Bob Vernon is a retired police officer who served within the Los Angeles Police Department for over 38 years. He began his career as a foot patrol officer in the mid 1950s, and climbed the ranks until he retired in 1992 as the Assistant Chief of Police, the second highest position within the force. He is also the founder of the Pointman Leadership Institute, an international training group that presents seminars on leadership and ethics to police and other governmental and private organizations. Bob authored several books including L.A. Justice: Lessons from the Firestorm and Character: The Foundation Of Leadership. He completed his undergraduate work at Biola University and California State University, and received his MBA from Pepperdine University in 1974. Bob also graduated from USC’s Managerial Policy Institute in 1977, and the FBI's National Executive Institute in 1987. He and his wife, Esther, have two grown children and several grandchildren.