M. Chris Herring has more than 30 years in the public safety field as a practitioner, professor and consultant. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development and as a visiting professor at North Carolina Central University. He has progressed in the Public Safety field from a Public Safety Officer; Police Sergeant; Parking Control & Special Events Coordinator; Support Services Manager; Director of the North Carolina Center for Community Policing to Police Chief.
For more than 24 years, M. Chris has taught at the college level in the disciplines of homeland security, fire management, criminal justice, public administration and sociology. He has served as an independent criminal justice consultant, providing training to numerous communities and law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. He earned a B.A. Degree in Political Science and holds Masters Degrees in Public Administration, Sociology, Human Services, and Divinity. Herring is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry degree.
Herring has lead the development and certification of three US Department of Homeland Security certified courses that are and will be delivered to first responders and criminal justice practitioners throughout the United States: Planning and Intervention for Gangs, Hate Groups and Terrorist Recruitment in Rural Jails and Prisons; Mobilizing Faith Based Communities in Preparing for Disasters; and Community Threat Group Identification and Assessment for Rural Law Enforcement. Herring is an ordained pastor.