Mr. Aveni achieved his undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice while minoring in psychology. At the graduate level Tom migrated toward Clinical Psychology when he began looking more closely at the perceptual and cognitive issues salient to police applications of deadly force. He received his Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from American International College, Springfield, MA.
Since 1995, Mr. Aveni’s police training focus became oriented toward researching so-called “questionable” police shootings. These shootings routinely involve suspects who were unarmed and non-assaultive when shot by police. Previous studies had suggested that 25-43% of police shootings are of unarmed suspects. In this pursuit, Tom also examined the influence of police cognitive bias and contextual expectations on the inclination to use deadly force.
Tom’s research into "questionable" police shootings contributed to the creation and advancement of the first (1995) and most comprehensive low light instructor training program ever offered. By 1998, Tom’s low light instructor training was being taught internationally.
Mr. Aveni lectures nationally, presenting “Deadly Misconceptions™” a seminar focused specifically upon contemporary police deadly force issues, and "Surviving the Nightshift™" a seminar focusing directly upon a diverse range of occupational safety issues pertinent to working at night. Tom has also been a frequent contributor to several law enforcement publications, such as Law & Order Magazine, Police & Security News, The Trainer, and others. He is co-author of a soon-to-be published text, “Surviving the Nightshift™”
In 2001, Mr. Aveni co-founded the Police Policy Studies Council, a multi-disciplinary organization that brings together the diverse talents of clinicians, physicians and police practitioners in an ongoing effort to elucidate complex criminal justice issues.
Tom still serves as a sworn police officer on the municipal level in New Hampshire. He can be reached at:
(413) 575-8026 Mobile
(603) 386-6007 Voicemail/Facsimile