Paul D. Vanderplow
Committee Chair, National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee


Chief Vanderplow, Special Operations Division-Senior Executive Service, is a Supervisory Special Agent with the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

In 1995, Chief Vanderplow began his career with the Detroit District of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CID) and in 2001 he transferred to the ATF San Francisco Field Division, San Jose Field Office.  In 2007, he was promoted to Group Supervisor, Chicago Field Division where he supervised a gang enforcement group as well Division Operations.  In 2010, Chief Vanderplow transferred to ATF headquarters in Washington, D.C. where he served as a Branch Chief of the Financial Management Division, Resource Management Branch.  From 2013 to 2015, he was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Dallas, TX Field Division; from 2015 until 2017, he was Chief of the International Affairs Division. In 2017 until May 2018, he served as Division Chief of the Field Management Staff overseeing administrative and policy sections of Field Operations.  Currently, Chief Vanderplow is responsible for the Special Operations Division which houses several specialized enforcement programs in support of the overall ATF mission.

Paul attended Arizona State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance/Accounting.  He also attended the Executive Management Program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  SA Vanderplow currently serves as Chairman of the National Law Enforcement Exploring in Learning for Life, as well as Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 43 in Woodbridge, VA. He is an Eagle Scout, class of 1985, and a recipient of the National Distinguished Service Award from Learning for Life & Exploring.

Dan Lane Jr.
National Law Enforcement Exploring Association Representative, National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee


Officer Dan Lane Jr. began his career in Law Enforcement in 2004.  During his career, he has worked as a Patrol Officer to his current assignment as the Department’s Community Services/Public Information Officer.  During his time in Community Services, he received awards for Department’s 2014 and 2019 Officer of the Year and NAMI Montgomery County’s 2015 CIT Officer of the Year. Officer Lane is currently the Treasurer of the Potomac Boundary Advisors Association representing Exploring posts in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, DC.

Pete Grutzuis
Proficiency Awards, Recognitions & Scholarships, National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee


Pete is recently retired Deputy Chief with the Lansing Police Department in Lansing, Illinois. Pete is skilled in Law Enforcement Exploring, Critical Incident Response, Homicide Investigations, Law Enforcement, Field Training, and Community Policing. Pete graduated from Governors State University with a Masters of Public Administration. Completed F.B.I. National Academy, 215th Session, and Northwestern Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff & Command.