Rick’s experience in law enforcement started with the San Diego Police Department. He was a SWAT sergeant, FTO Supervisor, a community relations officer, and head of the Crime Prevention Unit. He then served as a Sgt. and Lt. with two university police departments. Rick accepted a position as a criminal justice professor and coordinator of a community college POST police academy. While also serving as an interim Chief of Police, he was successful in initiating the transformation of a college security force to eventually an armed, POST police force. He also served a Reserve Lieutenant for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, working in Backgrounds & Training. As a professor, he has taught criminal justice courses at the community college level, and police administration, management, and emergency planning at the graduate level.
As a published author, his research has been focused on leadership development issues in public safety. His article on “Succession Planning” was published by Police Chief Magazine in June of 2006. As a lecturer, he has spoken to the Ohio Chiefs of Police Training Conference, the International Congress on Assessment Methods conference, and (as a Certified DACUM Instructor) for the International DACUM (Designing a Curriculum) conference. As a grant writer, he initiated, directed and implemented a web-site for the California State Community College Chancellor’s Office to attract potential candidates including underrepresented populations into police, fire, corrections and supporting roles. That website is www.publicsafetyinfo.org. Rick is also certified as a trainer for the Public Safety Leadership & Ethics course under a similar California State Chancellor’s grant.
He is the Director of KSA, Ltd. and hosts workshops to teach supervision and management skill-building to police, fire and correctional personnel to get them ready for promotion. As a former rater for promotional assessment centers and the author of “Preparing for Assessment Centers in Public Safety,” he has developed relevant hands-on curriculum that include a series of behavior-based exercises designed to simulate real-world scenarios and expectations of a supervisor, using the assessment center methods. His web-site: www.assessmentcenter.org contains numerous testimonies of those who have completed his course and gone onto achieve top scores/rankings for promotion: for law enforcement: to Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief and Chief; for fire: to Captain, Battalion Chief and Division Chief; and for federal agents: to GS-13-15 supervisory and management positions.
He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and he has done post-graduate work with the Union Institute and University researching succession planning in public safety. As a writer, he has published several articles and textbooks including: Preparing for Assessment Centers in Public Safety, Criminal Law, Criminal Investigations, and Crime Scene Investigations. He is generous in sharing his knowledge and experience and enjoys helping others learn supervisory and leadership skills to effect change and build a coalition as the next generation of ethical decision-makers.
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