Our Instructors

Instructor Sgt. Al Miller (Ret.)

Al Miller

Sgt. Al Miller (Ret.) has worked in law enforcement for over twenty seven years and served four different departments (Sacramento County Sheriff, Dixon PD, Vacaville PD and Sacramento PD). He worked at Sacramento PD for twenty two years with eleven of those on the SWAT team. Seven of those years were as a Sergeant and SWAT Team leader. Al has over 3000 hours of training and has been involved in over 800 critical incidents. He retired from Sacramento PD in 2010.

In retirement, Al continues to teach law enforcement tactical courses and he enjoys coaching freshman football at a local high school in Sacramento.

Instructor Sgt. Orrlando Mayes

Orrlando Mayes

Sergeant Orrlando Mayes is a 24 year veteran with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and currently serves as the Academy Director for the Sacramento Sheriff's Academy. Prior to promoting to Sergeant, Orrlando spent over 14 years on the SWAT team as the Assistant Team Leader. As a sergeant, he remains active as an auxiliary SWAT team member.

Orrlando is the lead Arrest Control / Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Sheriff's Basic Recruit Academy and the department's in-service training program. He instructs Basic SWAT, Use of Force, High Risk Calls, Riot Control, Cell Extractions, Active Counter Measures, Reality Based Training (utilizing Simunitions) and other tactical courses.

Orrlando has served on a panel of subject matter experts reviewing SWAT Training and Standardization for California POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) and testifies in Federal Court and depositions as a Use of Force expert for the Sheriff's department and other law enforcement agencies. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor for Administration of Justice courses for Folsom Lake College.

Instructor Lt. Mike Peretti (Ret.)

Lt. Mike Peretti

Lt. Mike Peretti (Ret.) is a 32-year law enforcement veteran, having spent his last 28 years with the Livermore Police Department. Mike's line and management experience includes assignments in patrol, investigations, traffic, and support services. Mike also was attached to the tactical operations unit for 20 years, 13 as an operator, sniper, and team leader, and 7 years as SWAT and Tactical Commander. Mike holds AA, BS, and MPA degrees and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is a tenured University, College, and Basic Police Academy Training instructor with over 27 years' experience.

Instructor Mike Rayfield (Ret. FBI)

Mike Rayfield

Mike is a recently retired 25 year veteran Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. From 2006 until March of 2013 Mike worked with, and supervised the Violent Crime Squad in Sacramento California, which included the following multi-agency task forces: Safe Streets Violent Crime Task Force, Safe Streets Gang Task Force and Child Exploitation Task Force. During this same period Mike supervised the SWAT team. From 1999 until his retirement, Mike taught numerous POST certified basic SWAT schools. Prior to 2006 Mike was the SWAT ATL, and on the investigative side focused on violent crime investigations specializing in tracking and apprehending violent fugitive felons as a member of the Sacramento Police Department’s Career Criminal Apprehension Team (CCAT). Mike began his FBI career with the San Antonio, Texas Division of the FBI where he investigated drug trafficking organizations, was assigned to a DEA task force and a member of the FBI SWAT team. He followed this with six years as an operator/assaulter and eventually an assistant team leader with the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) Based in Quantico, Virginia. Along with 25 years of tactical experience, Mike is also a certified hostage negotiator. His FBI career and breadth of experience has afforded him the opportunity to operate, train and instruct in many foreign countries to include Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Qatar, Oman, Iraq, Malta, Georgia, Hungary and Israel to name a few. Mike now works as a Private Investigator, Contract Security Consultant and Law Enforcement Instructor for various agencies.

Lt. John Hurd

Lt. John Hurd has been a police officer with the Livermore Police Department for 23 years. During this time he supervised the Traffic Unit for 10 years and implemented numerous motorcycle safety programs. In 2010 and 2011 the National Law Enforcement Challenge determined that the Livermore Police Department had the best motorcycle safety program in the United States. John has been an active motorcyclist his entire life. He is a member of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan — Challenge Area 12 — Motorcycle Safety Committee working to improve motorcycle safety in California. John teaches the Motorcycle Safety & Enforcement course.

“I found the tactical debrief very informative and it has spurred talk between the Shasta County Bomb Team and SWAT Team in regards to tactical planning for such an event.”

Captain — Shasta County Sheriff’s Department
(Discovery Channel Hostage Standoff, March 2012)

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