We built this program one dedicated police officer at a time.
Chief Tom Clemons
Chief Tom Clemons began his Alaskan law enforcement career in 1972 in Petersburg, Alaska. Chief Clemons was promoted to the rank of sergeant during his stay at Petersburg Police Department. In 1974, Chief Clemons joined the Alaska State Troopers.
During his tenure with the Troopers, Chief Clemons was stationed in Anchorage, Paxson (during the pipeline construction years), Juneau, and Palmer, as well as being assigned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau.
Chief Clemons retired from the Alaska State Troopers as a First Sergeant in 1995. Chief Clemons worked as the Director of Security for 1st National Bank of Anchorage, and in 1998 joined the Sand Point Police Department as their Chief of Police.
In 2000, Chief Clemons became the Chief of Police for the community of Wrangell, Alaska. In 2003, he moved to Seward where he is the current Chief. Chief Clemons is President of the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police, the former Vice Chair for Alaska Police Standards Council, a Life Member of Alaska Peace Officer's Association, and LEEDA.
He also served on advisory groups of Dare Alaska, Chairman of the Alaska Municipal League Law Enforcement Liability Pool, Junior Police Academy, Western States COPS Program, SEAVIEW of Seward, and Alaska Law Enforcement Information Sharing System (ALEISS). He currently serves as Chair for the State Association of Chiefs of Police (SACOP) Mountain Pacific Region and is the representative for the Pacific Mountain Region committee, which serves smaller departments with 25 commissioned members or less.
He is a current member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is the Past President of the Seward Lions Club, and Past President of the Seward Rotary Club.
Officer Suzanne D’Ambrose
A veteran officer, formerly with the Belmar Police Dept., D’Ambrose is also a gifted law enforcement instructor for the Monmouth County Voc-Tech School.
New Jersey police veteran Suzanne D’Ambrose has served on the Junior Police Advisory Council for twelve years and on the AAPO Senior Advisory Council for ____ years. Suzanne is a law enforcement instructor for the Monmouth County Vocational School, realizing her lifelong dream of protecting and educating the community. She was with the Belmar Police Department for over 10 years, serving as a bike patrol officer as well as a physical trainer.
“As for AAPO, I enjoy being on the board because we are reaching out to police departments across the United States,” Suzanne stated. “I see it as an honor to be able to help put together materials that departments can use to teach youngsters and inspire them to become involved in law enforcement. Since I teach law enforcement, it’s easy for me to help gather new material every year and to help police departments organize their individual junior police academy programs or to get one of their own started.”
Officer Eric Edson
Officer Eric Edson is a 19-year veteran of the Sheboygan Police Department. Officer Edson currently serves as one of the Department’s School Resource Officers. In this role, he has planned and implemented the Department’s Junior Police Academy, as well as several other youth-oriented projects.
In addition, Officer Edson has served on the Department’s Emergency Response Team (SWAT) since 1995, and has been the Team Leader for the past seven years. In 2004, Officer Edson was named SWAT Officer of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of SWAT Personnel.
From 2000-2006, Officer Edson served as the Department’s K9 Handler, and was named Wisconsin’s Rookie Canine Handler of the Year by W.L.E.C.H.A. in 2001. Officer Edson has also participated in the Department’s Strategic Planning Committee for Gang Interdiction and was selected as one of the first officers for the Gang Suppression Unit.
During his career, Officer Edson has received over a dozen letters of commendation from his Department for exemplary performance, meritorious investigation, and courage. In 2004, as a result of his involvement in a critical shooting incident, Officer Edson was presented with the Meritorious Award for Exceptional Ability, Courage, Fidelity and Devotion to Duty by the Wisconsin Professional Police Association.
Chief of Police Chad E. Pusey
Chief Pusey grew up in Portland Indiana. He graduated from Jay County High School. After high school, he attended Vincennes University where he obtained an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement and holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminology from Indiana State University. Chief Pusey is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
He began his career with the Knox County Sheriff’s Dept Reserve Unit while attending college. He was then hired by the Bicknell Police Dept as his first full time police job. He then left there and went to the Crane Police Dept and worked as a Federal Police Officer. In April of 2002, he was hired as Chief of Police in Oblong. Chief Pusey in one of Oblong’s Juvenile Officers. He is also certified by the FBI as a Hostage Negotiator. Chief Pusey is SWAT certified and a member of the Southern Illinois Response Team, as well as, ILEAS 9/11.
Chief Pusey continues to attend different law enforcement training classes as he feels it is necessary to constantly continue education regarding the field of law enforcement. Chief Pusey also is College Instructor at Olney Central College and Lincoln Trail College in the Administration of Justice Program. Chief Pusey was also recently awarded the DUI Enforcement Award issued by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Chief Pusey is married to Mary Lou and they have 6 children and one granddaughter.