Russell W. Strand:
Senior Special Agent (Retired) Russell W. Strand, CFP-A, is the founder of Russell Strand Consulting LLC and founding faculty for Certified FETI. He provides consultation, systems auditing, training and assistance to agencies and service providers.
Russell is an internationally recognized expert in child abuse and sexual assault investigations, domestic violence intervention, human trafficking, policing and culture change. He is also the creator of the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI).
As a career law enforcement professional, trainer, educator, writer, and consultant, Russ has distinguished himself as an integral member of the criminal justice community his entire adult life.
He began his law enforcement career in 1975 as a military police patrol officer, performed duties as a military police investigator, and retired 22 years later as a senior special agent in the United States Army Criminal Investigations Command.After his retirement as a senior special agent, Russ was appointed the Chief of the U.S. Army Military Police Behavioral Sciences Education & Training Division where he worked for 20 years retiring in 2016.
As the point-person in the Department of Defense and Department of the Army in the law enforcement fight against domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual violence, he distinguished himself by development and implementation of numerous training courses and programs across the entire department to include an 8-day child abuse investigations course, 1-week domestic violence intervention course, and a 2-week sexual assault and prosecution course some of which have been described as the “gold standard’ within the Department of Defense. These courses have also been much sought after by numerous civilian professionals across the nation.
Russ was recognized for his efforts by his peers and leadership throughout his military career. He was awarded the Military Police Regiments highest awards including the Order of the Marechaussee Medal in Silver and was inducted into the United States Army Military Police Regimental Hall of Fame.
He is unconventional in his thinking and implementation of numerous promising best practices. This includes the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview, also known as FETI. Development of FETI followed decades of studying and conducting forensic interviews which culminated after his response to the 2009 Fort Hood mass murder, wherein he provided critical incident stress debriefings and victim interview support. This innovative approach to interviewing victims of trauma, has been instrumental in leading an international culture change to incorporate trauma-informed practice in response to all traumatic experiences.
Russ is highly respected and sought-after speaker internationally, who has personally trained & educated more than 500,000 professionals in his career. He has been sought out by Congressional staffers and primaries who have been interested in his forward-thinking sexual assault investigations programs and approaches that not only assisted the Department of Defense but also leads the nation in efforts at reducing sexual assault prevalence while increasing offender identification and accountability. Thus, Russ has briefed numerous Congressional staffers and members of Congress including the Congressional Woman’s Caucus.
Russ was selected by the Secretary of Defense to serve on the Congressionally mandated Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault as a member of the Comparative Systems Subcommittee. Russ served on this committee for 8 months examining response to sexual assault crimes across the country and made numerous crucial recommendations to national leaders to improve multidisciplinary response to sexual assault for military and civilian professionals.
Russ was a featured subject matter expert in “The Invisible War” documentary on sexual assault in the military, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary in 2013. He and his work have also been featured in numerous publications, various nationally recognized media outlets and news organizations, books, and educational videos.
Due to his tireless efforts to protect victims of crime within the Department of Defense, across the nation, and around the world, he was selected to receive the 2012 End Violence Against Women International Visionary Award. He also received the St. Luke’s Health Systems Forensic Committee Visionary Award for years of executive direction, education, and leadership in providing effective multidisciplinary training, education, and expert consultation.
Russ is unconditionally dedicated to continuing his work to build a world that doesn’t currently exist. A world in which every victim of abuse and trauma has confidence in reporting their experience and has a genuine voice that is truly heard. A world where every properly investigated and prosecuted perpetrator of abuse is appropriately held accountable for their actions. A world in which all professionals responding to natural disasters and reports of crime are properly educated and feel confident in all they do. And a world in which we significantly and actually reduce or eliminate the prevalence or incidence all forms of criminal violence and abuse.
Russ graduated magna cum laude from Excelsior College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Russ lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with his wife, Myra Strand, son and dog.