John Matthews is the Executive Director of the Community Safety Institute (CSI) is a former Chief of Police and currently serves as a Commander with the Ovilla, Texas Police Department. Chief Matthews has developed over 100 law enforcement and public safety initiatives for government agencies including the Department of Justice (DOJ); Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); the Office of Community Policing Services (COPS); Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Office of Domestic Programs (ODP); Depart of the Interior (DOI); Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services (OJS) and the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Matthews has been in law enforcement for over thirty years and is a Master Police Officer and certified law enforcement instructor. With Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Administrative Management and an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate, Matthews is nationally recognized for his work in law enforcement and school safety issues. While working with the Dallas Police Department he was named Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer and was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the Texas State Senate. He also received numerous departmental awards including: Certificate of Merit, Life Saving Award, Certificate for Civic Achievement and the Police Commendation. John was formerly a Senior Advisor to the National Sheriffs’ Association and currently is the Director of Federal Partnerships for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund.
John is an award-winning writer, photographer and author of five books including The Eyeball Killer, a true crime Book of the Month and first- hand account of his capture of Dallas’ only serial killer. His books School Safety 101 and Neighborhood Watch 101 focus on making our communities safer and more secure and have been the cornerstones of training programs for thousands of law enforcement officers, educators and their community stakeholders. He has been honored as a keynote speaker at education and law enforcement conferences around the country.
John is a law enforcement analyst for both CNN and FOX NEWS providing analysis on breaking public safety stories ranging from mass shootings to terrorism and school safety to law enforcement/community relations. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and on international networks, as well as, being featured on Good Morning America, Wolf Blitzer Reports and the Sean Hannity Show . John has been consulted on multiple programs for the Discovery Channel and is currently producing and writing two television shows and working on a screenplay of a feature film based on his serial killer case.John hosted a popular safety segment on FOX-4 television, and for three years was a talk show host on KRLD/CBS radio and the Texas State Network, where he still makes appearances as a guest. Media appearances include; NBC Nightly News, FOX News Channel, Leeza, The O’Reilly Report, Good Morning New York, Good Morning Texas, Law Enforcement Television Network, A Current Affair, Good Day Dallas, and scores of local ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC television and radio affiliates. John’s serial killer story has been adapted for numerous network television shows and John served as co-writer and host of the pilot television show RANGERS.
Leading Trainers, Consultants, and Experts
CSI’s cadre of professional instructors and facilitators lead workshops, conferences, and training meetings. Selected from their specialized fields of expertise and trained for CSI assignments, our facilitators and instructors provide a unique combination of education and practical experiences that will assist participants in obtaining the most from their training.
Each member of the CSI team has at least a bachelor’s degree. At least 90% of our consultants have a master’s degree, and more than half hold doctorates. The majority of our consultants hold professional certification in their areas of expertise in fields including law enforcement, criminal justice, mental health, and education.
Our consultants average 20 years of experience in their professional fields. Many have authored works in professional journals, magazines and newspapers, and some have authored, co-authored or edited books and journals as well. Several of our consultants have garnered local, state, national and international awards, recognition or acclaim for their work. They bring that background and experience to share with CSI’s clients.