The Thomas & Means Law Firm

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Randy Means, a partner in the Charlotte-based Thomas & Means Law Firm, specializes entirely in police operations and administration and assists a broad national clientele. For nearly twenty years, he was the primary legal and risk management instructor for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and he has received its “Distinguished Faculty Award.” He now serves as Director of Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance for The Response Network, the endorsed distance learning partner of the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). He has instructed for virtually every major institutional provider of law enforcement training and has trained nearly a half-million police officials. His book, The Law of Policing, is published by the Labor Relations Information System, a prominent police union think tank. His work has been mentioned in the “Wall Street Journal” and discussed on “60 Minutes”. He has appeared on both the Law Enforcement Television Network and the FBI Training Network. He has authored more than one hundred published articles on law enforcement matters and writes the legal column for Law & Order magazine. He has trained police officials in every state and in Canada and is unquestionably one of America’s best known and most respected law enforcement advisor/trainers.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, he served as head of legal training for North Carolina’s state law enforcement training center and coordinator of legal training for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, then for nearly ten years as Police Attorney for the City of Charlotte. From 2007 to 2009, he was head of the national association of police legal advisors (IACP-LOS). Prior to his work with law enforcement, he served in the United States Navy. His last position in the active duty Navy was Executive Officer on a small combatant naval vessel. He left the Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander.

He has conducted specialized, in-house liability prevention and risk management training for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department the Phoenix Police Department, the Honolulu Police Department, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Houston Police Department, the Tucson Police Department, the Detroit Police Department, both Kansas City Police Departments, the Oregon State Police, the Alaska State Troopers, Arizona POST, California POST, Nevada POST, the Colorado State Police, the New Jersey State Police, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the St. Louis County Police Department, the Fairfax County (VA) Police Department, the Florida Marine Patrol, the United States Park Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), among hundreds of others.

He has been a speaker at national annual conferences of the FBI National Academy Alumni Association (FBINAA), National League of Cities, Southern Police Institute (SPI) Alumni Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), Public Risk and Insurance Management Association (PRIMA), State Risk Manager’s Association (STRIMA), Public Agency Risk Manager’s Association (PARMA), National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE), National Association of Government Training and Development Directors (NAGTADD) International Association of State Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IASDLEST), International Personnel Management Association (IPMA), National Association of Field Training Officers (NAFTO), National Intelligence Academy (NIA), International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP), American Society for Law Enforcement Training (ASLET), Labor Relations Information System, International Association of Arson Investigators, North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association, National Information Officers Association (NIOA), National Conference of State and Provincial Police Planning Officers, Mid-Atlantic Law Enforcement Executive Development (LEED) Conference, the California Association of Police Training Officers (CAPTO), and COPSWEST (California Peace Officers Association), as well as state police chief’s conferences in Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Maine, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Hawaii, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. He has also taught for the British Columbia Police Complaint Commission, the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association, Northwestern University, the Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute and the Institute for Police Technology and Management.

He has presented law enforcement and risk management training for insurance and risk management companies and pools from coast to coast, including the: California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (JPIA), Maine Municipal Association, Redwood Empire Municipal Insurance Fund (CA), Florida League of Municipalities, Gallagher-Bassett Services (Chicago), Independent Cities Association (Los Angeles), Southern California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (SCJPIA), Carl Warren and Company (San Diego), Tennessee Municipal League, Contra Costa County (CA) Municipal Risk Management Authority, Public Risk Management Exchange (PRIMEX), Utah Risk Management Mutual Association (URMMA), New Hampshire Municipal Association, Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency (CIRSA), Texas Municipal League, Virginia Municipal League, Law Enforcement Government Insurance Trust (LEGIT) in Maryland, Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (MIRMA), Penn Prime and the Association of Bay Area Governments in California.

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