John D. Chavers
Director, International Law Enforcement Academy, Roswell
Regional and International Training Directorate
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
In April 2016, Dr. John D. Chavers was selected to serve as Director of the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Roswell, New Mexico. He directs the daily operations related to the training of foreign dignitaries from Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Eastern Europe, Mexico, and South America attending the ILEA program. In this capacity, Director Chavers works with the U.S. Department of State and other Federal law enforcement agencies to ensure that the curriculum presented to these executive level delegates is timely and meets the needs of an ever-changing enforcement environment as it relates to transnational organized crime, terrorism, anti-corruption, cybercrime and other current international trends. He is responsible for all facets of the ILEA Roswell operation with the focus of ensuring that world class law enforcement training is being provided to all international delegates, and his background allows for a continued strength of partnership between agencies for the benefit of this executive-level training forum.
Director Chavers has over 38 years of combined Federal, State and Local law enforcement experience. In his law enforcement career, he has performed various duties including Highway Patrol Trooper, Solo-Motors Officer, Special Reaction Team member, Anti-Air Piracy, Special Enforcement Division, Special Agent, and Federal Air Marshal.
Since joining the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers as a Senior Instructor in 1989, Director Chavers has served as the Site Director for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Office of Artesia Operations, Deputy Assistant Director of Administration, Director of the U.S. Indian Police Academy, Training Division Chief, as well as Branch Chief and Senior Instructor across multiple topical subject matter areas.
Director Chavers’ formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Texas State University in 1980, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix in 1991, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership from Christian Leadership University in 2004.