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Tim Jones - (email Tim)

Tim is originally from Florida and has resided in New Hampshire for over 20 years. He has been married to his wife, Karen, for 25 years. Tim also has two wonderful children a dog and a cat.

Prior to moving to New Hampshire, Tim spent six years in the US Navy. He served as a Deep Sea Diver and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI and San Diego, CA. After leaving the Navy to pursue law enforcement, Tim moved to New Hampshire and started his education. He attended the
New Hampshire Technical Institute and ultimately obtained his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Tim later obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Tim became a New Hampshire certified police officer in 1996 (110th Academy) as a member of the Litchfield Police Department. He worked there as a Patrol Officer for two years before moving to the
Londonderry Police Department. Tim spent the remainder of his career with the Londonderry Police Department.

In total, Tim has 20 years of law enforcement experience. He retired on May 31, 2016. Over Tim's career, he served as Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, SWAT Operator and Sniper, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant and ultimately as a Lieutenant. Tim has an extensive amount of experience with testing new candidates for police officer positions, as well as with conducting background investigations. As a supervisor, Tim has become well versed with the minutia of testing, interviewing, evaluating and investigating prospective police candidates. In addition, he has assisted many other New Hampshire police agencies with their hiring and promotional processes.

Tim served as a supervisor for 11 years. He attended several law enforcement leadership courses, to include the Massachusetts Leadership Institute and the FBI LEEDA Command Leadership Course. Tim authored the curricula for the first-line supervisor leadership development class, the report writing class and co-authored the advanced leadership course. Tim has an extensive history with teaching, both with his prior agency and with his company.

Joshua Stokel - (email Joshua)

​Deputy Chief Joshua Stokel has been a police officer for over twenty years.  He began his career with the Rochester, NH Police Department and joined the North Hampton, NH Police Department in 1999. 

During his career, Joshua has served as a Detective, DARE Instructor, a Forensic Interviewer of Abused Children, Hostage Negotiator, Drug Recognition Expert, Lethality Assessment Instructor, Rape Aggression Defense Instructor, and Field Training Officer.  From 2002 – 2004, Joshua was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Meth Lab Enforcement Team.  He is currently the Deputy Chief of North Hampton PD.

In addition to his duties with the North Hampton Police Department, Joshua is an Adjunct Professor at Southern New Hampshire University.
  He currently teaches master's level courses. 

Joshua received his Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from
Plymouth State College. Joshua also holds a Master’s degree in Justice Studies with a focus on public administration fromSouthern New Hampshire University.

John Sonia

Lieutenant John Sonia was born and raised in Saugus, MA. He attended High School at Pope John XXII Catholic Central High and graduated in 1990. John began his law enforcement career as a military policeman in the
US Army. From 1994 to 1999, he held assignments in both patrol and investigations. In 1999, John was hired by the New Hampshire State Police and attended the 119th Full Time Police Academy. As a NH State Trooper, John spent his first four years patrolling Coos and Merrimack Counties as a member of Troop F and Troop D, respectively.

John began his career as a State Police investigator in early 1994 with an assignment as a Troop Detective in Concord, NH. The majority of this time was spent investigating various kinds of felony level crimes, to include robbery, burglary, sexual assault, assault, fraud, etc.

In early 2007, John accepted a position in the NHSP Major Crime Unit. In this assignment, John’s primary responsibility involves investigating homicides and police involved shootings. During this time, he has had the opportunity to attend numerous college and graduate level classes, courses, and seminar, as well as other specialized training in the field of criminal investigation, death investigation and crime scene investigation. In addition to this training, the last ten years has allowed John to participate in over 120 death investigations.

In 2010, John graduated from the XXVI Session of the
National Forensic Academy in Knoxville, TN, which is a ten-week intensive program focused on various aspects of advanced forensics and crime scene investigation. During that time, John received his certification from the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst.

John currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice-Forensic Psychology and Master of Science degree in Leadership from
Granite State College.

Nicole Ledoux

Nicole started her career in law enforcement with the Manchester, NH Police Department in 1996. She has held many positions with Manchester PD, to include patrolman, K-9 Officer, Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant. Nicole is now retired and now works for the Granite State Children's Alliance. Nicole has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Nicole's passion is helping and being an advocate for the children of New Hampshire. She has investigated hundreds of cases involving juveniles, such as homicides, drug cases, juvenile delinquency, child abuse and human trafficking. Nicole is highly involved with state and region-wide child abuse prevention agencies and MPD internal support positions, such as the Executive Board of the Granite State Children's Alliance, Advisory Board of Elliott Hospital's Pediatric Center, Executive Board Manchester Police Athletic League, and the MPD Critical Incident Management/Peer Support Team. Nicole routinely speaks around the state on matters of juvenile delinquency and child abuse detection/prevention. She is a wealth of knowledge, insight & charisma, which makes her an outstanding instructor for our juvenile related classes.

Phil White

Officer Phillip White began his career with the San Jose Police Department in 1997 after having worked as a Corrections Officer with the Santa Clara County (CA) Sheriff's Office from 1995-1997.  With the San Jose Police Department, Phillip White has served in Patrol, Youth Protection Team,  FTO (two tours), Community Services Division as Program Manager and Instructor, Internal Affairs, TEAM Kids Program co-creator and facilitator, and Body Worn Camera Unit Lead Instructor and Equipment Specialist.

Phillip White is currently the San Jose Police Department's Field Training Program's Administrative Officer. His unit coordinates scheduling for over 80 FTOs and between 40 and 65 police recruit trainees while providing professional FTO informational support for agencies across the state and nation. He is a California P.O.S.T. certified Academy Instructor, Scenario Evaluator and Instructor of the California P.O.S.T. approved Field Training Officer's Course. 

Officer White has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and has presented at the National Association of Field Training Officers (NAFTO) national conference and teaches throughout the county, state, and country. An avid sports coach, White holds an M.S. in Exercise Science and an M.A. in Athletic Administration.

​White is a USMC veteran having served as an M.P. (MOS 5811) with the 3rd MAW, MCAS El Toro, CA. 

​John M. Yerardi

John Yerardi has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience.  He began his police career with the Dover Police Department in New Hampshire in 1984 as a Patrol Officer and Field Training Officer and became certified as a police instructor in 1986.  In 1987, he transferred to the Portsmouth Police Department. 

John worked in a variety of positions in all department Bureaus:  Patrol, Investigation and Administration Services.  He served as an investigator in the Sex Crimes Unit, Accident Investigation Team, Youth Services Division, General Investigations Division, Internal Affairs, and Personnel & Training Division.  He also commanded a number of specialized units. 

John spent a number of years in the Bureau of Investigative Services as a Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant where he was assigned to major cases and was a primary crime scene investigator.  John was involved in hundreds of death investigations during his career.  He received more than a dozen commendations for his work. 

John completed his full-time career as the Commander of the Personnel and Training Division where he established new training programs for officers throughout the New England area.  He was responsible for the hiring of all personnel and vetted thousands of applicants while coordinating the background investigation process.

Since retiring in 2008, John has remained active in law enforcement, maintaining a per diem position with the Portsmouth Police Department.  He was a deputy sheriff with the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office in New Hampshire for seven years and was the Training Coordinator for the Rochester Police Department for three years.  John has done work in executive protection and risk management for a company CEO as well as a presidential candidate during the 2012 U.S. Presidential Campaign. 

John has conducted classes, lectures, presentations and seminars on death and homicide investigations, criminal investigations, crime scene response, processing and investigation, background investigations, and a variety of other topics for officers and organizations.  He has been an adjunct instructor for the Southern Police Institute (University of Louisville) for over four years.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  He is also a graduate of the 204th session of the FBI National Academy.

​Joe Giordano

Detective Giordano retired from the Miami-Dade Police Departmentafter a 26-year career.  While a majority of Detective Giordano’s career was spent in criminal investigations, he was also an undercover narcotics detective and public information officer.  He finished up his career at theMiami-Dade Public Safety TrainingInstitute where he was a curriculum advisor and training specialist.  Officer Giordano’s focus was on recruit and in-service training. He was responsible for the creation of a Reserve Academy that certified firefighter/paramedics as sworn law enforcement officers so they could act as combat medics for MDPD’s Special Response Team (SWAT).