Criminal Justice Faculty

Linda Forst

Capt. (ret)  Linda S. Forst, Ed.D

Capt. Forst, who joined Shoreline in 2001, retired at the rank of Captain from the Boca Raton, FL Police Services Department. During her career she spent time in patrol, investigations, training, recruiting and hiring, internal affairs, and support services. The majority of her career was spent in patrol, including a 3-year assignment as Commander of the uniform division during which time she received the "Outstanding Community Service" award for 1994.

She earned her bachelor degree in Criminal Justice, her master's degree in Community College Education, and her doctorate in Adult Education from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville's Sex Crime Investigation school, Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, and Outward Bound.

Capt. Forst has taught as an adjunct instructor at Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Community College and Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Her dissertation addressed Attitudes Toward Rape and she has written numerous articles on women in law enforcement, crimes against women, community policing, and aging. She is the author of The Aging of America: A Handbook for Police Officers, (Charles C. Thomas publishers, 2000) and she is the co-author, with John S. Dempsey, of Introduction to Policing (Wadsworth Publishing, 8th Edition, 2016 and Police (2013) published by Delmar Publishing.

Capt. Forst member of Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as well as the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC). 


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Rex D. Caldwell

Chief of Police, Mukilteo, Washington

Chief Caldwell was appointed Police Chief of Mukilteo in 2011 and has more than 31 years of Operational and Administrative experience across multiple disciplines in the field of law enforcement with Municipal, State and International organizations. He began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Kirkland Police Department in May of 1981 attending the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) session 137, graduating in August 1981. Work highlights include: Technical Collision Investigator, Detective (1989), Sergeant (1990 - 2001), Lieutenant (2001 - 2007), Operations Division Captain (2007 - 2011). Chief Caldwell served as BLEA Commander for CJTC between December 2008 and December 2010.

Chief Caldwell received an AA and an AAS degree in Criminal Justice from Highline Community College (1981) and a Bachelor Degree (Cum Laude) in Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Eastern Washington University (2007). He holds CJTC certifications as Peace Officer, First Level Supervisor, Middle Manager, and Executive and holds a CJTC Specialized Instructor Certification teaching a variety of topics to include Ethics, Emotional Intelligence, Journaling and Tactical Thinking and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (2001). Additional trainer highlights include presenting Pursuit Policy Workshops for NHTSA through ALERT and IADLEST as well as instructing Community Oriented Policing courses.

Chief Caldwell is a member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC), a member of the International Association of Police Chiefs (IACP), a WASPC Accreditation Mentor and member of the Loaned Executive Management Assessment Program (LEMAP). As past president of the Kirkland Police Guild and the Lieutenant's Union as well as a member of the Kirkland Police Executive Management Team and Mukilteo's Executive Leadership Team, he has performed labor and management negotiations from both sides of the table.

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Doug Jeske

Lieutenant Doug Jeske is a 24 year veteran of law enforcement. Doug is currently assigned as the Assistant Division Commander for the Special Operations Division of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. During the course of his career Doug has worked in numerous assignments including patrol, detectives, narcotics, and training. He has been a member of the Sheriff's Office SWAT team for 22 years and has held positions as operator, assistant team leader, team leader, and is currently the Team Commander. He began his training in defensive tactics in 1992 at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center completing every level and course of defensive tactics offered by the State, eventually earning Master Instructor certification. Doug has instructed classes for the Criminal Justice Training Center, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, numerous police departments throughout the state, as well as private companies.

Doug earned his Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Criminal Justice from Shoreline Community College and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. 

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Jon Ott

Jon joined the Shoreline criminal justice faculty in 2004 after retiring from the Everett Police Department the same year. Professor Ott retired with over 14 years of service due to a disability. He has taught classes in Constitutional Law, Report Writing, Introduction to Criminology, Crime Prevention, Essentials of Interviewing, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Administration of Justice, and other Criminal Justice related fields. Professor Ott has a love of learning that his students often find contagious.

Jon is active in local politics and enjoys staying fit. He helps students prepare for physical tests and joins them on runs whenever possible.

During his career as a police officer Jon worked as a patrol officer, accreditation manager, background investigator, firearms instructor, less-lethal munitions instructor, D.A.R.E. Officer, and School Resource Officer. The first half of his police career was spent in patrol primarily as a “rover” car due to a high level of self-initiated activity. At a more advanced level, Professor Ott has training in crime prevention, accident investigation, and defensive tactics. Professor Ott was the President of the Snohomish County School Resource Officer Association.

Jon graduated from the University of Idaho with a BS in Communications and a minor in Political Science. He attended the University of Idaho School of Law for one year before receiving his master’s degree with presidential honors in Public Administration from City University of Seattle in 2003.


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