About the Author
Linda S. Forst is currently a professor of criminal justice at Shoreline Community College in Seattle, Washington, and serves as a member of the Board on Law Enforcement Training Standards and Education for the State of Washington. She is a retired police captain from the Boca Raton (Florida) Police Services Department, joining the department in 1977 and serving as a patrol officer, investigator, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. She spent most of her career in patrol but also worked in investigations, professional standards, training, hiring, and support services. She was the first female field training officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain in the department. She has extensive training in accident investigation, domestic violence, sexual violence, community policing, and police management, and served on the board of directors of the local battered women's shelter for many years. She received numerous commendations during her career and brought home many gold medals from the state and International Police Olympics while representing Boca Raton. Linda S. Forst is the author of numerous publications in magazines, journals, and newspapers and presents regularly at conferences and to community groups. She is also the author of several books on policing. Ms. Forst earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in criminal justice, her Master's Degree in Community College Education, and her Doctorate Degree in Adult Education from Florida Atlantic University. Her dissertation was on acquaintance rape prevention programs. She is also a graduate of University of Louisville's Sex Crime Investigation School and Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command. Ms. Forst is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and has instructed for Northwestern's School of Police Staff and Command as well as Palm Beach Community College and Florida Atlantic University.