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SAFE Driving Campaign

SAFE Driving Membership Rosters

The SAFE (Situation-Appropriate, Focused, and Educated) Driving Campaign is aimed at reducing fatal and serious injury law enforcement traffic collisions nationwide. It has three membership components to assist POST in achieving this goal: an Advisory Board concerned with national awareness efforts, a Research Team tasked with the identification of officer-involved collision causes and interventions, and a Vehicle Operations and Training Advisory Council (VOTAC) focused on the advancement of best policy and training practices. The Motor Officer Training and Operations Review for Safety (MOTORS) Advisory Group, a subcommittee to the VOTAC, concentrates on best policy and training practices as it specifically relates to law enforcement motors.

Advisory Board

Member (Alternate) Affiliation
Richard J. Ashton – Chief (ret.) International Association of Chiefs of Police
Carol Barake - Manager, Risk Control Services Bickmore Risk Services
Barbara Brenner - Loss Prevention Manager City of Sacramento
Patrick A. Burke – Assistant Chief DC Metropolitan Police Department
Richard P. Clark - Executive Director Nevada Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
David Clovis - General Manager California Joint Powers Risk Management Authority
Kevin Davis - Assistant Chief Prince George's County Police Department (Maryland)
Craig W. Floyd – Chairman and CEO National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
*Michael Geraci – Director NHTSA Office of Traffic Safety
Gordon J. Graham, Esq. – Co-President Graham Research Consultants and Lexipol, Inc.
Stan Hilkey – Sheriff Mesa County Sheriff's Office (Colorado)
Colleen Mestas – Chief Visalia Police Department
Charles E. Miller III – Coordinator FBI Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted
Dale Stockton - Editor-in-Chief Law Officer Magazine and

*Honorary Member

Research Team

Member Affiliation
Geoff Alpert, PhD
University of South Carolina
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Tom Rice, PhD
Research Epidemiologist

University of California, Berkeley
Traffic Safety Center and Department of Environmental Sciences
Institute of Transportation Studies
Bryan Vila, PhD
Professor and Director
Washington State University, Spokane
Operational Tasks Simulation Laboratory
Sleep and Performance Research Center
Kevin Wehr, PhD
Associate Professor
California State University, Sacramento
Department of Sociology
Jerry Williams, DPA
Associate Research Professor
University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs

Vehicle Operations and Training Advisory Council (VOTAC)

  • California Academy Directors Association
    Richard Lindstrom, Director - State Center Reg. Training Center
    Greg Dossey, Director - Allan Hancock College Academy
  • California Association of Police Training Officers
    Training Officer John Hustedde - Fresno Police Department
  • California Department of Motor Vehicles Research and Development Branch
    Robert Hagge, Research Manager
  • California Highway Patrol Academy
    Assistant Chief Brent Newman - Sergeant Robin Johnson
  • California Office of Traffic Safety
    Ed Gebing, Law Enforcement Liaison
  • California Peace Officer's Association
    Lieutenant Brian Raffish - Los Angeles Police Department
    Sergeant Kevin Rausis - San Diego Police Department
  • California Police Chiefs Association
    Chief Mark Yokoyama - Alhambra Police Department
  • California State Sheriff's Association
    Sheriff Mark Pazin - Merced County Sheriff's Office
  • Gilroy Police Department
    Captian Scott Smithee (retired)
  • Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
    Lieutenant Tim Leveque
  • Peace Officer's Research Association of California
    Sergeant Rod Rifredi - Davis Police Department
  • Sacramento Police Department Academy
    Sergeant Keith Burgoon
  • San Bernardino Sheriff's Department Academy
    John Migaiolo
  • San Jose Police Department
    Lieutenant Dave Storton (retired)
  • Solano County
    Sergeant Rustin Banks

MOTORS Advisory Group

(Motor Officer Training and Operations Review for Safety)

Member Affiliation Experience
Brian Aubuchon Sacramento Sheriff's Department Instructor
Casey Bokavich Redding Police Department Supervisor/Instructor
Dave Kinaan Retired Sergeant Supervisor/Instructor of CHP Academy Motorcycle Training Unit, Ret./Author – motorcycle safety and training/ Expert Witness
Jeffrey Houle Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Staff Instructor – Basic/Instructor/Dual Purpose Motors Enforcement 10 years
Manny Romeral Los Angeles Police Department Office in Charge - Motorcycle Training Unit
Riding experience - Harley/Kawasaki/BMW
Mitchell Nowlen Los Angeles Police Department Instructor - Basic/Instructor/Escort and Motorcade
Police motorcycle test rider
Patrick Tobin San Francisco Police Department Accident Investigation. Retired motorcycle supervisor
Rob Burlison San Diego Police Department Instructor assigned to training staff
Robert Green Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Supervisor of LASD Motorcycle Unit
Robert Toyer Orange County Sheriff's Department Motorcycle Unit Supervisor/Instructor
Rod Rifredi Davis Police Department Supervisor/Trainer. Riding experience – Harley/Kawasaki/BMW/Honda
Shawn Maples El Cerrito Police Department
Steve Landi Retired Sergeant Instructor
Steven Ritchey Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Instructor
Ted White California Highway Patrol CHP Supervisor and Lead Instructor for CHP Academy Motorcycle Training Unit

POST Staff Members

(Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training)

  • Manuel Alvarez Jr., Executive Director
  • Tamara Baarts, Sr. Law Enforcement Consultant – Simulation Programs
  • Janna Munk, Bureau Chief - Training Program Services