Eric Acda, CPP
Eric Acda has been a trainer with the California School Resource Officers Association for approximately 10 years. Eric has 25 years of law enforcement experience including 9 years as a school resource officer (SRO) and 10 years as a SWAT operator. During his SRO career he served at one of the largest high schools in Riverside County with a student and staff population of 3500 people on a 68-acre school site. Eric also received the SRO of the year award in 2004 from the Southern California Juvenile Officers Association.
Eric is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through ASIS International, Inc., and also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Security Management. He is a certified instructor in workplace violence (WPV) and de-escalation through AVADE, and is certified in two behavioral threat assessment models; WAVR-21V3 through Specialized Training Services and Enhanced Violence Assessment and Management through ASIS International, Inc. He is also an Active Shooter instructor for law enforcement and for unarmed civilian response, and a Stop the Bleed instructor.
Eric currently works for the State of California and actively conducts threat assessments, safety and security training for employees and security personnel, and vulnerability assessments for the organization.
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.
Kevin Keyes has spent a career in athletics and development of young people with his time as a player, coach, broadcaster, peace officer, educator, and community advocate for the youth in Bakersfield and Kern County.
Keyes recently retired from the Kern County Superintendent of Schools where he served as a community prevention specialist working with at-risk youth through caring adult relationships, gang diversion programs and crisis response. Prior to that he worked for the Kern High School District as a community specialist for 11 years where he also coached football at Liberty High School. He also served as a sergeant in the California Department of Corrections from 1988-2000 where his passion for helping prevent the incarceration of young people led to his true calling in life.
Along with his work history in Bakersfield, Keyes has been an active community advocate for young people reaching the ‘Trainer of Trainers’ level in Youth Asset Development. He is active with We Are G.A.M.E. (Getting Athletes Mentoring and Education) which assists student-athletes in time management, academics and life skills. He has worked with the United States Army National Guard mentoring at-risk youth training mentors and military staff. He was also instrumental in working with Major League Baseball and the Bakersfield Police Activities League to bring the R.B.I. (Reviving Baseball in the Inner City) to Kern County providing a free league for over 300 players.
Keyes has served on the Leaders in Life Youth Conference advisory committee for 18 years, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, the Tobacco-Free Coalition for Kern County and the Clergy, Cops and Community program.
Educated at St Mary’s College, Minnesota, and Cal State San Bernardino, California.
Currently employed by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to work with deputies in a program called Operation CleanSWEEP.
Heavily involved in juvenile crime issues: he is a member of the International Association of School Safety Professionals, the Southern California Juvenile Officers Association, the San Bernardino County Drowning Prevention Network, the Inland Empire SAFEKIDS Coalition, the National Association of School Resource Officers, and the San Bernardino Countywide Gangs and Drugs Task Force.
The program he has worked on since 1997 – Operation CleanSWEEP – was the recipient of the 1997 National Association of Counties Achievement Award for Innovative County Government Programs, and the 1998 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission Award for contributions to the youth of San Bernardino County. Clark wrote and won a two-year $1.2 million grant for Operation CleanSWEEP. He was given the “You Make a Difference” Award from the San Bernardino County Office of Education in 2005 for his work on behalf of children. He has been named “Employee of the Year” in the Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division on two occasions.