Director of Professional Development
Shayna Vincent joined the Caruth Police Institute in 2010 and serves as the Director of Professional Development. She has developed and implemented curriculum for a variety of topics for all courses, with a heavy focus in Conflict Resolution. She manages outreach efforts to seek new faculty members and oversees leadership programing.
Shayna has a passion for helping first responder families and has developed the Supporting the First Responder Family Program that has served over 34 public safety agencies in Texas and Oklahoma.
She previously worked at PaxUnited National Mediation Center where she assisted in implementing a nationally recognized peer mediation program. Shayna earned a Master’s in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Shayna’s volunteer work includes years as a Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children and a call responder/counselor for the North Texas Suicide and Crisis Hotline.
Courtney Ripley holds an M.S. in criminal justice from the University of North Texas and has worked for the Caruth Police Institute (CPI) since January 2018. She also works full-time as a financial crime analyst for a consulting company specializing in anti-money laundering and virtual fraud trends. Courtney has built curriculum for a trauma recognition course for police, fire, and EMS where the focus is on the importance of mental wellness and recovering from traumatic experiences faced as a first responder. She has taught the trauma recognition course, along with others such as critical thinking, for CPI. Courtney is using the experience she has gained from those projects in order to help with curriculum creation, facilitating, and overall report writing on project proposals.
ABLE Program Manager
Jeff’s inspiration comes from his family and his faith. Jeff has been married to his dynamic and supportive wife, Pam, for twenty-two years. They have three incredible kiddos – Jefferson, Franklin, and Isabelle. Jeff loves spending time with family, friends, and his K-9 children: Bella (Cane Corso), Smokey (Australian Shepherd), and Jerry (Border Terrier).
Jeff has well over twenty-years of combined experience working in law enforcement, emergency management, and education (secondary and higher education). He currently serves as the ABLE Program Manager for the Caruth Police Institute at UNT Dallas. Prior to serving in his current role, Jeff served with the University of North Texas Health Science Center (Fort Worth) Police Department in multiple and progressive capacities: Lieutenant, Captain, and Chief of Police (ret.). In addition to his command staff experience, Jeff has served with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office (Operations Support Unit), the UNT Police Department (Patrol, Crime Prevention, and Community Relations), and the City of Southlake DPS (Emergency Services Intern). Also, Jeff has seven years of experience working in the railroad industry (Hulcher Professional Services) and four years of experience working as a high school teacher for the Denton Independent School District; instructing the Law Enforcement I, Law Enforcement II, Principles of Law, and Disaster Response courses. Jeff holds a Texas Education Agency (TEA) teacher certification (trades and industrial), TCOLE Master Peace Officer certification, TCOLE law enforcement instructor proficiency certification, TCOLE firearms instructor certification, and TCOLE Mental Health Peace Officer certification. In addition to instructing firearms training for law enforcement officers, Jeff has extensive experience instructing in the following areas: TASER, OC Spray, ALERRT, PPCT, and Gracie Combatives.
Jeff is a recent graduate of Texas Christian University’s Leadership, Executive, and Administrative Development (LEAD) Program. Jeff holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Dallas Baptist University (2018), a Master of Science in Human Relations and Business from Amberton University (2006), and a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Administration and Planning from the University of North Texas (2002). In addition to his education, Jeff has an extensive martial arts background that began in 1984 and includes the following disciplines: Shin-Toshi Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, and Modern Arnis. Jeff participated in the 2011 Texas Police Olympics, medaling in three of his four events; however, he suffered a significant injury that prevented him from competing in his fourth event.
Senior Academic Program Manager
Dr. Horton has been working in higher education for 15+ years in various capacities. She possesses both teaching and academic advisement experience within the field of Criminal Justice and Criminology. In addition, she has taught a variety of courses within both disciplines. Prior to coming to CPI, Dr. Horton was an Online Lecturer for the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Sam Houston State University. She has also taught at other institutions of Higher Education which include but are not limited to Virginia State University, Texas Southern University, and Central Piedmont Community College.
Dr. Horton has program management experience in Higher Education as well. While employed at Virginia State University as an Assistant Professor, she served as the Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Science Program in Criminal Justice for 500 + undergraduate students. Some of Dr. Horton’s research interests include but are not limited to public policy, quantitative methods, and criminology. In addition, she is certified to teach and has online teaching experience. Dr. Horton has experience creating both online and digital course content for institutions of Higher Education as well as for Sage Publications.
Dr. Horton earned her Ph.D. in Administration of Justice from Texas Southern University, a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University and Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Lastly, Dr. Horton is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.