With more than 30 years’ experience, Judy Pal has served in management positions for police, private sector and the professional sports and entertainment industry in both Canada and the U.S. She has been an instructor with the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) in Texas, and with FBI-LEEDA where she also was Director of Operations for FBI-LEEDA for three years. Previously, she served as Chief of Staff with the Baltimore and Milwaukee Police Departments and served on the command staffs of the Atlanta, Savannah, and Halifax (Canada) Regional Police. She has consulted international police agencies in both Chile and Trinidad and has taught or spoken at events across North America, as well as Uruguay, Manilla, Trinidad and Australia.
Pal is a past president of the National Information Officers Association, holds a Master’s degree in Public Relations and earned her Certificate in Police Leadership from Dalhousie University in Canada. She spent five years in television news so understands the critical objectives on both sides of the camera. She is also the proud owner of a Stanley Cup ring from the 1988 Edmonton Oilers and worked for the New York Rangers and Madison Square Garden early in her career.
J. Eric Kowalczyk served as the Chief Spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department, responsible for the planning and execution of all internal and external communication strategies. In addition, he helped to develop and implement new community engagement programs to build legitimacy in the community.
Kowalczyk was the face of the Baltimore Police Department during the “Freddie Grey Riots.” He was responsible for developing and executing the crisis communication strategy during the most violent and destructive riots in the last 40-years of Baltimore’s history. Handling local, national, and international media, Kowalczyk focused on transparency and accountability to connect with an already distrustful public. He focused on working to define the role of the police department without further escalating tensions. Drawing from lessons learned during the Ferguson riots, Kowalczyk implemented and carried out a plan that was widely praised by media across the county as being responsive and understanding of community concerns.
He is a 2016 BeaconStreet Tedx speaker, an instructor with FBI-LEEDA and has earned a reputation as one of the best police media trainers in the country.