John Shanks

Director, Police Training Institute

John Shanks joined the Council for a Strong America as the Director of the Police Training Institute (PTI) in 2016. As the PTI Director he provides leadership and management over a highly skilled and motivated team of professionals dedicated to bridging the gap between law enforcement and youth in the communities they serve. He brings decades of public service, advocacy and training experience to his role.

John is retired from the United States Air Force as a Master Training Instructor, Law Enforcement Manager and Subject Matter Expert in Technical Training, Instructional Systems Development and Faculty Development. He served as a Texas Advanced Peace Officer, Detective and Classroom, Tactics and Firearms Instructor in the greater south Texas, San Antonio Metropolitan Area.

John has appeared on television and radio talking about law enforcement safety and has been a featured panelist at the Harvard School of Public Health and at the Newseum in Washington, DC. He holds degrees in Instructional Technology, Criminal Justice and Military Science. Prior to coming to CSA he was the Director, Law Enforcement Relations at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.