Meet the Academy Staff

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    Lieutenant Bill Breedlove

    Academy Director
    Phone: (540) 853-2286

    Lieutenant Breedlove began his career with the Roanoke Police Department in March 2006.  Lieutenant Breedlove began his law enforcement career with the Richmond City Police Department in 1996 and also served with the Roanoke County Police prior to coming to the Roanoke City Police Department. 

    Lieutenant Breedlove has been assigned to the Patrol Division, where he served as a patrol officer, a K9 Officer, a Special Enforcement Unit Officer and a Field Training Officer.   

    In 2006 Lieutenant Breedlove was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau, Vice Unit. Here he conducted drug investigations throughout the Roanoke Valley. He was recognized by state and Federal courts as an expert in the field of distribution of drugs.  Lieutenant Breedlove was also assigned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau, Major Crime Unit and Organized Crime Unit.

    In 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a patrol sergeant he was responsible for overseeing daily activities, performance and scheduling of officers assigned to him on Bravo Platoon.

    In 2012 he was reassigned as the Sergeant of the Professional Standards Unit. This unit conducts investigations of citizen complaints against department personnel and internal investigations. He also assisted in conducting Staff Inspections, to ensure each unit was meeting departmental standards.

    In 2014 he was assigned to the Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit, where he also served as a supervisor for the HIDTA Unit.  He supervised detectives in large scale drug and violent crime investigations throughout the Roanoke Valley in partnership with Federal agencies.

    In 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  Since being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, Lieutenant Breedlove has supervised the Criminal Investigations Bureau, the Community Response Team and Alpha Platoon.

    In October 2016 Lieutenant Breedlove was reassigned as the Academy Director. His main responsibilities are training for the department, recruiting applicants and maintaining the academy’s national accreditation status.  



  2. Sergeant Jennifer Boswell

    Assistant Police Academy Director
    Phone: (540) 853-5437

    Sergeant Jennifer Boswell grew up in middle Tennessee and attended the University of North Alabama. In January 2003 she started the Roanoke Police Training Academy in Class 51. After graduation she went to Alpha Platoon for patrol and became a Field Training Officer. She rotated out of patrol to Power Shift Unit, VICE, Street Crimes Unit in which she was promoted out of in December 2015 as Sergeant. She was a patrol sergeant for Delta and Bravo Platoons before transferring to the Police Academy in January 2015 as the Assistant Academy Director.

    She is a specialized instructor in Defensive Tactics and Physical Fitness. She has been the lead Defensive Tactics instructor for over two years. She also teaches personal safety seminars all over the Roanoke Valley, reaching nearly 4,000 people in 2015 alone.She assists in the local chapter of Help Save the Next Girl and helps colleges get their chapters started.

    She is a graduate of the International Chiefs of Police Women’s Leadership Institute, Session 1. She is also a member of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) and a member of Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement (MAWLEE).

    One of her favorite quotes is: "Most people do not listen with intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply" -SR Covey


  3. Investigator Jen Owens

    Academy Background Investigator
    Phone: (540) 853-5441

    Investigator J.N. Owens grew up in Northern Virginia. Upon graduating high school she attended Radford University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. While at Radford University Investigator J.N. Owens played for the Radford Women’s Rugby team, and was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity.

    In 2008 Investigator J.N. Owens began her career with the Roanoke Police Department. Upon graduating the Police Academy, she was assigned to the northwest quadrant of the City. In 2009 Investigator J.N. Owens was awarded the prestigious Rookie of the Year award. Investigator J.N. Owens has experience in the Department’s Community Response Team, Special Victim’s Unit, Crimes Against Person, and Background Investigations. She currently holds certifications as a General Instructor, Physical Training Instructor, and Supplemental Evidence Technician.

    Physical fitness is an important aspect of Law Enforcement. Investigator J.N. Owens has represented the Roanoke Police Department by competing in several National Law Fit competitions, and has won first place.


  4. Officer Loren Ford

    Wellness Coordinator
    Phone: (540) 853-6406

    Investigator Loren Ford is the Wellness Coordinator and Defensive Tactics Instructor at the Roanoke Police Academy. His responsibilities include ensuring that the recruits can physically perform the duties of law enforcement, defensive tactics training, applicant background investigations, and assisting officers in improving their physical fitness status.

    Loren graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Roanoke College. He began his law enforcement career in 1986 with the City of Roanoke. From 1997 to 2002 he continued his career in Florida and then returned to home to Roanoke.

    Loren was a field training officer from 1993 until 2012. He spent 20 years in Patrol before being assigned to Warrant Service for five years. Loren attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, GA and was a Special Deputy U. S. Marshal on the Fugitive Task Force. He has been an evidence technician for Forensic Services. Loren is a certified law enforcement fitness specialist and has competed in numerous fitness competitions. He won the 2010 Southeast Regional Lawfit competition and was a member of the mixed pairs National Champions in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He was also a member of the Four-man team National Runners-up in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013.

    Loren is married to Anastasia and the father of Alexis, who is a graduate of Christopher Newport University.


  5. Officer Myron Galleo

    Lead Firearms Instructor
    Phone: (540) 853-5361

    Range Officer Myron J. Galleo is from Wiamanalo, Hawaii on the Island of O’ahu. He graduated from Radford University with a BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. After college he was hired by the Roanoke Police Department and was the Class President for the 42nd Basic Academy. He has extensive experience in Patrol, DARE, and was a School Resource Officer at the middle school and high school levels. He is currently assigned in the Police Academy as the Shooting Range Instructor.

    When instructor Galleo is not at work, his hobbies takes him outdoors on a motorcycle, mountain bike, road bike, or in an ocean kayak.





  6. Dr. Fatimah King

    Civilian Training Coordinator
    Phone: (540) 853-5476

    Dr. King has more than 15 years of experience in the field of leadership, training and development; and business management. She graduated from Bluefield College in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and from Mountain State University in 20I0, with a Master's of Science in Strategic Leadership. Dr. King continued her education in the leadership field by earning her Doctorate of Executive Leadership from University of Charleston in 2014.

    Dr. King has been employed at the Roanoke Police Department for over 4 years. While employed at the police department, she received her Department of Criminal Justice General Instructor Certification in 2012. Dr. King is an administrator to the online training, Power DMS for the department. She assumes the responsibility for the training records of civilian employees and sworn officers in the department to ensure all employees meet training requirements provided by DCJS and CALEA guidelines. Dr. King was presented with the civilian of the year award in 2012, which made her the first civilian to be recognized with this honor.

    In addition to working at Roanoke Police Academy, Dr. King has been an instructor for Court Community Corrections since 2013. She educates and provides participants with the skills and knowledge necessary for the recovery process of drug and alcohol addictions. Dr. King recognizes that establishing a team oriented environment and strong communications skills among employees and peers to be one of the major assets of her success with her employment. She extensively utilizes her leadership skills to encourage students and employees to grow and excel within their current position.

    Dr. King was born in Roanoke, Virginia, where she resides with her husband Sgt. Gayle Combs, of the Roanoke Police Department. She has a Daughter, Tiyana King; a stepson; Nazir, and a grandson; Taj.