Detective Shane Bancroft was born and raised in Northern New Jersey but has lived in the Billings, Montana area since 1998. He served with the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office from 1998 to 2021. Over the course of his career he served as a Patrol Deputy, a Field Training Officer, a Coroner, a Detective and a Crisis Negotiator. He has instructed at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. Shane was assigned to the HIDTA/CCSIU Drug Task Force from 2005 to 2009 and again from 2019 to 2021, serving in an undercover capacity and as case agent. He was assigned to the YCSO- Detective Division from 2010 to 2019. In 2012, Shane attended the 31st Session of The National Forensic Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee. The course of study included training at “The Body Farm” at The Anthropological Research Center at the University of Tennessee. He is an IAI Certified Crime Scene Investigator. Shane is certified in shooting reconstruction, blood stain pattern analysis and handwriting and document analysis. His Investigations focused felony cases, with interest in Homicide, Violent Crime and Suspicious Death Investigations. Detective Bancroft was on the lead investigative team for major crimes for the majority of his Detective career. Detective Bancroft is now employed by the State of Montana, conducting Investigations for the Department of Labor and Industry. He continues to teach and consult in Death and Criminal Investigations.
1st Vice President
Justin Bradley is a sixth generation Montanan and was raised in the Bitterroot valley. After graduating from Stevensville High School in 2001, he joined the United States Marine Corps, where he was assigned to Second Battalion Third Marines in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Shortly after graduating from the School of Infantry he participated in Operation Enduring Freedom in the Philippines. He served on three more deployments the last being in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Justin received the rank of Sergeant and was honorably discharged in April 2006. He then enrolled in Flathead Valley Community College and later transferred to the University of Montana where he graduated with a degree in Sociology/Criminology in 2010.
Shortly after graduating Justin was hired as a misdemeanor probation officer and helped design and implement a new misdemeanor probation program for the city of Missoula. In 2012, he was hired as a Probation and Parole Officer for the Montana Department of Corrections in Bozeman. He began working as a traditional officer but later became an Intensive Supervision Officer (ISP). In 2014 Justin transferred to Missoula where he continued to work as an ISP Officer before transitioning back to a standard Probation/Probation Parole Officer in 2018. He is currently a liaison for the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department, the Missoula High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program and a DSO for the US Marshal Service. Justin has had the opportunity to work closely with numerous drug investigations, violent crimes and fugitive apprehensions.
2nd Vice President
Sergeant Frank Fritz is originally from San Diego, California and grew up on the East Coast. Detective Fritz moved to Montana in 1983 and attended Billings Senior High School, where he graduated in 1984. After graduation Detective Fritz enlisted in the US Marine Corps. Sergeant Fritz spent approximately 7 1/2 years in the Marines moving back to Montana in 1990. In 1994 Sergeant Fritz was hired at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility where he spent the next 4 years. In 1998 Sergeant Fritz became a sworn Yellowstone County Deputy Sheriff and attended the 104th Session of the Montana State Law Enforcement Academy. From 1998 to 2007 Detective Fritz was assigned to the patrol division. While assigned to the patrol division Detective Fritz was assigned as a DARE Office/SRO and an FTO. In 2007 he was assigned as a Detective in the City County Special Investigations Unit. Sergeant Fritz was also assigned as a Task Force Officer (TFO) with the FBI’s Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force. While assigned to the Safe Streets Task Force, Sergeant Fritz investigated various drug trafficking cases and drug related conspiracies.
In September 2009 Sergeant Fritz returned to his parent agency, YCSO, and was assigned to the Detective Division. Sergeant Fritz is currently assigned as a general Detective. His duties include but are limited to, investigating violent crimes, such as, arsons, robberies, burglaries, shooting type cases, homicides, as well as financial crimes. Sergeant Fritz is also assigned as one of four fire/arson investigators for the YCSO. Sergeant Fritz graduated from the National Fire Academy in May 2011. In October 2021 Sergeant Fritz received his Fire Investigation Technician (FIT) certification through the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI). In October 2021 Sergeant Fritz received his Fire Investigation Technician (FIT) Certification. Sergeant Fritz is a current member of the IAAI as well as a current member of the International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA). Sergeant Fritz was promoted to his current rank in October 2019. Sergeant Fritz’s main interest is investigating violent crimes.
Detective Fritz has been married for 37 years to his wife Sheri and has 3 children, Heather, Brittany, and Tyler as well as 3 Grand Daughters, Maddie, Ella and, Melody and two Grand Sons, Rylan and Walker.
3rd Vice President
Bill Pandis was born in Choteau, and raised in Great Falls, MT. He is currently the Sergeant of the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigation Division. Bill started his law enforcement career in Missoula County as a Detention Officer in January of 2000. He worked for the Missoula County Detention Center until about September of 2004. At that point he was hired as a Deputy Sheriff for the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office and served as a Deputy Coroner. In November of 2011, Bill left the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office as the Patrol Sergeant and was hired with the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office. In November of 2015 Bill was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau where he primarily investigated major crimes and crimes against children. In the early fall of 2022 Bill was promoted to Sergeant, and shortly afterwards he was assigned as the supervisor for their investigations division. Up until recently Bill was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children position for the LCSO, and still serves as a Federal Task Force Officer for Helena’s FBI VCAC Task Force and is a sworn United States Special Deputy Marshall.
In addition, Bill has held and currently holds numerous extra duty positions with the LCSO, including Field Training Officer, Hostage Negotiator, a Team Leader of the LCSO and Helena Police Department Joint Civil Disobedience Team, Background Investigator, a former board member of the Lewis and Clark County DUI Task Force, and a member of the Helena area Child Protection and Multi-Disciplinary Teams. Also, Bill was recognized as the LCSO Deputy of the Year for 2017, and Bill has served on the MVCIA Board since 2018.
Sergeant Kodi Kaiser is a lifelong Billings resident. Kaiser graduated from Billings Senior High School and then Rocky Mountain College with a Bachelor of Science degree in History/Political Science and Philosophy and Religious Thought. He also has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Construction Supervision from Washtenaw Community College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Mary.
Kaiser began his career in law enforcement working for the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office. Kaiser obtained the rank of Detective Sergeant before transferring to the Billings Police Department where he is currently assigned to the Patrol Division. Kaiser has investigated a wide variety of felony cases from property crimes to violent crimes. Kaiser has hundreds of POST certified training hours with an emphasis on Child Abuse and Homicide investigation. Kaiser is a Child Forensic Interviewer, Drug Recognition Expert, and member of the Billings PD Bomb Squad. Kaiser has been a MVCIA board member since October 2012.
Detective Chris Snyder was born and raised in Butte, Montana. He graduated from Butte High School in 2003. He started his Law Enforcement career in 2005, where he started as a Detention Officer with Butte-Silver Bow. In 2009 he was promoted to Detention Sergeant. In 2013 he was hired as a Police Officer with Butte-Silver Bow. He graduated from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in December of 2013. He received the Joe May Leadership Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership while at the MLEA. In August of 2019 he was promoted to the Detective Division with a focus on general investigations. During his Law Enforcement career Chris has been a part of the Montana Jail Peer Review Board and a Field Training Officer.
Mike Sunderland Jr. is a second-generation Law Enforcement officer. His father, retired as a Patrol Lieutenant after serving a 30-year career with the Missoula Police Department.
In 1996, Mike started his career as a Reserve Deputy with the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office working through 2001. In 2001 Mike transferred to the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office and continued his employment as a Reserve Deputy for many years.
In 2015 Mike applied for a full-time position with the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office and was hired as a Resident Deputy in Seeley Lake, Montana. As a Resident Deputy, and in addition to basic patrol duties, Mike was a Deputy Coroner and SAR coordinator.
In late 2017, Mike was promoted to a Detective where he still works today. Since being promoted, Detective Sunderland has worked general cases, assigned to HIDTA as a drug investigator and has led several homicide and violent crime investigations.
In 2018, Mike also became a board member of the Missoula County Deputy Sheriff’s Association. Mike has held the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and was elected President in 2021 where he still holds that position today. The primary function of the MCDSA board is the negotiation/monitoring of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Deputies and Missoula County.
Derek Mahlum was born and raised in Wolf Point, Montana. He started his career with the Wolf Point Police Department in 2004. During the time he worked with various state, local, tribal and federal agencies policing Indian Country.
In 2005, he took a position with the Havre Police Department where he worked until 2011. During this time, he served as a firearms instructor, field training officer and eventually promoted to the position of patrol sergeant. While working for the Havre Police Department, he enjoyed seeking out the most difficult of cases in order to develop them to be presented to the appropriate state or federal attorney for prosecution.
In 2011, he took a position with the Great Falls Police Department. He was later assigned as a general case detective in 2015 where he remained until 2020. During this time he led and assisted with numerous homicide/death investigations as well as various property crimes. In 2020, he was assigned to the newly created Cascade County Violent Crime Task Force. While in this position he was tasked with investigating violent felonies to include robberies, shooting, drug and gun trafficking crimes. In 2021, he was promoted to the position of sergeant and returned to patrol before being reassigned as the General Case Detective Sergeant.
Sgt. Mahlum is a member of the International Association of Identification and is also certified by the IAI as a Crime Scene Analyst. Sgt. Mahlum is the Montana Regional President for the Pacific Northwest IAI. Sgt. Mahlum is currently pursuing certification as a subject matter expert of cellular analysis.