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Rick Michelson

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Rick Michelson has 30 years of law enforcement experience which includes holding rank as a Sergeant with the San Diego Police Department, the University of California police in San Diego, a Lieutenant with California Polytechnic University, Pomona police, and as "Interim" Chief with Grossmont Community College’s police.  He is currently a Reserve Lieutenant with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department in their Backgrounds Unit.  Rick holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration. He is a full-time criminal justice professor at a Grossmont Community College (San Diego area), and an adjunct professor at Webster University where he teaches Criminal Psychology and Emergency Planning at the Master’s level. Rick is certified as a Leadership & Ethics Trainer through a California State Chancellors' Community College grant (in conjunction with Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society).

The text and workshops, include content, strategies and methodology used in many of the core exercises used in Assessment Centers including:


  • Assessment Centers; History, development and validity
  • Subordinate Counseling Role Play
  • Personnel scenarios
  • In-Basket
  • Oral Presentation
  • Leaderless Groups
  • Meeting Management
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Situational Judgment Tests
  • Written projects
  • Community presentation

The book (and courses) also cover non-assessment center methods, such as:


  • Oral Panel Interviews
  • Personnel Scenarios
  • Tactical / Operational Scenarios
  • Accomplishment Survey

According to the Authors, "This book is full of helpful topics to get you focused before you take that next promotional exam, including assessment centers or related performance based scenarios. It also has a chapter just on Interview Panels, with many sample scenarios for practice!


Each component of the Assessment Center process is covered in detail, along with a list of behavioral dimensions that the candidate who is ready for the job, should be able to demonstrate. Note that while the book and our materials are geared to help you get ready for any type of assessment process, the core of our program and the text, is to help you get ready for the job itself. If you have done all you can by strengthening your skills to become a strong supervisor, you still have to consider the political and even personal issues that undoubtedly will surface. Keep in mind building relationships is a critical component of any good supervisor or manager.


The more you know about the process and what to expect, the more likely you are to be more prepared for the job!  If you don't have the skill sets to do the job, the temperament, leadership skills, organizational skills, supervisory skills, and so on, you're simply not ready to take on that new role yet!”


Better to wait and build up your strengths first! Are you attending supervisory or management courses? Working on your degree?  Practicing your supervisory, organizational or administrative skills?   You cannot read any book and simply expect to "dazzle" assessors.  They will see your "real" readiness levels, so don't assume you can merely "wing it!" and succeed!”


This book introduces a broad, in-depth look at security planning and procedures. Students will learn to develop skills in interviewing and interrogation techniques, intelligence gathering, surveillances, perimeter and crime scene security, criminal evidence preservation and collection, and principles of crowd and riot control. Additional topics include threat assessment and response, and facility security and vulnerabilities. This text also helps students develop skills in substance abuse recognition, theft, sabotage and espionage. It also covers techniques for dealing with computer security, electronic criminal investigations, firewalls and security software as well as crime prevention techniques. Additional topics include crime prevention, security access control, and security force management.


This book is designed to provide students with a basic and philosophical understanding of the investigatory processes regarding Crimes Against Persons: Death Investigations Crimes Against Persons; specifically Assault/Battery, Robbery, Kidnapping and Sex crimes investigations. Students will explore the fundamental and advanced features of first responder responsibilities, on-scene investigation, analysis of problems encountered in interviewing, autopsy process and results, laboratory processes and results, evidence collection and use of technology.


An introduction to the investigative concepts involved in the “Crime Scene Dynamics” of processing the aftermath of a criminal incident. Covers how to respond to crime scenes, and examines the multitude of responsibilities involved, such as: the identifying and preserving evidence, isolating and interviewing witnesses, isolating and protecting the crime scene, developing fingerprints and identifying and locating suspects.

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