Hi, I’m Dave Closson. I am the author of Motivational Interviewing for Campus Police. It is an Amazon Kindle Best seller. In the book, I teach officers how to apply motivational interviewing on patrol to increase students’ own internal motivation to change their high risk behaviors.

I am also a founding member of Prevention Leaders, Inc, which is focused on building a bridge between campus police and student affairs professional staff. Prevention Leaders, Inc provides in-persons and online training courses related to alcohol and other drug prevention.

My Content

For years, I have had people call, write, and refer to me as their mentor or coach. I finally decided to own that role and be intentional about it. My mission is to share my knowledge and expertise with campus professionals so they may win at work and succeed in life.

To that end, I write, speak, and train on law enforcement topics, alcohol and other drug prevention, and student veteran success.

I also publish content on PreventionLeaders.com which hosts the majority of my online training courses and prevention focused articles.

My goal is to create insightful, relevant, and practical content you can put to work in your personal and professional life. If you consider yourself a motivated and driven individual, then this website is for you!

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My Biography

I am an EIU Alumni (’08 & ’13) with a BS in Biology and a MS in Technology, Training and Development. My master’s degree work focused on motivational interviewing for campus police.

I served in the Illinois Army National Guard for 6 years and was deployed under Operation Iraqi Freedom. I was award two Army Commendation Medals, one for valor and one for meritorious service, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Air Assault Badge, National Defense Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

I previously worked as an EIU Police Officer and served as the department’s Crime Prevention Officer. While serving in this role, I gave presentations to over 7,500 students, faculty and professional staff on topics ranging from Motivational Interviewing, Bystander Intervention, Alcohol/Drug Safety, Sexual Assault Prevention and Conflict Resolution.

I am currently a CAPT Associate for SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies. I provide targeted training and technical assistance on alcohol and other drug prevention to campus and communities across the country. I was previously the assistant Director at the Illinois Higher Education Center (IHEC) where I provided professional development, assessment, program planning, evaluation, consultation visits and host training related to alcohol, drug and violence prevention.

I am the owner DJC Solutions LLC, a national training and consulting company and a founding member of Prevention Leaders, Ic.

Training, speaking and helping others is what I do!


How you can contact me

  • Email – It may be old news, but it is tried and true. Feel free to send me an email and we can have a discussion.
  • Twitter – How can you not like Twitter? It’s short, sweet, clear and concise. Follow me @dclosn then send me a @mention or reply.
  • Facebook – It's the standard for social media and all about engagement. Just click that lovely thumbs up and like my page. We can keep the conversation going with comments on there!
  • LinkedIn - 'The professional' social media. My profile is here.

Media Appearances

A collection of my media appearances and publications can be found by visiting my Media page. For media personnel, I have made a media kit available for your download. The media kit is accessible here.   


This is my personal website.  The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of any employer, company, or organization that I am affiliated with.  The information I provide is on an as-is basis.