Rico Castro

Public Safety Consultant

Rico is a 27-year veteran of the San Fernando Police Department in Los Angeles County, California. He retired as a Lieutenant having command at various times over the Detective Division, Patrol Bureau and Administrative Services Division. Rico also served in the Army National Guard - Armored Reconnaissance.

After retiring, Rico began serving the public safety community by specializing in the training and implementation of Records and Corrections projects across the country, taking more than 100 small, medium and large agencies from contract signing through go-live.

Rico also served as a mentor for newer trainers and project managers over the years. He assisted in the development of software design, training materials, such as lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations, and specialized installation documents.

Rico has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Pepperdine University, and is a graduate of the Command College - a Master’s Level Police Leadership Course in California. Rico is active as an Adjunct Professor at Los Angeles Valley College, where he teaches primarily Criminal Investigation and Legal Aspects of Evidence. He is a long-standing member of the San Fernando Police Advisory Council.

Rico also engages in his firearms hobby, has an NRA Instructor’s Certification, and is the current Match Director of the Three-Gun competition at his local shooting range. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and has two grown daughters.

Rico’s long and wide-ranging industry and educational experience provides Rico with a public safety perspective that is both informed and insightful.