David A. Pearson graduated from Wright State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. He completed an internship at the Dayton Police Department in the SWAT and Detective Sections his junior and senior years. David attended Wright State full-time while holding down full-time employment at the Mall at Fairfield Commons Security division and playing semi-professional baseball.
After graduating, David continued working security and, also, gained employment at Community Blood Center as a Central Supply Technician. In May 2005 he was hired by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections as a Corrections Officer at Warren Correctional Institution in Lebanon, Ohio. In 2006, Officer Pearson was invited to join the institution's local Special Response Team (S.R.T.) and in 2009 was named a squad leader. His achievements include Officer of the Month, April 2009 and 2011 Warren Correctional Institution's 2011 Officer of the Year. In 2011, he was invited to join the S.T.A.R. Team (Special Tactics & Response), which is a nationally-known tactical squad.
Officer Pearson is a current instructor for the Ohio DR&C in S.R.T., Chemical Munitions, Monadnock PR-24/Expandable Baton, Unarmed Self-Defense, Cell Extraction, Use of Force, Firearms, ASHI First Aid/CPR. Officer Pearson created an 800 page program on Security Threat Groups (Gangs), which he has taught for the Ohio DR&C, at Wright State and Xavier University. He is a certified Gang Expert through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission.
David has been married to his wife, Sara, since 2005, and they have a son, Reed (age 2). They currently reside in Hamilton, Ohio. They enjoy making yearly trips to Tennessee and taking Reed to the zoo among other places.
David has not forgotten Wright State University and what it has done for him. He credits WSU for allowing him to expand his way of thinking "outside the box". Example of this include his creation of a simple Excel program that tracks gang-affiliated inmates who come into the institution on a monthly basis. To show his appreciation to the university, David has brought his expertise on gangs to WSU as a guest lecturer.