Michael Finley is Curriculum Manager for the National Center for Spectator Sports, Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi. He is responsible for the development of curriculum in domestic training and oversees international training efforts with INTERPOL working with Project Stadia to prepare Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. 


Prior to joining NCS⁴, Finley was a member of the Dallas Police Department where, for the majority of his career, he served in the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit. During his time there, he developed various specializations becoming a certified instructor in disciplines including less lethal munitions, sub-machine gun, hostage rescue, high-risk warrants and barricaded persons. He also served as a SWAT Team Leader and received numerous commendations and awards. He also served as President of the Texas Tactical Police Officers Association (TTPOA), one of the largest SWAT associations in the United States, which is committed to the training and safety of SWAT officers. While there, he helped author the State of Texas certification standards for SWAT.

After leaving Dallas, Michael put his training experience to work serving as Director of Training for a major manufacturer of police/military goods, as a Program Director for a preparedness exercise known as "Urban Shield," and as a Director of Corporate Training for a large provider of online services for businesses. He is recognized as a top instructor and has conducted training events and exercises at a local, state, national and international level.

Finley received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and is currently completing his graduate degree in Human Capital Development from The University of Southern Mississippi.