Major Case Specialist (MCS) Timothy Keel
Behavioral Analysis Unit 4
FBI Academy, Quantico, VA
Major Case Specialist (MCS) Keel conducts investigations within the BAU in the areas of serial murders and serial rapes, unusual single homicides, kidnappings, equivocal deaths, cold case homicides and a variety of other offenses. He works with Federal, State and local law enforcement officials in conducting case consultations both on-site and at the BAU offices at Quantico. He also assists the FBI’s Training Division as an instructor for the Managing Death Investigations course when requested, both locally and internationally.
Mr. Keel has over 35 years of law enforcement experience. He retired in 1999 from the Baltimore Police Department as a detective lieutenant, where he spent the last five years as a commander in the Homicide Unit.
He holds a Master’s of Science degree in Management and Leadership from the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Program from The Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Keel is Past President of the Harvard Associates in Police Science, charter past Vice-President and charter member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Homicide Investigation Association. He is a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association, the Homicide Research Working Group, and the Mid-Atlantic Cold Case Homicide Investigators Association.
Mr. Keel is also part of a Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, five-person team of subject matter experts utilized to assess and review homicide units throughout the country. This has resulted in two recent publications, “Homicide Process Mapping” and “10 Things Law Enforcement Executives Can Do To Positively Impact Homicide Investigation Outcomes”, published by DOJ and the IACP in December of 2013.
Mr. Keel currently heads three research projects, one focusing on the relationship between victim and offender in edged-weapon homicides, one on investigating Mass Killings, and the other, a “Best Practices” study on the management of homicide units, was recently completed. The later research has resulted in a number of publications, including the Law Enforcement Bulletin (February 2008) and the Journal of Homicide Studies (February 2009). This work has been published in several books by various authors, to include Cold Case Investigations. It is frequently used by homicide detectives and supervisors to justify obtaining additional resources.
Mr. Keel can be reached at Timothy.Keel@ic.fbi.gov
Captain Tim McWhorter
Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, AL
Capt. McWhorter has worked for the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office since 1999. Throughout the years McWhorter has worked as a School Resource Officer, Patrol Deputy and Investigator. He has held the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. He is currently at the rank of Captain serving as the Chief of Staff and Operations. Previously, Capt. McWhorter worked in the Criminal Investigations Divisions for a period of 10 years, the last 6 serving as the Chief Investigator. Lawrence County has a population of approximately 36,000 people and covers approximately 625 square miles. The Sheriff’s Office consists of 30 sworn officers and 20 civilian employees and handles calls for service in all areas that are not inside a city/ town police jurisdiction. The investigations division is comprised of 6 criminal investigators with one person assigned to handle “Special Victim Crimes” (Domestic Violence, Sex Crimes/ Sex Offenders, and child victim crimes).
Corporal Bill Burke
Alabama Bureau of Investigation
Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Mike Yoder
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Behavioral Analysis Unit - 4
Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Mike Yoder has been with the FBI for over eighteen years. During that time he worked Asian Organized Crime investigations involving forced prostitution of illegal aliens; large-scale drug trafficking investigations on a DEA OCDETF task force and Internet-related undercover operations targeting the sexual exploitation of children. Mike is currently assigned as a criminal profiler in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit - 4 (Crimes Against Adult Victims) where he provides behavioral analysis on single and serial homicides, serial sexual assault cases, and adult kidnappings. Prior to the FBI, Special Agent, Mike graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was an Army Officer for eleven years. Mike holds two Master of Arts degrees - in Organizational Leadership and Forensic Psychology.
U.S. Secret Service, Retired
Mike Roche, B.A., has over three decades of law enforcement experience. He began his career with the Little Rock Police Department first as an officer and later as a detective. He then spent a year as a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms before transferring to the U.S. Secret Service.
For the next twenty-two years Mike conducted investigations for the Service’s New Orleans and Miami Field Offices before being assigned to the Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division in Washington, D.C. While assigned to the Division, Mike conducted threat assessments while traveling with the President and other dignitaries. He also served as the Intelligence Liaison to the FBI and CIA headquarters.
Upon his arrival in Tampa in 2001, Mike Roche became the Protective Intelligence Coordinator over all threat related investigations as well as a member of the government’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. It was in this position that Mike served as a primary evaluator and investigator of the daily threats made against Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. As a threat assessor for the President and other notable high-level governmental figures, Mike became a recognized expert in the field of violent crime, and during his last fifteen years with the U.S. Secret Service focused on researching, conducting, managing, and teaching threat assessments. He has also prepared threat assessments and threat management strategies for domestic violence, stalking, school violence, workplace violence, extremism, the mentally ill, and threats towards government officials, celebrities, public officials, private citizens and corporations. Mike therefore brings a depth of knowledge to his audiences as a result of his unique experience in conducting threat assessments and interviewing countless subjects who were intending to commit an act of mass violence.
Mike Roche was an adjunct faculty instructor at St. Leo University teaching Risk Assessments of Physical Structures and Conducting Behavioral Threat Assessments of Mass Killers. He is the author of three works of fiction and two non-fiction books: Face 2 Face: Observation, Interviewing and Rapport Building Skills: an ex-Secret Service Agents Guide and Mass Killers: How You Can Identify Workplace, School and Public Killers Before they Strike.
Mike Roche currently consults on criminal investigations and threat assessments and instructs on interviewing and forensic crime analysis to law enforcement officers and civilian personnel throughout the United States. He has provided his insights to the news media including VoiceAmerica, Fox, ABC and the BBC. He is also a regular contributor to Law Enforcement Today. Among many others, cases on which Mike has provided commentary include the second shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas, the Santa Barbara/Isla Vista Massacre and the Seattle Pacific University Killings.
Lieutenant Sasha Larkin
Gangs/Narcotics Bureau - Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Sasha Larkin has been a Lieutenant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department since 2013, and has served the community of Southern Nevada as a member of LVMPD for nearly 17 years. She has been promoted twice over the course of her career, and has worked in a variety of assignments, including Counter Terrorism, Academy, Problem Solving Unit, Gangs/Narcotics, Patrol, Field Training, and Watch Commander.
In March of 2015, with the support of the Sheriff and Under Sheriff of Clark County, Sasha spearheaded the creation, development and promulgation of a new bureau: the Office of Community Engagement. The focus of this bureau is to provide strategic and operational direction for police-community interaction through education, outreach, engagement, and awareness activities in the areas of Terrorism, Street Gangs, and Human Trafficking. In this role, Sasha has brought together a number of department programs in order to build the community of trust between law enforcement, public safety officials, and the cultural, religious, and minority communities throughout Southern Nevada. One of the key demographics of this program is the vulnerable and impressionable13-25 age group.
Preceding her role with Office of Community Engagement, Sasha was a Gangs/Narcotics Lieutenant and oversaw Gang Enforcement, Investigations and Intelligence Teams, along with two Street Narcotics Teams.
Prior to transferring to the Gang/Narcotics Section, Sasha was the field Lieutenant in the most violent area command in Southern Nevada, and was the Incident Commander for many high profile tactical events. Before promoting to Lieutenant, Sasha was the Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Program Manager for the Southern Nevada Counterterrorism Center (SNCTC) for over three years. In the beginning of her career, she served as a patrol officer, worked undercover in a variety of assignments, and then as a Training and Counseling (TAC) Officer at the LVMPD Academy. She was then promoted to the rank of Sergeant where she supervised a patrol squad, a field training squad, and problem solving unit responsible for conducting investigations, and finally as a Sergeant in Internal Affairs and Professional Standards Division.
In 2008, Sasha Larkin was chosen by the LVMPD to work with the SNCTC to create, develop, and implement a TLO program focused on active community-oriented policing techniques to accomplish homeland security objectives, while still performing the primary functions of a patrol squad. Her efforts during this initial phase resulted in community relationships that contributed to intelligence reporting out of the SNCTC that received national attention from the US Intelligence Community.
Ultimately, the project effort resulted in the establishment of the SNCTC TLO Program Management Team, which has subsequently developed a TLO Program that includes thirty-six agencies with over 10,000 persons having completed the State recognized 8-hour TLO Basic Course. Sasha supervised a team of five full-time police officers, one part-time police officer, and one full-time fire department representative. This team ensures that all TLOs throughout Southern Nevada adhere to the SNCTC standards and that information flows between TLOs and the SNCTC.
Additionally, in 2011, Sasha co-developed the FIIST (Fusion Intelligence Information Sharing Team) program, which ensures that information of intelligence value within the jails of Southern Nevada is sent to the SNCTC for analysis and dissemination to all SNCTC intelligence stakeholders. The effort has resulted in intelligence collaboration between multiple federal agencies as well as provided insight to local law enforcement agencies in other states into significant unsolved criminal activity. This program today yields the highest amount of intelligence that is being shared between agencies and on a national level with the greatest results.
In April of 2013, the Sheriff of Clark County (LVMPD) presented Sasha and her team with the Unit Exemplary Service Award for their efforts in developing a sustainable and nationally recognized Fusion Liaison Officer (FLO) Program.
Sasha was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM where she attended the University of New Mexico, majoring in Biological Anthropology and Forensic Science. She trained in Kenpo Karate receiving her third degree black belt, and traveled the country participating in Martial Arts competitions. She relocated to Las Vegas, NV in 1998. Not long after arriving in Las Vegas, she joined the LVMPD. In addition to serving on the police department, Sasha has been teaching yoga for 16 years and travels around the world to teach and train various yoga disciplines. Her most important outside accomplishment is being a proud mother of a little boy and adorable twin girls.
Sergeant Braden Schrag
Gangs/Narcotics Bureau - Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Braden Schrag has been with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department since 2004, where he has worked in a variety of assignments to include Intergovernmental Services, Counter Terrorism, Patrol, Problem Solving Unit, and as a Field Training Officer in the Bolden Area Command—one of the more economically and socially diverse areas of Clark County, as well as one which has led Nevada in homicides and gang-related violence.
Braden is currently a Sergeant and assigned to the Community Policing Division, Northeast Area Command. In this role he runs a squad of 11 commissioned patrol officers in an area presently leading the state in street-level violent crime. This area command is also home to significant critical infrastructure, military installations, and a diverse and active population. In addition to his patrol responsibilities, Braden has been instrumental in the creation, development and promulgation of his agencies new bureau, the Office of Community Engagement. The focus of this bureau is to provide strategic and operational direction for police-community interaction through education, outreach, engagement and awareness activities in the areas of Terrorism, Street Gangs, and Human Trafficking. The ultimate goal of this bureau is to more effectively and efficiently build a community of trust between law enforcement and the cultural, religious, and minority communities of Southern Nevada.
Previously, he was assigned to the Office of the Sheriff, Office of Intergovernmental Services (IGS). Appointed in January of 2015, one of his roles as a Government Liaison was representing the Sheriff in an official capacity on legislative matters impacting law enforcement. He also represented his agency at public forums on firearms-related legislation. In March of 2015, Braden was promoted in place in IGS to the rank of Sergeant for the duration of the 2015 Nevada Legislative Session at direction of the Sheriff of Clark County. One of his key legislative successes was testifying in front the Nevada State Senate and Assembly on the effects of fraudulent liens being placed against government officials. The collective efforts of the team on this bill resulted in the Nevada Revised Statute being changed.
In early 2009 while working as a senior Field Training Officer, Braden was part of a small team of commissioned staff selected to pilot the viability of a Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) program. In 2010, he and the team received an appointment from the Sheriff of Clark County tasked with developing and implementing a TLO Program for the LVMPD and the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center jurisdictions. During this assignment, he was instrumental in co-development and implementation of terrorism prevention education, awareness, outreach, and engagement activities across a wide cross-section of Southern Nevada, utilizing community-oriented policing practices. During his last full-time year with the program, Braden was the primary supervisor for the multi-jurisdictional/multi-disciplinary team of local, state, and federal personnel.
While assigned to the SNCTC and in the wake of the Sandy Hook School tragedy, Braden developed a Safe Schools training program for the private school community of Clark County focusing on active shooter prevention measures and the overall increase in school safety/security posture. He was also responsible for engaging over 100 private, charter, and religious schools of Southern Nevada with LVMPD’s School Violence Initiative.
Braden is an accomplished instructor having taught a wide range of technical law enforcement subject matter to include: Fair and Impartial Policing and Procedural Justice; Use of Force Doctrine and Procedure; Defensive Tactics; Small Arms Combat Marksmanship; Close-Quarters Battle & Building Search Techniques; Urban Combat; and Law Enforcement Patrol Tactics and Procedures.
Braden has also provided technical assistance to both developing and established FLO/TLO Programs, as well as having presented nationally. Notable presentations include speaking on Countering Violent Extremism Through Community Policing — 2011 National Countering Violent Extremism Workshop; Best Practices for TLO Programs — 2012 National Fusion Center Training Event; and Establishing a TLO Program/CVE through COP since November 2012 (scheduled through November 2017) — Center for Homeland Defense & Security at the Naval Postgraduate School; and 2014 Social Identity Theory & Community Policing for more Effective Emergency Management — Executive Master’s Program in Crisis and Emergency Management, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
Braden is presently an advisory board member with the Police Executive Research Forum providing technical assistance on Community Oriented Policing Practices for Countering Violent Extremism and an instructor/facilitator with the Institute for intergovernmental Research (IIR) for SLATT and BCOT training programs. He is also the Vice President of Corporate Operations for the PFC Group of Companies, which provides tactical training, emerging technology integration, and technical support to military and law enforcement customers. In April of 2013, the Sheriff of Clark County (LVMPD) presented Braden and his team with the Unit Exemplary Service Award for their efforts in developing a sustainable and nationally recognized Fusion Liaison Officer (FLO) Program.
Braden is a graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio where he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology. He has over 16 years of public service, which includes work for a community mental health entity in Northern Kentucky and a social service agency in Southern Ohio. Braden is married and the father of two elementary school aged children.
Captain Michael Prodan