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Director

Qualifications

After dedicating years to enhancing the criminal justice and public safety systems in various capacities, I have developed a deep appreciation for truth, liberty, justice, and safety. VJSA seeks to provide professional, unbiased service based on these principles. By strategically establishing a highly qualified team of associates from various disciplines, we hope to assist you or your organization with a variety of justice and safety needs.

Steven G. Keene                       

Biography

Steven Keene is the director of Virginia Justice and Safety Associates.  He began working in loss prevention and security with Pinkerton Security Agency.  Later, he conducted crisis management with Virginia's Community Services Boards, assisting law enforcement with emergency assessment and crisis intervention of offenders.  During this time, he earned associate degrees in education, administration of justice and general studies.  He was then accepted into Eastern Kentucky University's College of Justice and Safety, where he earned his bachelor's degree in police administration and sociology.  Steven then joined the Virginia State Police, where he served on their Bureau of Field Operation's Tactical Field Force Team.  While at VSP he completed the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Law Enforcement Instructor School as well as numerous criminal justice graduate courses at FBI headquarters in Quantico, Virginia.

In 2002, Steven joined the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission to fulfill a two-year grant project, assisting DCJS and the executive director with strategic criminal justice and emergency management planning initiatives.  Here, he served on the Virginia Community Criminal Justice Association's Legislative Committee, the Blue Ridge Criminal Justice Board and local restorative justice panels, and the regional Project Impact Public Awareness and Business Continuity Committee.  In addition, he worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to incorporate crime prevention, emergency preparedness and terrorism education into the Virginia Corps program.  He also became an instructor for the Staunton-Augusta Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, where citizens learn basic skills to assist one another and their communities during emergencies and disasters.

Then he transitioned to the agricultural aspect of the justice system, where he conducted both state and federal enforcement activities and assisted with a variety of workplace safety training.  Additionally, he served on his unit's training and advisory committee and was commissioned by both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Steven was promoted to investigator for the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2008.

In 2007, Steven established Virginia Justice and Safety Associates, offering a wide array of criminal justice and public safety services throughout the commonwealth.  Soon after, he was chosen to attend Virginia Commonwealth University's Public Safety Institute, where working professionals apply both practical and academic experiences to various areas of homeland security and emergency preparedness.  These areas included:  research and statistics, legal aspects, budgeting, terrorism and human resource management.  During this six-week course, participants assessed and identified weaknesses that exist in both the private and public sectors as they relate to emergency preparedness and security.  This capstone course, along with previous coursework, provided him with a graduate certificate in public safety and a master's degree in criminal justice to complement his 23 years of experience.

Education:

Master of Science – Criminal Justice
Graduate Certificates – Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Public Safety Institute Graduate
Virginia Commonwealth University   -  Richmond, Virginia

Bachelor of Science – Police Administration and Sociology
Eastern Kentucky University ’s College of Justice & Safety  -  Richmond, Kentucky

Associate of Arts and Science – Education and General Study
Associate in Applied Science – Administration of Justice
Law Enforcement Certificate
Southwest Virginia Community College   -  Richlands, Virginia

Training & Certifications:

Virginia State Police Academy Graduate – Virginia Dept. of State Police
Virginia Law Enforcement Officer Diploma – Virginia Dept. of Criminal Justice Services
Law Enforcement General Training Instructor – Virginia Dept. of Criminal Justice Services
Former Commissioned Federal Officer – U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) Instructor – Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management
Virginia Terrorism Awareness – Commonwealth Preparedness Training Committee
Radiological Preparedness Training – Virginia Dept. of Health
Hazardous Materials First Response Certificate – Virginia Dept. of Fire Programs
Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) Certificate – Virginia Dept. of Mental Health Services
Incident Command System Training – U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
Communication Analysis Certified – U.S. Dept. of Justice
Virginia Crime Analyst – Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy
Grant Management Training – Virginia Dept. of Criminal Justice Services
CLEAR Certified – Council of Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation
National Certification of Investigators – Eastern Kentucky University
Special Investigative Techniques – Virginia Dept. of State Police
Basic Investigators Training – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Training – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Defensive Tactics, Defensive Driving, Firearms, and Basic Survival Training – Va. Dept. of State Police
National Certified Pistol Instructor – National Rifle Association
Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor – National Rifle Association
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Certified - Virginia Dept. of Emergency Managment
CERT Train-the-Trainer Certified - Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management
Teen/Campus CERT Certified - Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management

Board & Committee Appointments:

ITT - Institute's School of Criminal Justice Program Advisory Committee
Virginia Community Criminal Justice Association's Legislative Committee
Blue Ridge Criminal Justice Board
Blue Ridge Restorative Justice Panels
Citizens Corps Public Awareness Committee
Virginia Project Impact Business Continuity Committee
Office of Product and Industry Standards Training and Advisory Committee

Memberships:

Virginia Community Criminal Justice Association
National Rifle Association of America Life Member
Virginia Citizens Defense League