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Graham Tinius

Legal Instructor

Graham Tinius is a Park Police Officer and a Field Training Officer with the Sandy Police Department in Sandy, UT, where he patrols 41 local and regional parks and over 110 miles of mixed-use trails. Graham has a degree in Evidence Technology from Phoenix College. He began his career as a Crime Scene Technician with the Chandler (AZ) Police Department in 2001. In 2004 he was hired as an officer and promoted to Field Training Officer in 2007.

In 2009, Graham assisted in rewriting the Field Training Program at Chandler PD. Graham is the recipient of a Meritorious Service Award, as well as a Unit Citation Award for his work in redesigning the Field Training Program and its implementation within the department. Since receiving his General Instructor Certification from Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training in 2007, Graham has taught numerous classes, including Cultural Diversity, Adult Learning, Leadership, Ethics, Officer Safety, and Basic and Advanced FTO Schools for local, county, and state law enforcement across the Country, as well as US Army civilian police, civilian police and sheriff staff, and supervisors. He has taught FTO schools to agencies across the country, from California to New Jersey, Florida to Washington, and as far away as Guam.

In 2017, Graham was the recipient of the Champion of Hope Award, for designing and helping to implement a recovery and treatment program for opiate addicts. Graham is an Executive Board Member, the Training Coordinator, and an Instructor for the National Association of Field Training Officers. Graham is also a member of the International Law Enforcement and Educator Training Association.

In 2019 Graham moved his wife and two sons to Sandy, UT, to enjoy a colder climate and be closer to the Wasatch Mountains. He volunteers with the FOP Disaster Area Response Team to assist first responders who live and work in areas stricken by natural disasters. He was recipient of the One Sandy Outstanding Employee Award and the ILET Network Leadership Through Action Award, in part for his volunteer work in Mayfield Kentucky, Louisville Colorado, and Fort Myers Florida. Within law enforcement, Graham’s passions are training, instructing, case law, proactive policing, and quality of life issues.

Previous Work History

  • 2019-2023
    Sandy Police Department; Sandy, UT.  Police Officer, Park Police Officer, Field Training Officer; Enforce state and local laws and ordinances, respond to calls for the protection of life and property, conduct criminal and non-criminal investigations, make arrests and to perform other assigned law enforcement and public safety duties.

  • 2012-2023
    National Association of Field Training Officers, AZ. Training Coordinator/Instructor.

  • 2017-2019
    Chandler Police Department; Chandler, AZ.  Police Dispatcher; Received incoming emergency and non-emergency calls, dispatched officers and public works to calls for service using a CAD system.  Dispatched in an Emergency Operations Center.

  • 2004-2017
    Chandler Police Department; Chandler, AZ.  Police Officer, Field Training Officer; Enforce state and local laws and ordinances, respond to calls for the protection of life and property, conduct criminal and non-criminal investigations, make arrests and to perform other assigned law enforcement and public safety duties.

  • 2001-2004
    Chandler Police Department; Chandler, AZ.  Identification Specialist; Experience in investigation of serious crimes, processing homicide, aggravated assault, sexual assault scenes for physical and biological evidence, and providing courtroom testimony.



  • 1999 – 2001 – AAS Evidence Technology, Phoenix College.

  • 80+ college hours from Maricopa County Community Colleges toward AAS in Administration of Justice, Police Sciences, and American Sign Language


Volunteer Work

  • 2010 – Present – National Association of Field Training Officers, Arizona Chapter President, National Training Coordinator, National Executive Board Secretary.

  • 2021 – Present – Fraternal Order of Police, Disaster Area Response Team


Professional Development

  • Being the Pro in Proactive Investigations, NWCCC, 2023, Online

  • Parallel Investigation Techniques, NWCCC, 2023, Online.

  • Intelligence, Investigations, and Technology Conference, OSIC, UVU National Security Studies Center, 8 hours, 2023

  • International Law Enforcement Educators’ and Trainers’ Association Annual Conference, 40 hours, 2015, 2016, 2021, 2022, 2023.

  • General Investigations School, Chandler, Arizona, 40 hours, 2015.

  • CC 101 – Basic Data Recovery and Acquisition, NWCCC, 28 hours, 2010, tested.

  • Cyber Investigation 250 – Instructor Development Program, NWCCC, 2010.

  • CI 101 – Secure Techniques for Onsite Previewing, NWCCC, 2010, tested.

  • CC 201 – Intermediate Data Recovery and Analysis, NWCCC, 2010, tested.

  • Firearms Interdiction, GIITEM/International Association of Chiefs of Police, 20 hours, 2009.

  • General Instructor School, Chandler Police, Chandler, Arizona, 40 hours, 2007.

  • Basic Gang Investigations School, Gilbert, 2006

  • Homeland Security/Domestic Preparedness, Chandler, Arizona, 15+ hours, 2003-2012

  • Franklin Covey Project Management, Chandler Arizona, 8 hours, 2007

  • Basic Narcotics Investigation, Chandler, Arizona, 27 hours, 2006

  • Advanced Interview and Interrogation, Chandler, Arizona, 40 hours, 2006

  • Fire/Arson Investigation 1 and 2, Laughlin, NV, 80 hours, 2002.



  • 17+ years Field Operations, with an emphasis on Community Service and Crime Prevention through identifying and aggressively dealing with problem areas; to include Chandler Mall and juveniles, illegal taxi operators in downtown areas, high crime neighborhoods, individual problem residences and businesses, Sunset Coffee and related traffic issues, transient encampments, vacant properties, special interest groups and stakeholders, and community organizations.

  • 12 years of experience in Field Training, with detailed knowledge of State Criminal Code, Case Law, and Policy.

  • 25+ years’ experience in Internet navigation and research with a focus on open-source data mining.

  • Exceptional computer software skills with an emphasis on research and information gathering; to include CopLink, GangNet, Versadex/RMS, Accurint, TLO, RISS,

  • 2 years’ experience working rotations with detectives and crime analysts at the East Valley Fusion Center, gathering, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence information on criminal activity.

  • Familiarity with function and use of license plate readers and associated search tools through Flock and Vigilant

  • Familiarity with the function and use of Ring Neighbors App, NextDoor App, and Facebook Community groups, SnapChat, TikTok and Instagram.

  • Experience in writing subpoenas and search warrants, including components thereof, and obtaining nighttime exceptions.


Awards & Achievements

  • ONE Sandy Award, Outstanding Sandy City Employee Award, 2022.

  • Community Service Award, 2022, received for response to Kentucky tornados and Colorado wildfires to assist with feeding personnel and remediating damaged homes.

  • Community Service Award, 2021, received for work on an investigation which resulted in the seizure of over 7lbs of methamphetamine.

  • Champion of Hope Award, 2016, received for developing an opiate amnesty program within the Chandler Police Department to remove the stigma of addiction and find functional treatment and recovery options for opiate addicts.

  • Master Field Training Officer, awarded by the National Association of Field Training Officers

  • Meritorious Service Award, 2006, received for utilizing websites in crime prevention and investigations, specifically targeting juvenile crimes.

  • ASIS International Crime Prevention Award for using open-source information for intelligence gathering and preemptive crime prevention.

  • Unit Citation Award, 2010, received for, as a unit, rewriting training materials for the FTO program, making 307 self-initiated arrests, providing 4,480 hours of training, and implementing an internal Leadership Development course.

  • Meritorious Service Award, 2010, received for exceeded expectations as a patrol officer, creating and rewriting training materials for the FTO program, implementing saturation details in areas with high calls for service, and working alongside other agencies to resolve community issues.

  • Officer of the Quarter, October 2005, received for locating the body of a deceased person inside an abandoned warehouse, after being given limited and inaccurate information by an anonymous person.

  • Numerous commendations from supervisors, citizens, and other officers, received for assisting in special details, providing quality customer service, and investigation skills.


Professional Membership

  • 2015 – Present – National Association of Field Training Officers, National Training Coordinator.

  • 2015 – Present – International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, Instructor.

  • 2020 – Present – International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training, Nationally Certified Instructor

  • 2022 – Present – Fraternal Order of Police, Disaster Chairperson, Disaster Area Response Team, Utah FOP.

  • Provides outstanding training to public safety and law enforcement personnel; reinforces proficiency through the transfer of technical knowledge, skills, and attitudes to attain peak proficiency in their respective fields.

  • Designed and created content and lesson plans for law enforcement training, to include basic courses, advanced classes, supervision, and in-service training.

  • Analyzes course content and collaborates with accrediting and certifying organizations to ensure curriculum meets training policies and state or departmental requirements.

  • Evaluates student performance, maintains accurate student records, identifies remedial procedures, and completes all required administrative activities.

  • Research and networks with other public safety and law enforcement trainers and instructors to identify evidence based and modern law enforcement practices and teaching techniques.

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