Instructor Bio

Fall Conference, 2019

Instructor Bios

John B. Edwards CEO, Author and Trainer

John Edwards started his law enforcement career as a uniformed officer in 1977, he then spent 30 years in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation retiring as a Special Agent in Charge. Next, he served four years as a Chief Deputy Sheriff. Since 2014, John has served as Executive Director of the Peace Officer Association of Georgia and CEO of J.B. Edwards and Associates Consultants.

John’s experience ranges from working undercover in street, major drug operations, investigation of major homicide cases, high profile cases, politically sensitive cases, to special event security. His management background includes narcotics supervision, multi-jurisdictional task force supervision, general investigation supervision, and co-chair of crisis management for the 2004 G-8 summit. John has created and developed nationally recognized police operations programs and has over thirty years as a law enforcement trainer.

He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University, former adjunct at the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College graduate school at Columbus State University, a Georgia P.O.S.T. certified instructor and has a National Instructor Certification from the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training in Meridian, Idaho. John serves on the Georgia Board of Juvenile Justice and the Advisory Board for the Georgia Public Training Center, Savannah Regional Police Academy. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Law Enforcement Education and Trainers Association and the Peace Officers Association of Georgia.

John is the author of two books, thirty-one different law enforcement training curriculums, and many national and international publications regarding police operations, leadership, and management. He has received national awards and recognition from IACP and the BJA for operations and innovative programs and in 2014 was selected for the State of Georgia’s Governor’s Award in Public Safety for Outstanding Contribution to Profession.

John currently travels throughout the United States lecturing for many federal, state and local agencies and law enforcement associations regarding police operations, leadership and management, and conducts three-day seminars based on his book, “The Burden of Command.”

R. Read Gignilliat, Attorney at Law

Read represents private and public sector employers in lawsuits, charges, arbitrations, claims, grievances, appeals, and other legal and administrative proceedings initiated by employees. He also counsels employers regarding various aspects of employment law (including non-competition and trade secret matters); assists employers in designing and implementing personnel policies and procedures, employee handbooks, employment agreements (including non-competition agreements), and employment dispute resolution programs; and provides day-to-day advice on a wide range of personnel-related matters. Read designs and conducts management and employee training programs in a variety of areas, including workplace harassment, conducting internal investigations, EEO/whistleblower protection and records retention. He co-chairs the firm’s Public Sector Group, which focuses on the representation of cities, counties, school districts, and other local governmental bodies. He is also a member of the firm’s Complex Litigation Group, focusing on professional liability, fraud, constitutional challenges, and other specialty lines insurance claims.

Tracy L. Glanton, Attorney at Law

Tracy has strong expertise in the public sector market working with local government agencies on a wide variety of employment and civil rights matters. Tracy regularly assists clients with daily personnel matters, employee investigations, discipline, terminations, and complaints of discrimination, harassment, or other unlawful treatment. Tracy also oversees the Firm’s Police Liability Practice and defends law enforcement agencies and officials in actions brought under both federal and state law, including claims brought under 42 U.S.C. 1983. As a former police officer and detective, Tracy understands the police culture and has developed the mutual trust and respect of top law enforcement officials, which has greatly assisted her with her investigations and defense strategies. In addition to her litigation practice, Tracy is a skilled interviewer and regularly assists both public and private employers with conducting workplace investigations. She also spends a significant amount of time training managers and human resources personnel, and her work has been published by a variety of organizations.

Jason Ellis, Sergeant First Class, Georgia State Patrol

In 1991, Jason Ellis began his law enforcement career as a part-time jailor with the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office. In 1993, Jason graduated from the 119th session of the Law Enforcement Training Center of Middle Georgia and became a certified basic peace officer. From 1993-1995, Jason served as a police officer with the Abbeville and Rochelle Police Departments in Wilcox County, Georgia. In 1999, Jason was employed with the Americus Police Department as a police officer when he accepted employment with the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Jason as served with the DPS as a Radio Operator at Post 4 Villa Rica and a Police Corporal at GSP Headquarters. In January 2001, Jason graduated from the 76th Georgia Trooper School at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Jason has served as a Georgia State Trooper at Post 13 Tifton, Post 30 Cordele, and was detached to the GSP Executive Protection Unit at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion and provided personal security for Governor Roy Barnes. In April 2010, he transferred to the DPS Office of Professional Standards where he served for more than 8 years being promoted to the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant as an Internal Affairs Investigator and Polygraph Examiner. Jason has investigated and supervised a wide range of administrative investigations to include threat assessment investigations, pre-employment background investigations, the on-duty murder of a GSP Trooper, uses of force, allegations of drug distribution and anabolic steroid use, absenteeism, violation of oath of office, domestic violence, unsatisfactory performance, hostile work environment, abuse of power, corruption, sexual assault, theft, perjury, and other various forms of general misconduct. He has also investigated and supervised audits associated with allegations of misuse of speed detection devices received by DPS against local law enforcement agencies. In 2012, the Georgia Internal Affairs Investigators Association (GIAIA) presented Jason the Rose Green Award for his service as an Internal Affairs Investigator.

Jason is a certified POST General Instructor, a graduate of the American-International Institute of Polygraph, and a full member of the American Polygraph Association. Since 2004, he has served the DPS as an adjunct instructor at GSP Trooper schools. In 2014, he completed training at the Force Science Institute and became a Certified Use of Force Analyst and completed the Columbus State University Professional Management Program (PMP). Jason is a 2015 graduate of Thomas University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and is a 2018 graduate of Columbus State University with a Master of Public Safety Administration (MPSA) from the Georgia Command College. In April 2018, Jason was promoted to Sergeant First Class (Post Commander) at Post 40 Albany. In 2018, Dougherty County District Attorney presented Jason the Trooper of the Year Award. Jason has been a GIAIA member for nine years and has served as a GIAIA Executive Board Member for six years. He and his wife Denise have been married for 24 years and have two children (Bruce and Lana) who are thirteen years of age.

Todd Hinson, Sergeant, Georgia State Patrol

Todd Hinson began his law enforcement career in February of 2002 with the Hartwell Police Department (HPD), becoming the youngest officer hired at HPD at the age of 18. Todd graduated from the 177th Session of the NOrtheast Georgia Basic Police Academy. Todd served as a police officer with HPD and a member of the SWAT Team. While employed with HPD, Hinson received a Medal of Valor award and obtained the rank of Corporal.

In March of 2005, Todd joined the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) as a Capitol Hill Police Officer. In March of 2006, Todd was promoted to Trooper and graduated from the 82nd Georgia State Patrol Trooper School at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, receiving the driving award for his class. Todd’s assignments have included serving as a Trooper at Post 3 Cartersville and Post 37 Cumming. In 2011, Todd transferred to the Office of Professional Standards and served as an Internal Affairs Investigator and Polygraph Examiner. In 2016, Todd was promoted to Corporal and served as the Assistant Post Commander at Post 50 Capitol Hill. In 2018, Todd was promoted to Sergeant and transferred back to the Office of Professional Standards as a supervisor overseeing investigations.

As an investigator and supervisor in OPS, Todd has investigated and supervised a wide variety of cases including officer-involved shootings, sexual misconduct, sexual assault, violation of oath of office, use of force complaints, theft, criminal investigations, threat assessment investigations, domestic violence, hostile work environment, abuse of power, pre-employment background investigations, and other various forms of general misconduct. He has also investigated and supervised audits associated with allegations of misuse of speed detection devices received by the DPS against local law enforcement agencies. In 2015, Todd was nominated by his peers for the Guardian of Integrity award with the National Internal Affairs Investigators Association. During Todd’s seven years as an Internal Affairs Investigator, he has received numerous hours of training in the fields of IA Investigations, use of force, handwriting analysis, neuro-linguistic programming, interviews and interrogations, and micro-facial expressions.

Todd is a certified POST General Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and CPR Instructor. Todd is a graduate of the Americal-International Institute of Polygraph and a member of the American Polygraph Association. Since 2012, Todd has served DPS as an adjunct instructor at GSP Trooper Schools. In 2014, he completed training at the Force Science Training Institute and became a Certified Use of Force Analyst. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Thomas University and is currently obtaining his master’s degree from Columbus State University. He also completed the Professional Management Program through Columbus State University, where he obtained his supervision and management certifications.

He and his wife Brittany have been married for five years and have two children, Bryson and Logan.