PORAC POWER Project – Instructors:
Sarah Creighton, San Diego Police Department Assistant Chief (Retired)
Assistant Chief (Retired) Sarah Creighton joined the San Diego Police Department in 1984. Over the years, she rose through the ranks, working in a variety of assignments, including several in area commands. In 2011, then-Captain Creighton was tasked with creating the department’s first-ever Wellness Unit, dedicated to helping officers manage their psychological and emotional well-being. In 2014, she was promoted to Assistant Chief. She holds a master’s degree in human behavior and is a national leader and innovator in the area of officer wellness. She is a technical advisor for PERF on officer wellness, a technical advisor for the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center for officer safety and wellness, the Coordinator of the POST Management Class at the Government Training Agency, and a volunteer call taker for COPLINE. In these roles, she has frequent and direct contact with struggling officers.
Dr. Renee Thornton, The Command Post
Dr. Renee Thornton is a military veteran with public and private sector experience in positive organizational leadership and resilience. Her area of expertise is translating scholarly research into practical training tools. As founder and President of The Command Post, Dr. Thornton advocates for civic responsibility in electing city leaders who prioritize wellness in public service organizations while urging organizational policies and procedures that prioritize first-responder wellness. Hosting the Command Post’s podcast, she communicates groundbreaking research and its implications on individual and organizational resilience in the first-response professions. Her virtual training program, The HEROES Project, provides positive psychological skills training to first responders in North America, Greece, the United Kingdom, and Argentina.