For over 20 years, public safety organizations and school districts including state and national associations and the federal government have turned to John Matthews for organizational assessments, vulnerability studies, court security audits and training, jail assessments, and staffing analysis. He has worked with federal, state, local and tribal public safety organizations and developed national programread the rest
John Matthews is the Executive Director of the Community Safety Institute (CSI) and a former Assistant Chief Deputy Constable for the Dallas County Constable’s Office precinct #1. Chief Matthews has developed over 100 law enforcement and public safety initiatives for government agencies including the Department of Justice (DOJ); Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); the Office of Community Policing Services (COPS); Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Office of Domestic Programs (ODP); Depart of the Interior (DOI); Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services (OJS) and the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Matthews has been in law enforcement for nearly thirty years and is a Master Police Officer and certified law enforcement instructor. With Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Administrative Management and an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate, Matthews is nationally recognized for his work in law enforcement and school safety issues. While working with the Dallas Police Department he was named Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer and was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the Texas State Senate. He also received numerous departmental awards including: Certificate of Merit, Life Saving Award, Certificate for Civic Achievement and the Police Commendation. John currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the National Sheriffs’ Association and Special Advisor to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund.
John is an award-winning writer, photographer and author of five books including The Eyeball Killer, a true crime Book of the Month and first- hand account of his capture of Dallas’ only serial killer. His books School Safety 101 and Neighborhood Watch 101 focus on making our communities safer and more secure and have been the cornerstones of training programs for thousands of law enforcement officers, educators and their community stakeholders. He has been honored as a keynote speaker at education and law enforcement conferences around the country.
John hosted a popular safety segment on FOX-4 television, and for three years was a talk show host on KRLD/CBS radio and the Texas State Network, where he still makes appearances as a guest. Media appearances include; NBC Nightly News, FOX News Channel, Leeza, The O’Reilly Report, Good Morning New York, Good Morning Texas, Law Enforcement Television Network, A Current Affair, Good Day Dallas, and scores of local ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC television and radio affiliates. John’s serial killer story has been adapted for numerous network television shows and John served as co-writer and host of the pilot television show RANGERS.read less