Captain Mike Schentrup retired in 2021 as a Bureau Commander for the Gainesville (FL) Police Department, where he had worked for almost 25 years. The majority of his career was spent in investigative units, including major case detective, gang and burglary unit sergeant, and ultimately the division commander for detectives. Captain Schentrup has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Sociology, with an emphasis on Criminal Justice and attended both the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and International Association of Chiefs of Police’s, Leadership in Police Organizations course.
Captain Schentrup has three previously published articles on sexual violence response, including “The Transformation of a Major Case Detective” (American Police Beat, 2017); “How to Sustain Sexual Assault Investigation Changes” (LawOfficer Online, 2018); and “Initial Officer Response to Sexual Violence” (Chief of Police Magazine, 2018). In 2019, he published an article on leadership called, “Joyful Command”(American Police Beat, 2019).
Captain Schentrup presented at the 2018 and 2021 (and soon 2022) End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) conference and the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault 2019 annual conference on Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking. And also presented two virtual events at the 2020 International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP) Virtual Convention.
Captain Schentrup has taught for twelve years in various investigative fields and is the owner/ lead trainer of Advanced Police Concepts, LLC. In 2020, he started the APC Online Academy, to bring their investigative curriculum to those who could not travel due to coronavirus. Captain Schentrup is an accomplished online instructor. He is also an adjunct master instructor for law enforcement for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence and is a member of their statewide policy group. In 2019, Captain Schentrup was invited to join EVAWI’s Cadre of Experts and assisted with content creation on training modules.