Chief Banta is a 35+ year law enforcement professional. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management, and possesses an Advanced, Management and Executive Development certificate with the California Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training including being a graduate of the POST Supervisory Leadership Institute. He is considered an expert in counter terrorism and critical infrastructure protection and is a subject matter expert in Canine Operations as well as being FEMA trained and certified as an All-Hazards Incident Command System operator.
Banta has been assigned to Administrative, Operations, Training Academy and Special Operations positions and has been assigned as a Field Training Officer/Supervisor, counter sniper, public safety diver, canine handler of several patrol, SWAT and explosive detection canines, while being cross designated as a Federal Officer with the Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations as a Customs Officer.
He has served as an Officer, Captain and Commander at Broadmoor and has been assigned among other things as the Emergency Management coordinator and Risk Management Officer.