Police Officer, NIJ LEADS Scholar
Wauwatosa Police Department, United States
David Cefalu began his law enforcement career with the Wauwatosa Police Department in 2006. He currently serves in the Personnel and Training Division, where he is tasked with analyzing, evaluating, and implementing processes for recruiting and selecting police officers. David is a Defense and Arrest Tactics and Professional Communications instructor and served 15 years with the department’s Special Response Team. He has served in various roles as an officer in the Patrol and Investigative Divisions. David is a 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar and serves as a Co-vice chair on the Police Research Advancement Section Board of the IACP.
David is also a Major in the Wisconsin Air National Guard with 21 years of service ranging from Security Forces to Tactical Command and Control. He is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration. David holds a Masters of Business Administration from Concordia University-Wisconsin. His research interests include personnel recruitment, selection, and retention. His dissertation focuses on ethics, officer wellness, and the reintegration of military veterans.
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