Arvinder “Vinny” Ginda has been in law enforcement for over 25 years. He was a Police Officer with Marysville PD and then Sutter County Sheriff’s Department. When he left Sutter County in August of 2004, he was assigned as a Detective/Deputy Coroner. His primary experience has been in International and Domestic Terrorism programs working with federal law enforcement agencies. Vinny has also been a Hostage Negotiator for approximately 17 years. Throughout his career, he has had numerous deployments overseas to include two tours in Iraq. Outside of his career in law enforcement, he has researched emotional intelligence with an emphasis on the impact of technology on the developing adolescent brain. He has also conducted research and written papers on how first responders cope with short-term and long-term stress. These research opportunities have allowed a greater understanding of how individuals make decisions during critical situations. His research, training, and experience have allowed him to create various training and workshops that instruct first responders how to effectively have increased situational awareness. These training and workshops also focus on balancing emotionality versus rationality during critical incidents.