Jesus M. Villahermosa, Jr. has been a deputy sheriff with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department since 1981.  He is currently a Sergeant for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department serving in the Patrol Division at the South Hill Precinct after serving as the Supervisor of the Court Security Division of the County/City Building for four years where he coordinated and supervised the security for high profile criminal and civil cases.  Jesus also served 15 months as the Director of Campus Safety at Pacific Lutheran University in a contract partnership where he worked all security aspects related to staff and student safety at the University.  He was the first certified Master Defensive Tactics Instructor for law enforcement personnel in the state of Washington and was also a Firearm’s Instructor.  He has been on the Pierce County Sheriff’s S.W.A.T. Team since 1983 where he currently serves as the point man on the entry team. 

            In 1986, Jesus began his own consulting business and recently changed the name of his company to Crisis Reality Training, Inc.  Since 1988, he has primarily focused specifically on the issues of school related and workplace violence.  He has taught over 500,000 professionals and students across the United States and in Canada about issues regarding gangs, youth violence, workplace violence, school safety and rape and assault prevention.  He has been the featured keynote speaker at numerous national and Canadian educational conferences.  Jesus has also spoken to thousands of students all over the country in motivational assemblies regarding themes of choices, consequences and respect.  Jesus served as a committee member on the Washington State Safe Schools Advisory Committee from 1994 to 1998.  In June of 1997, Jesus began teaching as a guest instructor for F.E.M.A. at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland where Emergency Management Services and schools are establishing partnerships to minimize the impact of youth violence in our nation's schools. 

 

            In June of 1998, Jesus was selected to be one of the State's committee members on the Governor's Youth Violence Summit for Governor Locke.  Jesus attended and completed a course taught by the United State Secret Services' National Threat Assessment Center in Washington, D.C. where targeted school and workplace violence prevention was the focus of the course.  Only 26 to 30 police officers from around the United States are accepted into this course, which is only offered four times a year.  Jesus has taught hundreds of school districts around the country in numerous school related issues with one of the most popular courses covering lockdown development and implementation.  Jesus' extensive knowledge in the area of lockdown makes this course a must for any institution trying to create a lockdown plan as part of their crisis response plan.

Jesus has also spoken for corporate America on issues relating to workplace violence and has taught to some of the largest corporations in the country.  Jesus' personal experiences as a law enforcement officer and SWAT Team member, past and present, in the areas of violence in our society, keeps his information fresh and up to date. 

            In addition to co-producing segments of The Sheriff's Report on Comcast Cable, Jesus has been a guest or interviewed for a variety of radio and T.V. talk shows including CBC radio in Canada and NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.  He has been quoted in numerous national publications including The New York Times and most recently, the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Jesus has written a gang reference guide for education professionals and is featured in numerous videos covering topics such as Gangs, Breaking Up Fights, Use of Force Issues, Campus Intruder Contacts and Work Place Violence.

             Jesus' experience as a law enforcement officer has fueled his passion for people and their emotional, mental, and physical safety.  His humor, real-life stories from the streets, and the practical application of the taught techniques guarantee for a memorable presentation that transforms participants and offers real-life resources for crisis or vulnerable situations.
            His thought provoking ideas are given with a humorous note and will surely inspire those in attendance in believing that they can help to make our schools and workplaces a safer place to learn, teach, and work!

Jesus Villahermosa is available for Keynote and conference seminars.

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