(Santa Ana, CA)—Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) has named Antoinette “Toni” Bland, Ed.D. as interim chief of district safety/security. In this role, Bland serves as the senior operational manager for district safety and security. Her overall responsibility includes ensuring the safety and protection of students, faculty, staff, and visitors at RSCCD’s two colleges and educational sites. Her duties include the review and quality of all logs, incident reports, and correspondence. In addition to ensuring adequate staffing to meet safety and security needs, she is responsible for accurate collection and reporting of all crime data and parking administration throughout the college district. She also investigates complaints against the department and recommends appropriate action. She serves as the district’s liaison with all local law enforcement and fire agencies.
Bland began her career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 1989 after graduating from the Basic Academy. As a deputy, she worked various assignments including the Central Women’s Jail, field operations, and the Orange County Transportation Authority. In 2000, she was promoted to investigator where she worked in general investigations, the family violence unit, and homicide. In 2003, she was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the intake release center. She later transferred to the training division where she supervised advanced officer training, standards and training for corrections, reserve training, and entry level training. In 2007, she began her assignment as lieutenant in the Risk Management Bureau and later returned to training as Academy Commander. In 2012, she was promoted to captain and became the training division commander. She was later assigned as division commander of the Theo Lacy facility.
In 2014, Bland became a member of the executive team when she was promoted to Commander of Custody and Court Operations. Since January 2016, she had been assigned as the Assistant Sheriff of field operations and investigative services. Her command included criminal and special investigations, homeland security, and direct patrol services to over 700,000 residents within Orange County’s unincorporated areas and thirteen municipal contract cities.
Prior to joining the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, she served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. In her active duty service, she supervised and maintained a fixed communication center. Her duties included control input and output, recovery procedures, teletype security, the maintenance and operation of a mobile communication center, and more.
Bland earned a B.S. in workforce education and development from Southern Illinois University in San Bernardino. She holds an M.A. in criminal justice and an M.A. in organizational leadership from Chapman University. She also earned an Ed.D. in organizational leadership from Brandman University. In addition, Bland is a graduate of the FBI National Academy session 239, the Senior Management Institute for Police session 61, the Notre Dame Executive Integral Leadership Program, and the POST management training program. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the California Peace Officers’ Association, and the National Sheriffs’ Association.
About the Rancho Santiago Community College District
Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, which serves the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, and Tustin.. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry.
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