Wayne Sakamoto is the Executive Director of the California School Resource Officers’ Association. He has over thirty years of experience in the field of school and community safety and has developed and implemented a number of successful gang and youth violence prevention and intervention approaches. He has assisted schools on a national basis with school safety planning, emergency readiness and building safe and positive learning environments. Wayne has been recognized at state and federal levels for violence prevention programs and efforts. He assisted in developing, implementing and conducting state-wide trainings on the School Community Violence Prevention: Focus on Gangs effort that is a community partnership that includes prevention, intervention and suppression. Wayne assisted in developing and implementing Project COURAGE a model after school program for students at-risk of gang involvement, drugs and violence. The project was an honorable mention for a Thousand Points of Light Award. He developed and assisted in implementing the F.O.R.C.E. 8 (Focus On Resolving Conflicts Everyday), a Youth Leadership Program that focuses on getting youth involved in violence prevention including gangs, racism, bullying and harassment. The project was awarded the 2002 Golden Bell Award by the California School Boards Association. Wayne has also been recognized by The California Wellness Foundation for his work as an advocate for violence prevention and was awarded the 2002 California Peace Prize Award. Wayne’s story has been published in the Chicken Soup series of books.
Craig Hampton is a founding member of the California School Resource Officers’ Association (CSROA) and is currently serving as their 5th president. Craig has 34 years of Law Enforcement experience including 14 years as a school resource officer (SRO). Craig served in two high schools a middle school and had responsibilities to 26 feeder elementary schools in his capacity as an SRO.
Seeing the need for improved relationships and better educated peace officers in the schools, Craig formed a small local group of school resource officers and educators who met on a regular basis to discuss issues that effected school safety and the education process.
In 2000 Craig, the 1st President of the Association at that time, in collaboration with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and both the Riverside and San Diego County Offices of Education, planned, coordinated and delivered the inaugural conference of the newly formed California School Resource Officers’ Association.
Craig holds a Basic, Intermediate and Advanced School Resource Officer Certificate from Corbin and Associates and has had the privilege of attending and teaching at many School Safety conferences and symposia. He developed the first Basic SRO course being used as a model by a local law enforcement agency. Craig is a proud veteran serving 8 years in the Air Force.
Ashley has been with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office for 6 years and is currently the supervisor of the Crime Prevention Unit. Ashley has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is working toward a Master’s Degree in Teaching Special Education. Ashley has served for 4 years on the Board of Directors for the Kern County Sheriff’s Activities League. Ashley helped co-created the first summer SAL girl’s leadership program. Ashley manages all the social media platforms for her agency and is innovative in the technology she introduces to her agency and the public. Ashley is certified in CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), Drug Identification, Aggression Replacement Training for Juveniles, Media Relations, and regularly provides trainings on topics such as Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Theft and Target Hardening, Business Safety, Elder Scams and Frauds, Teen Drug Trends, and many other law enforcement topics. She is married to the love of her life, who is retired from law enforcement, and together they have 4 children. Her passions are yoga, hiking, and cooking with her family. Her professional passions are volunteering with at-risk youth and creating safety programs for adults and children with special needs and or impairments.
Southern Section Vice President
Chris Wynn has 30 years of public safety experience serving in education, law enforcement the fire service. He is currently the Director of Security with the Hemet Unified School District. Previously, he held the same position at the Val Verde Unified School District. Mr. Wynn served with the Escondido Police Department where he attained the rank of lieutenant. During his career Mr. Wynn worked all Bureaus of the department, however, his primary job responsibilities were in the Investigations Division where he worked both property and violent crimes.
Mr. Wynn holds a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy Session #249. Additionally, Mr. Wynn serves as an adjunct instructor at the California Baptist University in the Criminal Justice Program. He has worked as a Security Integrator and Senior Director for Netronix Integration and RetroLock Corporation respectively where he made physical security recommendations in the areas of electronic access control and video surveillance.