John L. Sullivan was a career law enforcement officer for thirty-four years. In his career, he experienced the majority of the good and not-so-good incidents that the profession has to offer. He began as a rookie officer in a small police department in the Midwest and finished as a deputy chief of police of the Metropolitan Police Department in the most exciting city in the nation, Las Vegas, Nevada.
For the twelve years prior to his retirement, he served as deputy chief, chief of detectives. He was in charge of the Investigative Service Division which he had command over the Detective Bureau, Vice and Narcotics, the department’s Organized Crime / Criminal Intelligence / Special Investigation Bureau, and the Secret Witness Office.
During Sullivan’s career, he established himself and was recognized as an authority on various aspects of law enforcement operations. Nationally, federal courts and various state courts have recognized Sullivan as an expert witness on contemporary law enforcement operations.
Over his career, he has taught thousands of local, county, state, and federal law enforcement officers’ seminars and academy and advanced classes on use of force, street survival and weaponless defense tactics, and supervisory and management concepts and principals.
He received his baccalaureate degree from University of Nevada; pursued graduate studies at the University of Virginia; and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia, and a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police, North Andover, Massachusetts.
For more than two decades, Sullivan taught Criminal Justice curriculum topics as an adjunct facility member at the local university and college.
Upon Sullivan’s retirement from the LVMPD, he established Sullivan and Associates International. SAI is a litigation consultant firm that provides national consultation and expert witness courtroom testimony in cases of litigation that involve law enforcement and other related public safety and security operations and issues.