retired in 2008 from the New Jersey State Police at the rank of Lieutenant after twenty years of service. Immediately prior to his retirement he commanded the New Jersey State Police Training Bureau’s Law Enforcement Science Unit. Prior to his assignment to the Academy in 2003, he spent fifteen years within the organizations Field Operations Branch which culminated with his position as a Tactical Patrol Supervisor on the New Jersey Turnpike. During his five year tenure at the Training Bureau he was assigned to different leadership positions within the Executive Development Training Unit and the In-Service Training Unit, all while Federal Consent Decree compliance mandates were in place.
Lt. Mattis (ret.) has extensive experience in teaching, training development, needs assessments, leadership development, strategic planning, in-service training, measurement of training, and the principles and utilization of Return on investment. He was also directly responsible for the development of the New Jersey State Police Strategic Planning Model and its implementation organization wide.
During his tenure within the Executive Development Training Unit, Lt. Mattis (ret.) developed and delivered rank specific supervisory training for the ranks of Sergeant through Lieutenant Colonel. In 2004, he co-authored a cutting edge Lieutenants Course that was held at both Piscataway University and the Gettysburg Battlefield.
In 2005 and 2006, Lt. Mattis (ret.) was directly involved with the development of all annual In-Service Training Products delivered to the 3000 members of the State Police. Including but not limited to search and seizure, leadership, cultural awareness, and ethics. In 2007 and 2008, Lt. Mattis (ret.) held the position as Unit Head for recruit training at the New Jersey State Police Academy.
Lt. Mattis (ret.) holds a Master of Administrative Science Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall University, and an Associate of Arts Degree in Law Enforcement Science from Mercer County Community College. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. Instructor Development Training Course, and he has served as a primary instructor within the NJSP Instructor Training Course. He is a graduate of the Penn State University Justice and Safety Institute Instructor Development Training Course and holds a 360 Leadership Profile Accreditation.
In October 2011, Mattis was appointed as a primary consultant for Stockton University of New Jersey, Center for Public Safety & Security
To contact Vance Mattis, please call our office at (732) 279-6657.