Sergeant Banning is the President & CEO of D∙Prep Inc .
Sergeant Elmo Banning is veteran officer with the Sacramento City Police Department. During his 28 year career he was assigned to a variety of positions. He served for over 10 years in the Patrol/Field Operations Division as an Officer and a Sergeant. He has an extensive investigative background and served over 18 years in the Detective Division, 13 of which as a supervisor in the Narcotic’s Division.
He has attended several specialized schools over the years and is a graduate of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s, Drug Unit Commanders Academy, located in Quantico, Virginia. The California Narcotic Officers’ Association has recognized him twice as the “Narcotic Officer of the Year”.
Sergeant Banning has been certified by the University of California at Davis to instruct Department of Homeland Security courses and is a certificated instructor for the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training.
Sergeant Banning instructed at the California State Department of Justice’s Advanced Training Center for over 17 years. Sergeant Banning instructed for a number of years at the Regional Counter-Drug Training Academy located at the Meridian Naval Air Station in Mississippi. Sergeant Banning is an adjunct instructor for Humboldt State University and for the State Center Community College District located in Fresno, Ca
Sergeant Banning presents DPrep’s Critical Incident Response Courses a national level and has taught throughout the entire United States.
In October of 2010, Sergeant Banning was selected to serve as an Advisory Committee Member to the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training and continues to serve in that capacity.
Sergeant Banning has been involved in a number of critical incidents as a first responding field supervisor and as the shift watch commander. He brings a unique perspective of education, professional instructor qualifications and real-life experiences to his presentations. Sergeant Banning retired in July of 2008 and now resides Sacramento, California.
Lt. JOHN KANE (ret.) Sacramento Police Department and Founder of D-PREP LLC. Lt. John Kane worked as a Police Officer in the City of Sacramento for almost twenty-seven years. During his career he has worked almost every assignment you can have as a police officer.
Lt. Kane has an extensive Military background. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army at the age of nineteen and served in an Infantry Company with the 82nd Airborne Division in Vietnam from 1968 through 1969. He commanded a Military Police Company for almost five years in the Army Reserves; and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor and was wounded in combat and holds two Purple Hearts.
Lt. Kane has both a Master’s and a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, majoring in Criminal Justice/Government. He is currently an Associate Professor at Cal State Long Beach, teaching Emergency Planning and Management along with Leadership and Management classes in the Graduate School of Emergency Management. For twelve years he has been on the faculty of the Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA, as an adjunct instructor teaching at their Emergency Management Institute, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy course as a Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, and the FEMA Incident Command System – Train the Trainers course, along with many other schools. He was chosen by FEMA in May 2000 to write the Terrorism First Response Lesson Plan for Law Enforcement that is now used to teach officers nationwide how to respond to a terrorist attack. Lt. Kane was a contributing author, along with several other nationally recognized instructors from FEMA, in a recently published book entitled, Terrorism: Defensive Strategies For Individuals, Companies And Governments.
He has served on the California Governor’s Committee of Law Enforcement Specialists in the Standardized Emergency Management System – SEMS, for over three years. While on this committee he helped to write and develop the book known as: The California Law Enforcement Guide for Emergency Operations. He also wrote the 2005 update project for this book. In March 2002, Lt. Kane was the single recipient of the most prestigious award in California for a law enforcement instructor: The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Peace Officer Training, for his work in Disaster and Critical Incident Response training.
Lt. Kane has commanded over fifty critical incidents and was the Incident Commander at the April 1995 Unabomber attack in Sacramento. After a five-year research project, he founded his own company, D-PREP, LLC. In 1996 he developed a four-day course entitled Disaster Preparation and Management. Lt. Kane is currently a senior instructor for the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security where he teaches Awareness and Response courses in the field of Agroterrorism.
Tom Sweeney is a retired Sacramento Police Department Lieutenant and the Division Director of the Hostage Negotiations / Internal Affairs Division of D-Prep, Inc. He spent 32 years with the Sacramento Police Department serving the Sacramento Community. During his career, Tom spent nearly twelve years as a Patrol Watch Commander; commanded the Special Investigations Division for three years; was the commander of the Sacramento Police Department’s hostage negotiations team; served as the back-up for the full-time SWAT commander; and spent over five years on both the Sacramento Police Officers Association and the Sacramento City Exempt Employees Association Boards, with a combined four years spent as Vice President at the two Associations. Tom has taught crisis negotiations response and management to hundreds of law enforcement officers and managers across the country. He is currently training and consulting on Crisis Negotiations, Internal Affairs, leadership, and other topics.
Jim Hyde was the Police Chief for the Antioch Police Department. He has 31 years of law enforcement experience with the Novato, Sacramento, Davis, and Antioch Police Departments. Chief Hyde has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Dakota, a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Professional School of Psychology, Sacramento. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Delinquency Control Institute. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police sponsored by the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and the Police Executive Research Forum. Chief Hyde is a certified Executive Coach and he is also a doctoral student studying Organizational Psychology. He teaches contemporary law enforcement issues for the State of California’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Program. Chief Hyde is also a co-founder and past president of the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat. The WCPR is a trauma treatment program for emergency service professionals from Guam to London. He was the co-coordinator of the Sacramento Police Department’s Peer Support Program for 14 years. He has taught and developed peer support programs for law enforcement agencies throughout the country for the past 20 years. He is a member of the Sacramento Regional Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. For the past 8 years, Chief Hyde has provided volunteer trauma recovery consulting to the California National Guard by helping to develop a Peer Support Program for California soldiers deploying to and returning from the Middle East. He is currently working with the Department of Defense to expand the California National Guard’s Peer To Peer Program nationwide. He has been a presenter for the 2008 and 2009 Department of Defense/VA National Suicide Prevention Conference. He is the recipient of the California National Guard’s Medal of Merit in 2007. He is also the recipient of the Association of the United States Army’s Patrick Henry Distinguished Service Award in 2007.
Jeffrey H. Solomon is the Director of School Operations with DPrep Inc., K-12/University division.
Jeff is a nationally recognized expert in school safety and has spoken at various events such as the Wisconsin School Resource Officers Conference, the Department of Justice Conference presenting on “Missing and Abducted Children” in Texas and recently met with the United States Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, to discuss K-12 responses to active shooter events.
Jeff has been in law enforcement for 27 years and has an extensive background in the complex field of public safety in the school environment. He has worked for the California State University Police Department and the Grant School District Police Department – six (6) years of which he served as the Chief of Police. Jeff also served as an Interim Chief of Police for a Central Valley California city for a little over a year. In addition, he also worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.
During his tenure with Grant School District Police Department, Jeff was responsible for implementing their School Resource Officer program within the Grant School District and he was the architect behind the District’s “Trek to Success” curriculum, a youth team building and mentoring outdoors program. Jeff Solomon holds a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice Management. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) at the Police Executive Research Forum, along with the LAPD’s West Point Leadership program. In 2002, he was named the “Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year” by the California School Resource Officers Association and in 1998 he received a Meritorious Commendation Award for Life Saving while with the Grant School District Police Department.
Sgt. MIKE HENKLE (ret.) Fresno County Sheriff’s Department and Chief of the Corrections Division of D-Prep Inc. Sgt. Henkle worked for the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department for over 17 years and was medically retired due to an injury sustained while on duty. He has worked at every detention facility within the Sheriff’s Department, including the Branch Jail before it was closed in the early 1990’s.
His last assignment prior to retirement was as the Training Unit Supervisor. He held this position for the last seven years of his career.
He worked every floor in every facility as a correctional officer, as well as being a Jail Training Officer for two years prior to promoting to sergeant. As a sergeant, he supervised every facility and was also the administrative sergeant for two years. After that, he became the Training Unit Supervisor for the next seven years. He was a sergeant for eleven of his seventeen years with the department.
During his time in the Training Unit, he served as the Correctional Academy Coordinator and has taught most subjects within the academy. He is a certified instructor in Chemical Agents, Pepperball, Expandable Baton, Simunitions, Firearms, Sling Systems, Diversionary Devices and Less Lethal Impact Munitions. He has conducted several high intensity tactical training scenarios for his department’s first responders and SERT team. In 2003 he became a Master Instructor for Pepperball Technologies, Inc. He has instructed courses with the Pepperball Systems throughout numerous agencies in California and Nevada.
Sgt. Henkle has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and a minor in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno. He is an adjunct faculty instructor with the State Center Community College District. He has taught the Introduction to Corrections course; and currently teaches in the Supervisors CORE course and the Juvenile Counselor Academy. When the Critical Incident Command teams were developed in his department, he was appointed as one of the team leaders for the department’s Critical Incident Command teams. He has participated in several major critical incidents and training drills in the field and in the detention facilities; from being the Incident Commander, Operations OIC, and Logistics OIC. He has served in these capacities during the following situations: a barricaded gunman/hostage, active shooters, suicides, forest fires, loss of facility water, and loss of facility power, and search and rescues. He has taught the Incident Command System to management, supervisors and line officers in patrol and corrections. For six years he was a department coordinator for the Peer Counseling Program where he conducted or coordinated Critical Incident Stress Debriefings. He has lead or coordinated with mental health professionals the debriefings for Officer Involved Shootings, Line of Duty Deaths, Officer Deaths, and Suicides.
He is very involved in youth sports within his community. He is the past president of the youth soccer league, assistant commissioner for girl’s softball. Along with coaching these two sports, he also coaches basketball and Babe Ruth baseball. His wife Kristi is a third grade teacher and they have four children: Claire 16, Cameron 15, Kaycee 10, and Cole 4.
Gary Gregson is a retired Lieutenant with the Sacramento Police Department and a seasoned instructor for the Hostage Negotiations / Internal Affairs Division of D-Prep Inc.
He gave nearly 30 years of service to the Sacramento community. During his career, Gary spent three tours of duty in Internal Affairs and over ten years as the commander of the Sacramento Police Department’s hostage negotiations team.
During his stint as negotiator commander, Gary responded to over 200 critical incidents, such as barricaded subjects, suicidal individuals, and hostage takings. Lt. Gregson was a patrol division watch commander and has commanded dozens of critical incidents. Gary is the founder of the popular crisis negotiator training web site: NegotiatorCentral.com
Gary has taught critical incident response and management to hundreds of law enforcement officers and managers across the country. He is currently training and consulting on both topics of Critical Incident Response and Internal Affairs for both police and fire service organizations. Gary recently developed a very popular course being presented nationwide, “Officer Involved Shootings for Field Supervisors”, which addresses the practical responsibilities of supervisors responding to such challenging, trying and often tragic events. As well, Gary and his staff of highly experienced presenters have produced courses on Domestic Violence when officers are involved and when crisis negotiators are called to duty. Each situation delivers unique challenges to crisis repsonders worldwide.
Sgt. Susan Feenstra is currently assigned as the Employee Services Unit Peer Support Coordinator for the Sacramento Police Department. Sgt. Feenstra was one of the original founders of the Sacramento Police Department’s Peer Support Program and has been the Program Coordinator for the past 21 years. Sgt. Feenstra has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Sacramento. She has received numerous awards for her work in Problem Oriented Policing, including an award from the Attorney General of the State California for her innovative work in this area. Sgt. Feenstra has help start and guide at least 18 other law enforcement agencies in starting or expanding Peer Support Programs, including the Sacramento Sheriff\’s Department, California Highway Patrol, California State Police, and California Department of Motor Vehicles. Sgt. Feenstra was named the 1995 Woman Peace Officer of the Year for California, the Jaycee’s 1995 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and the YWCA’s 1995 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. She currently teaches Peer Support and Critical Incidents at the Sacramento Police Academy and other organizations. Sgt. Feenstra is a critical incident stress debriefer certified through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
Retired Lieutenant Brian Banning is currently on contract assignment to the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA). Employed as a senior analyst with Systems Research and Applications (SRA) International, Brian works on statewide issues within CalEMA’s Critical Infrastructure Protection division. Prior to this assignment he was the Assistant Commander of the Sacramento Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center (RTTAC); a multi-agency intelligence fusion center that supports the case work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation led Joint Terrorism Task Force at the Top Secret level. At the RTTAC he also worked on Critical Infrastructure Protection matters with the California Office of Homeland Security conducting threat and vulnerability assessments and enhancing security on selected critical infrastructure sites. Brian served with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office for over 25 years. In the Sacramento County jails, Brian developed the jail intelligence concept, creating and developing Sacramento’s program to four full-time deputy sheriffs. In addition to his normal duties, Brian has been involved in Hostage Negotiations for 16 years, participating in over 275 critical incidents, 100 at command rank. He has served as an elected member of the California Association of Hostage Negotiators’ Executive Board for 8 years, including President and is now an Honorary Life Member, ex president. Lieutenant Banning holds a B.A. in Police Science and has completed over 1000 hours of additional training in Hostage Negotiations and Law Enforcement incident command. His articles have been published in the ‘California Association of Hostage Negotiators Magazine’ several times. A well known instructor with international speaking experience, Brian has authored or collaborated on and instructed numerous courses on: Civil Disturbance; Civil Liability; Hostage Negotiations (from basic to command); Racial Profiling; Infrastructure Security and Threat Assessments; Buffer Zone Protection Program; Terrorism Intelligence Fusion; and Domestic Terrorism Attacks. Brian’s dedication to public service has been recognized by his Department through numerous awards for service at critical incidents; by elected officials for his policing projects and is further recognized by the California Governor’s Office of Homeland Security for his efforts and work in Critical Infrastructure Protection.
Sgt. Tim Hunter recently retired from the Sacramento Police Department after a 28 year career. He was a Hostage Negotiator for 15 years, serving as the primary negotiator on many incidents. He was a team leader for several years and participated in over 200 callouts in all roles on the HNT team including several as the Command Liaison Officer.
Among his many accomplishments, Tim served on the POST Blue Ribbon Committee for the Negotiations component of AB991, the current law in the State of California that developed the Tactical Team Standards and Training throughout the State.
Sgt. Hunter is currently serving as the State Conference Chair for the California Association of Hostage Negotiators – CAHN, and is a Senior Instructor in Hostage Negotiations for D-Prep Inc.
In addition to several years of providing in-house training for the Sacramento PD, Tim has also presented classes at the CA Hostage Negotiators events statewide, at the California Tactical Dispatcher Association’s annual conference and has presented Hostage Negotiations curriculum at the first annual Negotiator’s Conference at the Beijing People’s Police College in 2004.
Tammy Holtan Arnol was a school counselor and teacher in the Verona Area School District, in Verona, Wisconsin, for over 20 years. In her most recent position, Tammy led the adoption of the Nurtured Heart Approach as a School Board endorsed method for interacting with students, staff and families. For D-Prep Inc., Tammy teaches NHA to school staff and law enforcement.
Tammy believes that violence prevention includes embracing every moment as a means to build connection and reduce isolation, and she has taught and coached hundreds of school staff to employ NHA to do just that. Tammy is an NHA advanced trainer and was selected as a national peer leader to assist in the training of other trainers. As such, she has trained with and been mentored by NHA creator, Howard Glasser.
Tammy feels a kinship with school counselors, classroom teachers and all school staff. She has seen how staff have improved their relationships as well as the behaviors and well-being of their students through NHA. Her professional interests include how NHA contributes to equity, culturally responsive practices, social-emotional learning, mindfulness, gratitude, and staff wellness. Tammy is a board-certified counselor and recently completed a term on the board of directors of the Wisconsin School Counselor Association.