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Pamela Brooke Lawson

Pam Lawson retired as a Detective from the San Diego Police Department after 27 years of service, the last 14 of which were as an investigator for the Department’s Child Abuse Unit. During her time, Detective Lawson investigated over 1000 cases of child abuse, including, sexual molestations, physical abuse, and child deaths. She is a court recognized expert on the subjects of child sexual abuse and physical abuse against children.

A professional trainer, Pam has presented a variety of training courses to both law enforcement and public audiences since 1998. She is a certified P.O.S.T. (California’s Police Officer’s Standards and Training) Master Instructor and is currently the administrator and an instructor for the ICI (Institute of Criminal Investigator’s) Child Abuse Investigations and Sexual Assault Investigations courses in San Diego. She is also the administrator of the ICI Advanced Child Physical Abuse Investigations course, the designer, administrator and an instructor for the ICI Advanced Child Sexual Molestation Investigations course, as well as an instructor in the P.O.S.T. Homicide course. Pam has presented before the San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment, the Association for Child Maltreatment (AFECTO) Conference in Columbia, South America in 2010 and 2017, and at the Gender Based Violence Conference funded by the Center for Disease Control in Lusaka, Zambia, in Africa in 2018.

Very early in her career, Pam specialized in arrest and control and defensive tactics techniques. She quickly became an instructor for the San Diego Regional Police Academy while also working in patrol, as a beach team officer, and as a member of the Special Enforcement Unit. In 1993, she was selected to become a fulltime defensive tactics instructor for San Diego P.D. Her duties included reviewing and rewriting officer safety training, provide Safe and Sound video training to all sworn police personnel, and updated hands-on training for front line patrol and SWAT officers, as well as conducting continued instruction in the regional police academy for new and lateral recruits. Outside of her agency, Pam provided training for officers with the San Diego County Humane Society, La Mesa P.D., Barstow P.D., and for employees with the city of Coronado. Pam also traveled to New York City and Las Vegas, Nevada to provide orientation to the Orcutt Police Nunchaku with Master Instructor Kevin Orcutt form Denver, Colorado. Later in her career, with her unique perspective as a child abuse and sex crimes investigator she provided personal safety training for social workers, The Ken Blanchard Companies, Re-Max Reality, as well as for multiple churches and women’s groups in San Diego County. She currently instructs on situational awareness, active threats and de-escalation techniques for California law enforcement support personal, Health and Human Services, and social workers in training for the County of San Diego. During her career she received several Commanding Officer citations including two Exceptional Performance citations.  She was also the recipient of the Officer of The Year award presented by the Women’s Police Officer’s Association as well as the International Women’s Police Officer’s Association in 1990.

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