Randy Pentis

Situational Awareness

Retired Commander-Ventura County Sheriff's Office

It is important to note that situational awareness is more of a mindset than a hard skill. Because of this it can be exercised by anyone with the will and the discipline to do so.

What is Situational Awareness
As the names implies, situational awareness is simply knowing what’s going on around you. It sounds easy in principle, but in reality, requires much practice. And while it is taught to soldiers and law enforcement officers, it’s an important skill for everyone to learn as well. In a dangerous situation, being aware of a threat even seconds before everyone else can keep you and your loved ones safe.

Situational awareness is really just another word for mindfulness and developing yours will make you more cognizant of what’s going on around you and more present in your daily activities, which in turn will help you make better decisions in all aspects of your life.

Why situational awareness is important for you 

The Coast Guard teaches its recruits to make sure they’re aware of their surroundings and to observe all members of their team at all times

  • Be alert for deviations from standard procedures.
  • Watch for changes in the performance of other team members.
  • Be proactive, provide information in advance.
  • Identify problems in a timely manner.
  • Show you’re aware of what’s going on around you.
  • Communicate effectively.

This could be the playbook for teamwork in your office. Think about how effective you and your team would be if it followed the Coast Guard’s basic rules for maintaining situational awareness!


  • Situational Awareness Presentation

Commander Randy Pentis (Ret.) is an exceptional speaker who is able to communicate to a diverse range of audiences. His expertise is both broad and deep, and includes situational awareness, emergency management, community safety, and a multitude of related topics. Randy’s experience includes addressing audiences of hundreds of executives to smaller groups of parents and youth. He is engaging, extremely knowledgeable and his ability to teach is second to none. Most importantly, Randy gives 200% to everything he does, cares more about people than anyone else I know, and is able to share his wisdom and experience in a way that is not only informative and humorous, but also is retained.
Kristen Donovan, Ph.D. President

Police Chief Randy Pentis (Ret) has worked side by side with me in tactical operations, critical incidents, SWAT and mass casualty incidents. He is a leader and has served virtually in every critical incident position from unit leader to incident commander. Mr Pentis has developed a threat analysis program for schools that became a standard still used today. He is a dynamic speaker and has the ability to engage persons. I highly recommend him for threat and situational engagement and training programs.
Tim Hagel Chief of Police Thousand Oaks

As the Director of Secondary Education and district liaison with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department for the Conejo Valley Unified School District for seven years (2008-2015), I worked closely with Commander Randy Pentis of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department during that time. Commander Pentis and I worked together on dozens of cases involving students and/or school personnel. On each case we worked on together he always showed great integrity, a high degree of ethics, and was incredibly thorough throughout the entire process. I implicitly trust Commander Pentis and believe he possesses the perfect combination of decades of invaluable law enforcement experience and high-level personal qualities to be a tremendous asset to your organization. Without question, your organization will be better with Commander Pentis on your team. Without reservation, I highly recommend Commander Pentis.

Travels From:  California
City: Los Angeles
$5,001 to $10,000


Randy Pentis has built a 30 year plus career in law enforcement from undercover drug enforcement to among many distinguished positions, Chief of Police for both the city of Filmore, CA and the city of Thousand Oaks, CA. He has served as lead liaison for the Secret Service advance team in Los Angeles and has served as Director of Security for Legendary Entertainment, a global entertainment company based in Burbank, CA.

Randy prepared for his successful career by earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Utah State University and an MPA from California State University, Northridge. Throughout his time as a law enforcement officer, Pentis was committed to having a positive impact on the lives of others. He spent several years working to turn around local youth who were making bad choices, and he could often be found counseling them while they were in jail.

Beyond work, one of Pentis’ initiatives has been leading a group of police officers around the world to run marathons and ultra-marathons for charity. After recently completing a run in Antarctica, the group has run on all seven continents and raised more than $250,000 for various charitable organizations.


As it relates directly to today, Pentis has delivered “Emergency Preparedness” training throughout the California Educational System from San Francisco to San Diego. Over 25,000 teachers and administrators have been trained in his “Be Aware, Be Prepared and Be Safe” presentation. His subject matter addresses life from work to home and beyond.

He offers concrete action plans in anticipation of the unexpected, from health to Mother Nature to the unimaginable active shooter risks that we are all so sensitized to today. Randy connects with the audience by providing his own life experiences including his participation in the 2013 Boston Marathon when the tragic bombing occurred.

What your audience will learn:

  • Fear Management
  • Mind Set of How to Conduct Yourself in Today’s World to Stay Safe
  • Tactical Planning
  • Situation Awareness
  • How to be Observant of your Surroundings
  • How to Evaluate and Profile Situations

Areas of expertise

  • Situational Awareness
  • Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Management
  • Community Safety
  • Critical Thinking Skills
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