About Dr. Laura King

Dr. Laura L. V. King, author of Officer Safety Redefined, currently serves as the Chief of Police for the McHenry County Conservation District PD. Prior to her current assignment, she served as the Commander of the Support Services Division of the McHenry, Illinois, Police Department from 1996-2016. 

She began with the department in 1996 as a patrol officer, developing community-oriented policing programs and being designated as a crisis-intervention, field-training, and juvenile officer.  Dr. King was also an inspector with the North Central Narcotics Task Force, responsible for both overt (tactical) and covert (undercover) narcotics operations while assigned to a multiagency specialized unit.  During this time, she acquired advanced training in surveillance, interviewing, and management of narcotics investigations, as well as experience in working cooperatively with local, state, and federal agencies.

In 2003, Dr. King became a detective, conducting general investigations with specialty areas of asset forfeiture, financial crimes, sexual assault, crimes against children, crimes against the elderly, forensic interviewing, and evidence processing and handling.  When she became a patrol/administrative sergeant, Dr. King’s responsibilities increased to include supervision of staff members, quality assurance for written reports, scheduling, productivity monitoring, and grant program management.  She continued these roles when she became commander in 2012 where she also became responsible for the administrative division operations of the police department.

Dr. King is an adjunct instructor in the criminal justice and psychology programs at McHenry County College in Woodstock, Illinois.  She previously worked as an adjunct instructor in the criminal justice programs at both Judson University and Columbia College of Missouri. In addition, she is a state-certified instructor for a variety of criminal justice courses at Northern Illinois Multi-Regional Training, Inc.  

Dr. King has had many officer wellness related articles published in various professional journals.  She works as a subject matter expert for BJA’s VALOR for Blue program and travels the country speaking on matters of mental wellness, psychological resiliency and physical fitness.

Dr. King received her doctorate of philosophy and her master’s degree in psychology at Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota; she received a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice management from Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. She is a graduate of both Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and of Session 265 of the FBI’s National Academy.