Don Lacher is a faculty advisor and professor at the Union Institute & University LA Academic Center. He is the coordinator of the Criminal Justice Management program meeting at the Brea Police Department and a professor within the Leadership major. He is also the National Chair of the Corrections Management program.
Don retired from the Monrovia Police Department after 31 years of honorable service. He retired at the rank of Captain and managed both the Services and Operations Divisions. At the rank of lieutenant he served as the Tactical Response Team Commander, Emergency Operations Center coordinator, Patrol Watch Commander, and the Detective Bureau Commander. Don was the Explorer Advisor for twenty years and has volunteered with Boy Scouts of America since he was eight years of age.
As a police sergeant he served as a patrol supervisor and many years as a vice and narcotics detective. Don earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from California State University-Los Angeles and a master's degree in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne. He is also a graduate of POST Center for Leadership Development-Command College. He served as an advisor and presenter to the National Police Force of the Republic of Lithuania during their transition from a KGB centered organization to one based on western policing methods.
Don taught criminal justice courses at Rio Hondo and Citrus Community Colleges. He taught Criminal Justice courses at the California State University at Fullerton. Don is a frequent presenter to law enforcement and government officials from the People's Republic of China in the Far East Exchange Program hosted by the California State University at Fullerton.