Need a Speaker? Contact Candy Priano 530-343-9754 or candy.priano@pursuitsafety.org.
Chief Rich Schardan & Candy Priano talking in St. Louis
Chief. Rich Schardan, Ret., Maryville, IL;
and Candy Priano, PursuitSAFETY founder & victim services director team up in St. Louis.
Esther in Dallas
Esther Seoanes, PursuitSAFETY executive director, engages an audience in Dallas, TX.
Tom Gleason 2014
Instructor Tom Gleason, Ret. Capt. honorthebadge.net
Tallahassee, FL.
David & Steven
David Ehrensperger (right) with his late son, Steven. From Alabama, David, a board member, speaks to officers about response calls.

Speaker Biographies

Teen Driver Presentation
PULL OVER: have no regrets

Handouts Distributed to Audience
or Print Handouts Now!

Fact Sheet: Two-sided (pdf)

PursuitSAFETY Fact Sheet

Compassion Guide (pdf)

Compassion Guide
Endorsed by
CHP Commissioner
Joe Farrow

Teen Drivers: Pull Over
Handout Two-sided (pdf)

PursuitSAFETY for Teens


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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.

  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • Officers have told Esther Seoanes and Candy Priano that everyone in law enforcement needs to hear the impact these pursuit crashes have on families of the innocent. They cite us for our passion and knowledge. They welcome that in spite of what happened to us, we still, unequivocally, support law enforcement. Candy Priano is often thanked by officers for not being afraid to share her Christian faith.
  • 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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Innocents killed in 6 months

Questions? Call Candy Priano at 530-343-9754 or e-mail candy.priano@pursuitsafety.org