Instructor

Monica Evans retired as a Police Officer with the Detroit Police Department in 2014. Her assignments included seven years as a task force officer with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms Explosives (ATF), Vice, Narcotics, Office of the Chief, Tactical Mobile and Gang Suppression. Monica was a teacher for 12 years prior to policing. 

Monica's personal adverse childhood experiences have given her a passion for troubled youth and those who have experienced trauma. This passion led her to the work of restorative practices. Restorative practices creates an effective framework for accountability and support, equally, to help change negative behaviors. This approach allows people to take responsibility for their behaviors without stigmatizing shame.

Monica has received many awards, including an award from the Department of Justice for creating a grassroots approach to youth violence prevention and intervention.

Monica is a wife and mother to four adult children. She and her husband obtained guardianship of an additional six children raising them over 30 years.