Born and raised in Arizona, Sandra Aguilera was hired by the Arizona Highway Patrol in 1980. In 1986 she was the first woman to qualify and ride motorcycles with the Arizona Highway Patrol. Sandra successfully promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1990. She continued to ride Motors making her the first female motorcycle sergeant in the State of Arizona. Sandra has trained and supervised numerous police officers in her 23+ years of law enforcement and personal security experience. She is certified in mediation/conflict resolution. Some of her duties involved field training of police officers, physical fitness instructor. For over 6 years Sandra was the lead investigator and instructor for sex, age, race, religious and employee harassment complaints. She was also involved in undercover investigations and the human resource supervisor in charge of the hiring process for new police officers.
She was elected as a school board member in northern Arizona in the early 80’s. In 1984 Sandra was transferred by the Highway Patrol to the Tempe/ Mesa area and along with her regular duties as a police officer she performed numerous school safety talks with the assistance of “Baby Bumper” (an animated/talking miniature patrol car).
Sandra was a guest speaker/drill sergeant with Metro Tech High School, a vocational school teaching real life work skills (in Phoenix) for over 10 years.
Sandra’s reputation working with youths grew and continued in other avenues. The American Legion called on Sandra’s expertise in dealing with teenagers to instruct “mini police academies” in Tucson. Two weeks a year for five years she sacrificed her time away from her family for teens wanting a career in law enforcement. This instruction involved coordinating lesson plans, team building experiences, seeking out officers from other agencies as counselors, setting up physical assessments and, around the clock supervision for the youth attending the sessions. Sandra was given the “award of appreciation” from the American Legion for her service to this program.
She has been volunteering in the Chandler School District ever since 2011, helping in the classrooms and with the “Art Master Piece” program.
Sandra has also been trained and certified by the “Defend University and Women’s Self Defense Institute” and is an active member of “Association of Threat Assessment Professionals”, “The Foothills Women’s Club”, “BNI Group”, “National Association of Professional Women” and a member of the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce in 2014 and 2015. She is also recognized as an expert in accident scene management.
Sandra is the founder and owner of S.T.A.R. Concepts (Safety, Training, Appropriate, Response) a self-protection company which teaches women, children, parents and seniors realistic strategies to stay safe from potential conflicts and danger. She has developed several programs with the help from fellow police officers, military personnel, individuals experienced in the martial arts arena, teachers, doctors, phycologist and parents.
As an instructor Sandra has had the honor of teaching numerous groups to include; Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, The Cardinal’s Cheerleaders, The Rattler’s Sidewinder Dancers, Church Groups, Credit Union employees, Realtor Groups, Military Families, Cotillion Groups in Chandler and Scottsdale, Arizona Fire Fighter Families, Home Schooled Children and Public, Charter and Religious Schools, Mohave County Court and the Wives of the Coaches for the Arizona Cardinals football team.
In 2014 to 2015 Sandra served as the Executive Director of “Safe and Secure”, a non-profit organization. In June of 2015 Sandra participated in a 4 day, Forever Young Foundation Nonprofit Institute training that was facilitated by The Arbinger Institute. In June of 2015 she taught a class of 50 Women motorcycle riders in Colorado, on personal safety. Subsequent to this self-defense training, in October of 2015 Sandra was invited to be a Volunteer for the “Steel Horse SisterHood”, a non-profit organization designed with the purpose of making a difference in the lives of many.
Presentations by Sandra Aguilera
Break & Escape,
An insightful way women can stay safe by being aware and alert. If confronted by an attacker how to respond quickly and efficiently. DON’T BE COUGHT OFF GUARD…..
Levels of Defense,
Gun, Knife, Pepper Spray, what should I use? What are the liabilities?
Head and Eyes,
Why are so many of us dropping our bikes, how do I pick up my bike it’s so heavy, what if I am on an incline? There are several way to pick a bike up and as strong women riding alone we need to be dependent on ourselves.
Scams Taking Our Money,
An education of the most current scams and scammers coming after our money. How to protect our assets.