James H. Lilley, retired from the Howard County, Maryland Police Department, following a distinguished 25 year career. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the Police Department's Medal of Valor, four Bronze Stars and four Unit Citations. in 2008, he was named the National Author of the Year by Police-Writers.com. His work "Fatal Destiny, The Carjacking Murder of Dr. Pam Basu" was chosen as the 2013 Police-Writer's.Com Book of the Year. A former member of the United States Marine Corps, he received national and international recognition in August 2011 when Sensei Takeshi Miyagi promoted him to the rank of 9th Degree Black Belt. Mr. Lilley taught defensive tactics in the police academy for newly hired recruits and in-service training sessions for experienced officers. He wrote and implemented a Handgun Retention training program for law enforcement officers, which was published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in their Training Key Series. The program was later produced in a video and dvd format in English and Spanish. He has taught karate and self-defense classes for over 50 years, and presented Personal Safety seminars for business organizations, schools, churches and community groups. In addition, Mr. Lilley is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, in the Police Executive Leadership and Intelligence Analysis Programs.