Kevin E. Rhea joined the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police as the Accreditation Program Manager in June of 2018, after serving 25 years with the City of Novi, Michigan Police Department.  As of 2024, he is serving as our Training and Accreditation Director.  Throughout his tenure in Novi, Kevin served as a Dispatcher, Police Officer, Detective, Uniform Sergeant, and was appointed Training and Standards Sergeant in 2013. As the Sergeant in charge of Training and Standards, Kevin served as the Accreditation Manager for both the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc (CALEA) and the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (MLEAC).

Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University in 1990 and received his Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) Degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2003.  He is a 2009 graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s School of Police Staff and Command Executive Leadership program.

Kevin has worked as an Assessor for CALEA, having successfully assessed law enforcement agencies in the states of Indiana and Ohio. Kevin is a published contributor to the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Journal, writing on topics such as Emergency Vehicle Operations Training and Law Enforcement Ethics. He also served as an instructor in the Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff and Command Executive Leadership Program, teaching a block on instruction on Law Enforcement Staffing, Training and Development to senior level command officers from across Michigan.  Kevin is also an accomplished presenter, having given presentations at the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP) Leadership Conference on behalf of PowerDMS and  was invited to lead the MACP/MLEAC new Assessor Training.

Kevin considers himself a lifelong learner and enjoys the study of leadership, motivating personnel, and creating a culture of ethical and professional behavior.  He takes great pride in mentoring, guiding, and leading police officers, command officers, and public safety professionals.  Kevin and his wife Robin are proud to call Arizona their new home. They have no children other than their two English Bulldogs, Bentley and Winston.