Los Angeles/Orange County Division
Southern California Leadership
Southern California Projects Director
P.J. Guida comes to Knowledge Saves Lives, Inc. with more than 30 years of law enforcement experience in the Southern California area. He rose through the ranks of law enforcement, eventually being promoted to Police Lieutenant with the Santa Monica Police Department. He is currently assigned as the Special Assistant to the Director at the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (L.A. IMPACT). He began his career in law enforcement as a forensic specialist and worked various assignments to include Patrol, Community Relations, Public Information Officer (PIO), Internal Affairs, Youth & Family Services, SWAT, Narcotics (L.A. IMPACT), and various crime impact teams. In 2002, Lieutenant Guida was awarded the Young Police Officer of the Year Award for his work in helping establish the department’s first Youth & Family Services Division. P.J has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice - Management, a graduate of the FBI National Academy (#218), and the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training’s (POST) Command College.
Southern California Client Services Coordinator
Michael began his distinguished 20+ year law enforcement career with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and later transferred to the Santa Monica Police Department. During his time in Santa Monica, Michael was selected for numerous special assignments which included: Mounted Patrol, SWAT, Gangs/Narcotics, Administration, Detective Sergeant and served as a patrol supervisor until his retirement. Michael has many years of training and was responsible for writing the department’s Field Training Manual and Policy and Procedures manual. Michael was also an adjunct professor at the community college level and private universities. After his retirement, Michael spent 10 years in the private sector as a regional sales manager working with prestigious companies such as Heckler and Koch until his recent retirement. Michael brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to our team which he looks forward to sharing with our clients.
Training Team Supervisor
Sergio has 31 years of law enforcement experience in Southern California. During his time with Gardena PD, he worked patrol, motor officer, training officer, narcotics detective, traffic investigator, and was on SWAT as an operator or a team leader for over 28 years. He was on the peer support team and a department instructor in the areas of use of force, arrest and control, and driving. In addition, Sergio was instrumental in successfully managing a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety involving 20 agencies in LA County worth over $1.2 million annually. After promoting to Sergeant, he oversaw SWAT, District 3 supervisor (southern section of the City of Gardena), and a patrol shift supervisor. He was the weekend night shift Watch Commander when he retired this past year. Sergio was also employed for almost 15 years at El Camino College as a consultant for the South Bay Police Academy and an Adjunct faculty for the Administration of Justice department.
Training Team Supervisor
Tony has over 25 years of law enforcement experience with the Fullerton Police Department. Early in his career, he was a full time DARE officer and spent three years as a School Resource Officer. He has worked as a detective in the Family Crimes Unit and as a detective in an under-cover capacity. He spent several years as a Field Training Officer before being promoted to Sergeant. As a Sergeant, he supervised the Field Training Program, Family Crimes Unit, and the Gang Unit before being promoted to Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, he has managed Patrol, the Traffic Bureau and currently manages the Investigations Bureau which encompasses: Crimes Persons, Property Crimes, Special Investigations Unit, Narcotics, Community Services and Crime Scene Investigations. Tony is also part of a county wide training cadre that teaches Police Officers how to respond to Active Shooter incidents. Tony has been part of the SWAT team for over 20 years and rose from operator to Team Leader and ultimately, Commander. Tony also developed and manages the UAS/DRONE program at Fullerton Police Department and is a FAA approved pilot.