children Task force) sponsored by the U.S. Attorneys Office.
Bill is a certified FBI Firearm Instructor and has completed numerous training classes to include Weapons of Mass Destruction, Cyber Crimes/Computer Sex Crimes against children, Flying Armed, along with developing several training programs for Law Enforcement agencies in Tallapoosa County and the surrounding areas.
Lt. Hough retired from the United States Air Force in 1995.  He is Desert Shield/Storm Veteran and was awarded the Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award in 1989 in Panama City Florida. He and his wife Diane live in Alexander City and have 2 daughters and 7 grandchildren.


Mr. John Mulligan  
John Mulligan has forty years of law enforcement experience in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Alabama Attorney General's Office. He has conducted investigations of organized crime, public corruption and white-collar crime and judicial inquiries. While in the FBI he also served as a police instructor, Field Relief Supervisor and as an assessor in the FBI New Agent Selection System.
He holds a BA Degree in Criminology from the University of Maryland and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. He has conducted training in the use of computer databases in the Attorney General's Office and is a regular presenter at the Center for Government Services, Auburn University.
John is an active member of his church and has been commissioned as a lay minister through the Toolen Institute of Parish Services, Archdiocese of Mobile.



Robert T. Thetford  
Bob Thetford has over twenty-five years' experience as a prosecutor, Special Agent and Division Legal Counsel with the FBI. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, and a member of the Alabama Bar, he has provided legal advice and instruction to a variety of federal and state agencies since returning to Alabama in 1984.
In addition to investigating political corruption, white collar crime and terrorism cases, he worked as a Certified Police Instructor, Legal Instructor, Government Mediator, and was a Field Relief Supervisor for over ten years.
He is currently employed as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Faulkner University (teaching courses on Terrorism, Computer Crime, Leadership and Constitutional Law), an instructor with the Alabama Department of Public Safety, a guest lecturer at the U.S. Air War College, and practices law in Montgomery, specializing in mediation procedures and consulting for police agencies and private industry. He is the author/co-author of 5 books and numerous published articles.
Bob is an elder and Sunday School teacher in his church and is a certified Christian Conciliator, providing biblically-based mediation services and training for churches, companies and individuals.