Developing Smarter, Safer, More Successful Law Enforcement Officers

Dr. Laura King

King Laura 3Dr. Laura King began her career in 1996 with the McHenry Police department.  She quickly moved up the ranks from patrol to investigations and was promoted to Patrol Sergeant.  She soon became the Administrative Sergeant and finally promoted to the rank of Commander.

In 2016 Dr. King was appointed as the Chief Investigator for the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office in McHenry County, Illinois where she leads a team of professionals offering investigative support to the prosecution countywide.  Dr. King is a liaison between the state’s attorney’s office and local law enforcement agencies to improve communications and operations with the intent to bring about more successful prosecution efforts.

Laura holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology, a Master of Science Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  She’s a graduate of the FBI’s prestigious National Academy (265th Session) and also graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command (266th Session).  In 2016 Dr. King was invited Washington DC to participate in a roundtable hosted by the National Institute of Justice exploring how best to establish, support, and/or expand the in-house research and analytic capacity of law enforcement agencies around the country.

Laura has served as a member of North Central Narcotics Task Force, a division of the Illinois State Police as both undercover and tactical narcotics enforcement.  She’s held/holds positions in the Johnsburg Police Commission, McHenry County’s Major Investigative Assistance Team (MIAT) and currently serves as a co-chair for the psychological services committee for the Illinois Chiefs of Police Association.

Along with her contribution to Calibre Press, Laura has been a contract instructor with the VALOR program through the Department of Justice and has served as an adjunct instructor for Judson University, Northeast Multi-Regional Training, Columbia College of Missouri and McHenry County College instructing in subject matter that include Victimology, Criminal Procedure, Drug Abuse and Crime Control, Community Oriented Policing, Ethics, Crisis Intervention, Introduction to Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology.  Laura also works as a contract instructor with where she instructs courses in leadership and career survival for female law enforcement professionals.

Laura currently works part-time as a psychologist with a specialty in serving law enforcement members and their families.  She is also a certified yoga instructor and personal trainer. With Calibre Press, she instructs the Female Enforcers course.