Dave Comstock is an expert instructor for Safety Research Consultants, Inc., (SRC) who started his career in law enforcement in 1971. He worked as a patrol and traffic motorcycle officer and as a detective in the robbery detail at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in Florida. After relocating to Southern California, he was a superior court bailiff at the Orange County Marshall’s Office. and later joined the Anaheim Police Department, where he worked as a field training officer within the Patrol Bureau, a crime task force investigator in the Special Operations Bureau, and driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement as well as a motorcycle instructor in the Traffic Bureau.
He once pursued a stolen vehicle as a 15-year-old passenger hung out the passenger window firing a shotgun in his direction. “Beyond surviving that night, what I am extremely proud of is my time as a field training officer, teaching new officers fresh from the academy how things actually worked on the streets and how to stay alive,” Comstock said. “To see these officers continue in their careers and excel in their endeavors is tremendously rewarding.”
He said safety training is important because it builds skills, awareness and confidence. “Skills are needed to perform the job tasks well and efficiently; it is one thing to learn a skill, but quite another to hone it to maximum efficiency,” Comstock said. “In terms of awareness, if one has no idea what is going on in the world around him or her, finely tuned skills are of little value. And confidence comes from combining those skills and awareness. Confidence is what makes a good driver better and a good employee a better employee.”
He tells his own family: “Be keenly aware of your surroundings. By doing so, we give ourselves the opportunity to have that ‘extra warning time’ if something is about to go wrong. As such, we have extra time to evaluate a situation and make a more informed decision for a course of action.”
Comstock holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and is a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified motorcycle instructor.