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Chris McFarlin

Attorney - Legal Instructor

Chris McFarlin is an Attorney-Legal Instructor for Blue to Gold Law Enforcement Training. He currently serves as a Lieutenant / Training Manger for the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office in Charleston, SC. In this role, he oversees research and training development as well as legal updates for all aspects of law related services. Lt. McFarlin is an Attorney and former Deputy State Prosecutor in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has over eighteen years of public service in the Law Enforcement and Legal sectors of our Criminal Justice System. During his tenure as a law enforcement official, he simultaneously served over ten years in higher education; rising to the academic rank of Department Chair. He created and led the way for pre-police academy training program in the SC Technical College System!

Lt. McFarlin is a nationally recognized industry speaker and trainer. He has spoken at conferences across the country. Additionally, he is a published author with his work being featured by the IACP, American Military University, and in Police and Police Chief publications. His passion is teaching and training police officers! Whether it’s in an academic or professional setting, his combined attorney and law enforcement background make him a sought after and dynamic instructor. He holds numerous local, state, and national certifications to include being a Master Taser Instructor, Police Training Officer, and Field Training Manager. He is a graduate of the FBI Carolina Command College as well as the several other law enforcement leadership programs.

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Current reviews for Chris McFarlin

38 Reviews

5

GK

Texas

Chris McFarlin presented advanced search and seizure wonderfully. I believe it's a must for every new hire and a great refresher for senior officers and detectives.

5

EL

Temple PD
TX

Great class about Advanced Search Warrants, very informative and great tips to make the muddy water clearer!

5

MW

GPD

Lt. McFarlin taught Advanced Search Warrants at my PD and I found the class very easy to comprehend and enjoyable. Lt. McFarlain took his time to make sure we understood the examples and was happy to answer any additional questions we had. I have enjoyed every Blue to Gold class I have taken and highly recommend them to my colleagues.

5

K. Salt

Leander PD

Clear, concise, and relevant instruction.

5

K. Salt

Leander PD

Clear, concise, and relevant instruction.

5

Daniel Hertzog

Killeen Police Department
Tx

Chris was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. His presentation provided a lot of information and kept us entertained. Would definitely attend another course by him.

5

Kevin Willis

Williamson County Sheriffs Office
TX

I like how Chris “Dumbed” down the material to make it easier to understand.

5

SO

Great class and instructor!

5

Chip

Austin Police Department
Texas

Chris was very knowledgeable and helped us get through some of the more difficult topics. Great Instructor!

5

Chip

Austin Police Department
Texas

Chris was very knowledgeable and helped us get through some of the more difficult topics. Great Instructor!

5

BL

Williamson County SO
Texas

Very clear and knowledgeable

5

CVB

Austin Police
Texas

Incredible job, thank you!

5

C. Young

LPD
TX

Chris provides excellent instruction and has an expert level grasp on the material. These classes should be mandatory for new officers.

5

SB

I learned a great amount of information in a very short time.

5

Rick Cotto

DPS
TX

Exceptional presentation of the material associated with Search and Seizure and Traffic stops.

5

SB

I learned a great amount of information in a very short time.

5

SB

I learned a great amount of information in a very short time.

5
GPD
TX

Solid instruction, well made instruction aids, knowledgeable teacher and it is obvious he not only enjoys the topic but has an amazing grasp of the topic.

5
GPD
TX

Solid instruction, well made instruction aids, knowledgeable teacher and it is obvious he not only enjoys the topic but has an amazing grasp of the topic.

5

CW

Austin PD
TX

Absolutely great instruction! Chris broken down complex concepts into easy to understand chunks.

5

K C

Very well informed about the topics and knowledgable!

5

Joseph Tijerina

TXDPS

Excellent course material with good instruction.

5

GM

Austin PD
Texas

Well done

5

GM

Austin PD
Texas

Well done

5

Good training

5

Peter

PCSO
NJ

amazing instructor! The classes were some of the best I have taken to date. Very knowledgeable and information was state relevant. Highly recommend!

5

R. Klein

Paterson
NJ

I took the class on K9 case law. Chris was very knowledgeable on the topic. He’s very well spoken and would recommend this class not to just K9 handlers but to any officer regardless of rank.

5

Matt

NJ

Great instruction! If you work in NJ, I would highly recommend taking this class. Chirs did a great job presenting material that correlates directly to NJ Case Law.

5

N. Pachella

PCSO
NJ

Chris was very knowledgeable on the topic, I was only in one day of the tree day course and wish I had been signed up for more. The search and seizure section was well organized and very informative. Chris was able to answer all questions we had on the subject.

5

K. Deegan

Passaic County Sheriff's Dept.
New Jersey

Thank you!!!! For sending Chris as the instructor for the classes. He was OUTSTANDING!!!! A credit to law enforcement. In all my years of bringing training to Passaic County, I have to say he is one of the best. Brilliant and engaging!

5

A. Gagliostro

BCSO
NJ

Great instructor. Very professional and knowledgeable. Constant interaction with the students and mixing real life with the subject made the class outstanding.

5

Joe Craig

Mantua Township PD
NJ

Chris was very well spoken and informed on the topics he was teaching. Made it an easy and fun learning environment. Will definitely take courses he is teaching again.

5

Det. Stephen Hodges

Goodlettesville Police Department
TENNESSEE

Chris was very relatable and knowledgeable! As far as a law class, this was one of the best classes I have attended. Chris being both a lawyer and an officer was very unique and provided a different perspective on the subject matter.

5

Monica Fonseca

Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
TENNESSEE

While this was a refresher course for me, there were still things I learned. I liked the way the instructor used examples which is good for clarification on issues.

5

S.A. Dusty Thomas

Arkansas

Chris was able to break things down into terms and diagrams that I had not seen before. The open dialogue also allowed for multiple questions on a wide range of topics. Chris is down to earth and his knowledge is second to none! I would gladly take other courses regardless of the topic, if he was the instructor.

5

Dominic

Texas

Your class was the best and most informative I have ever been to! Keep doing what you are doing!

5

K.B.

Pearland PD
Texas

I just completed the Blue to Gold Traffic Stop and Arrest, Search, and Seizure course at my agency. What an absolutely phenomenonal course. I have learned more in the past two days than I did in my Police Academy. The course content was extremely applicable to our daily tasks on the street. I highly recommend these courses and look forward to taking many more in the near future! Thank you Chris McFarlin!

5

Robert Bailey

Jefferson County Texas S.O.

Three days of absolutely great training. Mr. McFarlin is obviously very knowledgeable with case law and has exceptional skills with presenting the material. The class was very engaged due to how everything was explained. Good job Blue to Gold!

Upcoming Training for Chris McFarlin

City of Arp Community Center
07/24/2024

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07/24/2024

K9 Case Law
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 | Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Arp, TX - K9 Case Law 07-24-2024
$ 225.00
32 available
Joseph D. Adams Public Safety Building
08/05/2024

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08/05/2024

Mastering Search & Seizure
Monday, August 05, 2024 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Lehi, UT - Mastering Search and Seizure 08-05-2024
$ 225.00
Unlimited
Double Tree Overland Park
08/07/2024

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08/07/2024

Advanced Search & Seizure
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 | Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Experience

Attorney, Legal Instructor – Blue to Gold Law Enforcement Training

Lieutenant – Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Training, Research, and Development Manager

DUI/SFST Instructor – South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination – Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Columbia, South Carolina

Sergeant – Pickens Police Department, Pickens, South Carolina

Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice – American Military University, Charles Town, West Virginia

Department Chair, Pre-Police Academy Instructor – Criminal Justice, Tri-County Technical College

Summary Court Judge – City of Easley, South Carolina

Attorney at Law, Managing Partner – McFarlin Law Firm, PLLC

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney – 6th Judicial District State of Arkansas

Police Officer – Jonesboro Police Department

Deputy Sheriff – Craighead County Sheriff’s Office

 

Education

Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Juris Doctor

Moot Court Competition- Best Litigation Team Designation

First Responder Wills Clinic, Pro Bono

Phi Alpha Delta, International Law Fraternity, President, Barbara C. Jordan Chapter

Dean’s List Recipient

Indiana State University

Double M.S. Degrees, Criminology & Criminal Justice

Police Administration and Procedures

Arkansas State University

Double B.A. Degrees, Criminology & Sociology

Arkansas Northeastern College

Associate of Arts, – General Studies

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy

Class 1 Law Enforcement Officer- Certification

 

Subject Matter Expert

Use of Force/Officer Decision Making/Force Investigations

Human Performance – Law Enforcement

Conducted Electrical Weapons (Master Instructor-Axon, Inc.)

Advanced Force Specialist (Force Science Institute)

Police Body Worn Cameras

Report Writing

De-Escalation

 

Industry Conference Presentations and Lectures

Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association Annual National Law Enforcement

Training Symposium, Long Beach, CA.

Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Summer Conference, Green Bay, WI.

Savant Learning Systems, Nashville, TN.

Hartsville City Police Department, Hartsville, SC.

Pickens County Library System, Easley, SC

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