Meet Our Instructors
Debbie Benningfield is a retired latent print examiner of the Houston Police Department. She began her career with HPD in 1975 and was assigned to the Identification section throughout her career. She has served on various boards and commissions througout her career and has taught over 70 fingerprint courses.
John P. Black is a Senior Consultant and the Facility Manager for Ron Smith & Associates, Inc. in Largo, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry from Ohio University. John has been employed in the forensic science field since 1991.
James E. “Jamie” Bush earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He began his career in criminal justice as a uniformed police officer in 1975 with the City of Laurel, MS Police Department. After four years in the Patrol Division, he was transferred to the Criminal Investigative Division (CID) where he was trained in crime scene investigation and fingerprint science.
Your instructor, retired Captain of Police Mike Campbell is a 28-year veteran of the City of Milwaukee Police Department, having retired as the Commanding Officer of their Identification Division. After his retirement Mike accepted a position as the Training Coordinator for Ron Smith and Associates, Inc. a forensic training and consulting company based in Collinsville, MS.
Your instructor, retired Police Identification Supervisor Scott Campbell is a 28-year veteran of the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Police Department, retiring as a Shift Commander for their Identification Division. Scott started his career in uniform patrol and then was assigned to a variety of specialized units including the Tactical Enforcement Unit, or S.W.A.T., where he began his training and instructor career as one of the lead instructors. In 1994 Scott transferred to the Identification Division where he began his crime scene, evidence photography and fingerprint identification career as an Identification Technician.
Your instructor, Dan Craft, has 31 years of investigative experience as a FBI agent specializing in violent crimes with a very broad range of duties and responsibilities that he brings to the classroom with him. He has been a criminal profiler and polygraph examiner who has written a 40 hour advanced interview/interrogation course for the FBI and taught it at the FBI training academy in Quantico, VA.
In 1971 Brian Dalrymple began a career in identification with the Ontario, Canada Provincial Police, Forensic Identification Services. In 1977 he co-developed the technique of evidence detection with argon lasers through inherent fluorescence and became the first in the world to operate an argon laser for the detection of evidence in criminal investigations.
Brian Dew began his career as a Forensic Analyst with the Wilson, NC Police Department where he was responsible for major crime scene investigations, latent print examinations and AFIS operations. During his career, he has successfully completed in excess of 750 hours of forensic training in a wide array of evidence collection and laboratory examination topics. Brian has provided assistance in crime scene investigations, latent print examinations and other related matters to a large number of local, state, and federal agencies.
Lesley Hammer is a Certified Footwear Examiner and a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst with the International Association for Identification, as well as a Certified Footwear Examiner with the Canadian Identification Society and a Certified Diplomate with the American Board of Criminalists. Ms. Hammer served the State of Alaska Crime Laboratory as a Forensic Scientist for 15 years first conducting casework in, and then supervising the areas of crime scenes, footwear and tire examination and latent prints. She holds a BA in Environmental Science, a MA in Teaching and a MS in Forensics from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
Mike Jordahl is a Senior Consultant for Ron Smith and Associates, Inc. in Largo, FL. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. Prior to his current position, Mike worked for the Rapid City Police Department in Rapid City, South Dakota for 18 years. He has been a fingerprint examiner and crime scene investigator for over 12 years and is an IAI Certified Latent Print Examiner. He is also a graduate of the National Forensic Academy in Knoxville, TN. Mike has previously served on the IAI Dakotas Division board as the editor, vice president, and president.
Glenn Langenburg is currently employed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as a certified latent print examiner and crime scene analyst. Glenn earned a BS in Forensic Science from
Charles “Chuck” Richardson has been employed in the field of fingerprints since beginning his career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in June 1963. He served as a Senior Fingerprint Specialist with the FBI for 18 years, as a Fingerprint Specialist with the U.S. Secret Service for 10 years and as a Senior Fingerprint Specialist and Program Manager with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for 11 years. At the DEA, with seven laboratories throughout the country with fingerprint and photographic programs, he managed the next to the largest fingerprint/photographic program in the Federal government. He holds certifications as a Latent Print Examiner from both the International Association for Identification (I.A.I.) and the FBI.
Ron Smith has been employed in the forensic identification field since 1972, first with the FBI, then with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and from 1978 until his retirement in July 2002 with the Mississippi Crime Laboratory. As Associate Director, he served as supervisor of the Meridian Branch of the Mississippi Crime Lab System. He is a specialist in courtroom testimony instruction, latent fingerprint examinations and crime scene examinations and has provided expert witness testimony in over five hundred cases in numerous states.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminalistics from Weber State University in 1993, Jon began his forensic science career with the Salt Lake City Police Department Crime Laboratory. Since 1996, he has worked in Oregon as a Forensic Scientist/Latent Print Examiner. Jon is a Certified Latent Print Examiner and a member of the NIJ sponsored Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis (SWGFAST) and has completed several research projects pertaining to latent friction ridge development that were published in the Journal of Forensic Identification, Fingerprint Whorld and Divisional IAI newsletters. More recently, he has instructed numerous comparison courses (Intermediate, Advanced and Plantar Comparison of Friction Ridge Impressions) to both latent print and tenprint analysts throughout the United States and from Argentina.
Michele Triplett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Statistical Analysis from Washington State University and has been employed in the friction ridge identification discipline since 1991. Michele is an IAI Certified Latent Print Examiner. She currently serves on the IAI Editorial Review Board, the IAI General Forensics Subcommittee and chaired the IAI SII - Probability Modeling Study Subcommittee (PMSS). She is a member of the AAFS and a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Michele is a member of the Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology (SWGFAST) and the NIJ General Forensics Research and Development Technical Working Group.
Douglas Young is currently employed as a Senior Criminalist and has over 17 years of field experience as a crime scene investigator. He began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department in Indiana where he served as the department’s crime scene investigator. He served as a Senior Crime Scene Specialist with the Austin Texas Police Department until 2002 - when he returned to Indiana to assume the position of Chief of Police with the Oakland City Police Department. Mr. Young is certified as a crime scene investigator through the International Association for Identification and serves as a member of the crime scene certification board for the Rocky Mountain Division of the IAI.
Ron Smith & Associates utilizes regional expert instructors for our 2 day CSI Physical Evidence - Processing the Crime Scene course. If you would like to apply to teach this course please visit our Instructor Application Portal.