Stephanie Ameiss is the Director of Investigations for Understanding the Threat.

She grew up in Arizona and holds a Bachelor degree from Arizona State University.  After college she worked as a gang intervention specialist and a court liaison and taught at a facility for violent juvenile offenders. She went on to be a police officer and spent most of her career as a detective.

During her career, Stephanie was involved in every type of criminal investigation at the local, state and federal levels.

Stephanie served as a Patrol officer and an undercover narcotics detective. She worked several intense investigations around the Arizona/Mexico border, along with many organized crime cases (narcotics).   Stephanie became a detective in the Intel unit and worked with a state task force investigating cross-jurisdictional gang crimes. Stephanie found her fit in the Intel unit and was assigned to ACTIC as the Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO).  ACTIC is the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, a joint effort between the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation and participating agencies.  This assignment on the federal task force enabled her to respond all over the state of Arizona to assist partnering agencies with terrorism matters.

Stephanie conducted numerous gang, human trafficking, terrorism, identity theft, property, and organized crime investigations; operated sources/assets; participated in undercover investigations including extensive surveillance and covert  operations; wrote and served over 100 search warrants; participated and conducted several human trafficking operations; debriefed numerous career criminals in prisons/jails; organized many state/national gangs seminars; educated officers on Terrorism threats; conducted threat assessments for special events (i.e. Super Bowl XLIX); conducted risk assessments on individuals; wrote and implemented  emergency response plans for and on critical town infrastructure; taught several classes on gangs; wrote grants for programs and equipment, trained key leaders on emergency response; trained local businesses on how to respond to active shooters; and developed/implemented an emergency notification system to get critical information to community members cell phones.

Stephanie was a board member of the Arizona Gang Investigator association for over 8 years, and a board member of Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) Arizona chapter.

Stephanie is LEOSA (Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act) certified and a certified private investigator.

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