Ron Lowenberg and Dustin Olson Join Josephson Institute Exemplary Policing Board


Dean Ron Lowenberg at Golden West College’s Criminal Justice Training Center and Dustin Olson, Chief of the University, Santa Barbara Police Department have joined Chiefs Art Acevedo (Houston PD), Chief John Thomas (University of Southern California Public safety department, and Mark Garcia, Chief of Redlands, CA PD as founding members of the Josephson Institute’s Advisory Council for Exemplary Policing.

The Josephson Institute’s Exemplary Policing Initiative is a project of the Josephson Institute of Ethics. It provides policing professionals, municipal officials and civilians involved in the oversight of police services, with information, inspiration and guidance to help create exemplary officers and policing agencies. See the site and subscribe to the monthly newsletter at

  • Ron Lowenberg has been Dean at Golden West College’s Criminal Justice Training Center, one of the pre-eminent training colleges for new and veteran officers. He served as a Commissioner Calif. State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training from 1989 – 2015. He served as chief of Police at the City of Huntington Beach, CA from 1989 – 2002 and the city of Cypress, 1981-1989. Because of his exceptional executive skills, he also served as Interim Police Chief in the southern California cities of Pomona, Costa Mesa, and Placentia.
  • Dustin Olson, has been Chief of the University, Santa Barbara Police Department since 2009. He previously served as Assistant Chief of Police at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and a Master of Science in crisis and emergency management. He also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989 to 1998 as an administrative and personnel chief and received the National Defense Service Medal and Joint Military Service Member of the Year. In 2007 he received the Annual Award for Administrative Excellence from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. He has published several articles in law enforcement journals about community policing, sexual assault prevention programs, and campus emergency notification systems.
  • Art Acevedo was appointed Chief of Police of the Houston Police Department (HPD) in 2016. The HPD is one of the largest police agencies in the country with about 5,300 sworn officers serving just over 2 million people. He came to Houston after serving for nine years (2007-2016) as Chief of the Austin Police Department (2,547 sworn law enforcement and support personnel). Previously, he was Chief, California Highway Patrol since 2005. He holds various leadership positions with the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in Public Administration from the University of La Verne in California.
  • John Thomas was appointed Chief of USC Department of Public Safety after serving as a Captain in the department since 2006. Prior to that he spent twenty-one years as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) where he retired at the rank of Lieutenant in 2005 to accept a position as Deputy Chief of Police for the University of the District of Columbia Department of Public Safety & Emergency Management in Washington D.C..Chief Thomas earned a BA in Political Science from UCLA. He holds California State Police Officer Standards in Training (POST) Certificates for the Basic, Advanced, Supervisory and Management levels. He is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program, the Los Angeles Police Department Command Development Program and the 218th Session of the FBI National Academy. Chief Thomas has written or been featured in several local and national news and magazine publications and he is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the history of the. In 2001 he wrote and researched “Blacks in Blue”, a widely distributed calendar featuring photographs and stories about the history of Blacks serving during the early years of the LAPD.
  • Mark Garcia became chief of police of the Redlands, CA (population 70,000) Police Department (about 80 sworn and 50 support staff) in 2011. He was previously Assistant Police Chief at the San Bernardino City Police Department.

Members of the Josephson advisory council will establish the priorities of the Exemplary Policing Initiative (EPI) and help ensure its training and resources are effective and relevant, and share their experiences and personal opinions on the EPI website. Among the resources provided are: summaries of important current news, best practices, policies, articles, and major reports sorted by topic, reproducible inspirational posters, a library of quotations, instructional and inspirational videos, noteworthy speeches, articles and op/ed pieces, surveys, slides of presentations, and segments with commentary of the Institute’s Exemplary Policing Framework (the basis of an in-process COPS publication on “The Exemplary Policing Organization: A Guide to Values-Based Policing”).

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