Jon was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, just outside of Los Angeles. He began his career in law enforcement in 1993 with the City of Palm Springs Police Department as a Community Service Officer. Shortly thereafter Jon was hired by Orange County Sheriff’s Department where he completed the basic academy and worked in the Men’s Central Jail facility. In 1996 he made a lateral transfer to the City of Riverside where he worked as patrol officer for just over 2 years.
In 1998, on made a lateral transfer back to Palm Springs as a police officer where he continues to serve to this day. As a police officer Jon worked patrol, as a canine handler and as a detective assigned to a violent crime and gang task force. During this time Jon held the auxiliary duties as use of force instructor and a less lethal munitions instructor, he also presented for numerous years at the department’s Community Police Academy. Jon was also appointed to the SWAT team where he held various responsibilities.
In 2009, Jon was promoted to the rank of sergeant where he has worked patrol and supervised the Property Crimes Unit. Some of his collateral responsibilities have included supervising the use of force unit, the canine unit and the department’s firearms training range. Jon spent several years on the Critical Incident Investigation Team where he handled complex administrative investigations. For the last 15 years Jon has been a member of SWAT, where he has held various positions with 4 years as the Team Leader. During his career Jon has been involved in the service of countless high-risk search and arrest warrants. He has also responded to numerous barricaded suspect calls as well as a variety of critical incidents. His experience has taught him worthy lessons, which he enjoys sharing to help others succeed.
Jon’s passion for learning and training has led him to graduate from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute as well as the first ever Strategic Leadership Program through CATO (California Association of Tactical Operators). Jon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University. Jon is married and his wife also works in law enforcement. He is the proud father of 3 children, ages 18,15 and 3.
Jon Cabrera, Instructor Kim Turner, LLC