About the Law Enforcement Instructors
Dennis Bingheim is the Coordinator of the law enforcement program at JWCC. He has been at JWCC as a part time instructor since 1988.
Dennis is a Lieutenant and the day shift commander of the Quincy Police Department. He began his career in 1980 and has worked various assignments during his career, including: planning and research, investigations, school resource officer, patrol sergeant, and field training coordinator. Lt. Bingheim serves on the Illinois Incident Management team as a Planning Section Chief. He is the NIMS coordinator for the City and serves on various committees around the community.
Lt. Bingheim is a member of the Illinois Chiefs of Police; Central Illinois Law Enforcement Executives, where he serves as secretary–treasurer; International Association of Chiefs of Police; International Association of Law Enforcement Planners, Illinois Police Association; and the Illinois Policemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.
Dennis holds a BS in Music Education from Quincy (College) University and an MA in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Center For Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command. Dennis teaches LEN 101, 122, 150, 260, 261. He teaches both structured and online classes.
Rollie Thomas has taught at JWCC for several years. Rollie is a Probation Officer at the Adams County Probation Department. He teaches LEN 101, 103, 111, 130. He teaches structured classes and classes in the Open Learning Center.
Josh Jones is the newest member of the JWCC Law Enforcement Staff. Mr. Jones graduated summa cum laude from Quincy University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Mr. Jones received an academic scholarship to attend law school at St. Louis University. While attending law school, Mr. Jones completed an internship with the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office. Mr. Jones graduated cum laude in 2002 and received the David Grant Clinic Student Award and the American Jurisprudence Award in First Amendment.
After graduating, Mr. Jones joined the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office as an Assistant State’s Attorney prosecuting Traffic, Driving Under the Influence, Domestic Battery and Misdemeanor Charges. Mr. Jones was also responsible for the Madison County Bad Check Diversion Program. In December 2003, Mr. Jones joined the Adams County State’s Attorney’s Office. He is currently responsible for Misdemeanor and Felony Prosecution ranging from Domestic Battery to First Degree Murder.
Mr. Jones served as Chairperson of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee for Corrections and Sentencing. As a member of the committee he was instrumental in revising the 2005 Illinois Sentencing Manual and the 2007 Illinois Prisoner’s Handbook. In 2010, Mr. Jones co-authored the 9th Edition of the Criminal Sentence Trial Handbook for Illinois Lawyers.
Mr. Jones volunteers at Quincy University’s Riverside Mock Trial Tournament each fall and has presented at panel discussions involving legal matters related to Quincy University Students.
Mr. Jones teaches LEN 212 in both structured and online formats.