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PMW Instructors

Our organization values growth and perpetual learning, values which are reflected in our team of instructors who are focused on remaining current in their professional knowledge. You will also find them to be extraordinarily enthusiastic about their chosen profession, an attitude that we find highly contagious!


Following (in alphabetical order) are brief biographical sketches of PMW instructors. Our course descriptions include the names of the instructors assigned to each class. From time to time, it is necessary to make changes in specific course assignments due to scheduling conflicts.




Bio: Kenneth Bell is a 36-year veteran of law enforcement experience. He worked 21 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department before transferring to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Bureau of Investigation. He has 22 years of experience working in all aspects of juvenile street gangs. He is one of the original detectives assigned to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department street gang unit. After a long and distinguished career, Ken has recently retired from the District Attorney's Office where he was assigned to the "Hard Core Gang Unit."

Ken Bell is a nationally recognized street gang expert who continues to train and consult for law enforcement agencies, school personnel, community, and parent groups. He also lectures to many school and church youth groups regarding recognizing street gang mannerisms, antisocial behavioral patterns and he does motivational talks as well. Ken was a teacher for the LA Unified and Centinella Valley school districts for 13 years teaching a class called "student and the law." Ken is presently a faculty member of UC Davis, Golden West College,and St. Petersburg College and is also an 18-year member of the Board of Education in Duarte.

Mr. Bell has been the subject of award winning media documentaries and was twice selected as the outstanding instructor by the California District Attorney Association. In 1993, he received the "Jamison Award," which is an annual award for the outstanding LA County District Attorney Investigator. He was also awarded the "Career Achievement Award," by the Black Peace Officers association in 1994. In 1999, The California District Attorney's Association selected him as the top investigator of the year. Ken Bell has been happily married for the past 38 years and the proud father of 5 children and 5 fantastic grandchildren.









Bio: Nancy K. Bohl-Penrod, Ph.D Dr. Bohl-Penrod is a Mental Health Professional who specializes in the field of trauma. She is the Director of The Counseling Team International (TCTI), a highly successful and respected employee support service devoted to providing trauma support services throughout the nation. She is also the Director of “The Southern California Critical Incident Stress Management Team”. She has been involved in the treatment of traumatic events since 1985. She has provided her services to thousands of people involved in critical incidents and focuses on suicide, grief and trauma. Dr. Bohl-Penrod is a certified trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), Standards and Training for Corrections (STC). She is also a certified Master Trainer for the QPR Institute focusing on Suicide Prevention and Intervention as well as a member of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). She is one of the past Presidents of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Psychological Services Section as well as a past President of the California Peer Support Association (CPSA). She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Dr. Bohl-Penrod has served as guest speaker for major law enforcement organizations such as: California Peace Officers Association (CPOA), Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), Indian Police Academy (IPA), California Highway Patrol (CHP), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS).




Bio: Ms. Castorena is a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County currently assigned to the Hardcore Gang Division Injunction Unit. Prior to that she was the Assistant Deputy in Charge for the West Covina Office, Filing Deputy for the Pomona Office, a member of the GRASP Unit and assigned to the Criminal Courts Building for the Hardcore Gang Division. Deputy DA Castorena also has worked in the Hardcore Gang Division in Pomona, Bellflower, Pasadena and Norwalk as well as Eastlake Juvenile. During her almost 10 years in the Hardcore Gang Division, she tried approximately 30 cases, which were primarily murders. She also secured three civil gang injunctions and assisted with several others. Ms. Castorena is considered the DA's office civil gang injunction expert and secured the first civil gang injunction for the District Attorney's Office in 1994. She authored the California District Attorney's Association "Civil Gang Injunction Pleadings Manual" published in 2000.

Ms. Castorena is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (June 1990) and graduated from the University of Virginia in June 1986. She has lectured on gang prosecution, civil gang injunctions, Proposition 21, and community prosecution programs to a variety of audiences including at a minimum the National Institute of Justice, Community Prosecution Workshop (1995 - Washington DC), California Governor's Committee (1995 - Sacramento), The California District Attorney's Association (multiple presentations for gang prosecution training and the summer conference in 1997), California Gang Investigator's Association (1998, 2000), Regional Community Policing Institute sponsored by LASD (4 sessions in 1998),Salt Lake County (Utah) Sheriff's Office Seminar (1997), League of California Cities Spring Conference (1996), California Contract Cities Association (1998), Los Angeles Department of Housing and Urban Development (1997), The LA County Sheriff's Department (LASD) Interagency Gang Task Force (1995), LASD Gang Summit (1997), LASD Crime Prevention/Community Relations Division (1996), LASD High Impact Community Oriented Policing Project (1997), California Department of Justice, Bureau of Investigation (2000), Cal State Fullerton, Department of Criminal Justice (1996 and 1997), Loyola Law School (1997), The Multi Agency Graffiti Intervention Committee (MAGIC) (1997), and many LA county cities, commissions and clubs.


Assistant Sheriff, San Bernardino County

Bio: Ron Cochran Assistant Sheriff Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Assistant Sheriff Cochran came to California in 1964. He attended Pomona High School and, later, Azusa Pacific University where he earned a B.A. in Sociology. Cochran was a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Azusa Pacific Cougars and holds the record for number of interceptions. He was also inducted into the Azusa-Pacific Academic Hall of Fame. This scholar athlete furthered his education and earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. His professional scholastic accomplishments include successful completion of POST Command College, West Point Leadership Academy and the Executive Development course. Assistant Sheriff Cochran began his career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department in 1984. He rose through the ranks over three decades, landing him in his current position. As an Assistant Sheriff, he is responsible for all support operations. He is the first African-American to hold the position of Assistant Sheriff in the history of the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department. He started his law enforcement career as a deputy at the West End Station and was transferred to Backgrounds and Recruitment. He was promoted to detective and served as a Community Liaison in Media Relations. As a sergeant, Cochran was assigned to Internal Affairs and the Highland Station; as lieutenant he worked at Employee Resources and the Rancho Station. Cochran held the position of Captain at the Highland Station and the Scientific Investigations Division. Prior to his appointment to Assistant Sheriff, Cochran was a Deputy Chief, responsible for directing, planning, coordinating, and managing all functions within the Field Support Services Bureau for the Sheriff Department. Cochran is most recognized in the area of Ethics Training, Community Development Strategies and Community Oriented Policing. He combines his vast knowledge of law enforcement with his desire to help the community to foster an attitude of effective and accountable service to the residents of San Bernardino County. His desire to better the community is evident in his personal life also, as he is involved with various service organizations. Cochran is active in Life Changing Mentoring and is a member of the Kiwanis Club in Highland and the NAACP of San Bernardino.



Bio: PAUL COOK Paul Cook retired from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department as a Deputy Chief in February 2013. After graduating from the San Bernardino Sheriff Academy in 1980, he served three and a half years as an officer with the Rialto Police Department. He joined the San Bernardino Sheriff Department in 1983. Throughout his 33-year career, his various assignments included Corrections, Patrol Officer, Detective, Watch Commander at the Sheriff Communication Center, and Sergeant in corrections and patrol. He also served as Commander of the Internal Affairs Division, and Commander of the Central Patrol Station which includes acting as the Chief of Police for the cities of Grand Terrace and Loma Linda. Chief Cook was also one of the longest serving Commanders of the Sheriff Narcotics and SWAT Division. As a Deputy Chief, his respective assignments were Court Services Bureau, Valley and Desert Patrol Bureaus and the Specialized Operations Bureau which included Aviation, SWAT, Narcotics, Homicide, Intelligence and the Volunteer Services Division. Chief Cook is a veteran of the United States Naval Reserve. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, DEA Commanders Academy and the University of California Riverside Executive Management Program. He has served as an instructor in the areas of Gangs, Narcotics, Police Discipline Process and Leadership.


Bio: Joe DeLadurantey was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Irwindale on August 1, 2001 and served until his retirement in 2005. He had served as the interim Chief for one month. Prior to his appointment he was the Law Enforcement Liaison for the District Attorney of Los Angeles County for four years. With over 40 years in law enforcement, he has served as the Chief of Police for the City of Torrance for 5 1/2 years and spent 27 years with the Los Angeles Police Department where he attained the rank of Captain. He retired from law enforcement at the end of 2005 and is currently a management consultant to the public sector.

He is an Associate Professor of Public Administration in the graduate school of Public Administration at Cal State Northridge, has published textbooks and articles for professional journals and lectures throughout the country on various topics. He is currently completing his dissertation and will be receiving a doctoral degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne in 2007. His hobbies include running, reading, collecting 50's music and sports broadcasting.


Bio: Douglas Dickerson retired as a captain with the Brea Police Department after a thirty year career that began with the Orange County Sheriff?s Department in 1976. He holds a bachelor?s degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton, and a Master?s degree from the University of Southern California in Public Administration. He is a graduate of the Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California, a graduate of the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Supervisory Leadership Institute, and a graduate of the POST Command College. He has taught classes on leadership and ethics for California State University, Long Beach, the University of California, Riverside, and Golden West College.

Doug has presented lectures at academic conferences hosted by St. Johns University, DePaul University, California State University Long Beach, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences on ethics and leadership, and at the International Conference on Business Ethics in Prague, Czech Republic. He has also been an instructor for the POST Supervisory Leadership Institute, Ethics for Police Managers, the Tools for Tolerance police ethics program at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and other courses on ethics and leadership.

Doug currently instructs Administration of Justice classes at Fullerton College and consults in the private and public sector on leadership and ethics. Doug is a past president of the Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce, Yorba Linda Basketball, and serves on the Board of Directors for Yorba Hills Little League. He is also on the Board of Governors for Placentia Linda Community Hospital. Doug lives and resides in Yorba Linda.

He enjoys fishing, golf, and coaching his children?s youth sports.


Bio: Mr. George is a Vice President of PMW Associates. He is a retired Police Chief and Interim City Manager from the City of South Gate, California, where he had 31 years of service. He holds a Masters degree in Public Communications and a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Management both from Pepperdine University. He is a graduate of the International City Managers? Association Executive Managers Course and a graduate of the FBI National Academy Law Enforcement Executive Development Course. Ron teaches in the POST Managers Course and has participated in several organizational studies. He specializes in Strategic Planning and Team Building workshops throughout California and other Western States. He also facilitates Ethics and Values workshops.


Bio: Pall Gudgeirsson is the Assistant City Manager and elected City Treasurer for the City of San Clemente, California where he has worked since 1992. He has a BA degree in Accounting from the University of Washington and an MBA in Finance from the University of Puget Sound. He is an instructor at California State University, Long Beach where he teaches budget and finance to police management personnel.

Pall served in the United States Air Force as a Police Officer; in Kitsap County, Washington as an Internal Auditor and Fiscal Officer; and Finance Director/Treasurer for the City of Redmond, Washington. He has served as a director for the Association of Public Treasurers and was responsible for developing that organization?s model Investment Policy and Certification Program. Pall also developed the City of San Clemente?s Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) in 1992. The LTFP has been recognized on a national level including the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), Government Finance Review magazine and GFOA?s Recommended Budget Practices.

Pall has been has spoken to a number of state and national associations including the GFOA, Association of Public Treasurers of the United States & Canada, California League of Cities, California Debt & Investment Advisory Committee, California Municipal Treasurers Association, California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, Washington Municipal Treasurers Association, Washington Finance Officers Association, and the National Association of Counties. In 2001, he was a featured speaker at GFOA?s nationally televised satellite conference ?Budgeting for High Performance Organizations: New Models and Best Practices? from the PBS studios in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of an article in the April 2004 issue of Government Finance Review Magazine ?Be Prepared: Long Term Financial Planning in San Clemente, California?. He has also published the Quick Reference Guide to Municipal Budgeting, and is currently developing a Quick Reference Guide to Long Term Financial Planning.


Bio: Richard Kreisler has devoted much of his thirty-two year legal career to the representation of California law enforcement professionals. After having spent the first fourteen of those years representing police and fire associations exclusively, Richard joined the Firm in 1989, confining his practice to the employment relations representation of public agencies through his work with police chiefs, sheriffs, fire chiefs and other public sector managers. Having developed invaluable insights into police and fire administration and the inner workings of the public safety/labor management relationship as a result of the first phase of his career, Richard brings an unprecedented insider?s perspective to the representation of management, which maximizes the ability of his police and fire administration clients to anticipate and counter issues developed by associations and their members.

Richard provides ongoing counsel to a significant number of police and fire chiefs, to the Los Angeles County Sheriff?s Department, and to other police and fire administrators state-wide. He has particular expertise in conducting internal affairs investigations, prosecuting administrative disciplinary proceedings and defending law enforcement civil litigation in both state and federal courts. Richard also represents many other public sector agencies, specializing in all aspects of the negotiating process and in grievances and impasse proceedings arising in connection with the meet and confer process. Richard has participated in interest based fact-finding and arbitration periodically since 1975.

Richard?s commitment to representation of management in the bargaining field is exemplified by his representation and provision of bargaining counsel to municipalities having from 7 to 7,000 public safety employees. A savvy negotiator, Richard has participated in the negotiation of several hundred contracts regarding police, fire and general municipal units.

A member of the United States Supreme Court Bar, Richard is a frequent instructor at professional organizations throughout California. He is the author of Administrative and Legal Challenges to Law Enforcement Management and The Police Chief and Sheriff?s Bill of Rights Act, both Liebert Cassidy Whitmore guides to police management. He is also co-author of a manual on the Public Safety Officer?s Procedural Bill of Rights Act.

Richard received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.


Bio: Jay Kreitz is the senior civilian manager for the Glendale Police Department (GPD). As Public Safety Business Administrator, he is responsible for a staff of eight full-time personnel handling all department financial activities and managing the police facility in addition to the property and evidence bureau. Although he has only been in law enforcement with Glendale since 2002, Jay?s prior 22 years of experience in the private sector provide the department?s command staff with a unique perspective that continues to pay dividends in setting policy and strategic planning as budgets become tighter and service requirements increase.

His private sector career includes starting and building a real estate management business in southern California, which he then sold to a Japanese multi-national firm and was hired back to manage the new expanded operation for the Japanese owners. After five years of managing the US operation and providing expertise throughout the corporation?s operations in Asia, the CEO of the Japanese organization promoted Jay to corporate COO, and he spent the ensuing five plus years managing the corporation?s operations in Asia (Japan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia). The experience of managing a hugely diverse workforce working within one of the world?s most bureaucratic organizations (Japanese business) at a time when Asia was struggling through a significant economic downturn, provided him the tools and unique perspective to help strategically steer GPD and provide the department sound financial advice and reporting. Jay has co-instructed a real estate class at Tokyo?s Waseda University, prepared and provided extensive training to company personnel throughout Asia, and now provides financial and budget instruction as part of GPD?s management training classes.

Jay is the treasurer and director of the Glendale City Employees? Federal Credit Union, Vice-President of the Glendale Managers? Association, Chair of the City of Huntington Beach Community Services Commission, and president of his local homeowners? association.


Bio: Since August 2000, Terry Lusk has been a Supervising Investigator with the Los Angeles County District Attorney. His current duties include providing first line supervision to District Attorney Investigators including assigning and supervising investigations, evaluating performance, and training subordinates in procedures, policies, investigative techniques, and laws. Supervision assignments have included Trial Support, Public Assistance Fraud, High Technology Crimes Investigations, Central Investigations, Internal Affairs, Workers Compensation Fraud and Health Care Fraud FORMAL EDUCATION BIOLA University ? MA in Organizational Leadership, 2007 California State University, Long Beach - BS in Criminal Justice, 1987 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, 2009 Solving Police Personnel Problems, 24 hours, June 2007 Facilitation Skills for Law Enforcement, 32 hours, May 2006 Internal Affairs Investigations, 24 hours, October 2005 Supervisory Course, 80 hours, September 2000 Investigation and Trial Preparation, 80 hours, 1990 Los Angeles County Sheriff?s Academy, 750 hours, 1988 CERTIFICATES Peace Officers Standards and Training Supervisory Certificate, 2002


United States Navy Reserve

Bio: Commander Everd “Doug” McCain is a native of Chico, California. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from San Diego State University in 1985. In May 1987 he received his commission from Aviation Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, Florida. His first fleet tour was with the Sea Snakes of HSL-33, where he deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He then served as a flight instructor in HT-8. Following HT-8, he served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk as the Assistant Air Operations Officer. He was then selected for FTS transition while flying with HSL-84 as a Selected Reservist. While in HSL-84, he served at the Administrative Officer and the Operations Officer. After HSL-84 was decommissioned, he transitioned airframes and squadrons to fly the SH-3 with HC-85, serving at the Administrative Officer and the Maintenance Officer. His staff assignments include the Reserve Programs Director at NOSC North Island, and the Manpower Officer at CNRSW RCC. During his tour at CNRSW RCC, he volunteered for a year-long IA tour, serving in Baghdad, Iraq. There he was assigned to the Assessments division of Strategy, Plans, and Assessments Directorate at MNF-I, where his main priority was to write the “9010” report to Congress on “Measuring the Stability and Security in Iraq”. Commander McCain’s personal awards include the Bronze Star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (4 awards). He also has been awarded various unit and campaign awards. Commander McCain is married to Jennifer McCain, and they have 6 children ranging in age from 7 to 22. They are very active with outdoor activities and their church.


Bio: Jennifer K. McCain is the Assistant City Attorney for Escondido, California. She is responsible for advising all city departments on a variety of employment, benefit and liability related issues, including, progressive discipline, discrimination and sexual harassment, American's with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, and a variety of labor related issues. Ms. McCain works extensively with law enforcement and advises the Internal Affairs Division on POBR related issues. Ms. McCain routinely advises the City in evaluating various claims and insurance related issues. Since the City is self-insured and self-administered, Ms. McCain also advises regarding the proper handling of all workers compensation claims. Ms. McCain also defends the City in many lawsuits, including employment and civil rights matters.

Before coming to Escondido, Ms. McCain served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Diego. As a Deputy, Ms. Mccain served as a prosecutor and handled a variety of cases, including hate crimes. She also headed the Criminal Division's Diversity Committee. Prior to leaving San Diego, Ms. McCain served as the legal advisor to San Diego's Retirement System and Board of Trustees.

Ms. McCain obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego. During law school, Ms. McCain was a member of the San Diego Law Review.


Bio: Frank McCoy has been the Chief of Police for Oceanside, CA, since January 2006. He started his career in 1984 as a police officer with the City of Manhattan Beach. After three years he lateraled to the Long Beach Police Department and rose through the ranks to the position of Commander. During Frank?s career, he have worked a wide variety of assignments: FTO, Gangs, Special Enforcement, Felony Car, Detectives, SWAT, Administration and Narcotics. As a Commander, Mr. McCoy was in charge of Detectives, West Patrol Division, North Patrol Division and Internal Affairs.

He holds a Master?s Degree in Organizational Management, a B. S. Degree in Business Administration, and an A.A. Degree in Administration of Justice. Frank is a graduate of FBI National Academy (class 201), POST Executive Development Course and Supervisor Leadership Institute, and LAPD West Point Leadership Course.

He served eight years on the Cypress City Council that included titles of Mayor, Mayor Pro Temp, and Councilmember. This experience gave Frank great insight into City Government as a whole and better understanding on how to work with Council members.


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Bio: Deputy Chief Nunn served with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department for 34 years. He retired as the Chief of the Administrative Services Bureau, which addresses the departments Human Resource/Training/Scientific Investigations elements. Over his career he served as Commander of the Professional Standards Division dealing with Internal Affairs, Civil Liability, and Background Units. He also served as Commander of the Lake Arrowhead Station and the Regional Training Center. Outside the department he serving as the Chairman of the Police Legal Advisors for the California Peace Officers Association and co-authored the Pitchess Manual, the Skelly Manual, and the Internal Affairs Manual. Chief Nunn was elected and served for13 years on the San Bernardino County Retirement Board, three terms as Chairman, and he was the acting Administrator for six months. He currently sits on the Editorial Board for Thompson Publications in Washington D.C. He is a qualified expert in Federal Court on Police Policy and Training. Chief Nunn holds Basic, Intermediate, Advance, Supervisory, and Management P.O.S.T. certificates. Jim is a graduate of San Bernardino Valley College, Southern Illinois University, and the Wharton School of Finance. He currently is on staff at Cal State Long Beach, Cal State San Jose, and Cal State Humboldt in the P.O.S.T. Management Program.


Bio: Richard Valdemar retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff?s Department in 2004. For most of his 33 years with the LASD he was involved in combating L.A. Gangs. For the last 20 years he was assigned to the Detective Division, Major Crimes Bureau. In 1977-78 he was assigned to the DEA and later to the U.S. Marshals, in the ?Doc Holiday - Ray Ray Browning? federal drug conspiracy case. For more than 10 years he was part of the Federal Metropolitan Gang Task Force, cross designated as an FBI agent. Since 1985 he was a member of the California (Prison) Gang Task Force. He was the ?gang expert? in the RICO prosecution of the Mexican Mafia in 1995 and the RICO of 1999 as well.

Before joining the LASD in 1970, he served three years as a Military Policeman with tours in Vietnam and Fort Huachuca Arizona. Prior to completing the LASD Academy, he was assigned to Intelligence and worked undercover infiltrating the Brown Berets and the Revolutionary Communist Party. After completing the Academy, he served four years in Custody Division where he first was exposed to working prison gangs. His past experience also includes patrol and gang suppression assignments in East Los Angeles, and his home town, Compton, California. Richard Valdemar?s prior experience includes being selected in 1978 as one of the original twelve founding Deputies to form the Sheriff?s Department?s ?Operation Safe Streets? anti-gang unit. He received anti-terrorist training in 1984 for the Olympics from the U. S. Secret Service and Department of Transportation and was the Detective Division?s Terrorist Liaison Officer when he retired.

Richard Valdemar is an internationally known expert in both traditional and non-traditional gangs. He has been a regular law enforcement trainer and instructor for the LASD Advanced Officers Gang School, California Gang Investigator?s Association, California District Attorney?s Association, California Narcotics Officers Association, the California Peace Officer?s Standards and Training organization (POST), the Los Angeles Municipal, and Superior Court Judges Associations, and numerous other agencies, colleges, and civic organizations throughout this country and in Canada. He has also been an instructor for the National Correctional Institute, and the National District Attorney?s Association. Richard Valdemar has given expert testimony before the California Senate Hearing Committee, the County and the Federal Grand Jury, and in numerous Federal, Superior and Municipal Court proceedings, including capital cases, in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange County, Ventura, Contra Costa, Sacramento and San Diego Counties He has been an Instructor and a Host for TREXPO for many years.

Richard Valdemar has been a consultant for the college textbooks, ?Barrio Gangs? by Dr. James Diego Vigil, and ?Gangs ? A Guide to Understanding Street Gangs? by Dr. Al Valdez. He wrote an article for the February 2006 issue of Police Magazine entitled ?Murder Ink?. He is a character in the novel ?The Murder Children? by John Ball, and a quoted consultant in Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo?s current book, ?In Mortal Danger.?

He has been featured in training broadcasts on the National Law Enforcement Network, ?History of Hispanic Gangs?, and in 2005 completed training videos for the California Department of Corrections and the California Peace Officers Standards and Training, ?Gangs the Hidden Threat?. He provided technical assistance and supervised the real Hispanic and African-American gang members used in the Michael Jackson music video ?Beat It?. He was a technical advisor for the movies ?Drug Wars ? The Kiki Camerena Story? and ?A Man Apart? staring Vin Diesel and Lorenz Tate. In 2006 he was featured on the History Channel for segments on ?Military Policemen in Combat? and the ?History of the Aryan Brotherhood? prison gang. He was also featured on Fox News Channel national broadcast ?American Gangs: Ties To Terror?? with Newt Gingrich, and segments for MSNBC Scarborugh Country and Fox News Hannity & Colmes on the subjects of ?Gangs in the Military? and ?Gangs and Illegal Immigration?. Richard Valdemar can also be seen on 32 cable networks and on the net in several programs on the news program ?Full Disclosure?

Richard is currently working on books about the early days of the OSS gang unit, Terrorism, Police Gang Training, and on several motion picture projects. He is an active volunteer in several civic and police organizations and continues to pursue activities to benefit Law Enforcement and the American people.


Bio: Captain Joe Vargas has been a police officer for the Anaheim Police Department for over 25 years. During this time he has worked as a hostage negotiator, field-training officer, and narcotics investigator. After his promotion to Sergeant in 1991, he was assigned as a field supervisor and later served as the community-policing supervisor for almost five years. In 1997 he proposed and created the position of Public Information Officer for the Anaheim Police Department. Lt. Vargas served as PIO for the department until his promotion to Lieutenant in 2000. Lt. Vargas was assigned as the incident commander during the 2002 World Series and 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs. His assignments as a Lieutenant have included, Watch Commander, Strategic Services Bureau Commander, District Commander and Professional Standards Bureau Commander. Lt. Vargas has served as a board member of the Southern California Emergency Public Information Officers Association and was a founding member of the Orange County Public Information Officers Association. He also serves as the Vice Chairperson of the California Law Enforcement Image Coalition. He has trained Law Enforcement Officers and private industry personnel in media relations and crisis communications throughout southern California.


Bio: Paul Vernon, Lieutenant, was the Public Information Officer for the Los Angeles Police Department from January 2005 to April 2007. Currently he is the commanding officer in charge of detectives for the Central Police Station in downtown Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Cal Poly, Pomona, with a Bachelor's Degree in History. Before becoming a police officer, Paul was a secondary-education teacher for four years in Southern California. He joined LAPD in 1988. His assignments have included patrol, field training officer, field supervisor, training supervisor, Internal Affairs investigator, watch commander, gang lieutenant, and PIO.

As a sergeant, Paul coordinated recruit training for three years at the Los Angeles Police Academy, graduating 40 classes and over 2,000 new officers. In 1997 and 1998, he wrote two well-regarded manuals used by LAPD, Personnel Complaint Investigations: A Guide for Supervisors and The Management Guide to Discipline. Both documents have been referenced in scholarly works and police-related studies by oversight commissions. He designed a three-day POST-certified course for Internal Affairs investigators, which is offered by LAPD. He has also designed a course on ethics, which he taught to Iowa law enforcement.

As a lieutenant, Paul helped to design the Complaint Management System, a subsystem of LAPD's TEAMS II program, a multi-layered police accountability tracking system. He automated many procedures at Internal Affairs and created timely reports for police managers on risk management issues. He designed oversight systems at Internal Affairs and as a Gang Coordinator of five divisions to ensure compliance with Federal Consent Decree provisions.

Paul graduated from the FBI's National Academy, Session 204, in 2001. He co-taught a public corruption seminar with the FBI for law enforcement in Nairobi, Kenya, and recently traveled to Seoul, South Korea, as part of a multi-cultural leadership visit. He is an instructor for LAPD's West Point Leadership Program and teaches at the POST Management Course for Lieutenants.Paul also teaches media relations for POST and consulted on the production of a POST tele-course on media relations.

As a PIO, Paul has appeared on camera and radio hundreds of times. He oversees the Media Relations Section, which handles on average 500 media requests and 10 news conferences a month.


Bio: Ms. Whisenand has over 25 years of management experience in a variety of government agencies. She has served as Assistant to the City Manager, City of San Diego, Vice-President, Centre City Development Corporation, City of San Diego, Executive Director of the Costa Mesa Redevelopment Agency and Executive Director of the Escondido Community Development Corporation.

Since 1981, she has been a partner and co-owner of PMW Associates and specializes in leadership training, organizational development and conflict resolution.


Bio: Dr. Whisenand is a professor emeritus of Criminal Justice at California State University, Long Beach, and President/Founder of PMW Associates. He has received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He has been a technical consultant and researcher to a large number and variety of governmental agencies and private firms.

In the recent past, Dr. Whisenand served for: five years as a task force member to the California Council on Criminal Justice; five years as board member to the California Crime Technological Research Foundation; two years as a board member to the Los Angeles County Regional Criminal Justice Planning Board, and two years as a member of the Research and Development Task Force to the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals. An outstanding lecturer and presenter, he has written 15 textbooks and over 60 articles pertaining to criminal justice management and training.