Training Operations

NLC Trainings feature nationally known legal experts and dedicated volunteer attorneys who address current challenges in investigating and successfully prosecuting crimes against children, highlighting the most up-to-date resources available to detect and prevent these crimes.

Dr. Wendy L. Patrick
Chief Instructor

As National Chief Instructor at the NLC, Dr. Patrick demonstrates decades of personal dedication to protecting children. Providing specialized training for attorneys and law enforcement agencies on the specific methodology utilized by sexual predators, she helps agencies detect, prevent, and successfully prosecute predators who target children.

As a Deputy District Attorney in the Special Operations Division of the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, she handles cases of special issues, including threat assessment. Recently in the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division, she has been team leader in charge of the sexually violent predator cases her office handled, and she has prosecuted cases involving sexually violent predators, human trafficking, stalking, rape, and child molestation.

She has prosecuted more than 160 trials – including over 100 Jury trials – ranging from child sexual exploitation, to domestic violence, to first-degree murder.  Dr. Patrick is Co-Chair of the California D.A. Association’s Sexually Violent Predator and Human Trafficking Committees, she is an ICI-certified (Institute of Criminal Investigation) law enforcement instructor, and she is the President of the San Diego Chapter of the national Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP).

Dr. Patrick teaches nationally and internationally on child molestation, sex trafficking, sexual abuse, pornography, and domestic violence, appearing regularly on all national news outlets (FOX, CNN, Headline News, The Blaze, Al Jazeera) as a sex crimes and legal commentary expert.

Dr. Patrick received her Ph.D. from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and her J.D. from California Western School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in California, the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Selection of Dr. Patrick’s recent programs related to protecting Children and Families

Dr. Michael MacIntosh
Deputy Director of Investigations and Training

As a Certified Trainer through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), Michael MacIntosh facilitates critical incident stress management (CISM) debriefings for law enforcement agencies across the nation. He has provided training to first responders in the United States and Mexico, and serves as a committee member for POST, the California Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training.   Dr. MacIntosh has been personally and frequently requested to debrief and assist law enforcement agencies on-scene immediately following some of the nation’s gravest national tragedies, including the World Trade Center attacks, Oklahoma City bombing, the Aurora, Colorado theater shootings, and Newtown elementary school tragedy.

Dr. MacIntosh teaches several NLC PROTECTS Seminar Sessions, including:  Coping Techniques for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors, Impact of Work Exposure to Child Pornography, Crisis Intervention and Peer Support, and Effective Crisis Response. (CEU credits available).