Lieutenant Charlie Ward has over 17 years’ experience as a law enforcement professional, with a major emphasis on proactive policing and rapid response to active threat events. He currently serves his agency as a Patrol Watch Commander for dayshift operations. Prior to his promotion to Lieutenant, he supervised personnel in a special operations unit and also served as a K9 handler attached to a drug task force. He is the Commander of his agency’s Emergency Services Team (EST) as well as an operator on the SWAT Team. Lieutenant Ward has previously served on multiple street crimes units, as a K9 handler working highway criminal interdiction, and as an undercover narcotics agent. Lieutenant Ward has been an instructor for over 10 years in both the law enforcement and civilian communities. He holds numerous certifications in roadside interviewing, criminal patrol, criminal interdiction, K9 handling, and criminal behavior and deception.