Criminal Justice Faculty

Linda Forst

Capt. (ret)  Linda S. Forst, Ed.D

Dr. Forst has been a professor at Shoreline Community College in Seattle since the Fall of 2001 in the Criminal Justice Department. She was tenured in March of 2004.

Linda Forst is a retired Captain from Boca Raton (FL) Police Services Department.  As she rose up the ranks within the department she spent time in patrol, investigations, training, recruiting and hiring, internal affairs and support services.  She was the first female Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain in the department.  The majority of her career was spent in patrol including a 3-year assignment as Commander of the Uniform Division.  Her command of 100 personnel included patrol, special operations & traffic enforcement, the marine unit, K-9, tactical operations and community policing.  She also spent time in the Detective Bureau (as a Crimes against Person Investigator), Professional Standards (Internal Affairs), Hiring, Training, and as Commander of Support Services (dispatch, records, legal) for a year.  During her career, Captain Forst worked with a State Legislator to update and improve the Sexual Battery Statute and to assist in the development of Florida's first Stalking Law. It was passed in 1992 and was the second anti-stalking law in the nation right behind California’s law. For many years she served on the Board of Directors of the Domestic Violence Shelter in Palm Beach County.  In 1994, she was given an award for “outstanding Community Service” by a Boca Raton community organization.

Dr. Forst earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, her Master’s degree in Community College Education and her Doctorate in Adult Education from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. She is a graduate of University of Louisville’s Sex Crime Investigation School, Northwestern University’s School of Police and Command, and Outward Bound. She has taught as an adjunct instructor at Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Community College and Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.  Her dissertation addressed “attitudes toward rape” and she has written numerous articles on crimes against women, women in law enforcement, community policing and aging.   Captain Forst is the author of many publications and grants and frequently gives presentations at conferences around the country. She is the author of 3 textbooks, including “The Aging of America:  A Handbook for Police Officers.”  ”An Introduction to Policing” 3rd edition- 8th edition  (2005-2016 Cengage/  Wadsworth) and Police (2013 Delmar/Cengage).

Dr. Forst is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the International Association of Women Police (IAWP), the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC).  Dr. Forst is currently serving on the City of Mukilteo Police and Fire Civil Service commission.  She loves the Pacific Northwest, spending time with her daughters, and competing in running races, triathlons, and organized bike rides including the infamous Seattle to Portland Classic (STP).


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Rex D. Caldwell

Chief of Police, Mukilteo, Washington

Chief Caldwell was appointed Police Chief of Mukilteo in 2011 and has more than 31 years of Operational and Administrative experience across multiple disciplines in the field of law enforcement with Municipal, State and International organizations. He began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Kirkland Police Department in May of 1981 attending the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) session 137, graduating in August 1981. Work highlights include: Technical Collision Investigator, Detective (1989), Sergeant (1990 - 2001), Lieutenant (2001 - 2007), Operations Division Captain (2007 - 2011). Chief Caldwell served as BLEA Commander for CJTC between December 2008 and December 2010.

Chief Caldwell received an AA and an AAS degree in Criminal Justice from Highline Community College (1981) and a Bachelor Degree (Cum Laude) in Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Eastern Washington University (2007). He holds CJTC certifications as Peace Officer, First Level Supervisor, Middle Manager, and Executive and holds a CJTC Specialized Instructor Certification teaching a variety of topics to include Ethics, Emotional Intelligence, Journaling and Tactical Thinking and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (2001). Additional trainer highlights include presenting Pursuit Policy Workshops for NHTSA through ALERT and IADLEST as well as instructing Community Oriented Policing courses.

Chief Caldwell is a member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC), a member of the International Association of Police Chiefs (IACP), a WASPC Accreditation Mentor and member of the Loaned Executive Management Assessment Program (LEMAP). As past president of the Kirkland Police Guild and the Lieutenant's Union as well as a member of the Kirkland Police Executive Management Team and Mukilteo's Executive Leadership Team, he has performed labor and management negotiations from both sides of the table.


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Doug Jeske

Assistant Division Commander, Snohomish County Sheriff's Office

Lieutenant Doug Jeske is a 24 year veteran of law enforcement. Doug is currently assigned as the Assistant Division Commander for the Special Operations Division of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. During the course of his career Doug has worked in numerous assignments including patrol, detectives, narcotics, and training. He has been a member of the Sheriff's Office SWAT team for 22 years and has held positions as operator, assistant team leader, team leader, and is currently the Team Commander. He began his training in defensive tactics in 1992 at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center completing every level and course of defensive tactics offered by the State, eventually earning Master Instructor certification. Doug has instructed classes for the Criminal Justice Training Center, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, numerous police departments throughout the state, as well as private companies.

Doug earned his Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Criminal Justice from Shoreline Community College and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. 

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Jon Ott

Police Officer (ret), Everett Police Department

Jon joined the Shoreline criminal justice faculty in 2004 after retiring from the Everett Police Department the same year. Professor Ott retired with over 14 years of service due to a disability. He has taught classes in Constitutional Law, Report Writing, Introduction to Criminology, Crime Prevention, Essentials of Interviewing, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Administration of Justice, and other Criminal Justice related fields. Professor Ott has a love of learning that his students often find contagious.

Jon is active in local politics and enjoys staying fit. He helps students prepare for physical tests and joins them on runs whenever possible.

During his career as a police officer Jon worked as a patrol officer, accreditation manager, background investigator, firearms instructor, less-lethal munitions instructor, D.A.R.E. Officer, and School Resource Officer. The first half of his police career was spent in patrol primarily as a “rover” car due to a high level of self-initiated activity. At a more advanced level, Professor Ott has training in crime prevention, accident investigation, and defensive tactics. Professor Ott was the President of the Snohomish County School Resource Officer Association.

Jon graduated from the University of Idaho with a BS in Communications and a minor in Political Science. He attended the University of Idaho School of Law for one year before receiving his master’s degree with presidential honors in Public Administration from City University of Seattle in 2003.

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Timothy P. Ryan

District Court Judge (ret)

Judge Ryan graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.  He received his Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law.

He started his legal career as a Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor.  As a trial attorney he prosecuted criminal cases including Vehicular Homicide, Arson, Assault, Burglary, Perjury, Rape and First Degree Murder trials.  He left the Prosecutors office to join the Everett Law firm of Brinster, Templeman and Ryan.  His trial practice included personal injury, contracts, property disputes, dissolution and criminal cases in both District and Superior Court.  He handled appeals in the State Court of Appeals and the State Supreme Court.

He was a part time teacher in the Criminal Justice Program at Everett Community College for twelve years teaching Criminal Law; Evidence; Juvenile Justice; Arrest, Search and Seizure; Probation and Parole and Criminal Procedure.

In 1992 he was appointed to the Snohomish County District Court Bench where he served as a Judge until retiring in 2013.  He heard civil, traffic and criminal cases.  He has served on numerous legal, Judicial and Civic Committees.  He also organized, chaired and spoke at seminars for the State Judges Association, State and Local Bar Associations and Legal Secretaries Association.


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Edward Golden

Police Officer, Everett Police Department

Edward Golden is a (33 +) year veteran of law enforcement. Currently an Everett Police Officer for more than 13 years.  Golden is a certified Adjunct Instructor for Shoreline Community College Criminal Justice Program since 2011. Golden possesses a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Dominican College NY.

Golden retired from NYPD as an Investigative Sergeant Detective Supervisor for the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau, with more than (20+) years of service. Golden participated in NYPD's 2001-2004 Anti-Terrorist undercover campaigns and as being present at the World Trade Center, in New York City on September 11, 2001, and in the aftermath rescue, recovery and stabilization efforts.

  • Certified National School Resource Officer (NASRO)
  • Crime Prevention Though Environmental Design (CPTED) Practitioner
  • Instructor development program of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.(WSCJTC)
  • Washington State’s 2009 Crime Prevention Unit of the Year Recipient -Washington State Crime Prevention Association. (WSCPA)
  • 2010 American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS)-Puget Sound Community Relations Award.
  • Co-authored an article titled Project Impact-Crime Prevention which was published in the January 2010 issue of IACP magazine. (Page #46)
  • 2011 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Webber-Seavey Award Winner Recipient for the development of Project Impact.
  • Since 2012 Washington State Fusion Intermediate Liaison Officer (WA-FLO)


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Michelle Bennett

Chief of Police, Maple Valley Police Department

Michelle Bennett has worked for the King County Sheriff’s Office since 1990.  She was the Chief of Police for the City of Maple Valley Police Department for 10 years and is now the Administrative Services Captain for KCSO based out of headquarters in downtown Seattle.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Justice, a Master of Science Degree in the field of Psychology / Organizational Development and Behavior, and a Doctorate in Education, with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, Session 235, and of the FBI National Academy, Session 247.


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Betty Taylor

Chief of Police, City of Winfield, Missouri Police Department

Betty Taylor is a former Chief of Police for the City of Winfield, Missouri Police Department. She was honored as the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2001. As a detective, she was the liason for the FBI for her department.

She holds an MFA in Writing and an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration and PsyD in Psychology. She is a frequent guest speaker on NPR and recently appeared on a PBS special for Policing in America. She was featured in New York Times Best seller, "Rise of the Warrior Cop."

She has written articles for Huffington Post and numerous other newspapers.

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Anura Shah

LICSW, MHA, Founder I President, Beyond Force, LLC

Anura is an Associate Faculty member at Shoreline Community College in the Criminal Justice Department. She is also a member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board at the College.

​In 2015, Anura founded  a consulting company called Beyond Force to be able to provide evidence-based, field-tested consultation, training and education on issues relating to workplace violence prevention. She has more than 11 years of professional experience in the industry, and provides training on verbal de-escalation strategies and mental health education across the nation.

Additionally, Anura travels throughout the State of Washington as an instructor with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC). She teaches a rigorous 8-hour crisis intervention training course to law enforcement. Her additional clients include Northwest Harvest, Skagit, Snohomish and King County Superior Courts and The University of Washington's Psychology, Psychiatry and Social Work graduate programs.

Prior to starting Beyond Force, Anura spent 4 years as Director, Workplace Violence Prevention Program at VA Puget Sound Health Care System, a department that she founded in 2012 and has been replicated nationwide, and was nationally recognized twice as an industry "Best Practice" for its innovation and progressive safety initiatives for employees and Veterans.

​Anura is a 2007 graduate of the Brown School of Social Work (MSW) as well as the School of Medicine Health Administration Program  (MHA) at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW).

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