Nick Tollefson was born in San Bernardino, California where he attended local schools. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University San Bernardino and then continued and obtained a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from California Coast University. Nick began his law enforcement career in 2005. He was hired by Barstow Police Department and after two years of patrol in the city of Barstow Nick was hired by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Nick was selected as a Field Training Officer and was assigned to the Mobile Field Force Team and Off Highway Vehicle Team. In 2009, Nick received the Officer of the year Award and was selected as a recipient of the Michael Josephson Institute Award. Nick assisted the Sheriff’s Academy with teaching Basic Academy courses such as report writing and Traffic Investigations. In June 2012, he was selected to be part of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team Specialized Enforcement Division (SED). Shortly thereafter, Nick was promoted to Detective and assigned as a Team Leader for Squad 2 of the SWAT Team.
Nick has firsthand experience dealing in critical events and was an SWAT Team member during the four-day manhunt for Christopher Dorner. He was one of the first responders at the Inland Regional Center terrorist attack, and the North Park Elementary School active shooter incident. Nick Has been directly involved in other critical incidents that he debriefs for SWAT teams around the world. Nick teaches several courses including; Train the Trainer for Active Shooter oversees all training for the Specialized Enforcement Division’s (SED) Training Cadre.
As a trainer and instructor, Nick views incidents through a critical lens in an effort to discover ways we can improve our responses to incidents. He blends his development as an instructor with his training as a first responder and team leader to provide a holistic view of training and learning. In addition to his formal education, Nick possess an Advanced POST certificate, Academy Instructor Certification Courses (AICC), Instructor Development Institute Level II certificate (IDI), and Training Safety Officer (TSO) certification.
Interestingly, Nick is a cross sworn US Marshal assigned to the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force Team and when not teaching for Team Kim Turner, Nick instructs Critical Incidents with lessons learned for National Tactical Officer Association (NTOA), California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) and as an Adjunct Professor at Victor Valley College.
Nick Tollefson, Instructor Kim Turner, LLC