BAR Group Instructors

Craig M. Morgan
Senior Instructor

Craig M. Morgan retired in 2013 from a distinguished and varied career in state and Federal law enforcement and investigations spanning more than 38 years, including over 21 years as a Senior Special Agent in Columbus, OH and Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Chicago Regional Office with the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Since beginning his career in 1974, Mr. Morgan also has served as a patrol officer/investigator with The Ohio State University Police Department, as a Chief Investigator for the Ohio Attorney General's Office, and as a Special Investigator for the Ohio Ethics Commission, where he was the lead investigator on a case resulting in the conviction of a former Attorney General, his wife, and several senior management officials of the Attorney General's Office, on ethics and public corruption charges. Mr. Morgan also has worked as a reserve police officer and deputy sheriff, as well as having been appointed a Special Deputy United States Marshal. He specializes in consultancy services to clients needing assistance with training, risk avoidance, investigative management expertise in white-collar crimes, health care fraud, financial fraud, employee misconduct/ethics violations, and public corruption.

Kent H. Shafer
Senior Instructor

Kent Shafer spent 33 1/2  years with the Columbus, Ohio Division of Police, including 18 years as a commander, retiring in July 2012. He has held assignments in patrol, traffic, gang, street crime and narcotics units, and the business office. His primary responsibilities in the gang, Street crime and narcotics units were the direct Supervision of covert officers, development and implementation of complex undercover investigations and control of informants.

His last assignment was commander of the Division's Strategic Response Bureau, which he designed and created in 1996 to implement the Division's Mission Aligned Policing Philosophy (M.A.P.P.), an accomplishment for which he was awarded the Washington Times Foundation National Service Award. Commander Shafer directed community oriented policing and problem solving activities, along with crime analysis, investigative, intelligence, and enforcement operations directed at gangs, threat groups, career criminals, domestic terrorism, and related street crime activities. Commander Shafer held a U.S. Government Secret-level Clearance, related to these assignments.

Thomas M. Larned
Senior Instructor

Mr. Larned spent 24 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), retiring in 2014 after serving as a member of the Senior Executive Service in Iraq and Canada in charge of all FBI operations including Counterterrorism, Human Rights, Law Enforcement Training, Joint U.S. - Iraq Major Crimes Task Force and the International Contract Corruption Task Force.  Previously, Mr. Larned was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of FBI criminal investigations throughout New England and commanded multi-agency Task Forces which investigate corruption and criminal activity; led the Bureau’s crisis management components including SWAT, Hostage Negotiation and Evidence Response Teams. 

 

As a field agent, Mr. Larned served as an Undercover Agent and directed numerous covert investigations of international and local violent criminal enterprises.  He was also a member of the FBI Miami SWAT Team.  Mr. Larned partnered with Inspectors General in order to investigate serious fraud schemes.  He designed innovative strategies in order to penetrate complex conspiracies involving bank executives and board members whose criminal conduct caused financial institutions to fail.  He also led investigations resulting in the prosecution of corrupt public officials.

Patricia J. Thompson
Senior Instructor

Ms. Thompson is a former firefighter/EMT, and Ohio State Trooper. She became a Special Agent for the FBI in 1991 and served for 24 years, retiring in January 2015. She holds a BA in Political Science from Wright State University, and a Master's degree in Organizational Lcdcrship from Northccntrl University.

As an FBI Special Agent, Ms. Thompson was assigned to the Miami and Los Angeles Field Divisions working fugitives/violent crimes, gangs, robbery/homicide cold cases, public corruption, and crimes against children. She was an FBI Advanced Instructor, certified to teach a wide variety of firearms and tactical disciplines. She was full time training staff in the LA Division, and Program Manager for the Firearms Training Unit in the Miami Division. As Adjunct Faculty at the FBI Academy, she taught in the Firearms Training Unit, Instructor Development Unit and in the Leadership Development Program. Ms. Thompson was the first female member of the Miami Division SWAT Team and the first female in the history of the FBI to be trained and certified as a SWAT sniper.

Craig A. Tucker
Senior Instructor

Mr. Tucker spent more than 20 years as a Special Agent with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Office of Criminal Investigation, retiring in 1995. He served in the Dallas Field Division and conducted narcotic trafficking, bank fraud, and money laundering cases. Mr. Tucker worked on a joint task force with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and served as the lead IRS investigator in a five year investigation concerning Financial Institution Fraud involving a loss exceeding two billion dollars that resulted in indictments and convictions of multiple defendants and lengthy prison sentences.

Mr. Tucker was a highly experienced undercover operative who specialized in covert gambling and money laundering investigations. Mr. Tucker has instructed students at the IRS Criminal Investigation Headquarters, Washington, D.C. and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA.

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