2023 – Chief Carole Presson, PhD


Chief Carole Presson has been in law enforcement for 27 years. She began her career in 1995 graduating from the Illinois State Police Local Recruit Academy. Carole’s career started in the City of Madison Illinois where she served as a patrol officer and juvenile officer. In 1997, Carole moved to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office where she served in patrol as a juvenile officer, elderly service officer, and field training officer.

Carole rose through the ranks after being transferred to the investigation division ending her career as the first female Lieutenant. Carole specialized in child abuse, sex crimes and homicide investigation. She held positions as a supervisor with the St. Louis Metropolitan Major Case Squad, Commander of District 1 of the Child Death Investigation Task Force, served in various capacities on the Madison/St Clair Counties Child Death Review Team, and served on the Madison County Task Force for Minority Recruitment. In 2019 Carole retired from the Sheriff’s Office and served as the Training Coordinator for the Southwestern Illinois Police Academy. In 2021 Carole returned to active law enforcement becoming the first female Chief of Police for the City of Highland, Illinois.

Chief Presson has just completed her Doctoral studies and now holds a PhdD in Philosophy with an emphasis on Criminal Justice, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  In 2022, Chief Presson graduated from the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course Session 147. She has provided instruction for a variety of courses ranging from communication to homicide investigation. Carole received the SILEC Presidential award in 2019 for her role in law enforcement education.

Carole joins Calibre Press to instruct Women in Command©, Female Enforcers©, and Emotional Survival for the Female Enforcer©.