Rick’s experience in Law Enforcement includes 20 years’ experience, starting with San Diego Police. He was a sergeant and lieutenant with several agencies, as well as an "Interim" Chief with a Community College Police Dept. He also served a Reserve Lieutenant, working in Backgrounds & Training for the San Diego County Sheriff's Dept. He is a published author, college professor, and has been the coordinator and academy director for a Criminal Justice Program at a Community College. His research has been focused on leadership development issues in public safety agencies. His article on Succession Planning was published by Police Chief Magazine in June of 2006. He has spoken to groups such as the Ohio Chief’s and Sheriff’s Training Conference, the International Congress on Assessment Methods and the International DACUM conference. He also taught Police Administration & Management courses as well as Emergency Planning at the Graduate level.
He developed a series of intensive, "hands-on" workshops designed to help police, corrections and firefighters experience those skills needed for that next rank. This helps in leadership development, since they are able to demonstrate their abilities in key scenarios related to the actual job they are aspiring to achieve. It also helps them prepare for performance based exercise. The program has been presented nationally, with students from throughout the U.S. Many of his former students have benefited from the training and have been promoted. Success stories include Sergeants, Lieutenants, Captain’s, up to Deputy Chief and Chief’s. Fire service promotions include Fire Captains, Battalion Chiefs and Division Chiefs. Federal agents have included GS-13-15 supervisory and management positions.
He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, has written a variety of articles, study guides, and books. He has post-graduate work with the Union Institute and University researching succession planning in public safety. Rick is a certified DACUM (Designing a Curriculum) facilitator as well as a trainer for the Public Safety Leadership & Ethics course in conjunction with the California State Chancellors' office for Community Colleges, and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). His publications also include articles and several texts; including Assessment Centers for Public Safety, Criminal Law, Criminal Investigations, and Crime Scene Investigations.
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