2015 Program and Biographies

The Eighth Annual CSI Symposium was held April 28-29, 2015

Dole Auditorium – Norwich University

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

5-7 pm Sergeant Brook Rollins (Arlington, Texas Police Department)

“Drone Technology and Surveillance”

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

9-9:50 am Lieutenant Robert Appleton ’92 (Computer Crimes Unit, State of New York)

“Internet Crimes Against Children”

10-10:50 am Martin Davin and Mike Perez (Absolute Software)

“Computer Tracking and LoJac for Laptops”

11-11:50 am Gary Margolis (Margolis Healy/Social Sentinel)

“Threats in a Social Media World”


Appleton_Rob_webLieutenant Robert B. Appleton ’92 is the executive officer for the Computer Crimes Unit, State of New York, which oversees the computer forensic laboratory and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force for the state. He is an 18-year veteran with the New York State Police and previously worked at the Forensic Investigation Support Services Unit (FISS) under direction of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Headquarters in Albany, NY. His training and experience encompass the fields of crime scene processing, latent print processing and identification, court testimony, hazardous materials identification/mitigation, clandestine laboratories, weapons of mass destruction, incident response to terrorist bombings, emergency medical technician, and cybercrime specialist. Rob graduated from Norwich University in 1992 with a BS in Environmental Engineering Technology and serves on the Board of Fellows. In 2008, he completed his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Marist College and is a member of the National Honor Society for Public Administration and Affairs, Pi Alpha Alpha. He is an adjunct professor for Marist, teaching in the MPA and OLC programs, and has taught at the NYPD Academy in New York City, NYSP Academy in Albany, and online programs for Marist. In addition, he is an adjunct professor for the MPA and Criminal Justice (BSCJ) programs and Norwich’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies and recently developed Drugs and Gangs (SOCI322), an online course for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice completion program.

Davin_Martin_web2Martin Davin has been the Law Enforcement Liaison for Absolute Software/Lo Jack for Laptops since 2008, covering the Northeastern United States. He conducts training on how this consumer driven software works to identify the users of and locate stolen laptops. He has worked with many police departments including those in New York (city and state), New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island. He served for four years with the Bronx County, NY District Attorney’s Office as a senior investigator and retired after 20 years with the New York City Police Department, including 13 years as a detective.


Margolis_GaryDr. Gary J. Margolis is the President & CEO of Social Sentinel, Inc. and co-founded Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC. He has more than 20 years of distinguished experience in law enforcement and public safety, and over a decade in higher education safety and security. Under his leadership as Chief of Police at the University of Vermont (1998 – 2009), UVM Police Services became a three-time internationally accredited police agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In addition, he has served as a police executive, police academy administrator, police officer and deputy sheriff. A highly-respected and sought after consultant, speaker, educator, and trainer, Dr. Margolis’ areas of expertise include crises response and communications; security technology application; emergency response and recovery planning; and preventing sexual and gender violence. He is called upon by the US Departments of Justice, Education and Homeland Security as a campus security expert and has testified before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Shortly after the 9/11 tragedies, Dr. Margolis was appointed by former Vermont Governor James Douglas to serve on the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Committee. He is on the Board of Commissioners for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), and is a Past General Chair of the University & College Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the oldest and largest police association in the world. He is a former member of the association’s executive committee, and a founding faculty member of the IACP National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women sponsored by the US Department of Justice. Dr. Margolis has a Master’s Degree in Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont. He is a graduate of the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program.

Perez_Mike_webMike (Miguel) Perez has been the Northeast/Latin America Director for Absolute Software/Lo Jack for Laptops since 2006 and is responsible for developing and managing investigative and forensic solutions for the company. He works with the global investigations team which brings together experts in law enforcement, criminal law, investigative techniques and electronic forensics. His primary focus is to enable the team to assist law enforcement throughout the world to recover stolen electronic devices. Mike previously worked as an investigative analyst for the Forfeiture Support Associates drug enforcement task force where his duties were to investigate proceeds of crime and support the asset forfeiture process for seizure, disposition and case closure. He is a retired detective who served for twenty years with the New York City Police Department.

Rollins_BrookSergeant Brook Rollins has been a member of the Arlington, Texas Police Department since 2001. He began as a patrol and field training officer and served as a detective in the auto theft unit. He was promoted to sergeant in 2009 and has worked a supervisor in patrol, criminal investigations, special operations (SWAT) and has served as a peace officer. He is an instructor for the police department in basic penal code, intermediate arrest/search and seizure, firearms, search tactics, close quarter battle technique, TASER, critical incident management for patrol supervisors and basic SWAT. Brook received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health with a minor in Secondary Education at Texas A & M University and a Master of Liberal Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Texas, Arlington. In 2014 he published “Electronic Control Devices & Injury Impact: An Analysis of Secondary Data from the Arlington Police Department” (University of Texas, Arlington).


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