Vera Garrard


Vera Garrard

Vera Garrard


Vera Garrard actively teaches and coordinates several courses for CA POST and several colleges, including Dispatch and Civilian Supervisor, Communications Training Officer, as well as Public Safety Dispatch. Within each course she teaches a variety of topics, including Suicide, Child Elder Dependent Abuse, Wellness, Communication, Community Oriented Policing, Emotional Intelligence, Problem Solving, Generations, and Followership to name a few. Additionally, she is part of an instructor cadre from 21 CLETS for the Crisis Intervention Training for Dispatchers. Recently she participated in the revision of the POST statewide curriculum for training Public Safety Dispatchers. When teaching Vera draws upon her work, education, and life experience to create an atmosphere that is fair, filled with learning, engaging, and an element of fun for all students.

Veraserved the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Communications Division as a supervisor, classroom instructor, one on one instructor, dispatcher, and certified German translator. During her tenure, she had the opportunity to work with a variety of agencies including the Regional State of California POST Coordinator to develop LAPD’s pilot 120-hour Public Safety Dispatch Course in addition to numerous Continuing Education Courses for the LAPD, the Secret Service during the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, and a month-long special assignment with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) following the 9/11 attacks.


Vera’s education includes a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of California, San Diego. She has successfully completed the CA POST Academy Instructor Certification Course (AICC) and LAPD’s Instructor Development Course. Outside of teaching you will most likely find her on the tennis court, driving one of her two daughters to their activities, or enjoying time with family and friends.


A capstone in Vera’s career was being recognized by the City of Los Angeles for outstanding work and awarded “Communication Division’s Most Valuable Employee of the Year”. She also received the honor of “Gold Mentor Instructor”.