Meet Our Team


D.J. Van Meter Ph.D.  is the principle of Van Meter & Associates, Inc. (VMA) and has spent the last 44 years in law enforcement, 15 years as a sworn officer. He has a Ph.D. in Training and Organizational Development from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio and also hold’s a Master’s Degree in Labor and Human Resource Management.

He works with counsel as an expert witness, reviews discipline and termination cases and develops customized policy and procedures manuals for all public safety organizations nationwide. He is the author of the book, Evaluating Dysfunctional Police Performance: A Z-based Approach published by Charles Thomas Publishing. Dr. Van Meter is qualified in state/federal courts as an expert in law enforcement training, use-of-force, and management and operational policies.

John Hall

Associate/John Hall’s  experience in law enforcement has been filled with professionalism and strong leadership skills. He has managed Patrol Operations and was adept at bringing critical incidents to a successful resolution. John has served as a Certified Police Instructor assigned to a police academy for recruitment training in Arrest, Search and Seizure. John has been recognized throughout his career for initiating, building, and supporting departmental initiatives including the creation of a Special Operations Unit & Physical Fitness Evaluations. He received the honor of being “Officer of the Year in 2007.” John was part of the US Customs task force responsible for the investigation of importation of narcotics in the US. He also investigated the influence of organized crime in NY and NJ as it relates to criminal offenses, corruption, and unfair labor practices. John also has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Kean College, New Jersey.

Brian LaBarre

Associate/Brian LaBarre  is a NJ Police Training Commission Certified Instructor, active in instructing a wide range of police training topics.  He is currently a Sergeant with a major New Jersey Police Department and instructs the Basic Recruit Class at a major New Jersey Training Academy on Report Writing. He has also assisted in teaching the Methods of Instruction course required to be taken by officers seeking to become certified instructors. Brian has developed several blocks of instruction for use in his own department’s training program. Prior to being promoted into his current role, Brian was assigned as a Detective, specializing in fraud and financial crimes investigations. Brian attend the University of Maryland and attained his Bachelor of Arts from the College of St. Elizabeth, where he now serves as a voluntary mentor to students majoring in the Justice Studies track.

Lou K

Loui K. Andrinopoulos /Associate is a 30-year dedicated Law Enforcement Executive with diverse skill set in handling complex issues, criminal and confidential internal investigations, along with various human resources related matters. Experience in all facets of major case management, strategic planning and execution, organizational leadership, operations management, problem solving and staff development strong law enforcement and private sector relationships.

Lou retired as a Captain, Bureau Chief, Personnel Bureau, with at NJ state organization responsible for civilian and enlisted personnel assigned to promotional systems, professional development, and compliance. He has a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.


John Popielarczyk Ret. Chief /Associate has spent twenty-six years working in law enforcement. He has served in numerous capacities ranging from Field Training Officer to the Administrative Captain and retired as Chief of the department. While serving as the Administrative Captain, he developed, implemented, and evaluated policies and procedures relating to employee performance and discipline, and has worked extensively with Van Meter & Associates during that process. He has handled numerous internal investigations involving cases of employee discipline and termination, use of Last Chance Agreements, Performance Improvement Plans and in preparing cases for the discipline process, including arbitration.