Mr. West has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, having worked at various levels within the largest state law enforcement agency in California and fifth largest in the nation. His experience with the Department included time as a Motor Officer and Sergeant, a Commercial Vehicle Officer, a Tactical Instructor, a Mobile Field Force Leader, and as the Department Occupational Safety Manager. In 2016, he was appointed as the Regular Basic Course Director for the largest Police Academy in California, pioneering change in curriculum delivery with a focus on officer wellness and stress resiliency first. He has served as an advisor to the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) relative to officer safety, curriculum design, and crisis intervention training. Mr. West commanded a state-of-the-art Commercial Vehicle Enforcement facility in California and served as Commander for the Department’s hiring and recruitment, crisis intervention training, and Field Officer training programs. Mr. West ended his career with a large command in a busy metropolitan area.

A staunch advocate for officer safety and wellness, he and his team were recognized twice by receiving the prestigious California POST Excellence in Training Award for the development and execution of new, innovative training programs. A founding board member and National Instructor of Below 100, he has dedicated his career to preventing and reducing deaths in the line of duty and injury across the country.

Mr. West also has extensive leadership, operational, and training experience, serving in the United States Air Force, finishing his military service as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Director of Security Forces, Headquarters Air Force, Washington DC. He was responsible for organizing, training, and equipping more than 38,000 active, guard, and reserve Air Force personnel. His extensive knowledge of contemporary Use of Force guidelines led to his selection as lead author in overhauling Use of Force policy for the US Air Force. After 33 years of service, Mr. West retired at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in 2022.


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