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David Cefalu

Portrait of  David Cefalu, 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Officer; 2021 NIJ LEADS Scholar
Wauwatosa Police Department

Wauwatosa, WI

David Cefalu began his law enforcement career with the Wauwatosa Police Department in 2006. He currently serves in the Personnel and Training Division where he is tasked with analyzing, evaluating, and assessing the recruitment and selection of police officers. He is a 14-year veteran of the department’s Special Response Team and is a Defense and Arrest Tactics and Professional Communications instructor. He has served as an officer in the Patrol Division and also the Special Operations Group where he investigated violent crimes and drug trafficking.

David is also a Major in the Wisconsin Air National Guard with 20 years of service ranging from Security Forces to Command and Control. He is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration in Management. David holds a Masters of Business Administration in Public Administration from Concordia University-Wisconsin and a Bachelors of Criminal Justice from Troy University. His research interests include personnel recruitment, selection, and retention, ethics, mental health, and reintegration of military veterans.

Date Created: July 28, 2021