Instructors

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

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 Frascona

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.

Randy Boring

Randy Boring is one of the Training Instructors and Coaches at Fidelis Professional Services, Inc. He has over 15 years’ experience in Training, Professional Services, and Technology across diverse industries that include Telecommunications, Business Training and Coaching, Government, and Corrections industries. His expertise include: Corporate Training, Professional Services Training, Leadership Program Training, Program Management, Life Coaching, and Motivational Speaking. He has proven success in leveraging educational theories and methodologies to design, develop, and deliver successful training programs and integrate instructional technology to provide onsite and virtual training. He also specializes at organizing and facilitating management and team building training programs and activities. His core competencies include: Learning Management Systems, Educational Program Development, Process Improvement, Instructional Technology, Individual and Group Instruction, and Metrics Improvement.

In the Corrections Industry, Mr. Boring has been conducting training for the Los Angeles County Probation Department’s Academy 4 Supervisory/Management classes. In the private sector, he developed and taught curriculum for Team Leaders and Managers at Lucent-Alcatel, Fresh Start Clinics, and Herbalife. He was also a Professional Services/IT Director at Lucent-Alcatel and OSI Consulting, managing a team of Engineers, Project Managers and Programmers onsite that Toyota Corporation outsourced. He developed Corporate Professional Development and Technical Training Programs, and conducted training for Project Managers and Programmers. He was an NLP Practitioner, Life Coach, and Motivational Speaker at Fresh Start Clinics in Los Angeles.

Steven Bolt

I am currently employed as the Digital Forensics and Incident Response, (DFIR), Team Lead for Bechtel, based in San Francisco, Ca.  Before taking this assignment I worked as a Senior Network Intrusion analyst for the Defense Cyber Investigation Training Academy where I provided instruction and technical guidance to the Department of Defense CID divisions as well as other associated agencies.  Topics of instruction included digital forensics, digital intelligence gathering, privacy concerns, network intrusion analysis, malware analysis and other related topics.  Before working with the Federal agencies I worked as a Computer Crime training Specialist for SEARCH.org, traveling the country with other training specialists to provide cyber crime investigative training to local, state and federal agencies. While an Officer for the County of Sacramento Probation Department, I began to acknowledge the need for skills in computer forensics and digital investigations to track and monitor the offenders that were on supervised release.

Thomas J. Broxtermann, Ph.D.

Thomas J. Broxtermann, Ph.D. has been teaching STC and POST classes for the past 18 years. His wide range of classes covering many diverse topics specialize in classes for corrections, probation and the police departments around the United States. He also teaches at National University for the past 18 years in the fields of forensics and criminal justice. Currently he still works as an active police officer for the San Diego Police Department.

California Law Enforcement Class Thomas J. Broxtermann, Ph.D. has expertise in many subjects, including utilizing verbal skills to avoid physical confrontation as well as training which deal with stress, anger management, and a complete host of other interesting and informative law enforcement classes. His extensive background as a veteran street cop and a university professor in Criminal Justice and Forensics gives him a unique teaching skill set.

This on-the-job experience, combined with his down-to-earth teaching style, makes him a highly engaging, sought-after instructor around the State of California. Participants feel comfortable in his classes and leave the courses he teaches feeling enriched by the experience.

Dr. Broxtermann has taught numerous courses on all facets of law enforcement to classes across California and Nevada. His expertise and dynamic teaching style has made each of his classes a memorable experience for all his students.

Nelson Arriaga

Nelson Arriaga has been in law enforcement approx. twenty-five years.  Prior to his law enforcement career, he served four years in the United States Army.  He retired as a Detective Sergeant from the Inglewood Police Department assigned to the Gang Intelligence Unit as a Unit Supervisor.  During his law enforcement tenure, Nelson worked patrol, field training officer, special operations, homicide, internal affairs, officer-involved shootings, and gang investigations.

Nelson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the Union Institute and University, and a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security from Tiffin University.  Nelson is also a graduate of the Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.

Nelson is one of the original trainers to train the Honduran National Police and establish their first Gang Units in 1998.  Since then, Nelson has trained law enforcement across the U.S. and delegations from Central America, South America, Mexico, and Spain.

Nelson is a co-founder of the South Bay Gang Task Force in Los Angeles County, former President of the International Latino Gang Investigator’s Association and current Executive Director of the California Gang Investigators Association. He has been a featured speaker for many gang investigators’ associations around the country and abroad.  Nelson is a National and International speaker on Hispanic Gangs.