For the past twenty-five years, Captain Dan Willis has been a police officer for the La Mesa Police Department near San Diego, California. He has served as homicide detective, SWAT commander, and instructor for the San Diego Public Safety Institute, the county’s police academy, where he provides emotional-survival training. He lives in San Diego with his wife and two stepsons.

“‘Bulletproof Spirit’  details practical steps that are not only effective but essential to protect and insure the wellness of those who serve. It is a must read for all first responders and their families.”

Chief Shelley Zimmerman, San Diego Police Department

Consistently being immersed in violence, danger, tragedies, and heartache can often scar the spirit of any first responder. “Bulletproof Spirit” book or the 4-hour training class provide over 40 proactive wellness and emotional survival strategies that will help protect and heal the heart, mind, and spirit of those who serve so they will no longer suffer in service.

La Mesa Police Captain (ret) Dan Willis served for 26 years in part, as a crimes of violence, child molest, homicide and cold case detective, SWAT Commander, and coordinator of his agency’s innovative Wellness Program. He provides emotional survival training throughout the country to any first responder agency. His book “Bulletproof Spirit” should become a primary resource guide to those who serve–it will save careers, marriages, and lives–and will give them hope.

As suicide is the #1 cause of death for police officers with PTSD, depression, substance abuse, and many other emotional problems plaguing first responders–now is the time to focus training on the wellness of our spirit.

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Bulletproof Spirit Presentations

2017

  • January 12, 2017 – Kauai Police, Hawaii
  • February 2, 2017 – Bloomington, Minnesota (2 presentations)
  • February 9, 2017 – San Diego Probation Department
  • March 7, 2017 – Wisconsin – Badger Sheriff’s Association
  • April 5, 2017 – Monterey, Ca – State Fire Association
  • May 23, 2017 – Nashville, TN – IADLEST annual conference
  • May 24, 2017 – Wisconsin – Sheriff Association

2016 

  • February 2, 2016 – Dinuba PD (2 classes)
  • February 3, 2016 – CAPTO (POST Certified) Visalia CA
  • March 7-10, 2016 – International Academy of Public Safety – filming for their online Credible Leadership course
  • March 15, 2016 – San Diego Sheriff’s Department
  • March 16, 2016 – Ca Police Chief’s Association annual conference – Ontario CA
  • March 23, 2016 – Oakland Michigan Police Academy
  • April 21, 2016 – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • April 29 – May, 2016: SDSO Detentions (8 presentations)
  • May 5, 2016 – San Diego Juv. Institutions Academy – Probation
  • May 11, 2016 – Shell Beach, CA PD
  • June 25 – St. Louis, MO
  • July 11, 2016 – San Francisco, CA Police
  • August 11, 2016 – CA Reserve Police Officer annual conference – San Diego
  • Sept. 13, 2016 – Washington D.C. – People of Distinction / Humanitarian Award
  • Sept. 21, 2016 – CIB Conference, Wisconsin – IAPS
  • Sept. 26, 2016 – New Orleans / Shreveport Louisiana – IAPS (2 presentations)
  • October 4 and 6, 2016 – San Diego County Probation (4 presentations)
  • October 2428, 2016 – Wisconsin (3 presentations) IAPS
  • November 1, 2016 – LIEU 20/20 Presentation – Laguna, Ca
  • November 8, 2016 – Kern County Corrections – Bakersfield, Ca
  • November 28, 2016 – South Dakota IAPS

2014-2015

  • 10-12, 2014 California Peer Support Association Annual Conference, Ventura, Ca
  • February 4, 2015 Olathe – Johnson County, Kansas 
  • February 11, 2015 Training at Confidential Recovery, San Diego
  • March 4, 2015 Fontana/ Orange County PD
  • March 11, 2015 La Mesa Rotary Club presentation
  • March 12, 1015 San Diego Mystery Book Club presentation
  • March 16-18, 2015 Canton, Michigan Bloomfield Township, Michigan (Fire, EMT’s, police)
  • April 14, 2015 Escondido PD
  • April 28, 2015 San Diego Health and Human Services presentation
  • April 29, 2015 Orange County Probation training
  • May 11-15, 2015 El Cajon PD (ECPD is purchasing 120 books for entire Department) – 5 presentations
  • May 21, 2015 San Diego County of Mental Health presentation
  • June 15, 2015 SD Regional Training Center
  • June 17-18, 2015 Ukiah, Ca Police (4 presentations, including one to spouses of officers)
  • June 26, 2015 E.R.T. Annual Training Conference – San Diego
  • July 11-13, 2015 FBI NA Annual Training Conference – Seattle WA
  • July 21-23, 2015 North Miami, Fl. PD (6 classes)
  • July 29, 2015 Irwindale, Los Angeles CA – COPS Region 10
  • August 6, 2015 Federal Court Services, Long Beach
  • August 11, 2015 University of San Diego – Police
  • August 20, 2015 San Diego County Probation (2 classes)
  • August 21, 2015 San Diego Sheriff’s Department – Basic Peer Support
  • August 22, 2015 Book signing/ presentation at Phoenix University
  • August 23, 2015 20th Annual International Summit on Violence, San Diego
  • August 26, 2015 San Bernardino, CA Police
  • August 31, 2015 San Diego County Federal Probation Officers, Temecula CA
  • September 4, 2015 San Diego County Probation (2 classes)
  • October 1, 2015 San Diego County Probation (2 classes)
  • October 5, 2015 LEIU 20/20 Beverly Hills
  • October 20, 2015 San Diego County Probation (2 classes)
  • October 28-29, 2015 Hobbs, New Mexico police (2 classes)
  • November 1-3, 2015 Nevada Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs Assoc annual conference
  • November 5, 2015 San Diego FBI
  • November 12-15, 2015 Dallas, TX area for C.O.P.S. Annual National Conference
  • November 16, 2015 Pomona Police Department
  • November 20, 2015 El Centro PD – Counseling Team
  • December 9, 2015 Carlsbad Police
  • December 15, 2015 San Diego County Wellness Group

BOOK AWARDS

  • 19 Annual Multiple Sclerosis Books for a Better Life award – New York City (2015)
  • Al Cole’s People of Distinction Humanitarian Award – Washington, D.C. (2016)

About the Author

Captain Dan Willis (ret) has served with the La Mesa Police Department for the past 26 years, in part as a crimes of violence, child molest, homicide and cold case detective, a SWAT Commander, and as the agency’s Wellness Program Coordinator. He is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice, as well as a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, where he studied emotional survival issues for first responders.

He has taught for 10 years at the San Diego Police Academy, and has been Officer of the Year twice with nominations for Detective of the Year for the State of California. Captain Willis provides emotional survival training to any first responder agency in the country.