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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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Artin Baron
California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations (CCLEA)

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Artin Baron is a 22-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner (OCSD) with his current assignment as a Supervising Deputy Coroner.  Prior to becoming a Deputy Coroner, Artin began his career with OCSD as Sheriff's Special Officer, working assignments in Corrections, Court Operations, Airport Police Services, and County Police Services Divisions.  At the Coroner Division, Artin serves as a Deputy In-Charge, Field Training Officer, and member of the Orange County Elder Abuse Death Review Team.  He is a member of several professional law enforcement associations.

Artin has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Human Development and a Masters of Business Administration.  He holds a California teaching credential, is also a graduate of the POST Master Instructor Certificate Course (MICC #9), and teaches criminal justice courses.
 

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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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Marcelo Blanco
Peace Officers' Research Association of California (PORAC)

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Marcelo Blanco is a Lieutenant with the Upland Police Department and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division as a Watch Commander. Marcelo has spent the last 24 years of his career with the City of Upland. He began his career in law enforcement as a high school volunteer through a Regional Occupational Program (ROP) working in crime prevention and worked his way up to a peace officer, where he worked a variety of assignments, including patrol investigations.

Marcelo began representing his fellow officers shortly after getting hired as an officer. He began as an active member of the Upland Police Officers' Association Political Action Committee, and later served 5 years as their president. Marcelo was first elected to be president of the Inland Chapter of Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) and the PORAC Board of Directors representing the Inland Chapter in November of 2007.

Marcelo has a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management, an Associate's Degree in Liberal Studies, and a certificate in Business Administration through Chaffey College. Besides Law Enforcement and representing Police Officers throughout the State, Marcelo has a passion for educating the future of law enforcement.

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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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David Honda
California Peace Officers Association (CPOA)

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Chief David Honda was appointed to the position of Chief of Police for the City of Watsonville in April 2016 after serving over 25 years for the City of San Jose Police Department.  During his tenure at the San Jose Police Department (SJPD) he worked a variety of assignments such as narcotics enforcement, violent crimes, investigations, MERGE, and administration in all four Department bureaus.  As a command officer at the SJPD and Chief of Watsonville his teams have been successful in implementing contemporary public safety initiatives, incorporating grant funding to start new programs, and building strong collaborative partnerships ultimately reducing crime and strengthening community relationships.

Chief Honda holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology – Quality Assurance from San Jose State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership from St. Mary’s College of California.  He is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).  He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the California Peace Officers Association as well as other regional and non-profit boards and committees.

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Chief Ryan Okashima
California Highway Patrol (CHP)

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Ryan Okashima is a Chief with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and has 29 years of law enforcement experience. He currently serves as the commander of Personnel and Training Division (PTD). 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 within the organization. Additionally, through broad-based recruitment efforts and a strict adherence to a merit-based selection process, he serves as a resource to the CHP on varying examinations, selection and personnel transactions issues.

Since his graduation from the CHP Academy in 1990, Ryan has also been assigned to several CHP Headquarters commands and was the tactical training program lieutenant at the CHP Academy. He served as the commander of the Dignitary Protection Section, responsible for providing protection to the State Constitutional Officers including the Governor and First Family. As the commander of the CHP Office of Employee Relations, Ryan was the CHP’s labor relations officer responsible for overseeing labor issues for 12 different employee labor organizations representing CHP employees. Ryan earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from San Jose State University, completed the University of California, Davis Labor – Management Relations program, and is also a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy.

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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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Randy Waltz
California Association of Police Training Officers (CAPTO)

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Randy Waltz has been an Investigator with the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office since 2007.  He started his law enforcement career with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office in 1996 and promoted to Sergeant in 1999.  His assignments have included patrol, internal affairs, consumer protection, sexual assault investigations, 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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Phillip "P.J." Webb
Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD)

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P.J. Webb has served with the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) for over 26 years working in numerous campus and patrol assignments. He has worked on many special details including burglary suppression teams, warrant services, various task forces, and is certified in bicycle patrol operations. P.J. served as a background investigator and was selected as the first Public Information Officer for the LASPD. In 2006, he was promoted to Senior Police Officer serving as a field training officer. P.J. promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2009 where he served as a field supervisor and Watch Sergeant. 

P.J. has been actively involved with his labor unions throughout most of his career. He served as a Director and First Vice President with the Los Angeles School Police Association for several years. Then, in 2013, he was elected to serve as President of the Los Angeles School Police Management Association representing the supervisors of the LASPD, and continues to serve in that capacity today. In 2014, P.J. was elected as Vice President of the Los Angeles North Chapter of the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC). He was appointed as the PORAC Specialized Police Associations Committee (SPAC) Region III representative and Chair in 2017.

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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.