Need a Speaker? Contact Candy Priano 530-343-9754 or Each speaker keeps their own schedule. Their contact information is available here.

PursuitSAFETY’s speakers — career officers and civilians — reach out to a variety of audiences: police officers, teen drivers, and the public. They’ve spoken at law enforcement conferences, community centers, churches, and universities. We share our stories about the tragedy of innocent lives lost to pursuit.

Civilians express shock that change has been so slow especially given that the lives of innocent bystanders as well as police officers are “thrust” into this deadly situation to catch and release nonviolent suspects.

PursuitSAFETY’s speakers share their life experiences and how these experiences relate to PursuitSAFETY’s mission: to prevent the tragedy of pursuit from happening to another family; and consequently, save lives.

“We bring a powerful message to the world of law enforcement,” Candy Priano says. “Officers thank us.”


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Questions? Call Candy Priano at 530-343-9754 or e-mail



Candy Priano

Chief. Rich Schardan, Ret., Maryville, IL; and Candy Priano, PursuitSAFETY founder & victim services director team up in St. Louis.

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Esther Seoanes

Esther Seoanes, PursuitSAFETY executive director, engages an audience in Dallas, TX.
Esther Seoanes Executive Director Austin, Texas

Cell: 512-351-0289 Bilingual: English & Spanish

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Tom Gleason, Ret. Capt.

Instructor Tom Gleason, Ret. Capt. ( Tallahassee, FL.

As a retired captain, Tom Gleason's training classes focus in the areas of human diversity, patrol procedures, firearms, police pursuit policies, and handling the mentally ill. Attendee to his classes have written, "Tom Gleason showed extensive knowledge in this area as well as other subject areas such as officer safety. He showed interest in every student." "Everyone needs to attend this training. Very interactive!"

David Ehrensperger

David Ehrensperger with his late son, Steven. From Alabama, David, a board member, speaks to officers about response calls.

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Ret. Richard "Rich" Schardan Sr.

Chief Schardan presented "Police Pursuit Policy and Practice: Risk vs. Reward" at the 2011 IACP Conference.

As a retired police chief, Richard "Rich" Schardan Sr. has 36 years of law enforcement experience. He has served as an Illinois Certified Police Chief, IACP New Police Chief Mentor, Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis Deputy Commander, college instructor, and board member for numerous law enforcement related organizations. Chief Schardan presented "Police Pursuit Policy and Practice: Risk vs. Reward" at the 2011 IACP Conference. He holds a Master's Degree in Management and a Bachelor's Degree in the Administrative of Justice. Rich is the program administrator for the PursuitSAFETY Safer Way Award.




Fact Sheet

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Compassion Guide
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CHP Commissioner
Joe Farrow



Teen Drivers: Pull Over Handout

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