Thomas J. Martinelli, J.D., M.S., has been a practicing attorney for 30 years and a police trainer for over 20 years. He was an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, where he taught criminal justice courses at the undergraduate level. Most recently he was the constitutional law lecturer on a training team funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, within the Department of Justice, addressing the legal and ethical nuances of Intelligence Led Policing. Additionally he studies and writes about the fields of police ethics, liability issues, reducing police misconduct and constitutional policing trends. His training focuses mainly on risk management issues and lawsuit avoidance measures in policing using the best practices and lessons learned approach.
During his career, Mr. Martinelli has been a patrol officer, union steward, public information liaison, department prosecutor, trainer and consultant.