Frank P.
Adjunct Lecturer
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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 Lieutenant with the Charles County, Maryland Sheriff's Office where he's worked since 2002. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service police agency that serves about one hundred sixty thousand residents in Southern Maryland. The county is twenty-five miles south of Washington, DC and sixty miles south of Baltimore, MD.

He began his career in the Patrol Division and was later transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division. As a Detective, he was assigned to a variety of units to include: the Financial Crimes Unit, Special Victims Unit, Robbery Unit, and the Major Crimes Unit. In 2018, he returned to the Criminal Investigations Division as a D/Sergeant supervising detectives in the Special Victims Unit, Property Crimes Unit, and the Robbery Unit.

Frank 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 has professional affiliations with the International Association for Identification, the Vidocq Society, and the National Policing Institute where he serves as a Policing Fellow. He is also on the faculty at Norwich University and at the University of Maryland Global Campus.

In 2015, Frank accepted an Adjunct Lecturer position with John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the Department of Security, Fire, & Emergency Management and currently teaches Introduction to Security and Methods of Security.

Courses 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.
  •      Tona, F. (2023). Prioritizing Cold Case Murders: What Law Enforcement Executives Can Do. On-Policing Series, National Policing Institute, Arlington, VA.     

  • Tona, F.P., Walton, R.H. (2025). Cold case homicides: Practical investigative techniques. Boca Raton, FL: CRC/Taylor & Francis.