About Scott Savage

Scott Savage began his career in public safety at age 19, first as an E.M.T and next as a licensed paramedic working in a busy emergency medical system. In 1999, Mr. Savage became a police officer with the Palo Alto Police Department in California. He spent 18 years with Palo Alto PD, the last seven as a Sergeant. His assignments included Patrol, F.T.O., Special Problems Team (narcotics, vice, surveillance) and assignment to a Regional SWAT team. He also had a full-time assignment to the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (terrorism task force) where he was granted a FBI Top Secret security clearance.

As a Sergeant, Mr. Savage served as the Incident Commander for critical incidents and regularly supervised the police response to in-progress situations. He was a Team Leader of the Department’s Crisis Negotiation Team responsible for overseeing negotiators and peacefully resolving incidents. In 2017, Mr. Savage lateralled to the Santa Clara Police Department (CA) as an Officer.

Mr. Savage has a breadth of experience in providing training to law enforcement officers. In 2005, he authored a California POST certified course entitled, Personal Protective Equipment in the Hazardous Materials Environment for Law Enforcement. He went on to become a “FROLAW” instructor as part of a area-wide program to train all Santa Clara County officers to respond to a weapons of mass destruction incident. In 2007, he was awarded “The Bronze Level Training Award” by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security for his work in presenting terrorism response training.

In 2007, he became a lead instructor with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Justice Training Center. He continues to serve as an academy instructor in a variety of disciplines including de-escalation, patrol procedures and responding to unusual occurrences. Mr. Savage has twice won the academy’s “Most Inspirational Instructor” award.

From 2008-2009, while serving at the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, he was promoted to the position of Training Coordinator. During that time, he was also the lead Terrorism Liaison Officer Instructor for the 15 counties that make up the Northern California District. In 2009, Mr. Savage completed the Master Exercise Planning Practitioner (MEPP) program at the FEMA training facility in Maryland. The MEPP program certifies students in all methods of training delivery from simple table top trainings to complex full-scale exercises. At the time, Mr. Savage was 1 of only 250 police officers in the U.S. to have completed the program.

Mr. Savage is a published author. He has had two articles published in the National Tactical Officer’s Association’s publication called The Tactical Edge. The Tactical Edge is widely considered the leading trade publication for law enforcement special operations and both articles he authored were original works about critical incident response. He has also had other articles featured in magazines published by the Peace Officers Research Association of California and various online entities.

Mr. Savage is a sought-after speaker having been contracted by private industry associations looking for a law enforcement speaker to lend a unique perspective to their conferences. During his time serving on the NCRIC task force, he was the keynote speaker at several conferences hosted by the California Biomedical Research Association where he discussed the intricacies of evolving terrorism law. Since that time, he has also been a featured guest presenter to law enforcement agencies and associations. Some recent speaking engagements include events for the California Association of Hostage Negotiators Association, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department (CA)’s Hostage Negotiation Team and the Tri-County Hostage Negotiation Team Association (CA). Those presentations focused on innovative models for responding to the mentally ill in crisis including developing re-engagement plans after a disengagement from a non-criminal barricade situation.

In 2014, Mr. Savage authored another course entitled, Response Tactics for Critical Incidents and In-Progress Crimes ®. The course is a one-day seminar aimed at providing officers and supervisors the tools they need to make safe and methodical decisions at the scene of a crisis. He has presented the course through a private training vendor in California, Nevada and Utah. Students have consistently given rave reviews of the course with many of them saying it was one of the best trainings they’ve ever attended.

In 2018, Mr. Savage started his own company called Savage Training Group, which is now the sole presenter of the Response Tactics for Critical Incidents and In-Progress Crimes course.

Mr. Savage continues to be a working police officer who is regularly responding to the very same types of incidents his trainings are all about. His students get the benefit of an instructor who is able to constantly update his materials based on on-going real-world experiences.

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