Prior to entering the public sector, Lt. Col. Sands (Ret.) served as a Deputy Director of the Michigan State Police and commanded the Field Support Bureau. He was responsible for the effective management of major portions of the department and assisted the Director with policy formulation, strategic planning, and determining the course of direction for the agency. He provided executive direction and leadership in the areas of emergency management, homeland security, forensic science, traffic safety, and state 911 administration, regulation, and public safety communication interoperability. Prior to this position he commanded the Field Services Bureau providing executive direction and leadership to over 1,800 enlisted and civilian employees assigned to the department’s seven districts, 30 posts, 22 multi-jurisdictional task forces and numerous special investigative teams.