Bio: Sheriff Christopher R. Swanson
Sheriff Swanson is a career police officer with experience spanning nearly three decades. He has served in a variety of positions, including corrections, patrol, narcotics, criminal investigation, death investigation, human trafficking investigation, and command operations.
As Sheriff, Christopher oversees the 6th largest Sheriff’s Office and 10th largest law enforcement agency in the State of Michigan. His career has led him to witness some of the most heinous crimes and acts of violence one can imagine. He shares these experiences to audiences across the country to make a positive impact on their lives using lessons from the living and the dead.
Sheriff Swanson attended Mott Community College and holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Michigan.
In 2019 Sheriff Swanson was instrumental in the creation of the Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team (G.H.O.S.T.). In less than two years of work, G.H.O.S.T. has arrested more than 107 individuals on charges ranging from human trafficking to criminal sexual conduct. G.H.O.S.T. has received national attention for its efforts to combat human trafficking while also ensuring victims are given a voice.
On September 8, 2020, Sheriff Swanson turned another vision into reality with the creation of Inmate Growth Naturally and Intentionally Through Education (I.G.N.I.T.E.). Today, inmates in the Genesee County Jail go to school two hours a day, five days a week. I.G.N.I.T.E. has assisted more than 20 returning citizens find full-time employment upon release. In addition, more than 29,000 hours of coursework has been completed. Math skills have improved 1.5 grades and reading comprehension increased
2.5 grades. I.G.N.I.T.E. is committed to making better people, not better inmates.
Also in 2020, during a time of volatile protest across the Nation in response to the killing of George Floyd, Sheriff Swanson brought protesters and officers in Flint, Michigan together. Those actions led to a viral message of hope for the nation and world. “Sheriff Swanson showed the kind of leadership, courage, and integrity that makes exemplary law enforcement leaders,” stated the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum.
“They said march with us, so he did”, David Muir – Anchor ABC World News.
Programs: Sheriff Chris Swanson – Let’s Walk Live!
Sherriff Swanson can speak with authority and experience on a wide range of topics – Here are just a few!
“Leadership” Force Multipliers That Will Make or Break Your Organization – 5 Expert Tips
An expert in Leadership, Sherriff Swanson shares his expert tips on Leadership. This session will cover the big difference between Ethics and Values, how to build the Team, choosing to be a mirror Not the parent to your group, using effective communication so that you are speaking the RIGHT language, and the huge difference that choosing action over words can make.
Law Enforcement in America
In this deep dive into policing in America today, Sherriff Swanson tackles some of the most important questions being debated across the country and discusses the trifecta objective to Protect, Serve and Unify. Sherriff Swanson will speak to the meaning of Funding or Defunding the Police, and what is best for the PEOPLE. He will openly discuss Race Relations and Traffic Stops, who “THEY” are, and “How George Floyd changed American Policing Forever.”
Human Trafficking- The Fastest Growing Criminal Enterprise in World.
We have all heard the headlines and the conspiracies. In this timely and important session, Sherriff Swanson breaks down the truth about Human Trafficking. He will address the difference between Prostitution and Human Trafficking and explain how victims are hooked through grooming. Sherriff Swanson delves inside the mind of the predator and help us understand if we are personally safe. Finally, he explains how participants can be helpful in crushing this human trafficking pandemic.
Tinman to IRONMAN – 5 “Must-Do’s” You Need To Leave Your Mark!
He’s not just a Sherriff, he’s a 4-Time IRONMAN! Whether you are working towards a marathon, getting through hard class, or planning a major life objective, this session will show you how to break it down. Sheriff Swanson difference between motivation and inspiration for both short term ad long term goals. Important takeaways include having a big fat vision while setting small goals, persisting when your enemies want you to fail, and finishing strong!