Denis Riel

    Tampa Bay Times 2024 Newspaper in Education Teacher of the Year Denis Riel retired as detective commander of the Lincoln (R.I.) Police Department in 2004 after 20 years of service. He then returned to full-time military duty as a member of the Rhode Island Air National Guard, where he retired (again) from the U.S. Air Force/R.I. Air National Guard in 2015 as director of staff with the rank of lieutenant colonel after 33 years of active and reserve duty. He is a proud and passionate veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

    He holds a B.S. in criminal justice from Roger Williams University and an M.S. in administration of justice from Salve Regina University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force’s Air War College with a post-graduate diploma in strategic studies, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Information School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s homeland security senior leadership development program.

    He is an adjunct professor at Salve Regina and currently teaches the online version of Strategic Communications and Executive Leadership Development for Justice Systems. He also served as adjunct instructor with Roger Williams University’s Justice Systems Training and Research Institute from 2002 -2019, where he developed and presented workshops in the areas of leadership and management, strategic communications, public information, instructor development, and organizational development.

    In 2020, he obtained an educator’s certificate in social sciences (6-12) from the Florida Department of Education and is currently the teacher for the Criminal Justice Academy at Fivay High School in Hudson, Florida.

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