Vincent Plair

Instructor

Vincent Plair is a regional director (RD) for the Rocky Mountain, Western, and Northwestern regions with the Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS), having been with the agency since January 2021.

He joined CRS after decorated careers in law enforcement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and in the military with the U.S. Marine Corps. Additionally he is an adjunct instructor teaching administration of justice courses at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and El Camino College.

At the LASD, he had a well-rounded career and worked a multitude of assignments from tactical, training, investigative, administrative and community engagement. His most impactful assignments have been grassroots community work to establish after-school, mentoring, and civic engagement programs in communities across the county. Additionally, he worked on the implementation of a public safety camera project that helped decreased crime and increased public perception of law enforcement. He also served as a crisis negotiator, working with tactical teams during high-risk incidents. For 24 years, he served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, both in active duty and reserve roles, retiring as a colonel.

He has a B.A. in business administration/finance from the University of Houston, an M.B.A. in business from National University, and an Ed.D. in organizational leadership from Brandman University (now called University of Massachusetts Global).

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