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Advisory Committee Members

The POST Advisory Committee performs a key role as part of the Commission’s team by providing a two-way communication link between the Commission and organizations that share an interest in the Commission’s work.  The committee meets prior to each triannual Commission meeting to review and analyze topics the Commission will later address.  Advisory Committee members represent associations and organizations within the California law enforcement community, educators, and the public-at-large.  Therefore, they provide valuable input on many contemporary and evolving issues in law enforcement, helping the Commission and POST better serve California's peace officers and the citizens they protect.   Appointed by the Commission for a term of three-years, Committee members receive no compensation but they are reimbursed for their expenses for attending meetings.

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Elmo Banning
Public Member

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Sergeant Elmo Banning is a retired veteran officer with the Sacramento City Police Department.  During his 28 year career he was assigned to a variety of positions.  He served for over 10 years in the Patrol/Field Operations Division as an Officer and Sergeant.  He has an extensive investigative background and served over 18 years in the Detective Division, 13 of which as a supervisor in the Narcotic's Division.  Sergeant Banning was appointed as a Special Task Force Agent with the State of California's Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement for two years.  He has attended several specialized schools over the years and is a graduate of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's, Drug Unit Commanders Academy, located in Quantico, Virginia.  The California Narcotic Officers' Association has recognized him twice as the "Narcotic Officer of the Year".

Sergeant Banning is the managing director of D∙PREP, a company that trains police officers, firefighters, building managers and school personnel in the effective management of critical incidents. Sergeant Banning presents a critical incident response course for supervisors and managers on a national level and has taught throughout the entire United States, including POST courses.

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Alex Bernard
Public Member

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Alex Bernard is a retired sergeant from the Los Angeles Airport Police. He served at Los Angeles International, Van Nuys, and Ontario International Airports. He held leadership positions in a number of law enforcement associations. After retirement, he worked as the general manager of the Kern Law Enforcement Association (KLEA). Since 2007, he has been the President of the Retired Peace Officers Association of California (RPOAC).

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Chief Ezery Beauchamp
California Highway Patrol (CHP)

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Ezery Beauchamp currently serves as the Chief of the Personnel and Training Division which has responsibility for the following commands within the CHP: Academy, Professional Training Section, Human Resources Section, Selection Standards and Examination Section, and Organizational Development Section. The responsibilities of this Division include development of training programs supported by the most contemporary adult learning concepts, which includes the professional development of employees at all ranks. Additionally, through a broad-based recruitment effort and a strict adherence to a merit-based selection process, the Division strives to employ a comprehensive hiring and selection process.

Ezery Beauchamp holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento in Spanish. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Institute, FBI National Academy, and is a certified POST Master Instructor.

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Rick DiBasilio
Calaveras County Sheriff's Office

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Appointed Sheriff of Calaveras County since May 2016 and resident of Calaveras County for 40 years, Sheriff DiBasilio leads the mission to provide competent, effective public safety services to all persons with the highest regard for human dignity through efficient, professional, and ethical law enforcement and crime prevention practices.

Sheriff DiBasilio started with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office in 2002.  He has worked a variety of assignments including Patrol, Investigations and Narcotics. Prior to being elected as Sheriff of Calaveras County in November 2018, Sheriff DiBasilio had worked as a Patrol Sergeant and a Detective assigned to Homicides, Elder Abuse, Sexual Assaults and General Property Crimes. He was also a former School Resource Officer, Bike Team member, Sheriff’s Explorer Advisor, Background Investigator, Departmental Instructor, SWAT Team member and Gang Investigator.

Sheriff DiBasilio has continued to ensure effective communications across county agencies, first responders and the general public.

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Kathy Oborn
California Association of Administration of Justice Educators (CAAJE)

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Professor Kathleen Oborn was appointed to the position of president of the California Association of Administration of Justice Educators (CAAJE), representing the administration of justice/criminal justice faculty throughout the state. As part of her CAAJE responsibilities, she also serves on the California Community College State Chancellor’s Education Advisory Committee and was elected vice-chair.

During her 25+ years in higher education, she has served in a multitude of positions such as Associate Dean, Academic Senate President and department chair. Her M.S. in Educational Psychology and Counseling and her B.A. in Sociology were both earned from California State University, Northridge, and her A.A. degree in Criminal Justice is from Pierce College. She has been a tenured professor of criminal justice at Pierce College since 2002 and teaches part time in the Criminology and Justice Studies program at CSU Northridge. Since 2008, she has served as the district chair for Criminal Justice for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). She is also a course reviewer for criminal justice curricula for the California community colleges.

Kathleen started her public safety career in 1983 when she was hired as an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Community College District Police Department. She is also a Los Angeles County Reserve Deputy Probation Officer, a certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst through the California Department of Justice and a member of many criminal justice organizations such as the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) and the American Society of Criminology.

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Damien Sandoval
California Academy Directors' Association (CADA)

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Damien began his law enforcement career with the Walnut Creek Police Department in 1980. He retired as Lieutenant in December of 2008. He has been a part of the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center (CJTC) since 1992, where he began his tenure as an adjunct instructor. Damien was appointed as the CJTC Director on January 5, 2009. Damien earned his master’s degree at Hayward State University, and is a graduate of the POST Command College and the FBI National Academy. He was elected and serves as president of the California Academy Directors’ Association.

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Jason Salazar
California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA)

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Chief Jason Salazar was appointed as Chief of Police for the City of Visalia on February 17, 2015.   Chief Salazar has served with the Visalia Police Department for 26 years holding assignments in patrol, investigations, and SWAT.   As a Lieutenant, he held command of the Special Enforcement Bureau, which included Gangs, Narcotics, and SWAT.   As Captain, he held command of both the Operations and Support Divisions.

Chief Salazar holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, and an Associate Degree in the Administration of Justice.  He is a graduate of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Leadership Program, the Senior Management Institute for Police, and POST Command College Class #55.  Chief Salazar also serves as a board member for the Tulare County Mental Health Board and is actively involved in his community.   

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Eric Schmidt
Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)

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Eric Schmidt is a sworn peace officer with 23 years of law enforcement experience. In addition, over the past 18 years, he has been an instructor at the Fresno City College Police Academy. Eric has also completed the Academy Instructor Certification Course (AICC). His areas of expertise are: report writing, impact weapons, crowd control, weapon laws and evaluating cadet scenarios. For 19 years, Eric has been a member of the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Team. Additionally, Eric was also a property crimes detective and he patrolled various waterways in the area while serving on the boating unit for two years. Currently, he works in the Air Support Unit as a tactical flight officer.

Eric is a lifelong resident of Fresno County and graduate of California State University, Fresno. He was recently re-elected to serve his fifth term as President of the Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association. Eric is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Police Officers Research Association of California (PORAC).

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Julie Spry
Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)

Julie Spry

Julie Spry is a seventeen-year veteran of the Los Angeles School Police Department. In 2013, she was promoted to her current rank of Sergeant. During her tenure at the department, Sergeant Spry has worked a variety of assignments, including being the officer in charge of the Social Media Team, Community Relations, the department’s Public Information Officer, day and night patrol, and the burglary suppression unit. She is also a current member of the department’s Honor Guard. Sergeant Spry has distinguished herself not only as an innovator and leader but an integral part of the school community.

Sergeant Spry currently serves as a Director for the Los Angeles School Police Management Association and holds various other titles within the police department and school district.

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Eric Swift
California Peace Officers Association

Eric Swift

Lieutenant Eric Swift spent the first 12 years of his career with the Santa Rosa Police Department. While there, he worked numerous assignments including Patrol, Gang Investigations, the SWAT Team, and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. In 2014, he came over to the Napa Sheriff’s Office and worked as a deputy in numerous assignments including Patrol, the Problem Oriented Policing Program (POPP), the Dive Team, and as a Taser Instructor. As a Sergeant, Lt. Swift supervised Patrol, the Animal Services Bureau, the POPP Team, the Mobile Field Force Team, the Search and Rescue Team, and the Taser Team. After being promoted to Lieutenant, he was assigned as the Patrol Lieutenant. In 2020, Lt. Swift moved into his current position as the Administrative Lieutenant overseeing the recruiting, hiring, background investigations, and training.

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Randy Waltz
California Association of Police Training Officers (CAPTO)

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Randy Waltz is the Undersheriff with the Del Norte Sheriff's Office. He was previously an Investigator with the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office and was a Sergeant with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. His assignments have included patrol, internal affairs, sexual assault investigations, consumer protection, and training. He graduated from the POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute in 2004, and he is a facilitator for the POST Supervisory Course.

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Sheneui Weber
California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

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Sheneui Weber is the Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, representing the largest and most diverse higher education system in the country with 116 colleges, serving over 2.1 million students.

Ms. Weber has more than 25 years of experience linking education and training to business and industry, with a focus on entrepreneurial growth, job creation and meeting the workforce training needs of industry. She launched and led a number of multi-million dollar initiatives serving small businesses and the community, including the Innovation Fund SoCal in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program with the Goldman Sachs Foundation; and the Los Angeles Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, serving Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.

Ms. Weber holds a Master’s in Telecommunication & Film from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Pacific Union College.

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Jaime Young
Public Safety Dispatcher Advisory Council (PSDAC)

Jaime Young

Jaime Young started her career as a Public Safety Dispatcher/Clerk at the California State University, Sacramento in 1981.  She served the San Bruno Police Department as a Dispatcher/Clerk in 1982 before starting at the County of San Mateo as a Dispatcher, where she is one of two Directors of Public Safety Communications (PSC).  During her 25 year tenure, Jaime led PSC to being the largest consolidated emergency dispatch center in the County, serving all 58 Fire Stations, nine community law enforcement agencies and countywide paramedic first-response and ambulance dispatch. Under her oversight, PSC achieved accreditation to become the 97th Dispatch Center in the world for the Emergency Medical Dispatch protocol Quality Assurance, California State Association of Counties (CSAC) recognition for innovation for Fire Dispatch operations, and is locally recognized by county law agencies for the work performed for the Countywide Gang Task Force, mutual aid coordination and tactical dispatching during numerous large scale events.

Jaime has also served as the California Chapter President for the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) a Subject-Matter-Expert (SME) in the development of the 120 hour Basic Dispatch, Communications Training Officer, Tactical Dispatcher and Communications Center Manager courses, as well the POST Pre-Employment Dispatch Testing Process and the POST Exemplary Dispatcher publication. She participates as the Associates California State Sheriff’s Association (CSSA) representative to the Public Safety Dispatcher Advisory Council and Best Practices Working Group.