Brian Barnes is the next generation of 9-1-1 as a public safety dispatch professional. Brian began his career in the 9-1-1 industry while still an undergraduate college student at Cal Poly Pomona. He continued his advanced education, earning a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Long Beach.
He currently serves as a Communications Supervisor at the California State University, Fullerton, Police Department, where he embraces empowerment and proactively contributes to the public-safety community in several ways. He served on the southern chapter board of the California CLETS User Group (CCUG) for three years, followed by two 2-year terms as CCUG’s Executive Director, facilitating local and statewide training opportunities.
As the North County SWAT Tactical Dispatch Team Supervisor he plays a vital role in field tactical outcomes as a Team Leader, but his roles as a lifelong learner and instructor are the bridge between the communications center and the field. Brian has been an adjunct faculty instructor for the Golden West College Regional Criminal Justice Training Center since 2010. He teaches all levels of dispatch and professional staff. He has also been a member of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Public Safety Dispatcher Advisory Council since 2013.
Brian blends his formal education and professional acumen to create new paradigms for leadership in public-safety communication centers by legitimizing the place of dispatchers in non-traditional roles. His passion for the industry and commitment to the people that comprise the public-safety profession are dynamic and tenacious as he lends his subject-matter-expertise to inspire all to be better.