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J Harris Training

Deputy Chief James Harris

The J. Harris Academy of Police Training is a company that prides itself on providing the personal touch candidates desire to produce extraordinary results. Our mission is to provide students with the tools necessary to succeed in scoring high on their promotional examinations while also preparing them to take on the supervisory role in their new position. Our company offers better results at lower prices and produces well-qualified candidates that are ready to lead our organizations.

The program is led by Jim Harris. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Monmouth University. In addition, he is a Rutgers University Certified Public Manager and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He currently is the Deputy Chief of the Toms River Police Department and has served with the agency since 1994. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to take part in a variety of different assignments including patrol, traffic safety, professional standards, undercover narcotics, and more. As a supervisor and manager, he was tasked with the supervision of these units and rose to the command level within his organization.
For several years, Jim Harris has traveled around the country presenting promotional programs that prepare officers for written examinations, in-basket exercises, oral board assessments, analysis presentations and more. Although the program is based in New Jersey, services are available nationwide.


Captain Allen Bloodgood

A Captain with the Woodbridge Township Police Department. Prior to joining the Woodbridge Township Police Department in 1994, he served in the United States Air Force during Operation Desert Storm. He is a graduate of New Jersey City University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and he holds a Master’s degree from Seton Hall University.

Allen is currently the Division Commander of the Radio Patrol Division and a former Team Commander for the Special Operations Team. His duties include overseeing the daily operations of the Radio Patrol Division.

Allen has established himself as a versatile instructor. Early in his career he was primarily a Defensive Tactics Instructor who taught a variety of classes such as; Tactical Handcuffing, Weapon Retention, Ground Fighting, Edge Weapon Defense, Confronting Multiple Assailants, Monadnock Baton and MDTS Instructors Courses. His defensive tactics training eventually evolved into firearms training. He attended both Firearms Instructor School as well as Assault Rifle Instructor School.

However, Allen’s true passion and area of expertise is in the area of legal issues. Allen has been invited to academies throughout the state to teach Arrest, Search and Seizure, Use of Force, Vehicle Pursuit, Domestic Violence, Civil Liability in Law Enforcement and Critical Incident Management. He has also been hired by numerous law enforcement agencies to conduct in-service training on a variety of topics.

Allen is our primary instructor in the areas of Arrest, Search and Seizure, Title 2C, Title 2A, Court Rules and other legal issues. Allen possesses the ability to break down complex legal issues and present them in an easy to understand format that enables our students to perform well on their promotional exams.

Lieutenant Phil Rizzo

Phil is a Lieutenant with the Franklin Township Police Department. Over his 23 years in law enforcement he has served in many aspects of the agency including patrol, communications, community affairs and administration. He is currently the Patrol Division’s Dayshift Commander as well as the Public Information Officer and the Deputy Coordinator of Emergency Management. Phil holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed their Executive Leadership Program.

As a PTC Certified instructor for nearly 20 years he has taught recruit and in-service classes in such topics as first aid, Haz-Mat, alcoholic beverage control, the Open Public Records Act, media relations, and all levels of Incident Command. Phil is our primary instructor in the Attorney General Guidelines and assists in management concepts and interview preparation.

Sergeant Dave McElwain

Dave is a Sergeant with the Ocean County Department of Corrections.  He has 13 years of experience in corrections which includes supervising general population housing units(male and female), medical units including mental health, assessment units and Administrative Segregation.  He has 23 years of service with the National Guard which includes deployments as Military Police and corrections roles in detainee operations.  He has an Associates Degree in engineering for his career prior to corrections and has attended multiple leadership courses in the military escalating him to the rank of Sergeant First Class.

Dave is the lead on the corrections courses currently being offered  He is utilizing his correctional experience and knowledge of Title 10A to tailor the J. Harris Academy of Police Training concepts towards corrections.

Cindy P. Glaser is a graduate of Cook College (Rutgers University) and Pace University School of Law.  A recently retired 32 year veteran of the Middlesex County New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office, Ms. Glaser served in nearly every unit of the office including juvenile, trial teams, zone prosecution, pretrial operations, special investigations, training and narcotics/gangs.  She was the first Assistant Prosecutor to serve as commander of a Narcotic Task Force in the State of New Jersey.  As editor if the “MCPO in Brief” she published a quarterly treatise aimed at educating police officers and Prosecutors in the latest case law and statutory changes.   She is well known as an expert in many areas of law enforcement including firearms, use of force, CEDs, search warrants and search and seizure.
Ms. Glaser developed the innovative zone Prosecution program in Middlesex County.  This program embedded Prosecutors within the local police departments where the Assistant Prosecutors serve as legal advisors assisting the officer in all aspects of case development.  With the advent of bail reform, this program expanded to include all aspects of pretrial operations.  In addition to her work as a zone prosecutor, she served as the Middlesex County’s primary legal instructor for over 20 years.  As the legal advisor to the County Police Training Center she developed courses in such areas as bail reform, bias crimes, CED’s, courtroom testimony, entrapment, firearms law and permits, report writing, search and seizure, search warrants and use of force.  She is MOI certified and was a staff instructor for MOI and the Middlesex County Auxiliary Police Academy.  She has also taught courses for the DEA and the NJNEOA.
A recognized expert in firearms law, Ms. Glaser tried over 400 firearms permit cases and organized four successful firearm buyback programs.  She has taught firearms law for civilian groups, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Jersey State Bar Association ICLE program, the Attorney General Advocacy Institute and the New Jersey County Prosecutor’s Association.  She was routinely called upon to offer advice regarding firearms issues to law enforcement agencies both within New Jersey and across the country.
Since her retirement from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Ms. Glaser has joined the Woodbridge Police Department as a consultant and is the Assistant Municipal Prosecutor in the Plainsboro/Cranbury Municipal Court.  Cindy is a consultant with the J. Harris Academy of Police Training and assists in various projects and programs.  Her specialties include: Report Writing; Search & Seizure; Search Warrants; and NJ Firearms Law.

Chief Steven Henry

Chief Henry is a 35-year law enforcement veteran.  He served as the Incident Commander during Super Storm Sandy, coordinating the response for the five communities located at ground zero of the storm. He retired as a Captain with the Toms River Police Department and took on the role as Corporate Security Director for a Fortune 1000 Company.  After establishing their office and infrastructure security program, Chief Henry decided to return to Law Enforcement.  He is currently serving as the Chief of Police in Bristol Pennsylvania.  His career has given him the opportunity to be involved in multiple aspects of law enforcement, including patrol operations and command, criminal investigation, narcotics, tactical, internal affairs, communications and human resources. He has an extensive background in the development and implementation of policy and procedure.  He has been an adjunct instructor for Penn State University, Farleigh Dickinson University and the New Jersey Department of Personnel.  Chief Henry has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree from Seton Hall University. In addition, he is a NJ Certified Public Manager, a graduate of the New Jersey Police Executive Institute and holds a Post Graduate Certificate for Non-Profit & Governmental Leadership from Farleigh Dickinson University.  He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.  He has been involved in hundreds of entrance and promotional selection processes, starting at patrol officer and up to and including the rank of Chief of Police.  He has been involved in the preparation and coaching process for upcoming supervisors and staff officers for several years.