Stephen Russell became a police officer in south Florida in 1972 after an enlistment in the United States Marine Corps. In 1983, he moved to Anchorage Alaska where he was a police officer with the Anchorage Police Department (APD). He retired from APD in 2004 after 32 years of active police service.
Mr. Russell has an extensive background in law enforcement, crime scene investigations, field training for recruits and fellow officers, courtroom testimony, forensics, and homeland security. Part of his duties included working closely with high security risk individuals, such as Presidents, Vice Presidents, important dignitaries from other countries, etc. As a seasoned police officer, he was involved in several high profile cases, such as the Robert Hansen serial murders, the Kirby Anthony murders, and other cases that have been seen on national television.
As a seasoned officer, and currently a Director in private law enforcement, Mr. Russell has trained hundreds of recruits, fellow officers, and the public, offering valuable information to the field of law enforcement and forensics. He has presented in many conferences concerning proper methods of law enforcement, forensics, and investigations. Mr. Russell participated in a television series, including "On the Beat" and "Cops" in Alaska. He has vast knowledge about proper techniques in this field and continues to develop, modify, or alter training programs for his staff or the public. As a senior officer, he has responded to many horrific crime scenes and received several commendations and awards. In fact, he received the Police Medal of Valor, presented by the Vice President of the United States for a scene where he saved several people from certain death, while risking his own life. He has developed or participated in programs to educate the public about the culture of law enforcement, including Law Enforcement Explorers, Crisis Intervention Stress Management for police officer involved shootings, Homeland Security, Medical Investigations, Techniques in Courtroom Testimony, etc. He has multiple certifications from 1972 to 2009 due to his broad background and experience. Mr. Russell continues to provide current standards in both public and private law enforcement.