Chief Investigator Michael Melchionne (retired)
William J. Zaorski, J.D.
Mr. Zaorski, a recently retired deputy attorney general of the N.J. Division of Criminal Justice, developed the instructor resource material on Use of Force, Search and Seizure and other criminal law subjects taught in all police academies in the State. He has taught Use of Force, Search and Seizure and other subjects in courses conducted by the Division of Criminal Justice. He has lectured on search and seizure and other criminal law subjects at training programs for law enforcement officers throughout the State. He has developed special seminars on such topics as: Street Encounters of All Kinds; Legal Aspects of Interrogation 202; The Many Faces of Probable Cause’ Anatomy of a Search Warrant Affidavit; Investigating a Domestic Violence Case He is a graduate of Seton Hall Law School and is a member of the State bar. He served a clerkship with the N. J. Appellate Division. He attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Law Institute. He was an Assistant Prosecutor in Monmouth County. He is a practitioner of Aikido, a Japanese martial art.
John C. Saccenti
John C. Saccenti attended Fordham University where he received his Bachelors in Education, Masters in Education and Political Science, as well as his Educational Specialist Degree. After service as an Army officer and undercover work with the FBI, Mr. Saccenti served as a teacher and administrator before working with the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice. Before his retirement from that agency, his primary responsibility was the development of all Basic Law
Enforcement Training. His work included the design and writing of the Basic Course for Investigators,
the redesign and writing of the Basic Course for Police Officers and other major basic
and advanced law enforcement courses.
Michael S. Richmond, JD
Michael has been a New Jersey attorney for forty years and served as a Municipal Prosecutor for more than 25 years. His work included representing health officials in Municipal Court and advising on enforcement methods. He also served as an Assistant Township Attorney, attorney to the Fire Prevention Bureau, and Fire Districts. He developed the program Laws, Investigation and the Courtroom for Health Officer and Registered Environmental Health Specialists. He is the co-author of the book New Jersey Municipal Court Practice published by Gann Law Books. He is also the Director of Continuing Education for Career Development Institute, Kendall Park, NJ. He conducts numerous seminars and workshops on legal issues and courtroom procedures for several different code enforcement specialties. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association where he serves on the Municipal Court Section and the Animal Law Committee. He will be serving on the Compliance Subcommittee of the Committee of the Department of Health reviewing the Public Health Practice Standards of Performance for Local Boards of Health in New Jersey.
Greg O’Connor is the founder and chief instructor of Aikido Centers of New Jersey (ACNJ). He is a professional Aikido Instructor with 35 years experience in Aikido—a Japanese close-quarters throwing, pinning and come-along art. Greg’s background in martial arts also includes expertise in such disciplines as Japanese-Okinawan karate, Japanese sword (Iaido), Japanese bow (Kyudo) as well as traditional wrestling and grappling. As one of the top ranking Aikido professionals in the United States and abroad, Greg is widely respected for both his Aikido skills and teaching abilities. For over 35 years, Greg has trained and advised all levels of law enforcement including New Jersey Municipal and County Police, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Corrections Officers, Parole Officers, Undercover Officers, Diplomatic Security, U.S. Secret Service as well as U.S. Military, private security and first responders. Greg has authored two books: The Aikido Student Handbook (1993 - North Atlantic Books/Frog Ltd) and The Elements of Aikido (1997 - Element Books/Harper Collins/Create Surge).