Our Story

Winning Decisively, We Think Differently

“To whom much is given, much will be required.” Luke 12:14

Trinity Project was developed by Michael Cutone, a US Army Green Beret and State Trooper, who was motivated by the desire to make a difference in communities engulfed in senseless violence, crime and an out-of-control opioid epidemic.

He saw that the traditional law enforcement approach of reactionary arrest and prosecution was ineffective. Mike combined his decades of Special Forces experience teaching foreign partners self-reliance with the lessons he learned on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan and merged them into his law enforcement career, developing the dynamic and internationally recognized C3 Policing program..

C3 Policing began as one Trooper with a passion and a plan: face-to-face and door-to-door, persistently engaging the community, listening to their issues and delivering on his promise to help with any problem, large or small. An outsider in the community of Springfield, Massachusetts, he won trust through developing a grassroots program that moved an entire community to empowerment and restored hope. The 10-year program has been credited with a 45% decrease in reported criminal activity over five years and developed trust between residents and law enforcement.

Trinity Project is dedicated to delivering training and advice in the areas of C3 Policing, leadership, planning, decision making and design methodology to help transform law enforcement and community organizations alike.

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We excel at the human domain.

Our Mission

Trinity Project is a consulting and training organization that aims to revolutionize policing at the patrol, supervisor and executive level. We view space and the operational environment in a new way through C3 Policing. Our focus is on human development as the primary component of our solutions, which will continue to succeed after technological solutions become outdated.

Trinity Project’s proprietary methods are based on Special Forces methodology, leadership, design thinking, analysis and decision making. We produce results based on proven leadership, knowledge and experience that has been tested in adversity.

Our training and experience in unconventional thought and applied practice in problem solving brings a distinct perspective to any situation, especially where conventional thinking and solutions have failed. Spearheading efforts to address the complex problems law enforcement and communities are facing in the 21st century, we meet these challenges head on and win decisively. 

C3 Policing combines unconventional approaches and proven leadership in its proprietary and comprehensive program. The results-oriented approach helps shape the environment to permanently reduce criminality and also build legitimacy between law enforcement and the community it serves.

Leadership Team

Michael Cutone - Co-founder

Michael is a 20-year veteran in law enforcement. He created, implemented and led a successful anti-gang model called Counter Criminal Continuum Policing featured in 60 Minutes, New York Times, and Police Chief Magazine. Deployed to Afghanistan between 2013-14, he served as First Sergeant with Commando Special Operations Advisor Group (SOAG) at Camp Morehead.

Thomas Sarrouf - Co-founder

Thomas K. Sarrouf recently retired after 25 years with the Massachusetts State Police, where he spent the majority of his career assigned to the FBI Boston Division, Joint Terrorism Task Force; conducting terrorism investigations and working national intelligence requirements. During his career, Mr. Sarrouf also served as the lead advisor to Mr. Cutone in the development of the C3 policing program and worked with Mr. Cutone in the implementation of the program.

Karen Pohlman - Director of Business Operations and Development

As Director of Business Operations and Development for Trinity Project, Karen Pohlman handles overseeing the day-to-day activities of the firm and the alignment of its resources, expertise and capabilities with the evolving needs of clients.

Advisory Board

Strategic & Foreign Affairs

BG Joseph S. Stringham, USA, (Ret)

Joseph S. Stringham is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1961. Upon graduation he received a BS degree in Engineering and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

In his more than 32 years of military service, Stringham commanded at every echelon from rifle platoon through brigade. This included command of the 75th Ranger Regiment; three US Army Infantry Battalions, including the 1st Ranger Battalion; and the US Military Group in El Salvador at a pivotal point in the war in that country.

Scientific

Kevin ‘Kit’ Parker, Ph.D. Applied Physics

Kevin ‘Kit’ Parker is the Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He received his B.S. from Boston University in Biomedical Engineering and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Vanderbilt University.

Executive Law Enforcement

John R. Barbieri, Police Chief SPD, (Ret)

John Barbieri is a retired Police Commissioner with Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts. He had 31 years of distinguished service in law enforcement. John graduated from Western New England University in 2006 with a MS and holds a BS from Anna Maria College and an Associates degree from Springfield Technical Community College.

Federal Law Enforcement & Legislative Affairs

Donald J. Mihalek, Executive Vice President, FLEOA Foundation

Donald J. Mihalek is currently a Senior Advisor for Law Enforcement Engagement with Teneo Consulting in New York, a CEO management consulting firm, and an ABC News contributor.  Don retired from federal law enforcement after 26.5 years of service as a Senior Special Agent with the US Secret Service.  Don served in a variety of investigative and protective assignments including in the New York Field Office during the 9/11/2001 attacks and on the Presidential Protective Detail from 2007-2011.

Analytics & Design Thinking

David C. Ellis, Ph.D. International Relations and Comparative Politics

David C. Ellis is President of Ellis Analytics, Inc., a firm specializing in integrated socio-cultural and geospatial analysis. He holds a doctorate in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the University of Florida, a Master’s degree in International Development with a specialization in International Marketing from The George Washington University, and Bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Spanish from Jacksonville University.

Organizational Change & Leadership

Charles N. Black

Charlie Black is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Xundis Global, LLC a niche trans-disciplinary consultancy that helps clients navigate complexity and change. 

Intelligence

COL Christopher P. Costa, USA, (Ret)

Christopher P. Costa served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council (NSC).  At the NSC, he was responsible for coordinating counterterrorism policy and strategy as well as U.S. hostage recovery activities. Mr. Costa had 34 years of progressive national security experience and well-documented success in strategy, policy, special operations, counterintelligence, and human intelligence, deploying on multiple contingencies and to combat operations in the Republic of Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

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