Board of Advisors
Leading Human Factors Expert, Craig E. Geis, (LTC. US Army Ret.) MBA, MA, is Co-Founder of California Training Institute. Craig has extensive background in error and risk management and is a Certified Force Science Analyst. LTC. Geis was a career army pilot, developed the military’s Crew Resource Management (CRM) training program to address human error, and is a former instructor for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, University of Maryland, and the University of San Francisco. He has served as an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, providing instruction in numerous courses on Safety Management and Human Factors. Craig holds an M.A. in Psychology from Austin Peay State University, a B.A. in Management from C.W. Post College in New York, and an MBA in Management from Georgia Southern College. At the time of his military retirement, Lt. Col. Geis was the US Army’s Lead Safety Specialist in Aviation Human Factors.
Joel Suss, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Psychology (Human Factors) at Wichita State University, Kansas. His research focuses on human performance and cognition in complex, dynamic, and often stressful operational settings. He has conducted decision-making research with police officers, pilots, and wildland firefighters. His approach seeks to identify and define expertise in operational settings, understand the perceptual-cognitive basis for expertise and skilled performance, and design and validate solutions to mitigate error, accelerate training, and improve resilience. Joel has a keen interest in use-of-force training, firearms safety, defensive tactics, police use of body-worn cameras, and sustained attention tasks (e.g., monitoring multiple CCTV surveillance cameras, conducting a stakeout). He is often dismayed by the lack of scientific research that addresses issues that police trainers and administrators face on a daily basis. Therefore, he is committed to supporting law enforcement by conducting use-inspired research that applies scientific principles and theories to inform police training and operations.
Blair Alexander (Colonel US Army Ret.), M.B.A, is currently an Inspector with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and a contract instructor with the California Training Institute facilitating their CA-POST certified course entitled; Force Encounters Analysis. Blair retired as a Lieutenant from Oakland PD (CA), where he served for over 20 years holding positions as SWAT Tactical Commander & Entry Operator, Patrol Watch Commander & Supervisor, Violence Suppression Unit Commander, Internal Affairs Officer-Involved Shooting Investigator, Field Training Officer, and Departmental Range Master. Blair also retired as a Colonel (Infantry) from the US Army with 30 years of combined active & reserve service, including a deployment to Iraq as a member of the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team. He is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY (BS – 81), Santa Clara University in CA (MBA – 92), and the US Army War College in PA (Masters of Strategic Studies – 05).
There is a fundamental need for law enforcement agencies to acknowledge human capabilities in policy, procedure, tactics, and training. This cultural shift enables law enforcement to fall in line with other high risk occupations such as the airline, transportation and medical industries. Recommendations for Human Factors applications in policing come from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, The Police Executive Research Forum, International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, the Law Enforcement Executive Forum, and the National Institute of Justice (to name a few!).