President's Message
James Wardwell

James Wardel

Thank you, the members of the American Association of Police Polygraphists, for placing your faith in me as your new president. I am truly humbled and honored to have been elected to this position. I also recognize that there is much work to do. This is not a position to take on lightly and I do not. You have an expectation that I will get the jobs done that need to get done. You will not be let down. We are already hard at work reviewing our practices and other functions as an association to see how and where we can improve our service to you, our valued members of the AAPP.

Most of you know me, but for some you who may not, I offer you this very brief introduction. I was named the Region 3 Director just after the AAPP Jacksonville Florida conference in 2008. I served in that capacity for approximately five years. In 2013, I was honored to be elected as your vice president and served in that role up until our 2015 seminar in Grand Rapids. I am the Chief of Police in New Britain Connecticut. The New Britain Police Department has approximately 170 sworn officers in a mid-sized urban community. I came up through the ranks in New Britain, a city where I have been privileged to work in for well over 21 years. We are a busy community where our officers pride themselves in getting the job done with professionalism, efficiency, and a deep care about the community we serve. This is the same ethic I bring to serve you in the AAPP.

As I take on this new responsibility as your president, I am looking back at those that brought us this up to this point. Most notable is Karen Clark. Karen has been our president for the last two years and did an amazing job. I worked as Karen's vice president and had a unique view on how she performed her duties each day. Karen Clark is one of the hardest working people I know. Karen is also passionate about everything she does. This lady led our association for two years sacrificing so much her own free time to make sure our members had the best possible service and training. Karen Clark is now our Chairwoman of the Board. She has taken those same wonderful traits into this new role. I know that the entire membership of the AAPP will continue to benefit from all that Karen Clark does on such a consistent basis. Thank you Karen for all that you do.

We also fondly say thank you to our outgoing Chairman of the Board, Bruce Robertson. Bruce has served the AAPP in so many capacities over so many years. Bruce has the distinction of being the only president in our history that served four years in that capacity. Bruce Robertson's dedication and commitment to the AAPP is appreciated by all who know him. Bruce spent countless hours working behind the scenes on issues that could potentially affect all members of our association. Bruce Robertson leaves the Board with a solid foundation and we all owe him a deep level of gratitude for that.

The AAPP is an amazing association. It is an amazing association because of you, its members. I have donned many hats during my career in different disciplines. I have been part of so many different groups and associations. It is the AAPP that stands out among all the others. Every year at our annual training conference we come together to learn from each other. We do this with an attitude that we can always learn to do better. I have yet to see our members shy away from learning new material or reinforcing some of the basics of polygraph. This attitude to consistently make every attempt to better ourselves is what makes the AAPP such a good association. I pledge to you as your new president that I will do my best to continue to better that organization of the AAPP so we can best facilitate the highest level of training to be made available to you.

Now that we have wrapped up our 2015 training conference, we need to focus on 2016 in Connecticut. Connecticut is a beautiful New England state that has a great deal to offer. Early June is a beautiful time of year in Connecticut, so when the training is done plans to see some of the local sites should go nicely. Our training conference is at the Mohegan Sun Resort from June 12 through June 17, 2016. It is a terrific site for our training. The Mohegan Sun Resort is a very large beautiful facility situated on well over 200 acres of rolling hills along the Thames River. The resort is a very short distance up the river from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The resort has a shopping mall, a 12,000 foot arena, a Cabaret Theatre, numerous restaurants, and so much more entertainment. The Mohegan Sun also has a huge amount of conference space that is perfect for the needs of the AAPP. The hotel accommodations are also terrific. These rooms are usually quite pricey, but our members are getting the conference price of only $98 per night! Region 3 Director, Adam Rembisz, is hard at work putting together one of the best and memorable AAPP conferences yet. Watch our website and look for mailings for more details in the months ahead.

In the coming months you will see our website undergo a steady, yet significant, transformation. Your Board of Directors has been reviewing the best options available to deliver quality product to you, our members, in the most usable fashion. Our old website served us well, but it became outdated some time ago. The entire Board of Directors is committed to bringing ease of conference registration, Journal distribution, training topics, and so much more to you via a modern and very usable website. Our Chairwoman, Karen Clark, is heading up this initiative with the fullest support of the Board and so many others.

Please do keep in touch. If you want to drop me a line with a question, a concern, or if you just want to say hello, I am always receptive. My contact information is as follows: Jim Wardwell, New Britain Police Department, 10 Chestnut Street, New Britain CT 06051. 860-826-3112. Email

James Wardwell
American Association of Police Polygraphists