Captain Sam Kamkar was promoted to captain in 2014. He started his career in law enforcement at Portland Police Bureau as a police cadet in 1991 and then became a reserve police officer. In 1994, he joined Oregon State Police as a trooper. Captain Kamkar has been with Eugene Police since 1997. Captain Kamkar is a national teacher on Arabic Culture, Islam, and Radical Islam. He conducts state-wide teaching on Tactical Ethics, Biased-Based Policing and Racial Profiling, Diversity and Profiling in Contemporary Policing, and he speaks fluent Farsi. Captain Kamkar’s family immigrated to the United States after the 1979 revolution in Iran. While at Eugene Police, Captain Kamkar has progressed through the department’s ranks from police officer, to sergeant, then lieutenant and acting captain, then captain. He has been a watch commander, training manager, patrol supervisor, downtown team supervisor, crowd control bike team commander, background team supervisor, defensive tactics supervisor, and the UO campus unit supervisor. As a line officer, in addition to general patrol, Kamkar worked as a school resource officer, UO campus police officer, background investigator, major collision investigator, academy instructor, field training officer, and a mentor for new recruits. He also has served on the department’s Honor Guard Team. Captain Kamkar is a graduate of Northwest Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in management. He also attended the Senior Management Institute for Police by the Police Executive Research Forum as well as graduated from the FBI National Academy.
Captain Sam Kamkar
Captain Sherri Meisel
Captain Sherri Meisel started with us in December 2014. She had been a member of the Detroit Police Department since 1997, when she was hired as a police officer. While there, she worked as a patrol officer, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant in charge of a homicide unit and investigations lieutenant. As a lieutenant she supervised three units including a patrol shift, a domestic violence unit and a district investigative unit. She recently worked on policy in Detroit’s Office of the Chief. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in environmental health. She has completed the Staff and Command School at Eastern Michigan University.
Technical Services Division Manager Pam Collett
Division Manager Pam Collett was hired as a dispatcher by our department and quickly progressed to coach/field training officer and then lead specialist, promoting to communications supervisor in 1990. Throughout her career with us, she regularly instructed on our behalf at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and was one of the foundational curriculum developers and instructors in what is now known as the Basic Telecommunicator Academy. In 2001, Pam was offered a full time position with DPSST as the telecommunications program manager, where she coordinated public safety training for all disciplines throughout the state. She was also responsible for the Emergency Medical Dispatch Program, Field Training Manuals for Police, Parole and Probation, Corrections and 911 and the Field Training & Evaluation Program. During her time at DPSST, Pam worked very closely with 911 across the State and region on best practices and training and she facilitated the development of the first Oregon-based Tactical Dispatch Academy and Training Program. Pam returned to us nearly five years ago in a communications operations manager position, reporting to the Technical Services division manager. Since coming back, Pam became a member of the DPSST Policy Board, the DPSST Curriculum Committee and is a member of the Training Committee (former committee chair) for Association of Public Safety Communications Officials. Pam grew up in Eugene and attended the University of Oregon as a journalism major and also attended the Oregon Executive Development Institute. Approximately two years ago, Pam was promoted to division manager and is responsible for the Records Section, Central Lane 911 Center, and our department’s technology team.