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About Lee

Helping law enforcement change for the better, from the inside

Lee is a Marine Corps veteran, serving over eight years as a Military Policeman and a Military Working Dog Handler specializing in explosive detection and combat tracking. While a dog handler, Lee supported several CONUS missions for the Secret Service and deployed with Combat Tracking Dog Rocky in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  During his military service, Lee was the Company trainer for the Marine Corps’ suicide prevention training, “Never leave a Marine behind.”  After his military service, Lee joined the Hillsboro Police Department where he currently works as a patrol officer and is on the department’s peer support team. Lee also earned his Bachelor’s and Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees from Pacific University.  Through his service in the military and now as a police officer, Lee has developed a passion for serving the veteran and responder communities.

Lee Bartholomew

My Qualifications

August 2015 - Present

Hillsboro Police Department- Patrol Officer

In addition to regular patrol duties, Lee is also a member of Hillsboro Police Department Traumatic Response Support Team (TRUST),  the department's peer support team.  After eight years on patrol, Lee joined the Washington County Mental Health Response Team and now responds primarily to mental health related calls to provide resources with the goal "to divert people from the criminal justice system."

September 2022 - May 2023

Bridges to Change- Intern

Developed, implemented, and evaluated a five-week art therapy program that teaches communications skills, emotional intelligence (how to identify feelings), interpersonal skills, and personal budgeting tools for  justice involved people who also have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

May  2007 - October  2015

United States Marine Corps - Military Police and Military Working Dog (MWD) Handler

Conducted and supervised the training of several “Never Leave a Marine Behind” classes, the Marine Corps’ suicide prevention training. Responsible for the training and certification of nine MWD teams and acted as Kennel Master in his absence. Supported five Secret Service missions in support of the POTUS, VPOTUS, and various other world leaders and one deployment with a Combat  Tracking Dog in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

January 2019 - May 2023

Pacific University
Forest Grove, OR

Bachelor of Social Work, Minor in Psychology

Master of Social Work

Other Certifications

January  2023 
Vermont Center for Responder Wellness & The Institute for Trauma Recovery and Resilience, Sonny Provetto, LICSW - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for Paraprofessionals

December 2022 
ResponderStrong, All Clear Foundation - Mental Health Train the Trainer Course, Master Trainer

August 2022

International Critical Stress Foundation, Inc. - Advanced Group Crisis Intervention

March  2022

International Critical Stress Foundation, Inc. -Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention

February 2022 
Professional Education Systems Institute (PESI) - Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) Intensive Training Course

July 2021
National Anger Management Association - Certified Crisis Intervention Specialist II


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