John Matthews

  • Executive Director
  • Community Safety Institute
  • Ovilla, Texas   
  • Website


Contact me for: School security assessments, safety training for staff and students and crisis response planning.

John Matthews is the Executive Director of the Community Safety Institute (CSI) and an Assistant Chief Deputy Constable for the Dallas County Constable’s Office Precinct #1. Matthews has developed over 100 law enforcement and public safety initiatives for government agencies including: the Department of Justice; Bureau of Justice Assistance; Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; Department of Homeland Security; Office of Domestic Preparedness; Department of Interior; Bureau of Indian Affairs and Department of Transportation.

Matthews has been in law enforcement for nearly thirty years and is a Master Police Officer and certified law enforcement instructor. With a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Administrative Management and an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate, Matthews is nationally recognized for his work in law enforcement and school safety. While working with the Dallas Police Department he was named Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer and was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the Texas State Senate. He also received numerous departmental awards including: Certificate of Merit; Life Saving Award; Certificate of Civic Achievement and the Police Commendation. John currently serves as Senior Advisor to the National Sheriffs’ Association and Special Advisor to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund.

John is an award winning writer, photographer and author of five books including The Eyeball Killer, a true crime Book of the Month and first-hand account of his capture of Dallas’ only serial killer. His books School Safety 101 and Neighborhood Watch 101 focus on making our communities safer and have been the cornerstones of training programs for thousands of law enforcement officers, educators and their community stakeholders. He has been honored as a keynote speaker at education and law enforcement conferences around the country.

John hosted a popular safety segment on FOX-4 television and for three years was a talk show host on KRLD/CBS and the Texas State Network where he still makes guest appearances. Media appearances include: NBC Nightly News, FOX News Channel, Leeza, The O’Reilly Report, Good Morning New York, Good Morning Texas, Law Enforcement Television Network, A Current Affair, Good Day Dallas, and scores of local ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC television and radio affiliates. John’s serial killer story has been featured on numerous television shows and he served as co-writer and host for the pilot television show RANGERS.

Books & Applications

Expert Articles by John Matthews

Child Safety

Expert advice for surviving a school shooting
A school shooting incident is dynamic and ever-changing. Actions taken by victims must be based on the information they have at the time of the event, making the best decisions possible based on the c...

Teacher and Classroom Resources

Make your classroom safe for weather and violent emergencies
Each year schools are faced with a wide variety of school safety incidents ranging from violence to weather emergencies. Classroom teachers can prepare for these incidents by having a proper plan and ...

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