Daniel J. Zehnder is the Founder, Principal Trainer and Chief Consultant of Principis Group Inc., a training and consulting service provider for public safety agencies, local and state governments, and technology companies. Principis Group Inc. focuses on assisting organizations navigate the complex issues related to implementing, managing, sustaining and supporting an effective body-worn camera program. Daniel has provided training and consultation to over 100 police agencies, local government entities and numerous technology companies as they manage the challenges associated with a body-worn camera program. He has given numerous presentations to audiences nationwide on a variety of body-worn camera topics.
Daniel is also a retired captain from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. His career culminated with his assignment as the Commander of the Communications Bureau. He was also the department’s Body-Worn Camera Program Manager for two and a half years where he was responsible for all aspects of planning, operations, and management of the department’s camera program.
Daniel is a Subject Matter Expert for the Bureau of Justice Assistance Body-Worn Camera Pilot Implementation Program Grant Training and Technical Assistance Team managed by CNA Corporation. He has been involved with the body-worn camera discussion at the national level having been privileged to serve as a subject matter expert for the Bureau of Justice Assistance as they developed an on-line Body-Worn Camera “Toolkit” which provides extensive guidelines and recommendations to police agencies for implementing an effective program. He also serves as a body-worn camera grant peer reviewer for the Office of Justice Programs and is a member of the Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center’s Body-Worn Camera Speakers Bureau.
Daniel has been with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 22 years. He has served in various assignments throughout his police career to include patrol operations assignments, operations support, police academy training, and quality assurance. Prior to that, he was as an enlisted soldier, non-commissioned officer and officer in the United States Army where he served in intelligence, special operations, and armor assignments. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education. He is also a graduate of George Washington University where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management.