Frank P. Tona

Frank P. Tona

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State University of New York at Brockport
BS, Criminal Justice

Norwich University 
MPA, Public Administration 


Frank P. Tona is currently a Sergeant with the Charles County, Maryland Sheriff's Office where he's worked for the past sixteen years. Founded in 1658, the Charles County Sheriff's Office is one of the nation’s oldest police agencies. The sheriff’s office is a nationally accredited, full-service law enforcement agency of close to six hundred sworn, corrections and civilian personnel servicing a diverse population of 154,747 residents. The county is located in Southern Maryland and is twenty-five miles south of Washington, DC. 
Frank is currently assigned to his agency's Criminal Investigations Division where he supervises the Special Victims Unit. He has collateral duties as a Team Leader for the department's Hostage Negotiations Team as well as instructs police officers seeking to join the Southern Maryland Crisis Intervention Team. He began his career in the Patrol Operations Division and was later transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division. While assigned as a Criminal Investigator, he worked cases in the Financial Crimes Unit, Special Victims Unit, Robbery Unit and the Major Crimes Unit. 

He has an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Brockport in Criminal Justice and a graduate degree in Public Administration from Norwich University. He is presently a Board Member with the Mid-Atlantic Cold Case Homicide Investigator's Association, and served as Vice President of his department's labor union, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #24 from 2007 to 2013. 

He has professional affiliations with the Northeast Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the International Association for Identification, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. In May 2013, he accepted a Fellowship at the Police Foundation in Washington, DC. Frank is also on the faculty at Norwich University and at the University of Maryland-University College.  

Course Taught

SEC 100: Introduction to Security

SEC 210: Methods of Security


Scholarly Work

  • Tona, F. (2009). Profiles in Mentoring: One Agency’s Approach to the Mentoring Concept. In Mentoring in the Criminal Justice Professions: Conveyance of the Craft,ed. Colaprete, F. 251, Springfield: Charles C. Thomas Publishing, Ltd. 
  • Tona, F. (2012). Cold Cases with no DNA…No Problem. Law and Order Magazine, Hendon Publishing, 60(09), 82-84.
  • Tona, F. (2014). Cold Case Homicides: An Ideal Candidate for a Sentinel Review Process in “Mending Justice: Sentinel Reviews” by Doyle, J.  National Institute of Justice 
  • Tona, F. (2016). Law Enforcement Leaders can learn from their Rank & File. On-Policing Series, Police Foundation, Washington, DC. 
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