Instructor Bios

Chief Christopher Chute

Christopher Chute has twenty four years of Law Enforcement experience. Most of his career was spent in investigations. He is the Chief of Police with the New Britain Police Department and was the commander of the New Britain Basic Recruit Academy. Chris is a Certified instructor for P.O.S.T. as well as an Adjunct Professor at Post University. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/Public Administration and a Master’s of Science Degree in Computer Information Technology.

Chris is a Certified Polygraph Examiner with more than 18 years of experience conducting criminal examinations. He is also P.O.S.T. authorized to conduct pre-employment screenings in Connecticut. He graduated from the Texas Department of Public Safety Polygraph School in 2003. He is a member of the American Association of Police Polygraphists and the past president of the Connecticut Polygraph Association. Chris has received countless hours of continuing education in the areas of Polygraph and Interviewing and Interrogation. He has obtained numerous confessions from murderers, pedophiles, burglars, arsonists, etc.

Chris has extensive experience and training in the areas of Criminal Investigation including: Crime Scene Processing, Crime Scene Photography, Fingerprint Classification, Suspect Identification etc. He holds years of experience authoring arrest warrants and search warrants as well as testifying in court.

Chris is a Certified Computer Forensic Examiner and skilled at acquiring and analyzing data from all types of digital devices. He has conducted examinations on digital devices for investigations ranging from high profile homicides to simple harassment cases.

Chris was the top scoring candidate for the positions of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief and Chief (scoring a perfect 100 on his Captain Oral Board Exam). He is a graduate of the 76th Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Development Course and the recipient of the Director’s Award for having the highest academic average in his class of 41 students.

Chris is an experienced instructor known for relating course content to real life experiences through demonstrations, hands-on exercises, multimedia presentations, and role playing. He instructs the Basic Detective School, the 5 Day Interview and Interrogation Course, and the 1 Day Street Interrogation Course. He also has successfully coached many police officers to score very high in their promotional exams.

Lieutenant Kelly Walsh (Retired)

Kelly Walsh retired as a Lieutenant with the Avon Police Department, Connecticut in 2019. Kelly’s background in investigations stems from over nine years of supervising a detective division. Kelly also supervised a Regional Narcotics Enforcement Team which consisted of 9 separate municipalities. Lt. Walsh was a commander of the Patrol Division and Administration during her tenure. In 2005, Kelly was assigned to the F.B.I. Computer Crimes Task Force in New Haven, Connecticut investigating network intrusion cases, child exploitation investigations, and child enticement. In 2009, she received a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner certification from the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists. Kelly used these highly specialized skills to oversee the Digital Forensic Unit within the Avon Police Department. Kelly is also a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, 267th Session.

After Kelly retired from law enforcement, she started a career as a Security Manager for Corporate Security at Travelers Insurance. She is tasked with overseeing security operations for all Travelers employees within the United States and around the globe. Kelly oversees the training program for the contracted security forces in four major cities.

Kelly holds an undergraduate degree from University of New Haven in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Investigative Services and Victimology, a certificate in Forensic Computer Investigation, and a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Law Enforcement Management, from the University of New Haven.

Kelly was a State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Police Officer Standards and Training Council Certified instructor, teaching at annual In-Services, Recruit Academies, and conducted in-house Department training for over 10 years as an instructor.

Kelly coordinates and supervises an annual, week-long F.B.I. National Academy Associates Connecticut Chapter Youth Leadership Course for teenagers each summer in Connecticut. She is credited for her expansion of the Program, in both curriculum and duration.

Kelly is a Board member of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Council in Connecticut. In support of the Special Olympics, Kelly participates in Connecticut Police Department fundraisers and events year-round, including the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run which takes place in June. In March 2013, Kelly was awarded the “Unsung Hero Award” for her tireless efforts for and dedication to Special Olympics.

Detective Joseph Lopa

Detective Joseph Lopa was hired by the New Britain Police Department in 2005. During his career he has been assigned to the Patrol Division, Gun Task Force, Special Services Unit, Youth Bureau, Polygraph Unit and has been Deputized with the DEA on two separate occasions. Detective Lopa was officially promoted to the rank of Detective in 2014, coming out number one in the promotional process. During his time with the New Britain Police Department, Detective Lopa has received over 20 Department Awards and 2 United States Attorney’s Office awards for cases he assisted in investigating.

Detective Lopa has been a Certified Polygraph Examiner since 2014. He is also P.O.S.T. authorized to conduct pre-employment screenings in Connecticut. He graduated the National Polygraph Academy in Columbus, OH in 2014. Detective Lopa received the Distinguished Student Award while at Polygraph School, as voted on by his peers. He is a member of the American Association of Police Polygraphists, the American Polygraph Association and currently holds the position of Treasurer with The Connecticut Polygraph Association.

Detective Lopa has received several continuing education hours through Polygraph seminars and P.O.S.T. in the area of Interview and Interrogation as well as criminal investigations. These trainings have assisted Detective Lopa and convicting several criminals for homicides, sexual assaults, drug trafficking etc., as well as obtaining confessions in numerous felony investigations.

Detective Lopa is a State of Connecticut Police Officers Standards and Training Certified Instructor. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in 2004 from Western Connecticut State University and completed his Thesis study on “The Importance of Non-Verbal Communication in the Field of Law Enforcement.”

Detective Lopa has been an Advisor with the New Britain Police Explorers since 2013, assisting New Britain’s youth who have an interest in Law Enforcement. He also assists with the New Britain Becoming PALS program and previously ran the Criminal Justice Club at New Britain High School.