John is the founder of CBL Training and Consulting, which began in 2004. He is a sergeant at a major California law enforcement agency where he leads a crisis intervention training unit. He is Advanced Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified. He has worked street patrol, auto theft and drug investigations, general crimes, and as a police academy instructor (criminal law, impaired driving, and physical training). He has been certified as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and DRE instructor, homicide investigator, crime scene investigator (CSI), electronic surveillance (wiretap) operator, advanced sex crimes investigator, auto theft investigator, DOJ-BNE narcotics investigator, advanced rural and urban surveillance, and methamphetamine laboratory investigations among other certifications.
Before becoming a peace officer, he was an "Outdoor Adventure Education Supervisor" for an at-risk youth program with the Tulare County Office of Education. He also worked for King's View Center as a "Child Care Worker" in a live-in substance abuse treatment facility in Fresno County. John served as a seasonal US Forest Service Wildland Firefighter in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Kings Canyon.
John is an honorably discharged, non-commissioned officer, U.S. Army veteran of the 75th Ranger Regiment, the 25th Infantry Division, as well as an augmented member of the Joint Task Force - Full Accounting (JTF-FA)(62nd JFA)(Socialist Republic of Viet Nam). He is currently a Chaplain's Assistant (serving all faiths) with the California State Military Reserve (Army) and is working toward a Master's Degree in Religious Studies, Seminary, and a military officer's commission. John is certified by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc in "Assisting Individuals in Crisis" and "Group Crisis Intervention."
John has thousands of hours of domestic and international instructional experience from youth to adults and from a diverse international spectrum of law enforcement officials to private citizens. John is a POST certified academy instructor, scenario coordinator, Institute of Criminal Investigation and Instructor Development Institute Level II instructor, POST physical training instructor, Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) instructor, SFST instructor to instructors, and Force Options Simulator instructor.
He has been involved in a deadly police combat shooting, has watched a fellow officer suffer gunshot wounds, and has witnessed the death of a fellow peace officer. John has been shot twice in the line of duty and he takes employee and public safety very serious.
John graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia Southern University with a bachelor's in general psychology and focuses his practical and educational achievements on tactical bio-psychology and outdoor adventure.
John has been married sine 1996, has children, enjoys serious outdoor adventure, is an ultramarathon runner (110K), an Ironman (140.6) finisher, and is a Christian.