Sergeant Enrique Garcia has been with the San Jose Police Department since 1986. He was a Reserve Officer for 5 years while working as a Manager in the High Tech industry. Enrique is currently assigned to the Office of the Chief of Police as a supervisor in the Media Relations Unit. He has worked assignments in the FTO Program, Sexual Assault Investigation Unit, Homicide Unit, and in the Robbery Unit. Enrique has also received the Investigative Excellence Award, California P.O.S.T. – Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation.
Paul Francois is a retired lieutenant from the San Jose Police Department with 29 years of law enforcement experience. Paul’s previous assignments include: Patrol Watch Commander, Detective and Supervisor in the Physical Child Abuse Unit, Detective in the Sexual Assault Investigation Unit, Field Training Program Supervisor, and the Office of the Chief of Police in Research and Development. Paul has also received the Police Academy Instructor of the Year Award.
Joanne Segovia handles our day to day communications with clients, instructors, processing all registrations and payments. Joanne has been a manager in the accounting field for over 30 years and is also the Executive Director and Bookkeeper for the San Jose Police Officers’ Association.
Nicole Decker assists in handling many of our day to day communications with clients, processing registrations and payments. Nicole is also an Administrative Assistant and Graphic Designer for the San Jose Police Officers’ Association.
Mike Rains has a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in English Literature from the California State University at Long Beach. Mike, while serving as a police officer in the City of Santa Monica, received a scholarship to attend law school. He earned his Juris Doctorate summa cum laude at Golden West University School of Law. After graduating from law school, he entered the private practice of law, leaving police work in 1980.
Mike worked for 18 years at the San Francisco based law firm of Carroll, Burdick & McDonough and founded Rains Lucia Stern, PC in May, 1999. The firm emphasizes the representation of public safety personnel in administrative, disciplinary, civil, criminal and labor-related issues. Mike has over 30 years representing police officers and other high profile clients in civil and criminal litigation.
Internal Affairs/Police Leadership Instructor
Tuck Younis graduated from Chico State University with a degree in Community Services and was hired by the San Jose Police Department in 1978. During his career as an Officer and Sergeant he worked Patrol, FTO, Vice, Criminal Intelligence, and Internal Affairs. As a Lieutenant, he worked Patrol and was the Commander of the Violent Crime Enforcement Team, Mounted Unit, Air Support Unit and the Special Investigations Unit. As a Captain, he was assigned to the Bureau of Administration overseeing Personnel, Training and the Fiscal Unit and also served as the Commander of the Special Operations Division managing special events, street level drug and gang enforcement, traffic enforcement and high-risk tactical operations. In 2005, Tuck was appointed the rank of Assistant Chief overseeing all day-to-day operations of the department. After 29 years of service, he retired from the City of San Jose to become the Chief of Police for the City of Los Altos. He served as the Los Altos Chief for 9 years and recently retired with 38 years total law enforcement experience.
MDI/Child Exploitation Investigation Instructor
Johnene Stebbins has been a prosecutor with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office since 1998. Ms. Stebbins has handled the prosecution of three-strike, homicide, robberies, child molest, sexual assault, domestic violence and fraud cases. She is a regular instructor for the California District Attorney’s Association, training prosecutors in evidence. Over the years, Ms. Stebbins has taught various subjects to law enforcement officers in the police academy, as well as legal updates for the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation.
Stella Cruz is currently a Criminal Investigator in the Child Abduction Unit at the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. Prior to working at the district attorney’s office, Stella was a police officer with the San Jose Police Department. She worked as a detective in the Assaults Unit as well as the Sexual Assaults Investigations Unit. As a detective in the Sexual Assaults Unit, she conducted hundreds of victim interviews with children that resulted in numerous convictions. Stella obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Communications and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of California Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the San Jose Police Department, Stella worked as an elementary school teacher for seven years and was tasked as a resource teacher to instruct other teachers in the area of Technology, Mathematics and Science.
Lt. Brian K. Spears has been with the San Jose Police Department since 1997. He is formerly the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Commander as well as the Child Exploit Detail Supervisor. Brian is also a sworn member of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force. He has hosted and facilitated various law enforcement symposiums on child exploitation. In addition, Brian has served as a detective in Homicide, Assaults, and Financial Crimes.
Media Relations Instructor
Nick Muyo recently retired after a 36 1/2 year law enforcement career. Nick was a Criminal Investigator with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and a Sergeant with the San Jose Police Department. He started his law enforcement career with the Berkeley Police Department. His prior assignments included work in the Sexual Assault Investigations Unit, the REACT High Tech Task Force, as a Night Detective out of the Robbery Unit, Internal Affairs, the Field Training Unit and as the Press Information Officer for the San Jose Police Department and the Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney. Nick has previously presented training classes on Sources of Information, Internet Crimes Against Children, and Internet Safety.
Forensic Art Instructor
Trained in composite art by the FBI in 1993, Gil continues to assist law enforcement agencies by creating cognitive sketches, from eyewitness interviews, to identify assailants. While working as the police artist for the San José Police Department, he gained valuable insight on the issues of eyewitness misidentification and developed his unique methodology. Since 1996 he’s completed over 3,000 sketch interviews focused on gathering reliable sketch evidence. Gil has testified as a forensic art expert in criminal and civilmcases regarding composite sketch evidence.
After retirement Gil gained notoriety as the forensic artist featured in the Real Beauty Sketches video (Dove, 2013) about how real women saw themselves compared to how others saw them. Gil holds a Masters in Education and a Bachelors in Behavioral Sciences; he lectures at SJSU on forensic art and eyewitness interviews. Gil practices meditation and completed intense programs in Compassion Cultivation Training (Stanford, 2017), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR, 2016); he’s also an advocate for mindfulness programs that contribute to the wellness of law enforcement personnel.
Larry Day is a retired sergeant for the San Jose Police Department with work experience and expertise in Robbery Investigations, Street Gangs, Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, Narcotics, the DEA Task Force, the FBI Task Force (Asian Organized Crime), Field Training, and Intelligence. Sgt. Day also has worked as a General Detective where he investigated Homicide, Robbery, and Sexual Assault cases. In addition to Robbery Investigation, Sgt. Day teaches courses on Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, Surveillance, Informant Development, Gang Homicide Investigation, and Prison Gangs.
Internal Affairs Instructor
Jeff Profio is a lieutenant with the San Jose Police Department and is currently assigned to patrol as a watch commander. Jeff is also a certified POST Master Instructor. In addition to Internal Affairs, Jeff has been assigned to the SJPD MERGE Team (SWAT), the Robbery Investigations Unit, the Vice Unit, the Covert Response Unit, and as a Field Training Officer.
Crime Scene Fundamentals Instructor
Lieutenant Stan McFadden has been with the San Jose Police Department since 1993. Stan is currently assigned to the Bureau of Administration as the Training Commander overseeing In-Service Training, Range Training, and carries the dual role as the San Jose Police Department’s Academy Director. Stan’s previous assignments include: Patrol Watch Commander, Child/Elder Abuse Detective, Gang Investigations Detective, Investigator and Supervisor in the Homicide/Crime Scene Unit, Field Training Officer, and Violent Crimes Enforcement Team Officer.
Crime Scene Fundamentals Instructor
Wakana Okuma has worked as a police officer for the San Jose Police Department since 2001. Wakana is currently assigned to the Homicide/Crime Scene Unit where she investigates homicides, officer-involved incidents, suspicious deaths, and child deaths. She has also previously worked in the Metro Unit and the Internal Affairs Unit. Wakana has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design from San Jose State University.
Media Relations Instructor
Officer Johnna Watson has been with the Oakland Police Department since 1992. She was a Reserve Officer for three years before being hired full time in 1995. She is currently assigned to the Office of the Chief of Police as a Public Information Officer in the Media Relations Office. She has held this position since 2011. She has worked assignments in the FTO Program, as an Internal Affairs In-Take Officer, Community Policing, Walking Beat, Bicycle Officer, Dual Purpose Motorcycle, Honor Guard, and as a Reserve, a boat operator in the Marine Unit. She has been an instructor for Firearms, Driving, Patrol Procedures, both in-service and for the Oakland Police Department Academy. She was named Reserve of the Year in 1993 and received the Department’s Medal of Merit in 2017 for her media management of the Ghost Ship Fire.
Interview & Interrogation Instructor
Sgt. Rafael Varela has been with the San Jose Police Department since 1999. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from San Jose State University. Rafael is currently assigned as a patrol supervisor. He has worked assignments as a Robbery Detective, Task Force Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Task Force Officer with the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (BNE), Special Operations METRO Unit and Patrol. Rafael received California Narcotic Officers Association (CNOA) Narcotics Officer of the Year Award in 2012.
Critical Incident Instructor
Lieutenant Brian Shab has been with the San Jose Police Department since 1998. He is currently the Commander of the Gang Investigations and Assaults Units. As an officer and sergeant, Brian worked in Patrol, Metro Unit, Field Training Program, and Office of the Chief- Research and Development. Brian served over nine years with the MERGE (SWAT) team as an officer, team leader and sergeant. He has also served as SJPD’s use of force expert and has testified as a subject matter expert in that capacity. In January of 2012, Brian received the department’s medal valor for his role in a hostage rescue.
Critical Incident Instructor
Sergeant Chris Sciba has been with the San Jose Police Department since 1996 and is currently assigned to the Field Training Program. Chris graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Administration of Justice. He has been assigned to the Parks Enforcement Unit, Horse Mounted Unit and the MERGE (SWAT) team. He is currently a collateral operator with the MERGE team as a sniper and explosive breacher after serving 8 years on the team full time as a team leader and unit supervisor. Chris has provided firearms and tactical instruction for local agencies and the SJPD Academy. Chris was awarded the SJPD Medal of Valor for his role in a hostage rescue crisis.
Police Leadership Instructor
Captain Randy Schriefer began his law enforcement career with the California Highway Patrol in 1995 and was assigned to the West Los Angeles and San Jose area offices. In March 1999, Randy lateraled to San Jose Police Department. Randy currently oversees the Bureau of Field Operations, Foothill Division, which covers an area of approximately 42 square miles with a population of over 350,000 residents. As a Lieutenant, Randy commanded Patrol, Bureau of Technical Services, the San Jose Mineta International Airport – to include EOD K9’s and Air Support (Helicopter and Fixed Wing), and Internal Affairs. As an officer and sergeant, Randy worked a variety of assignments including Patrol, Field Training Program, Traffic Enforcement Unit (Motors), Family Violence & Threat Assessment Unit, Robbery Unit, Sexual Assaults Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), Child Exploitation Detail and High Tech/Forensics. Randy is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University.
Officer Involved Incident Instructor
John L. Barg is a sergeant with the San Jose Police Department and is currently assigned to the Homicide Unit (second tour of duty) where he is responsible for the investigation of homicides and officer involved incidents. John was previously assigned to the Narcotics/Covert Investigations Unit where he investigated narcotics trafficking and organized crime. John was also a member of an FBI task force and spent a year undercover during a multi-agency sting operation. He has lectured on basic homicide investigation, undercover operations, and white collar crime. John has Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California Davis in Rhetoric and Political Science.
Officer Involved Incident Instructor
Sgt. JJ Vallejo has worked for both the Redwood City Police Department and the San Jose Police Department where he began in 2002. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from San Jose State University. JJ is currently assigned as a patrol supervisor. He has worked assignments as an FTO, Undercover Officer with the SJPD Narcotic Covert Investigations Unit (NCI), as a homicide detective, and as a Union Labor Representative with both the Redwood City POA and the San Jose POA.
Lt. Kendra Nunes has been with the San Jose Police Department since 1992. She began her career as a Public Safety Dispatcher where she was a Communications Training Officer (CTO) and Academy instructor. After becoming a police officer in 2000, she worked assignments in patrol and as a Detective in Family Violence, Background Investigations, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Child Exploitation Detail. She conducted hundreds of investigations involving child sexual abuse and child pornography. Lt. Nunes is also a certified holistic health coach trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and attended Evergreen Valley College. She is an instructor for The Parent Project, and she regularly teaches Internet Safety, Defensive Tactics, and topics relating to nutrition, technology, and sexual assault investigations.
Death Investigation/Cold Case Homicide Instructor
Michael Gaynor started his law enforcement career with the Daly City Police Department in 1979. In 1982 he left Daly City and went to the San Francisco Police Department where he retired in 2010 as an Inspector assigned to homicide. Michael currently works at the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office assigned to the Cold Case unit. His past assignments have been: Crime Scene Investigation, Robbery Investigations, Domestic Violence Detail, General Works Detail (person crimes), and Homicide Investigations. Michael has lectured on Death Investigation, Homicide Investigation, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Crime Scene Investigation, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Crime Scene Photography, and Officer Involved Shooting Investigations. Michael has Bachelor and Master degrees from San Jose State University in Administration of Justice.
Elder Abuse Instructor
Andrea Higgens has a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in Political Science from the University of Oregon. Andrea started as a police officer with the Redwood City Police Department in 1999 before moving to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office in 2010, where she currently works as a DA Inspector. Andrea has helped plan and implement an extremely effective countywide multidisciplinary elder protection initiative, and she has been investigating and assisting in the prosecution of elder abuse cases since 2011. Andrea’s passion for protecting elders has led her to train law enforcement officers and detectives, firefighters, dispatchers, and deputy coroners in recognizing and responding effectively to elder abuse.
Search & Seizure Instructor
David Hubbard has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management and an Associate of Science in the Administration of Justice. David is currently working toward his Master of Science in Administration at the California State University, Bakersfield. David began his career in 2007 with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office where he has advanced to the rank of Sergeant. David has worked in numerous assignments throughout his career including as a Detective in the Robbery/Homicide Unit, Sexual Assault and Abuse Investigations Unit and Burglary/Theft Unit. David is also certified as a Bomb Technician and Post Blast Investigator and has completed numerous state and federal investigations in this capacity. David has developed a passion for criminal law, specifically in the area of constitutional law and search warrants. David has trained law enforcement from throughout the state in Search and Seizure, Sexual Assault Investigations, Interview and Interrogation and Search Warrants. David assisted in the development of one of the first electronic search warrant systems in the State of California. David is also an instructor for the Kern Regional Training Center in the topics of Search and Seizure, Laws of Arrest and Presentation of Evidence and Courtroom Testimony.
Internal Affairs Instructor
Tony Ruelas has been with the San Jose Police
Department since 2000 and is currently a sergeant assigned to the Human Trafficking Task Force. He also oversees the Juvenile and Missing Persons Investigations Unit. Tony has been assigned to Internal Affairs, Metro, Gang Suppression Unit, Field Training Program and SJPD MERGE (SWAT).
Behavioral Threat Assessment Instructor
Sgt. Glenn Albin works for the San Jose Police Department and has been in law enforcement since 1997. He has held a variety of assignments including, Field Training Officer, Homicide Detective, Reserve Officer Coordinator, Canine Handler, Undercover Narcotics Investigator and Training Instructor. As a detective, Officer Albin received the Outstanding Duty Award for his work on a Capitol Murder case. He is also a graduate of the POST Master Instructor Certification Course (MICC).
Interview & Interrogation Instructor
Randy Wagner recently retired from the DEA as the Assistant Regional Director of DEA’s Middle East Region located in Ankara, Turkey. In this capacity, Randy was responsible for the managerial oversight operationally and administratively for nine DEA Country Offices which covered 32 countries in the Middle East. Prior to his Middle East assignment, Randy served as an Office of Professional Responsibility Inspector, Resident Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Santa Rosa Office, where he also served as the NORCAL HIDTA Initiative Commander, Group Supervisor of a HIDTA Enforcement Group in Honolulu, Hawaii and DEA Marijuana Eradication Coordinator for Hawaii, Guam and Saipan. In 2013, Randy was recognized by the NORCAL HIDTA as the Initiative Commander of the Year for his leadership and efforts targeting large drug trafficking organizations in Northern California. Randy began his DEA career assigned to the El Paso, Texas Field Division as a Special Agent in 1998. Prior to DEA, Randy was an Atlanta Police Officer for five years. Randy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of West Georgia.
Statement Analysis Instructor
Matt Irvine worked as a Detective with the Glendale, California Police Department, investigating sex crimes and family violence before transferring to Robbery/Homicide. He moved to the San Francisco District Attorney Bureau of Investigations, assigned to public corruption investigations. Matt reached the rank of Lieutenant, overseeing the Public Corruption Task Force (with the FBI) and the investigation of officer-involved incidents. After retiring from sworn service, Matt joined the Portland Police Bureau as a background investigator. He currently works as a cold case sex crimes investigator. Matt is a graduate of Columbia University, the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, and the FBI National Academy.