William Kasberg – Lead Trainer (CIT)
Police Officer, Police Instructor & Innovator
Officer Kasberg is a 22-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department. He is a co-author of the emergency crisis response curriculum for US Marshals Service and co-creator of SAPD's mental and behavioral health restoration community-oriented policing unit. He has served as a Mental Health Peace Officer, DWI Taskforce member and Field Training Officer. William also served in the US Air Force from 1986-1994 in the explosives & narcotics detection unit as a Kennel Master & Master Trainer.
"Our training model at Winners Circle Tactical Solutions is recognized as the national model for first-responder training" – W. Kasberg.
George S. Cheeseman - Lead Trainer (Tactical Team)
A dynamic and innovative trainer with proven experience and ability, George is a retired peace officer from Nassau County, NY with over 25 years of experience training law enforcement and military personnel. He spent time in service as a Field Training Officer and Academy Instructor, conducting new recruit and in-service training. In 2002 he was recruited by the US Department of Labor under contract as part of a team standing up a training academy for law enforcement and security in San Marcos, TX. He was directly involved in the training and certification of over 1,000 students during his tenure. As the Deputy Chief of the Academy he was responsible for curriculum development, training, and certification.
In 2008 George accepted a position at the Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC) at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX. He led a team of High Risk Training Instructors conducting weapons and tactics training for Navy Master at Arms (Police) trainees. He was directly involved in the training of more than 2,600 students in all aspects of firearms, team tactics, less lethal and defensive tactics.In 2010 he was awarded Instructor of the Quarter and Instructor of the Year for all Navy Programs.
During 2011 and 2012 George was the Training Manager for the Mary Kay Corporations’ Protective Services Department based in the Dallas, TX area. He developed curriculum and conducted training for the Executive Protection Team and Uniformed Services Department. In addition, he assisted MK’s international subsidiaries in developing and implementing training programs.
In 2012 George became the Training Coordinator for the Global Priority Security Training Facility in San Antonio, TX. In this position he integrated state of the art simulation and force on force technology into scenario based training for military, law enforcement and private clients.
He has been a Primary Instructor at the Navy’s Expeditionary Combat Skills School in Gulfport, MS. He leads classroom, simulation, dry fire and live fire training in the effort to prepare more than 3,000 students annually for combat deployments overseas.
Dr. Brandi Burque, Ph.D. - Psychologist (Adjunct Trainer)
Dr. Brandi Burque is currently a psychologist with the San Antonio Police Department’s Psychological Services. As a psychologist with the Department, she is responsible for providing psychological treatment for police officers and their families, teaching classes for the police academy, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trainings, and for other various local and federal agencies. Additionally, she consults and is on-call with the Special Operations Unit/Hostage Negotiators, as well as, provides crisis intervention services for critical incidents, such as officer-involved shootings. In 2010, Dr. Burque and Dr. Deloria Wilson from Air Force Security Forces developed an innovative stress management program for military and civilian law enforcement based upon principles from sports, law enforcement and military psychology. This program has since been implemented at SAPD entitled Performance & Recovery Optimization (PRO) starting in 2013 and has flourished and grown with the needs of the department thanks to officers teaming up in developing and enhancing the program. The companion military program, Defender’s Edge, has demonstrated success in Air Force Security Forces and the collaboration between civilian and military law enforcement is still on-going. PRO has received recognition from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA), and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Dr. Burque graduated from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, FL in 2009 with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. While a student at NSU, she received practicum training at the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) providing therapy and crisis intervention services to first responders and their families, as well as, NSU’s Family Violence Program. Additionally, she was the coordinator of training for the liaison program between NSU and local law enforcement’s crisis negotiation units. She completed her internship at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center/North Chicago Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital focusing on the treatment of PTSD, substance abuse, and neuropsychological assessment. She then moved to San Antonio, Texas to complete a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with Brooke Army Medical Center’s Warrior Resiliency Program where she had the opportunity to work with active duty service members. While on fellowship, she worked closely with other psychologists to develop resiliency training for Army residents and interns and mental toughness/performance psychology training. In 2012, she accepted a staff psychologist position in the Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program at the Danville VA Hospital providing psychological rehabilitation services for homeless Veterans with a wide range of disorders to include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, PTSD and substance abuse.
Dr. Burque has presented at the FBI National Academy on topics such as PTSD and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT). She has also presented on the risk and protective factors and case studies of school violence to several law enforcement agencies in the Midwest as part of a FBI collaboration. Her research and training interest include law enforcement selection, stress management, and performance enhancement.