Sgt. Todd Dearmore
Todd Dearmore retired from the Kern County Sheriff’s Department in 2014 at the rank of Sergeant and today is the owner of 10.8 Tactics & Training, LLC. During his 23 years with the Sheriff’s department, Todd’s assignments included correctional security, administration, and officer training. While in the training division, Todd supervised the Correctional Academy, Advanced Officer Training and the Detention Training Officer (DTO) program. He served as the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) Operations Sergeant for over 10 years and has been involved in hundreds of SERT operations including riots, cell extractions and high-risk inmate transportations among others.
In addition to his work with the Kern County Sheriff Department, Todd has provided training for sheriff’s departments, police departments and probation departments throughout the United States on a variety of topics including cell extraction, tactical entry, riot prevention, hostage survival, high risk security transportation and interview & interrogation among others. His cell extraction training was the focus of a 2012 article in a national law enforcement magazine. Todd holds a BS degree in business management and is a graduate of the POST Command and SWAT Team Leader training courses. Recently, Todd has completed several FEMA classes focusing on terrorist bombings, weapons of mass destruction and instructor development. 10.8 Tactics & Training, LLC also provides Adult Correctional Officer and SERT Academies
Captain Steve Simpkins
Steve Simpkins is a Captain with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. Steve is currently serving as the Chief of Police for the Danville Police Department, a contract city. Steve has also served as a watch commander and facility commander for both of the detention facilities in Contra Costa County. Steve is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds a master’s degree in leadership from the University of Oklahoma. Steve is an adjunct faculty member of Union Institute & University and Napa Valley College.
Sgt. Brian Everett
Sgt. Brian Everett has been involved in the Law Enforcement field for over 30 years. The past 26 years has been with Napa County Department of Corrections. Mr. Everett has been the departments’ defensive tactics instructor for over 24 years. Mr. Everett has also been the senior defensive tactics Instructor for Martinez Regional Criminal Justice Training Center for the past 25 years. In addition to his law enforcement training, Mr. Everett has been studying the Filipino martial arts for over 16 years, primarily in the use of edge weapons. He is currently training under Grand Master Jon Bais of the Bais Tres Manos System and holds the rank of Maestro/ Senior Teacher.
Julie Burns, LCSW
Julie Burns, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is a Probation Division Manager with the Yolo County Probation Department. She oversees various programs and services, including the Department’s contract with the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Related experience includes two years with Phoenix House, as Director of Residential Services and Director of the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program at the Yolo County Jail and Juvenile Detention Facilities, and 11 years with California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG), providing mental health services to the complex, high-risk population of detained adults and youth. Her experiences have cumulated into a wealth of insight of what motivates behavior and how to promote successful outcomes with justice-involved populations.
Ms. Burns has achieved full certification in the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) and is a Nonviolent Crisis Prevention instructor. She has extensive experience and success in crisis management and intervention. Ms. Burns understands the unique challenges of the custody environment, in light of ever-changing regulations and mandates.
Ms. Burns holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Chico, and a Master of Social Work degree from San Jose State University.
David Demurjian has a thirty year history of advising, defending and trying “use of force” cases on behalf of law enforcement personnel throughout the country. He has tried and consulted on these types of cases throughout the United States for both federal and state law enforcement agencies. Aside from his legal experience, he is also an instructor on defensive tactics and on the “use of force” tactics for both law enforcement agencies and the United States Armed Forces. For over twenty years, he has been a member of a large law enforcement agency in southern California. Also, he is presently assigned to the Judge Advocate General’s Corp (“JAG”) where he holds the rank of Captain. He is a graduate of New York University and Fordham University School of Law and is a member of the California, New York, and Massachusetts State Bars.
Sgt. Mike Henkle
Sgt. Mike Henkle is a 28-year veteran of the Corrections and Law Enforcement fields of which 17 were with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department. He was a sergeant for eleven years, of which seven were as the Training Unit Supervisor. He was the Correctional Academy Coordinator for seven years, and taught numerous subjects within the academy. He is also a certified instructor in Chemical Agents, Expandable Baton, Simunitions, Firearms, Less Lethal Munitions, and a Master Instructor for Pepperball Technologies, Inc. He has been an adjunct instructor with the Fresno City College Police Academy for 18 years, and is currently a full-time coordinator at the police academy. Mike was one of the team leaders for his department’s Incident Command teams. He has taught the Incident Command System to executives, management, supervisors and line officers in patrol and corrections. He has participated in several critical incidents in the field and in the detention facilities. He holds a B.S. degree in Criminology from CSU Fresno. He is the Corrections Division Director of D-Prep, LLC and is a lead instructor for several topics, including Critical Incident Management, Report Writing and Courtroom Testimony, and Leadership Principles for Supervisors and Lead Officers.
Vince was a deputy sheriff with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office for 33 years. He is a certified EVOC instructor, Skidcar Instructor, CPR/First Aid Instructor, Active Shooter Response Instructor, Firearms Instructor, and has been through the POST AICC instructor development course. He has been an instructor at the Fresno City College Police Academy since 1989. Vince has been teaching EVOC to police academy cadets since 2006.