Donald Anderson

Donald AndersonAs a police Sergeant in the busy City of San Francisco and the Executive Officer of a 40-officer crisis negotiation team, Donald Anderson certainly has the experience and qualifications to be an instructor. But experience alone isn’t enough. We hired Donald because he knows how to teach today’s cops!

If you know anything about San Francisco, you know it is a tough place to be a police officer. Not only is it a busy urban jurisdiction with some very rough areas, it is also a highly political environment where the actions of officers are highly scrutinized. Why should you care? Because, the decision you make will be under a microscope too. Donald is a cop’s cop who can guide you how to operate without unnecessarily exposing yourself to risk and liability.

Donald has been honing his experience ever since starting with the San Francisco Police Department in 2005. After serving as a patrol officer and an FTO, he was promoted to Sergeant in 2013. As a sergeant, he’s worked as both a patrol supervisor and investigator.


Donald is an instructor for our Response to the Non-Criminal Barricade: Disengagement and Special Relationships course. That course is all about innovative approaches to responding to the mentally ill in crisis and Donald is an expert in the field. He is the Executive Officer and one of three Team Leaders of San Francisco PD’s 40-officer Hostage/Crisis Negotiation Team. He is also a coordinator and instructor for his agency’s Crisis Intervention/De-escalation training program. Donald has years of experience responding to crisis incidents and uses his experiences to help students like you sky-rocket their skills.

Through many years of responding to critical incidents, Donald has witnessed first-hand why some incidents go well and others end poorly. He’s seen supervisors struggle with how to manage a critical incident. Donald combines those experiences with his careful study of current law and best practices. He has been recognized by the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training as a subject matter expert in de-escalation training. But, even with all this experience, Donald is a humble professional who sees his role as a guide. He is deeply committed to helping the Savage Training Group provide the very best training to law enforcement officers.