Retired Detective Laura Russell obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1982 at the age of 19. She then joined the Miami-Dade Police Department and served as a patrol officer, a narcotics “jump out” detective, and a General Investigation Detective. She spent the final 16 years of her career as a Robbery Detective. Prior to retirement Laura was injured 23 times, including two gunshot wounds. She was a recipient of the Purple Heart, Silver Medal of Valor, Bronze Medal of Honor, and Exceptional Service Awards and was a finalist for Officer of the Year after a confrontation with two armed subjects. Additionally, she received 69 miscellaneous commendations. As a result of a police involved shooting in 1985, she has since been called upon by both her department and others to lecture during training courses for supervisors, Internal Affairs, and homicide investigators to provide them with firsthand information regarding an officer’s viewpoint in Officer-involved shooting incidents. She was involved in several additional incidents throughout her career which she was later called upon to include in her lectures. Her insight and perspective have given her the ability to help others understand and prepare for traumatic incidents related to their law enforcement duties. She has been lecturing on police involved shootings for nearly 12 years across the US and, since 2017, internationally on behalf of the DEA. She presently volunteers with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s office in North Carolina.