Crisis Reality Training

Crisis Reality Training
Posted on 09/25/2018
Jesus Villahermosa presentationSouth Kitsap School District administrators have contracted with crisis training expert, Jesus Villahermosa, to conduct Crisis Reality Training for students, staff, and families. District officials heard loud and clear from participants in a recent Thought Exchange survey that training was needed for staff and students. Recent events both locally and at the national level also have school safety and security top of mind for the entire community. 

Mr. Villahermosa will be the featured speaker at a presentation for South Kitsap High School parents on October 15. The parent meeting will be the final phase in the training rollout at SKHS and will follow student assemblies earlier that day. The first phase involved a training overview for the SKSD Board of Directors. Building administrators and other leadership team members received training in June. Middle School parent and student presentations will be scheduled in the spring. 

During the past several months, Villahermosa led Crisis Reality Training seminars for about 5,700 middle and high school students in the district. The retired Pierce County Sheriff’s SWAT member teaches the latest strategies to use if an active shooter were to come to a school, such as running, barricading doors, and fighting back.

South Kitsap Superintendent Karst Brandsma said safety is a top priority for the district, and Villahermosa’s presentations are part of a series of district-wide improvements and response to a Safety Evaluation by Safe Havens International. That work includes additional staffing to support safety and security, installation of security cameras, automatic door locks, and other measures.

“While we don’t want our schools to feel like prisons, we want to empower our students and staff to have current information and options when it comes to reacting and surviving a crisis,” Brandsma said.

About Crisis Reality Training

Crisis Reality Training's mission is to empower individuals with realistic training for heightened safety and awareness in dangerous situations and the capacity to use this knowledge in crisis situations to save their lives or those of others. 

The recent rash of school and workplace shootings and acts of violence against students is a harsh reminder that higher education must stay vigilant in continuing to review and improve their crisis response plans. Many in the field of higher education believe that any large institution is not capable of lockdown due to the size of the campuses involved, which we now know is not true. 

About Jesus Villahermosa

Jesus will present his training on lockdown development and implementation in such a way that attendees will believe that any facility, regardless of size, can be locked down as long as all departments, faculty, staff and students work together to make their plan work. Jesus will also discuss the recent shooting events that have taken place nationally and present response patterns that lead to victim survival and response patterns that lead to serious injuries and/or death.  

This reality training will empower the true first responders (those who are immediately exposed to the lethal threat) to select one of the many survival options that will dramatically increase your chances for survival in an Active Killer event.

Jesus M. Villahermosa, Jr. was a deputy sheriff with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department since 1981 until he retired in 2014 after 33 years of dedicated service. He ended his career as a Sergeant on Patrol in the Peninsula Detachment in Gig Harbor Washington. Jesus previously served as the Supervisor of the Court Security Division of the Pierce County Courthouse for four years where he coordinated and supervised the security for high profile criminal and civil cases. 

Jesus was on the Pierce County Sheriff's S.W.A.T. Team from 1983 to 2013 where he served as the point man on the entry team until 2013 when he left the Team. His numerous certifications include being the first certified Master Defensive Tactics Instructor for law enforcement personnel in the state of Washington and serving as a Firearm's Instructor and an Active Shooter Instructor. Jesus has extensive anti-terrorism training and as a S.W.A.T. Team member he has responded to numerous life and death situations including Active Killers. Jesus also served 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. 

Jesus' experience as a law enforcement officer has fueled his passion for people and their emotional, mental, and physical safety. He has spoken professionally since 1986, presented on safety-related issues and has trained over 675,000 professionals throughout this country and Canada, including hundreds of colleges, universities, school districts and some of the largest corporations in America.  Jesus' knowledge of the various professions he has worked with and the many challenges its students, parents, staff and employees face, along with 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. 

Jesus has also spoken to tens of thousands of students all over the country in motivational assemblies regarding themes of choices, consequences, respect and active killer survival. 

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 were accepted into this course, which was only offered four times a year. Jesus has taught thousands of school districts around the country in numerous school related issues with one of the most popular trainings 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. 

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, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, CNN, Headline News and numerous local media T.V. and radio talk shows. He has been quoted in numerous national publications including The New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Student Transportation News and School Bus Fleet.

Jesus has also trained thousands of bus drivers around the country on issues related to personal survival on a bus and has developed new programs to fill the needs for our nation's bus drivers to keep themselves and their students safe!

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!