Sergeant Aaron Snyder is a 15-year veteran with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD). Since 2012, he has worked in the Office of Professional Development and Officer Wellness. Sergeant Snyder helped in developing and managing the My Legacy Mentoring and Developmental programs for IMPD. He has presented at ILEETA and IACP on Officer Wellness, Mentoring and Developmental programs. He also works with officers experiencing different levels of distress in their personal and professional lives.
Sergeant Snyder earned his B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Ball State University. He is a certified ILEA instructor and routinely teaches at the IMPD Training Academy.
Sergeant Snyder is a 2012 graduate of the IMPD Leadership Academy and is currently the Vice President of the IMPD Leadership Academy Alumni Association (IMPDLAAA). He also serves as a member of the faculty and mentor.
Born in Okeechobee and raised in Miami Florida, Acie Mitchell has built an impressive reputation and career as a martial arts, defensive tactics, and self-defense Master Instructor. Acie worked as a corrections officer for both the state of FL and the county of Dade where his 4th-degree black belt Aikido skills were often put to the test.
He was the only law enforcement defensive tactics instructor to teach at both Broward and Miami Dade School of Justice police academies simultaneously in the year 2005. He also became the primary defensive tactics instructor teaching police and corrections personnel defensive tactics in several areas: striking techniques, pressure points, takedowns, transporters, restraint devices, impact weapons, handgun disarms retention, edged weapon defense, escapes from street attacks, vascular neck restraint, and ground survival tactics at Miami Dade College, School Of Justice.
In 2006, Acie became a crewmember self-defense instructor for Homeland Security trained by the US Federal Air Marshal Service. He also teaches firearms and law enforcement vehicle operations to law enforcement personnel. In 2007, Acie became a certified F.I.G.H.T. instructor of the Haganah system, founded by Israeli Special Forces Commander, Mike Lee Kanarek.
By the end of 2008, Acie has added Israeli Tactical Knife Fighting and Ground Survival to his list of credentials of the Haganah system.
He is a master instructor, teaching thousands of law enforcement professionals self-defense averaging over 1,400 hours of teaching per year. He is a former SWAT officer of the Sweetwater Police Department and has several feature films and music videos to his credit.
Adam has extensive military special programs and federal law enforcement experience. He has been a firearms and tactics instructor for his entire adult life and holds numerous federal, military, and corporate instructor certifications. Adam has completed many protective service operations and federal investigations all over the world. He managed a federal agency firearms and tactics program for 4 years and developed courses for specialized units to conduct protective service operations and high-risk missions throughout the world.
As well as being the Director of the Sig Sauer Academy, he is concurrently a part-time police officer and special deputy sheriff in New Hampshire. Adam is Army Ranger and Airborne qualified and holds degrees in criminal justice and professional education. He is a master instructor and has spent countless hours providing instruction to various military special operations and federal law enforcement organizations. He is considered among the top instructors in the world for small unit tactics and advanced firearms skills.
Trooper Alan Davidson is the President of IPOF. The Injured Police Officers Fund is an organization committed to honoring fallen officers by raising thousands of dollars to help their families make it through a difficult time.
Alex Sholomisky started out in boxing at a very young age. At the age of 10, he won a bronze medal in the Junior Olympics. As an amateur boxer, he competed in the AAU Nationals in Ohio and also won the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves, New Jersey Diamond Belt and NJ Golden Gloves awards. Alex fought some professional boxing matches. He has also won two professional kick-boxing matches. In addition to his striking skills, Alex is also very knowledgeable in submissions for when the fight hits the mat.
Alex is state certified in defensive tactics and is the instructor for the NJ Special Operations Group. Alex is also a state certified handcuff instructor and has trained multiple law enforcement personnel including corrections officers and state, county and local police.
Dr. Alexis Artwohl, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized behavioral science consultant to law enforcement as a trainer, researcher, and author. She has done extensive training in the USA, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Jordan. She is on the National Advisory Boards of the Force Science Institute and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. She serves as the Behavioral Sciences Section Chair for the National Tactical Officers Association. Descriptions of her seminars can be obtained at her website www.alexisartwohl.com. Dr. Artwohl is co-author of the book DEADLY FORCE ENCOUNTERS and other publications. During her 16 years as a private practice clinical and police psychologist, she provided consultation to multiple agencies throughout the Pacific Northwest as well as traumatic incident debriefings and psychotherapy to numerous public safety personnel and their family members. Her husband, retired Asst. Chief David S. Butzer, is an international policing consultant with missions to Kosovo, Jordan, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Lt. Hawkes is a 23-year police veteran. In addition to his years of highway drug interdiction, Lt. Hawkes has worked in patrol, K9, investigations, narcotics, and administration. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Dallas Baptist University and is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Justice Leadership and Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has been the recipient of both State and Local awards, including the Medal of Valor. His book, Secrets of Successful Highway Interdiction, contains eleven chapters on Highway Drug Interdiction.
Lt. Andy Casavant works for the Walton County Florida Sheriff’s Office and is assigned to the Operations Review Bureau. He is the Coordinator for the Continuous Improvement Unit which uses the Toyota manufacturing concept of LEAN for it CI efforts. Lt. Casavant also heads up special projects and is the SWAT Commander. The author welcomes all comments and ideas related to this article or other leadership/management issues.
As a 30-year veteran police officer, Barb has worked in almost every law enforcement capacity and type of agency. She began her career at the Tucson Police Department working as a dispatcher, officer, detective and sergeant, then moved to Missouri and became the Chief Deputy at the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. When her family relocated to Illinois, Barb became an Academy Training Instructor and Community Policing Liaison for the Illinois State Police. After moving back to Arizona, Barb became the Commander and Interim Chief at Pima Community College Department of Public Safety, then retired as an Assistant Chief of the Marana (AZ) PD in 2009. She currently works for the Tucson Police Department as a Regional Emergency Response Planner and volunteers as a Reserve Police Officer.
Barb has been a certified police instructor and curriculum development specialist for over twenty-five years, teaching courses in Critical Incident Response, Career Survival, Recruiting and Retaining Quality Employees, Defensive Tactics, Community Policing, and Physical Fitness. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Staff and Command, the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Program and the Southwest Command College.
Beau Cisco is the founder and lead instructor at Cisco Strategic Studies LLC. Beau has a B.A. in Social Psychology from Florida Atlantic University and has been active in Law Enforcement since 1999.
Beau has worked primarily in the South Florida area and has been involved Narcotics Investigations, DEA Federal Task Force, Undercover Operations, and is currently a patrol supervisor. Cisco Strategic Studies LLC was started to help officers understand people around them, but from a Law Enforcement point of view. Beau has spent thousands of hours researching violent behavior, deception, and personality traits. This research has encompassed formal training, research studies and real world experience. The result was a system of training designed to help officers in the field.
Corporal Beau Lamens began his career in law enforcement in June 2002 as a Reserve Deputy for the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. In July 2002, he was hired as a patrol officer with the City of Othello Police Department. Beau held specialty positions as a field-training officer and was assigned to the Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team as a tactical operator.
In August 2005, Beau laterally transferred to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. He currently works as a first level supervisor in the patrol division. He also handles a Narcotics Detection Canine. Beau is also assigned to the Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team as a hostage negotiator.
Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith retired in 2009 as a 29-year veteran of the Naperville, IL Police Department. Beginning as a police dispatcher at age 17, Betsy became a police officer four years later and has held positions in patrol, investigations, narcotics, juvenile, hostage negotiation, crime prevention and field training. She received her four-year degree from Western Illinois University in 1991 and was a class officer and graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Staff and Command in May of 2001.
As a sergeant, she supervised her department’s K-9 Unit, served as a field training sergeant, recruitment team sergeant, bike patrol coordinator, Crowd Control Bike Team leader, and supervisor of the Community Education Crime Prevention Unit. Betsy served on the Elderly Services Team, the Crisis Intervention Team, and was a proud founding supervisory member of NPDs Honor Guard Unit.
From 1999 – 2003 Betsy hosted various programs and was a content expert for the Law Enforcement Television Network, is currently an on-air commentator and advisor for the Police One Academy and was a featured character in the Biography Channel’s Female Forces reality show.
She has been a law enforcement trainer for over 20 years, a content expert and former instructor for the Calibre Press Street Survival seminar, and is a popular keynote speaker at conferences and events throughout the United States, Canada and around the world. Since 1995, Betsy has authored hundreds of articles for law enforcement, government and civilian publications, and is a regular columnist for Police One, Police Link, Officer.Com and Law Officer.
Betsy is co-owner of Dave Smith Associates. Together, Betsy and Dave develop and present cutting-edge courses through Winning Mind Seminars, an Illinois-based company. She can be reached through her website at www.femaleforces.com.
Beverly has been employed with the City of Burnsville, Minnesota since 1993 and is currently assigned to the Multi-Housing Unit. She has many years in the patrol division, Crime Prevention and assists the Street Crimes Unit. She has taught in-service defensive tactics and firearms and currently serves as an FTO for her agency. Beverly is a Medal of Valor recipient honored by her agency for her heroic efforts in an officer-involved shooting incident.
She has served as a firearms instructor at the local police academy and has instructed privately for The Association of Training Officers of Minnesota (ATOM) and International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, Inc. (IALEFI) in the area of female specific firearms training. Beverly is also an adjunct instructor for Louka Tactical and Team One Network.
Beverly is a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, Inc. (IALEFI), and has attended their annual conferences. She is also an active member of the Minnesota Association of Women Police (MAWP), and the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA). Beverly was a co-developer and presenter of an in-the-schools anti-shoplifting program (S.M.A.R.T. Students Made Aware of Retail Theft) which has received local and national recognition.
Sgt. Bill Campbell began his law enforcement career as a U.S. Marine Military Policeman in 1986. After six years of active duty service as a patrolling MP stationed in Yuma, AZ and Okinawa, Japan. Bill received an honorable discharge and went to work for the Gilbert AZ. Police Department. Bill has served Gilbert Police Department since as a Patrolman, Bike Officer, Academy Training Officer, Proficiency Instructor and Patrol Sergeant. Bill has served with the department’s SWAT team since 1995 as an Entry Operator, Precision Marksman, Trainer, and currently serves as the Entry Team Leader.
Bill began teaching practical proficiency skills to his peers as a Marine and has continued to make it a focal point of his law enforcement career. Bill has received multiple levels of certification in all forms of police proficiency with his primary efforts toward Firearms, Use of Force, and Police Tactics training. In 1997, Bill developed the Gilbert Model of Patrol Rifle Training and began offering it to agencies nationwide as a practical example of a complete 40-hour basic rifle training program. Since it has been offered, over 1000 law enforcement agencies across the nation have requested it as a reference in creating their own rifle training programs.
Bill was recognized as an AZPOST Subject Matter Expert in Firearms training in 1999 and about that same time, the National Rifle Association recruited Bill to serve as a Staff Firearms Instructor for the NRA Law Enforcement Activities Division.
Since 2000, Bill has taught Firearms Instructor Development Courses in all police firearms disciplines nationwide on behalf of the NRA. As an NRA LEAD Staff member, Bill has been an integral part of the modern development, writing and teaching of the NRA LE Firearms Instructor Development courses. He has focused his efforts on modernizing and improving police firearms training, through practical development of training that is based on the tasks, tools and practical environment that officers actually work, rather than on marksmanship or qualification standards.
Bill has written multiple articles on practical police training for “Police Marksman Magazine”, The “IALEFI Firearms Instructor”, the “NRA LEAD Newsletter” and the “Street Survival Newsline”. Bill is a member of the NTOA, ILEETA, IALEFI, and a Life Member of the NRA. Bill teaches annually at the ILEETA and IALEFI Annual Training Conferences highlighting practical firearms drill and lesson plans.
Bill’s column, “Bringing the Street to the Ranger” is an extension of his efforts with the NRA to seek the practical principles involved in daily police tasks and to create specific firearms training to help officers win in that environment. Police work is a complicated environment with ever changing tactics, tools and liabilities.
“We cannot bring the sterile, comfortable environment of the ‘training range’ to the harsh, unpredictable environment of the ‘street.’ We must instead find ways to bring the street to the range.”
Dr. Bill Lewinski is the co-founder and executive director of The Force Science Institute, which was launched in June 2004 and is headquartered in Mankato, Minnesota. The Institute’s mission is to scientifically determine and fully understand the true dynamics of force encounters – what actually happens between officers and offenders in fluid, rapidly unfolding, life-or-death confrontations.
Dr. Lewinski has a Ph.D. in police psychology, a subject he has studied for more than three decades. He is a full professor in the Law Enforcement Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato where until recently he taught full-time for more than two decades.
He has interviewed more than 1,000 officers who have been involved in deadly force incidents and he has conducted groundbreaking research that sheds light on the little understood and often ignored realities of deadly force encounters. This information has saved officers’ lives on the street and has prevented some from going to prison when they were wrongly accused of criminally using deadly force.
Force Science Institute findings combined with Dr. Lewinski’s expert courtroom testimony have made a dramatic impact on some of the highest profile use-of-force cases in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. His research has been published in numerous national law enforcement publications, Web sites and e-newsletters. Additionally, the work for The Force Science Institute is frequently cited in law enforcement training articles and classes worldwide.
Sergeant Bill Lewis II (Retired) from TAC Team made a presentation in 2010 at the California Association for Property and Evidence (CAPE) annual training conference in Rancho Mirage, California. His presentation addressed the evidence collection and retention issues related to both criminal prosecutions for and civil cases against law enforcement agencies as they pertain to use of force incidents, OIS, K9 deployments, and SWAT operations.
Lieutenant Blaine Gunkel is Assistant District Commander of the Thurston County patrol detachments and motorcycle unit in District 1. This patrol area encompasses the wildlife and wetlands of the Nisqually delta, the state capitol, a mix of communities and rural populations throughout the county, and a high volume of traffic from motorists traveling south on the interstate, visitors to the capitol and west to the ocean beaches.
Coach Bob Lindsey retired from law enforcement after 34 years of service. He retired at the rank of Colonel from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana. His career included military service, all sectors of law enforcement, as well as governmental security.
The colonel is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the FBI National Academy. He is best known as Coach Bob by countless numbers of police officers and law enforcement trainers throughout the United States and other nations.
Since his retirement, he continues to utilize his vast experience to teach law enforcement trainers his renowned course entitled Mental Preparation for Winning Surviving. His experience and dedication include his tireless efforts to educate police officers around the world. He is a founding member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, serving on the Board of Directors of that organization for 16 years. He also holds the position of International Instructor Trainer emeritus with Monadnock Lifetime Products.
He writes and creates Tactical tips for PoliceOne.com and he is a member and contributor to Team one and ILEETA.
Colonel Lindsey has received numerous awards and honors, including Outstanding Law Enforcement Trainer of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement award from ASLET. Others are too numerous to mention.
Colonel Lindsey is a Verbal Judo instructor having the honor to have received his training from Dr. George Thompson. He has assisted Dr. Thompson in the presentation of the Verbal Judo Instructor Course.
Colonel Lindsey also taught with and continues to learn from Gary Klugweicz who he has known for over twenty years.
Colonel Lindsey is married to Maggie, and together they share six children and 16 grandchildren.
Robert Parker was with the Omaha, Nebraska Police Department for 30 years before retiring in 2001. Parker is the lead instructor for NTOAs Patrol Rifle and Patrol Response to Active Shooter courses and is a certified submachine gun instructor. He is currently the NTOA Patrol Tactics Section Chairperson.
For the past 19 years, Parker has written the Countermeasures column for “The Tactical Edge”.
Special Agent Supervisor (SAS) Robert Pennal, Office of the Attorney General, California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (CA DOJBNE), retired in April 2009 after a 30-year law enforcement career. Prior to employment with DOJ, SAS Pennal was employed both as a Deputy Sheriff with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) and an Officer with the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
SAS Pennal spent 24 years with BNE, the last 22 assigned to clandestine laboratory investigations. SAS Pennal retired as the Task Force Commander (TFC) of the Central Valley High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), Fresno Methamphetamine Task Force (FMTF). SAS Pennal is a recognized international expert in the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine.
SAS Pennal is a three-time CNOA Region 7 Narcotic Officer of the Year and on December 12, 2002, SAS Pennal was awarded the national Outstanding Task Force Commander of the year by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Office of the President. In May of 2009, SAS Pennal was awarded the national Domestic Impact award at the National Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Initiative National Strategy Conference. SAS Pennal was recognized for his contributions to methamphetamine enforcement. SAS Pennal has trained in excess of 25,000 police officers and emergency personnel on clandestine laboratory investigations and currently lectures at conferences throughout the United States and Canada.
Bob Willis has trained federal, state and local agencies and officers for over 25 years in the areas of defensive tactics, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, vehicle contacts, professional communications, constitutional law, report writing and numerous other disciplines. For a decade, he co-presented the Calibre Press Street Survival Seminar across the USA and Canada. Bob has been a patrol officer, SWAT team member, field training officer, departmental training officer, recruit academy and in-service academy instructor, a “train-the-trainer,” an officer survival instructor and lecturer and a litigation consultant. He still works as a police officer (part-time) and is a sworn deputy sheriff. Bob is a full-time Instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is responsible for the realistic training of public safety personnel at one of the most technologically advanced facilities in America that specializes in realistic scenario based instruction, located on the NWTC campus. Bob also teaches academic courses in the Law Enforcement Degree and Recruit Academy programs. He often serves as a litigation consultant and expert witness and has testified in Federal and State Courts, Grand Jury Hearings, Coroners Inquests as well as Police Disciplinary Hearings to explain and critique the force and/or procedural actions of officers. Bob authored the original State of Wisconsin’s Defensive and Arrest Tactics Manual and has contributed articles to national publications.
Brad Smith has over 20 years of experience as a K9 handler, mentor and trainer and 18 years as a SWAT dog handler. He is the owner of Canine Tactical Operations Consulting (K9TacOps) and retired from the West Covina Police Department in Southern California.
Since 2000 Smith has been Canine Chairman for National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and Subject Matter Expert for California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO). As Canine Chairman for NTOA, Smith wrote the Recommended Training Standards for K9’s that deploy with SWAT.
Smith was on the California Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) K9 SWAT committee and was instrumental in writing the Recommended Operational Guideline for K9’s that deploy with SWAT. He is on the training staff for Utah POST for SWAT dogs and is a Certifying Official for National Police Canine Association (NPCA). Mr. Smith also sat on the Safety Guidelines committee which rewrote and updated the safety guidelines for classes certified by POST.
As a graduate of California POST Master Instructor Development Program, Class 5, he designed and implemented SKIDDS; the first and only POST approved K9 SWAT School in the state of California. SKIDDS has been certified in several other states as well.
Smith is a contributing editor for Police K9 Magazine. He has published numerous articles on K9 SWAT Deployment, case law updates and K9 Use of Force issues and training tips in the following magazines: Tactical Edge, Tactical Response, Police K9 Magazine, Law Order, Illinois Tactical Officer Association, Law Officer Magazine, Wisconsin Law Officer Canine Handler Association, Dog Sport, C.A.T.O. and Police Magazine.
He has competed internationally as well as regionally in numerous police canine competitions. He has won over 60 awards including 6 Grand Championships, 4 Reserve Grand Championships and 4 Top Agencies, and has been referred to as the Godfather of K9 SWAT Operations.
Smith’s company, K9TacOps, provides consulting services to attorney’s, City Managers, Administrators and Law Enforcement agencies on K9 related issues such as: dog and handler selection, oral boards, training, report writing, policy, case law, use of force, deployment tactics for K9 patrol deployments and K9 SWAT operations. For more information, visit www.k9tacops.com.
As a rookie officer just a month on the force, Brady Roell was faced with a life or death confrontation when she was when she was wounded by AKA 47 debris and then shot multiple times and during a warrant call. In this segment, Roell shares her power story about her how her will to survive helped her get out alive.
With over thirty years military and police experience and still going strong, Brian is a Firearms and Defensive Tactics Instructor for the nation’s fourth largest department. As director of Hoffner’s Training Academy, Brian brings his dynamic training program to law enforcement, military, and responsible citizens on an international level. Known and respected as a leader in his field, Brian’s unique style of motivating and teaching his students have made him a trusted favorite throughout the country. Brian’s ability to relay his knowledge, utilize his wide range of skills as a motivator, and bring out the best in his students ensure a positive learning experience for the student.
Brian Willis is an internationally-recognized thought leader, speaker, trainer, and writer. Brian serves as the Deputy Executive Director for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and is President of the innovative training company Winning Mind Training. Brian was a full time police officer with the Calgary Police Service from 1979 to 2004. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution and commitment to Officer Safety in Canada and was named Law Officer Trainer of the Year for 2011. He is also editor of the highly-acclaimed books W.I.N.: Critical Issues in Training and Leading Warriors , W.I.N. 2: Insights Into Training and Leading Warriors, and his latest work, If I Knew Then: Life Lessons From Cops on the Street , are all available through (www.warriorspiritbooks.com). Brian is a member of NTOA, ITOA, IALEFI, and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Brian can be reached through his website at www.winningmindtraining.com.
Bukl Revell served a 30-year career (1964-1994) in the FBI as a Special Agent and senior executive. From 1980 until 1991, Mr. Revell served in FBI Headquarters first as Assistant Director in charge of Criminal Investigations (including terrorism); then as Associate Deputy Director he was in charge of the Investigative, Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and International programs of the Bureau (1985-91). In September 1987, Mr. Revell was placed in charge of a joint FBICIA U.S. Military Operation (Operation Goldenrod) which led to the first apprehension overseas of an international terrorist. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Revell served as an officer and aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps, leaving active duty in 1964 as a Captain. He currently serves as the President of an international business and security consulting group based in Dallas.
Cathy is a retired Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She spent over 20 years with the FBI as a Firearms Instructor. She currently serves as an NRA Adjunct Firearms Instructor and is a competitive PPC shooter. Cathy is a two-time National Champion and holds several NRA shooting records.
Chad was a Sergeant in the Marines and was stationed in Iraq when an experience changed his life forever in April of 2003. He shares the details of what he went through on that day and how the methods of Street Survival and that winning mindset kept him going.
Charles Remsberg is the author of the book Blood Lesson. This book is exclusive to the Law Enforcement Community with gripping re-creations, law enforcement’s most popular writer on survival tactics takes you inside more than 20 unforgettable confrontations where officer’s lives are on the line. Order your copy today at PoliceOneBooks.com
Charles Remsberg was the co-founder and co-owner of Calibre Press, Inc. (1979-1999), then the leading independent producer of training materials for law enforcement personnel, serving agencies and individual officers in more than 50 countries.
The author of three award-winning textbooks on tactics by which officers can protect themselves physically, legally and emotionally when dealing with high-risk individuals and situations. These books are: Street Survival: Tactics for Armed Encounters; The Tactical Edge: Surviving High-Risk Patrol; and Tactics for Criminal Patrol: Vehicle Stops, Drug Discovery and Officer Survival.
These books, with more than 300,000 copies in circulation, are widely used as training texts in college criminal justice courses and law enforcement training academies. Two have been cited before the U.S. Supreme Court as representing the standard by which modern, responsible law enforcement training should be judged.
Associate producer of half-a-dozen award-winning instructional video productions for law enforcement, including: Deadly Force Decisions I amp; II, Surviving Edged Weapons, Hostage Officer Survival and Ultimate Survivors. These are believed to be the best-selling training videos ever produced for law enforcement.
Co-founder, co-producer, instructor, scriptwriter of the Street Survival Seminar which has trained more than 200,000 municipal, county, state, federal and special law enforcement officers in appearances throughout the U.S. and Canada, attracting attendees from as far away as Russia, England and Japan.
Co-founder, editor, writer of the first electronic newsletter for law enforcement, the Street Survival Newsline, subscribed to by more than 65,000 officers and agencies in 28 countries.
Recipient of the O.W. Wilson Award for outstanding contributions to law enforcement, from the American Criminal Justice Assn. (1993) and the American Police Hall of Fame Honor Award for distinguished achievement in public service (1993).
He is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Force Science Research Center at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Visit Charles page on PoliceOne.com.
When off-duty officer Chris Carter and his family entered a McDonald’s in Barstow, California they had no idea what would happen next. When an employee informed Carter of a robbery in progress, he had to switch modes from husband and father to a highly trained law enforcement officer, proving once again that you can never let your guard down.
Chris Cerino, who has served with Medina (Ohio) Police Department, Federal Air Marshals, and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, is a nationally-known firearms instructor who has been training law enforcement officers and military for more than 10 years. Chris has worked in law enforcement positions for municipal, county, state and federal agencies spanning 19 years. A majority of those years have been spent in tactical and firearms related fields. As the director of training for Cerino Training Group, Cerino remains immersed in the firearms and tactics training culture. Teaching the importance of fundamentals in a lddo as I dord fashion has enabled him to be a respected instructor across the country.
Sergeant Chris Jaekl is with the New Berlin Police Department in Wisconsin.
Chris Myers has been a Police Officer with a major Northwest department since 1990. During the past two decades Chris has worked uniformed patrol, bicycle patrol, FTO, plain-clothes Anti-Crime, Search warrant service, Demonstration Management, and has been an advanced skills instructor. Chris has taught as an EVOC, Firearms, Tactics, and Less-Lethal instructor. Chris has had the good fortune to train Law Enforcement from all over North America and Europe on topics including TASER, Less-Lethal deployment and excited delirium.
Christopher Johns has over 18 years of law enforcement experience and holds a BS in Criminology from Drury University. He has worked as a police officer for the Springfield, Missouri Police Department since 1994. During that time, he has worked in the patrol division, community services section, and the training unit. Since 2005 Christopher has been assigned as the Technical Skills Coordinator for the Springfield Police Academy and is the lead control tactics instructor.
Chuck Joyner was employed by the CIA from 1983 to 1987, and was a Special Agent with the FBI from 1987 until his retirement in October 2011. During his career, Chuck worked Violent Crimes & Major Offenders Program, gang task force, and training. He was a SWAT team operator and sniper, and later served as the SWAT Commander. He has provided firearms, defensive tactics, chemical agent, and tactical training to thousands of law enforcement officers and military personnel. Chuck has lectured internationally and throughout the U.S. on myriad law enforcement topics. He is now the President of Survival Sciences, LLC, offering defensive tactics training, consulting, and expert testimony regarding use of force.
For more information, visit SurvivalSciences.com.
Clay Fallis is a defensive tactics and Master Taser instructor. He is trained extensively as a high liability instructor.
Lt. Dan Marcou is an active, nationally-recognized, police trainer, who was a highly-decorated police officer with 33 years of full time law enforcement experience. In November 2006, Lt. Dan Marcou retired from the La Crosse, Wisconsin Police Department, where he had achieved the rank of Lieutenant, Director of Training. He served in the capacity of patrol his entire career, insisting on personally assisting in the field training of all new recruits.
“Lt. Dan” served as a Tactical Operator, Team Leader, and Officer in Charge of the La Crosse Police Department Emergency Response Team. He was also commander of the nationally recognized La Crosse Police Department Emergency Response Team, which developed what some call the “La Crosse Method,” of Crowd Control. He also is a trained negotiator and served in this capacity, which led him to be presented with the Distinguished Service Award from the City of Oak Creek, for assisting them effectively with an Active Shooter on November 5, 2004. This episode has been documented in Charles Remsberg’s book Blood Lessons.
Highly-decorated by the La Crosse Police Department, Dan proudly served there for 29 and one half years, receiving 15 departmental citations, three Chief’s Superior Achievement Awards, Police Officer of the Year, SWAT Officer of the Year, and Domestic Abuse Law Enforcement Officer of the year as well as Humanitarian of the Year.
Dan has achieved national recognition as a trainer for his innovations in Crowd Control, Defensive Tactics, Live Interactive Firearms Training, and his Five Phases of the Active Shooter. Marcou is a Master Trainer for the State of Wisconsin and he trains all levels of police officers from entry level to upper management in Defensive Tactics, Firearms, SWAT, Ethics, Supervisory Excellence and many other topics. Dan is also a graduate of the 175 FBI National Academy.
His first novel, The Calling the Making of a Veteran Cop was published by Thunder Bay Press in 2007 and is being lauded as not only an excellent training aid for Criminal Justice Classes and Academies, but a good read. It is being read by cops worldwide and made the best seller list at Barnes and Noble as well as achieving a five star rating.
Lt. Marcou’s second novel, S.W.A.T. Blue Knights in Black Armor has been acclaimed for its depiction of police as they really are, modern knights. Marcou’s third novel, Nobody’s Heroes, has just been released and is already being met with critical praise. The reality he breathes into his police novels comes from having lived the life. All three of Dan’s novels are available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. For additional information check out his website.
Darrell L. Ross
Since August 2006, Dr. Darrell L. Ross has been serving as the Chair in the Department of Law Enforcement Justice Administration at Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois. From 1992 to 2006, Dr. Ross taught criminal justice courses at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC and was the Director of the Forensic Sciences Minor. He was the Chair of the department from 1999 to 2002. He was awarded the Scholar of the year award by the ECU Department of Criminal Justice in 2006, the Distinguished Scholar Professor Award by the ECU Chancellor in April 2004 and in 1997 he was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award, by the NC Criminal Justice Educators Association.
From 1985 to 1992 he worked for the Criminal Justice Institute at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI. While at CJI he conducted research and provided training for police and correctional agencies, taught subject control tactics and physical conditioning in the police academy, and also taught academic courses. He was a thirteen year veteran with the MI Department of Corrections, working at SPSM as an officer, a Unit Manager of a psychiatric cell block of 500 prisoners, a probation officer, and academy instructor. He is a member of ten professional criminal justice educational and training associations.
Dr. Ross is an author of multiple books including Civil Liability Issues in Corrections, Civil Liability in Criminal Justice, 4th Ed. and Death in Custody.
Dave began his law enforcement career in 1982 gaining his experience in small arms and tactics while serving as a police officer with both the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. and the City of Fairfax Police Department in Northern Virginia. While working in Fairfax, Dave served in patrol as both an officer and a Corporal, was a burglary detective for several years and also served as a member of his department’s Emergency Services Team, a department firearm instructor, armorer, and as a field training officer. He shot for eight years on the department pistol team where he was a member of the prestigious Governors 20 list five years in a row in Virginia, as well as served as a board member and vice-president of the Virginia Police Revolver Association.
Dave is a certified handgun/shotgun instructor, tactical handgun instructor, tactical shotgun instructor, patrol rifle instructor, chemical munitions instructor and distraction device instructor. Additionally, he is a certified armorer on most law enforcement semi-auto pistols, shotguns, submachine guns, and rifles. Dave is an active member of International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), American Society for Law Enforcement Training (ASLET), International Law Enforcement Trainers and Educators Association (ILEETA), National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), and has been affiliated with the International Association of Credit Card Investigators (IACCI), Special Equipment and Tactics Association (SETA), the Virginia Tactical Association (VTA) and actively writes for the Police Marksman magazine. Dave is a life member of the National Rifle Association.
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, U.S. Army (Ret.), is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier, speaker, and one of the world’s most foremost experts in the field of human aggression, the roots of violence, and violent crime. As an Airborne Ranger infantry officer, and a prior-service sergeant and paratrooper, he has over 23 years of experience in leading U.S. soldiers worldwide. Col. Grossman retired from the Army in February 1998 and has since devoted himself to research, speaking, teaching, and writing. He has combined his experiences as a former Army Ranger and former West Point psychology professor and a professor of military science to become the founder of a new field of scientific endeavor, which has been termed killology. In this new field, he has made revolutionary new contributions to our understanding of killing in war, the psychological costs of war, the root causes of the current virus of violent crimes that is raging around the world, and in the processes used to help victims of violence heal, in times of both peace and war. Col. Grossman is the author of On Killing, which was nominated for a Pulitzer and is on the required reading list of the U.S. Marine Corps Commandant and the FBI Academy. He also coauthored Warrior Mindset and Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence. His book, On Combat has also been placed on the U.S. Marine Corps Commandant’s required reading list. On the Web, he maintains www. killology.com and www.WarriorSci.com.
Dave Plettl who is in his ninth year as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Florida State, works primarily with the women’s basketball and men’s and women’s tennis programs. He individually customizes programs for each of the athletes beginning with pre-conditioning before the season gets underway.
In the spring of 2005, Plettl, a native of Bailey, Colorado, was named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa). The honor is the highest given in the strength and conditioning profession and highlighted the organization’s conference held in Salt Lake City. This is an incredible honor for Dave, CSCCa Executive Director Chuck Stiggins said. Being named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach signifies a commitment to student-athletes, a commitment to Florida State University athletics and a commitment to his profession. We are honored to have Dave as a member of our association. He is truly a standard bearer to all strength and conditioning coaches nationwide. Plettl and six other coaches who received the honor in May, joined the then-43 Master Strength & Conditioning Coaches, bringing the total number of MSCCs in the world to 50. Dave is so deserving of this prestigious award, FSU women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau said. His role as strength and conditioning coach for our team has played a vital role in the success of our program. His knowledge and ability to connect with people is second to none.
Plettl is a 1991 graduate of the University of Colorado, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science and history. He came to Florida State from the University of Texas where he served two years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the football, men’s tennis, women’s golf and rowing programs.
While at Colorado, Plettl worked as a student assistant athletic trainer his first year and then moved to the strength and conditioning staff in 1987 where he spent the next 10 years. Plettl was a student assistant graduate assistant from 1987-92, the interim coach from 1992-93 and associate strength and conditioning coach from 1993-97.
Plettl received Master specialist in Sports Conditioning from the International Sports Sciences Association in September 2001 as well as by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association in May 2004. He and his wife, the former Christa Miller, are the proud parents of daughters, Lydia Rose (5) and Rebecca Rose (2) and son Samuel (1).
Dave “Buck Savage” Smith is an internationally recognized law enforcement speaker, trainer, video personality, and author. He began his police career in the State of Arizona, holding positions in Patrol, SWAT, Narcotics, Supervision, Investigations, Training and Management. Dave holds numerous instructor certifications in firearms, defensive tactics, and human performance and is a proven expert witness and consultant.
In 1980, Dave developed the popular JD Buck Savage video training series and was a police instructor for the original Street Survival seminar by Calibre Press and was an intricate part of the company for nearly 30 years. He now writes for numerous publications, speaks internationally, and is the author of the popular book In My Sights.
Dave is currently the owner of Winning Mind Seminars.
Dave Young the Founder and Director of ARMA Training. He graduated from his first law enforcement academy in 1985, and now has 30 years of combined professional and civilian training experience. Dedication, vision, experience, and instructional skills are the criteria by which a physical confrontation and personal -safety-awareness instructor should be judged – and Dave excels in all of these attributes.
Dave is recognized as one of the nation’s leading tactical instructors and is an expert in equipment testing and establishing protocols. He specializes in crowd management, non-lethal weaponry, chemical and specialty impact munitions, ground and water-based defensive tactics, and personal safety awareness.
Dave combines a unique blend of physical expertise, teaching know-how and hands-on approach to tactics training, using anatomically correct techniques. He leads the class from the front and is an instructor that demonstrates how to survive- rather than just talking about survival.
Dave uses a truly integrated use-of-force training approach that allows officers and civilians to learn how to smoothly transition up and down through their force options.
His background includes being a corrections and law enforcement officer in the state of Florida, gate sentry, patrol officer, watch commander, investigator, Special Reaction Team (SRT) Team member and commander in the United States Marine Corps. He has participated as a control system designer for both military and civilian authorities.
Dave serves as a defensive tactics consultant for numerous police and correctional agencies throughout the United States in disturbance response strategies. His Ground Defense Program exemplifies how to apply known defensive tactics techniques to new applications while emphasizing Officer Safety. Dave’s Water- Based Defensive Tactics Programs is on the cutting edge of specialized law enforcement training and the first of its kind.
His ability to create realistic training programs is unmatched in the industry. Utilizing the most advanced duty and protective training equipment, his students are able to test the techniques they learn in their actual working environment.
Correctional officers respond to disturbances in cell blocks. Patrol Officers respond to bar fights, domestic disturbances and traffic stops. Tactical Officers deal with High-Risk Entries. Disturbance Response Units respond to actual riots in progress. Civilians are exposed to real-life situations.
In addition to his presenting and teaching abilities, Dave is viewed as one of the foremost leaders in the research and testing of police equipment and non-lethal weaponry. He has personally conducted and supervised the evaluations for numerous manufacturers and correctional agencies and branches of the armed forces both domestically and internationally.
Dave Young brings reality to training in order to create a believable environment that allows the participants to experience the stress of real world confrontations in a safe learning format. This approach gives his students confidence in themselves, their tactics, and their equipment.
From 2005 to 2008, Dave hosted a special television series for National Geographic titled, Crash Test Human. This unique television show focused on Dave’s expertise with product testing and evaluation – and included Dave surviving a head-on car collision, being trapped in a submerged car, and spending time in a hyperbaric chamber.
In recent years, Dave has taken his background and expertise and applied it to developing programs for civilians — including parents, students, educators, martial artists, and executives. In 2010, he formed Vistelar Training Group with two other nationally-recognized defense trainers in order to create more focus to these efforts.
These civilian programs focus on personal safety awareness and how to respond when things go bad. To learn more, go to: Vistelar Training Group.
Doctor David Bellamy is a graduate of University of Florida College of Medicine and specializes in orthopedic surgery.
Lieutenant David Crisler is a 21 year veteran of Marion County Sheriff’s Office and is currently a Principle Partner at The Crisler Group. Lt. Crisler is an active member of ILEETA and was a presenter at their 2009 and 2012 conferences.
Officer Davin Cole serves in the canine unit for the City and County of San Francisco’s Human Services Agency.
As a motor officer for the Scottsdale Police Department, Deanna Jensen was involved in a terrible accident while escorting the funeral of a fallen brother. Her remarkable story of survival and recovery is one that will keep you thinking for quite a while.
Debra Gardner has more than 27 years of public service experience. Twenty-three years of this service has been with the Commonwealth of Virginia at the Commission on the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program. Her career with the Commission on VASAP began in 1988 as the Alcohol Safety Action Program Supervisor. In 1992, she was appointed to the position of Deputy Executive Director, and as Executive Director of the Agency in 2003. She has also taught as an adjunct professor in graduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dennis Tueller is perhaps best known for researching and developing groundbreaking training protocol, as exemplified in his published seminal article, How Close is Too Close. In that text Dennis identified the critical concepts dubbed proxemics, which influenced a revolution in tactical training doctrine, coming to be known as the Tueller Principle.
Beyond that noteworthy accomplishment, Dennis is internationally recognized and respected as a law enforcement instructor, acknowledged by peers in books and publications. He has served as adjunct instructor/coach for world-renowned training organizations including Thunder Ranch, Inc., Gunsite Training Center, U.S. D.O.E. Safeguards amp; Security Central Training Academy, Defense Training International, The Police Training Division, International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and he is regularly invited to present at major law enforcement training conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He currently teaches for Glock in their police firearms instructor and armorer training division.
In his career, Dennis has developed and presented hundreds of classes, lectures, live-fire range and shoot-house training courses, role-play exercises, personal coaching sessions, seminars, and video productions on practical shooting techniques, instructor development, patrol tactics and officer survival procedures, firearms safety, combat marksmanship and gun-handling, judicious use of lethal force, performance under stress, and winning mindset. During his career with the Salt Lake City Police Department, he received the Chiefs Award for outstanding performance in developing firearms policy and providing firearms training. Dennis retired from the SLCPD after 25 years of service, at the rank of Lieutenant.
Dennis Valone is a Police Captain at Alpharetta, Georgia . Captain Valone is an accomplished Captain with nineteen years of public safety experience, the last thirteen years in law enforcement. Captain Valone is a member of the Below 100 team which is an initiative to reduce police line-of-duty deaths to fewer than one hundred per year.
Diana is a certified martial arts instructor and is a current instructor for law enforcement, military, corrections and security personnel. She has been teaching martial arts since 1996 and been involved in training for security and law enforcement since 1993. She teaches weekly classes at the Minnesota Kali Group on Filipino weaponry and knife fighting, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial arts and Women’s kickboxing. She teaches quarterly Self Defense courses. She has both conducted and assisted Rick Faye on numerous seminars for martial arts, self-defense, and law enforcement and corrections personnel. One of the top female martial arts instructors in the country, she also teaches nationally internationally. Diana also is the lead coach and corner person for the MKG fight competitors. Her main areas of expertise for law enforcement pertain to her extensive training and instruction in the areas of Edged Weapon Defense, Officer Survival Maximum Force Empty Hands and Ground Defense.
Dick Fairburn has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience in both Illinois and Wyoming, working patrol, investigations and administrative assignments. Dick has also served as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst and as the Section Chief of a major academy’s Firearms Training Unit and Critical Incident training program. He has a B.S. in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University and was the Valedictorian of his recruit class at the Illinois State Police Academy. He has published more than 100 feature articles and two books: Police Rifles and Building a Better Gunfighter.
Domenic Cappelluti is a detective with the Waukegan Police Department and is currently assigned to the Lake County Major Crime Task Force as Group Supervisor. He has more than 13 years of law enforcement experience and supervised a gang suppression unit for 7 years. Domenic specializes in high profile violent crimes, such as gang-related homicides and murder for hire cases on gang and drug officers. He also participates on a multi-jurisdictional team that investigates officer-involved shootings.
Domenic has investigated hundreds of gang and drug related operations throughout Lake County and the Chicago metropolitan area, primarily targeting Chicago-based street gangs in Waukegan. He has lectured on gang enforcement at several universities and other venues across Illinois and has testified as an expert witness on gang homicides and violent crimes. In addition, he conducts training for local police and federal agents throughout the country and teaches gang enforcement classes at the Chicago Police Academy for experienced Chicago officers.
Don Alwes is a trainer and consultant with 24 years of law enforcement experience. He is a lead instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association in the areas of school and workplace violence and active shooter response. For 15 years, Don has served as an adjunct instructor for Kentucky’s Department of Criminal Justice Training. He has instructed law enforcement personnel in active shooter response, rapid deployment, terrorism, homeland security, school and workplace violence, firearms, tactics, vulnerability assessment, and executive development. As a team leader, Don supervised and performed anti-terrorism assessments. He has served as a subject matter expert for projects sponsored by the National Institute of Justice and other agencies.
Mr. Barker joined the Institute Staff in January 1999 as a Training Specialist responsible for the development and presentation of training programs in the criminal investigative field. Prior to January 1999, Mr. Barker was a Major Case Supervisor with the Pinellas County (FL) Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office responds to over 20,000 crime scene investigations annually, with 45 Forensic Science personnel on staff. His responsibilities included shift personnel supervision, 24-hour major case scene supervision, FTO Section Coordinator, and Section Training Coordinator, responsible for the planning and scheduling of training for all members.
In February 2014, Duane Wolfe retired from his career as a Minnesota Peace Officer after more than 25 years of service (beginning in 1988). During his career he served as patrolman, sergeant, S.R.T., Use of Force and Firearms Instructor, and is currently employed by the Parkers Prairie Police Department. He is also a full-time instructor in the Law Enforcement Program at Alexandria Technical College, Alexandria, Minnesota. Duane has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Bemidji State University, and a Masters Degree in Education from Southwest State University. Duane has previously published articles on Calibre Press and IALEFI and served on the Advisory Board for Lt. Col. Dave Grossmans book, On Combat.
Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association “Maggie Award” winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 900 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community.
On a daily basis, Doug is in close personal contact with some of the top subject-matter experts in law enforcement, regularly tapping into the world-class knowledge of officers and trainers from around the United States, and working to help spread that information and insight to the hundreds of thousands of officers who visit PoliceOne every month.
Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).
Doug is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.
Fletch Fuller is an Adjunct Instructor for Phoenix RBT Solutions as well as being a full-time Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Florida. Currently, he is the High Liability Training Coordinator for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in Naples where he has served since 1996. His experience includes being a Street Gang Investigator, Patrol Shift Supervisor, Field Supervisor, SWAT Team Member and Field Training Officer. He is the Lead Instructor for Defensive Tactics, Baton, OC Spray and Driving and is a Master Instructor with TASER International. Fuller has coordinated and led classes for officers at the Academy Recruit, In-service and Advanced Specialized levels in the areas of Officer Survival, Active Shooter and Reality Based Training. Fuller is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in the area of Defensive Tactics and Use of Force and serves as a consultant for Legal and Policy review, Internal Affairs Investigations and Public inquiries into Use of Force incidents.
Fuller is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served from 1989 to 1995. In 1989, he was a founding member of the USARSO MP Special Reaction Team and took part in combat and fugitive recovery operations before, during and after Operation Just Cause in the Republic of Panama. Fuller later served as Team Leader for the Installation Special Reaction Team at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He deployed back to Panama in 1993 and supervised an active Riot Control Response Team during refugee operations during Operation Safe Haven.
Fuller serves as the Director of Law Enforcement Training for ISR Matrix International and is responsible for the development of the ISR Firearm Retention, Edged Weapon and Ground Tactics curriculums. He has coordinated and led classes around the United States and in Australia. Fuller has been a featured instructor at conferences for the International Law Enforcement Educators Trainers Association (ILEETA), the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI) and the Florida High Liability Trainer’s Conference.
Fuller has trained in various Martial Arts for 20 years and is currently a Black Belt Instructor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He trains and coaches athletes and professional fighters in Self-Defense, Sport Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts.
Frank Repass is a nationally recognized firearms expert and court certified expert. Frank served as the Orlando Police Department Range Master for 21 years. He was selected as FOP 1999 Officer of the Year. Frank served for 21 years on the Orlando Police Department SWAT Team where he performed more than 500 operations. He was the first Chairman of the Competition Committee for the Annual SWAT Round-Up. He retired from active duty after 25 years of distinguished service. He currently teaches local, state and federal law enforcement in the areas of firearms operations, tactical firearms and SWAT. He has been an IALEFI member since 1984 and has served on the board of directors since 1986. Frank is the 1st Vice President of IALEFI and currently is the Range Master at Kennedy Space Center.
Gary Monreal has over 18 years of law enforcement experience in corrections, patrol, SWAT and training. As a police officer with the City of New Berlin, WI Police Department, his duties also include SWAT Team Leader, specializing in explosive entry. Gary is an instructor-trainer and currently teaches chemical munitions, defensive tactics, firearms, TASER, vehicle contacts, high-level simulations, submachine gun and SWAT.
Experience, expertise and communication skills are the criteria by which a defensive tactics instructor is judged. By these measures, Gary T. Klugiewicz is recognized as one of the nation’s leading control systems analysts specializing in the Use of Force.
Gary is the training director for Vistelar (www.vistelar.com), a global consulting training firm that addresses the entire spectrum of human conflict. His Verbal Defense Influence (www.verbaldefenseandinfluence.com) training program is used worldwide in a variety of disciplines to teach non-escalation of conflict and reduce the need for de-escalation tactics. Gary specializes in transforming theory (fire talks) into reality (fire drills) through the use of Emotionally Safe Performance-Driven Instruction.
He retired from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department in 2001 after 25 years of service, during which he rose to the rank of captain. As a former Street Survival® Seminar instructor and internationally known defensive tactics instructor, Gary’s training has impacted literally hundreds of thousands of officers.
Gary developed the Principles of Subject Control (P.O.S.C.& 174;) for Correctional Personnel that have been adopted by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Training Standards Bureau and Wisconsin Department of Corrections for their correctional training programs. He has been instrumental in the development of Correctional Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) training programs throughout the United States. Gary has revolutionized crisis intervention training through the development of the First Responder Point-of-Impact Crisis Intervention (PICI) Training Programs for Persons with Special Needs training program. PICI focuses on keeping people safe through a system of time-tested crisis intervention tactics and the development of Special Needs Strategies.
Gary Klugiewicz has spent more than 30 years as a line officer, supervisor, and a control systems designer. He currently serves as a defensive tactics consultant for numerous police and correctional agencies throughout the United States
George Matheis retired in 2007 after nearly two decades of civilian and military law enforcement. He is the founder of Modern Combative Systems LLC. MCS provides training to civilians, military and law enforcement.
During his career, George attended in excess of 40 specialized courses in the areas of firearms, defensive tactics, officer survival, crisis negotiations and edged weapons becoming an instructor in several of these areas. Additionally, George received training in several traditional martial art disciplines.
Glen is a 25-year law enforcement veteran, retiring from the Lexington County, South Carolina sheriff’s department as a captain in 2000. He worked for a city police department and a smaller sheriff’s department early in his career, which helps round out his police experience. He has been a firearm instructor for 20 years, certified by the NRA in handgun/shotgun, submachine gun, patrol rifle, as well as being a tactical instructor and has been a presenter for IALEFI at their annual training conference. Additionally, he is certified by the Smith amp; Wesson Academy as a submachine gun instructor and by the state of South Carolina as a civilian concealed carry instructor. Glen has been to armorer schools for Colt, Glock, Smith amp; Wesson, Sig Sauer, and has served as a member of a tactical team, been a competitive shooter and attended school for the investigation of officer-involved shootings. Glen has received numerous awards during his career to include; Meritorious Conduct, Officer of the Year, Life Saving, Tactical Operations contribution, Major Case Contribution, and has received commendations from the Fraternal Order of Police and the South Carolina State Senate. He has also provided testimony before both the Senate and House sub-committees on firearms and police matters. Glen has been an NRA law enforcement adjunct instructor since 1996, a PPC referee, and is a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), and the International Law Enforcement Trainers and Educators Association (ILEETA). Glen is a Patron member of the NRA.
Gregg J. Gunta is a Lawyer with Gunta Law Offices, a Law Firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Guy Rossi is a retired Police Sergeant of the Rochester, New York Police Department who specialized in patrol, recruit, field training and defensive tactics instruction. He has been a nationally recognized law enforcement trainer since 1982. His experiences in officer survival skills have been published in over two hundred magazine articles and chapters in books on training. Upon retiring from active duty he was employed as a Program Coordinator of Curriculum Development for the Public Safety Training Facility of Monroe Community College (MCC). Presently he is a Program Coordinator of Curriculum Development for the Homeland Security Management Institute of MCC.
Guy has a Master’s Degree in Adult Education – Instructional Design. He is also a proud charter member of the International Law Enforcement and Educators Training Association (ILEETA) and serves as the Editor of the prestigious ILEETA Review. In his spare time, Guy continues to peck away at law enforcement training related articles as well as a serial killer novel he has been working on entitled, Bloodline.
Hank Hayes was introduced to the Martial Arts at the young age of 10, where as a kid growing up on the streets of Brooklyn fighting could be very difficult to avoid. A fighting Arts practitioner/instructor since 1973, and a 10 year Executive Protection Veteran, Hank quickly found the need for realistic training programs to improve his personal fighting skills and techniques.
For 25 years, Hank Hayes has trained with and alongside many of the most elite martial artists in the world. His resume reads like a Who’s who of martial arts.
As the years progressed, Hank’s experience with weapon systems and weapon fighting developed. Like many who train in edged weapons combative, he would find that the development of technique and cutting patterns would be lost in a flurry of fast action, ending in confusion on who was cut where and when, as well as the splinters and bruises associated with past blade mediums.
It was during one of these many moments that the inspiration and need for the No Lie Blades Training Blade occurred. After countless hours and numerous prototypes, the world’s first tactical marking blade with safety edge for reality training was born. When the product hit the market it took off, as sales grew so did calls for combat training that was as effective as the tool. That was the birth of NLB Defensive Measures where we provide the principle based training to neutralize a committed attacker quickly and simply.
No Lie Blades is an organization dedicated to helping the military, law enforcement, security and combative martial artist gain superior offensive and defensive tactical knife skills in the shortest time possible. No Lie Blades manufactures the first tactical training blade that gives team members the ability to instantly measure and improve their edged weapon tactics within a safe and controlled environment. An official US Government vendor and approved GSA supplier, No Lie Blades provides both training tools and onsite certification training programs to military, law enforcement, government and private sectors.
Hank continues to train the Arts as a student and teacher, his passion has the same strength it did in when he started in 1973. Hank also competes as an amateur body builder, an extreme motocross enthusiast a high-performance pilot and enjoys family fun activities with his wife Melissa and three boys Legend, Braxton, Dakota and two girls Raina and Cheyenne – which are his spark of life.
Henry Morgenstern is the President of SSI and co-founded Security Solutions International in 2004. Since then, Morgenstern pioneered the Homeland Security training in Israel, a program that has taken more than 400 Homeland Security Professionals to Israel, as well as helping to develop the company’s training programs and media division.
An internationally recognized consultant on issues related to counter-terrorism training for law enforcement officials and First Response teams, he has briefed NorthCom and many law enforcement agencies on terror threats. His book, (edited with Ophir Falk) Suicide Terror; understanding and confronting the threat has become a textbook on dealing with Suicide bombers.
Hunter is a retired Detective with the Fayetteville, NC Police Department. He began his work with the police department in 1990 after 8 years with the US Army Special Forces and the 82nd Airborne Division. He has since become a nationally recognized expert and lecturer in the area of Criminal Intelligence, Street Gangs, and on the phenomenon of Security Threat Groups in the Military and their threat to National Security. Detective Glass is co-authoring a book detailing the past, present and future of Gangs and their relation to religion, socioeconomic strife, war, and the natural evolution of man.
Yakima, WA Officer Ileanna Salinas recalls her life and death struggle with an armed homicide suspect during a 2007 foot pursuit.
Jack Hoban, a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the U.S. Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP), has led over 500 workshops and seminars around the world. He has addressed the FBI, universities, and other government and private organizations on ethics and martial arts over the last two decades.
Hoban served as a U.S. Marine Corps officer and is a long time practitioner of martial arts. He assisted in the creation of MCMAP and continues to teach the program at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia and elsewhere.
In addition to his military experience, Jack is a 25-year business veteran in the areas of information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) in healthcare and other industries.
For 17 years Hoban was an associate of the late Robert L. Humphrey, noted conflict resolution specialist, and author of Values for a New Millennium.
Jake Drahonovsky talks about surviving an incident where an inmate stabbed him repeatedly with a pencil, highlighting inmate control.
Jim Cavanaugh retired on March 31, 2010, as the Special Agent in Charge of the Nashville Field Division which is comprised of the states of Tennessee and Alabama. He was responsible for directing the Bureaus enforcement activities through a geographic area in which there are six Federal judicial districts.
Mr. Cavanaugh received the Bureaus Distinguished Service Medal for negotiating a ceasefire with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas in 1993. This was probably the longest and most intense gun battle in American law enforcement history. He also worked on such notable cases as the Washington, DC sniper investigation and the Unabomber Case.
Mr. Cavanaugh’s leadership, command, investigative and negotiation experience have been recognized in more than a half-dozen books on true crime and major cases. He has appeared as a newsmaker on all of the major television networks including such programs as Hardball on MSNBC, AC360° on CNN, The NBC Nightly News, the Discovery Channel, America’s Most Wanted and others. Mr. Cavanaugh has been quoted in many of America’s major daily newspapers and weekly news magazines. U.S. News and World Report called him a legendary ATF agent.
In 2009, Mr. Cavanaugh was awarded the Prestigious International Association of Chiefs Of Police (IACP) Individual Achievement Award for Civil Rights for his career work against Nazis, Klansmen, Militiamen and violent Anti-Government groups.
James Di Naso is co-owner and police performance director of Police Kinesiology Company. He s also an instructor for North East Multi-Regional Training (NEMRT) and a member and conference presenter of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA). Before focusing his efforts on training officers, Di Naso worked for 15 years as a sports performance coach, training athletes at every level, including athletes from the NFL, NBA and MLB. He served as the executive sports performance director for Velocity Sports Performance in Willowbrook, Ill., and owned and operated his own performance training business. He holds a masters degree in exercise science from Eastern Illinois University and professional certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and United States Weightlifting Federation. Contact him via his company s Web site at www.pkcotraining.com.
James Williams is a full-time emergency physician with Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit experience in Canada and the United States, and currently is Head of Emergency Medicine at a rural hospital in Wisconsin. He serves as Medical Officer for the City of Ripon Police Department. An experienced competitive shooter in small bore pistol, combat pistol (Wisconsin IDPA Revolver State Champion, 2001 and 2005), trap, and sporting clays, Dr. Williams brings a unique blend of medical and firearms experience to the field. He is an NRA certified firearms instructor and a Staff Instructor with Firearms Training Associates of Wisconsin.
Dr. William’s background is also unique in that he had 8 years’ experience as a public school teacher before returning to university to take his medical degree, as well as several years’ experience teaching at the college-university level. He had experience in curriculum development during his teaching tenure, which helped him gain the insight needed to develop the Tactical Anatomy three-dimensional visualization training program.
His classes are highly interactive, profoundly informative and uniquely formatted to maximize learning.
Dr. Williams is a member of IALEFI, ILEETA, and was a member of ASLET until that organization’s demise. He has been a speaker at law enforcement meetings around the U.S., including the annual ASLET International Conventions (2003-2006), ILEETA 2008, and IALEFI 2006 as well as being the keynote speaker at the IALEFI Annual Training Conference in 2007.
Chief of Police at Parsons, Kansas. Chief Sharp worked for the University of Missouri Law Enforcement Training Institute as a seminar coordinator and instructor. Prior to that, he taught at Missouri Southern State University and Labette Community College. Chief Sharp was a former member of the Parsons Police Department from 2004 to 2012 where he worked his way up the ranks from Public Safety Officer to Detective Sergeant.
Chief Sharp has a doctorate degree in Adult and Lifelong Learning with an emphasis in media and police use of force from the University of Arkansas. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Washburn University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Washburn University. He holds his Associate Degree in General Studies from Labette Community College.
Detective Jared Reston of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department describes how a foot pursuit turned into a life-or-death struggle when in a sudden turn of events the shoplifting suspect he was chasing pulled a .45-caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun.
Jay Sandstrom is a nationally known instructor in the use of force amp; dealing with the emotionally disturbed. Since 1984 Jay has instructed Corrections, Law enforcement amp; Military personnel not only in Wisconsin but across the nation. This includes several grants from the National Institute of Corrections. Jay has a very diverse background within the Wisconsin Departments of Corrections amp; Health and Family Services. Positions held include: Teacher, Recreation Director, Training Officer, Lieutenant, Camp Superintendent, Major, Unit Chief, Administrative Officer, Associate Warden-Security amp; Director of the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center. His education includes a B.S. degree in education and 40 plus graduate credits in the criminal justice field. Jay retired from the state in 2002 after 30 years of service.
“We have more power than the bad guy. We have the equipment, we have the training, and we have the courage…” That’s a direct quote from former police officer Jeanne Assam. She was working security at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO when 24-year-old Matthew Murray launched an all-out assault on the church’s parishioners. She shares her amazing story of courage, strength, and training.
Jeff Chudwin is Chief of Police for the Village of Olympia Fields, Illinois. He has been a law enforcement officer since 1974 and was an Assistant States Attorney for Will and Cook Counties. He is a founding member of the Illinois Tactical Officers Association and has served as its president for the past eleven years.
Chief Chudwin is co-chairman of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) Region 4Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties and serves as the committee chair for the ILEAS Weapons of Mass Destruction Special Response Teams. He is also co-chairman of the Terrorism Emergency Preparedness committees of the South Suburban Chiefs of Police and the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Associations. In 2005, Chief Chudwin deployed as a member of the ILEAS Task Force in response to the Hurricane Katrina EMAC request from the State of Louisiana.
Since 1978, Chief Chudwin has trained police officers on use of force issues, tactical firearms, and officer survival. He designed the first patrol rifle instructor training program certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. He currently instructs a basic patrol rifle course, a carbine course, and a patrol rifle armorer course. In addition, he writes for law enforcement publications regarding police use of force, firearms training, patrol functions, and tactical operations.
Jeff Hall is a retired Alaska State trooper, former soldier, and NRA instructor, and is a life-long shooter and martial artist. He can be contacted via email@example.com or on website www.hojutsu.coma.
Sergeant with the Port of Seattle Bike Patrol Unit.
Jeff Johnsgaard is currently a serving Police Officer for a major metropolitan city in Canada. He is a Defensive Tactics and Firearms Instructor for his agency as well as being a Master Instructor for the Center Axis Relock System. Jeff holds Instructor ranking in several martial arts including Natural Spirit International (N.S.I.) under Mr. Kelly Worden and Budo Taijutsu under Dr. Massaki Hatsumi. Jeff has created several courses for Sabre Tactical including Edged Weapons Defense, Tactical Applications of Grappling and Ground Fighting (T.A.G.G.), and a Lock Flow, Come-A-Long Tactics curriculum.
Jeff Mehring has served as the Regional Director of Safety and Security at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare for 19 years and has over 30 years of experience in healthcare security specializing in physical environmental facility security, employee mentoring and development, and hospital security program joint commission readiness.
Sergeant Jennifer Fulford has been employed by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office since 2001. She was assigned as a patrol deputy in the Uniform Patrol Division until May 5, 2004, when she was involved in a shooting in the line of duty. Upon her return to work eleven weeks later, she was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, Child Abuse Unit. In September of 2006, she was promoted to Corporal and assigned back to the Uniform Patrol Division. In February 2008, Corporal Fulford was reassigned to the Accreditation Section. In May 2010, she was promoted to Sergeant and is currently back in Uniform Patrol.
Sergeant Fulford is an FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) certified Law Enforcement Academy Instructor, DEA Academy Instructor, FLETC Instructor and guest speaker for law enforcement training across the country.
She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida.
Special Recognition Includes: National Deputy Sheriff of the Year, National Sheriff’s Association; National Public Safety Medal of Valor, Issued by President George W. Bush; Officer of the Year, International Association of Chiefs of Police and Parade Magazine.
Jerry Elliott is a retired Captain with more than 25 years of experience in the Wisconsin Correctional system. He has been a trainer for over 30 years for Correctional and Law Enforcement staff and the Wisconsin National Guard in areas of Crowd Riot Control, Emergency Response Units (C.E.R.T.), Firearms, Chemical Agents, O.C., and other Tactical areas. He instructed these and other programs for the Wisconsin Department of Justice Training and Standards Division and Wisconsin Technical Colleges.
He developed the Wisconsin Correctional Emergency Response Unit concept and authored the training manual and the Emergency Response Field Commander Squad Leader training program and manual. He developed their Firearm- Chemical Agent Instructor programs and manuals. He co-developed the Wisconsin C.E.R.T. Training program and manual. He has been a technical advisor for Calibre Press on the videos Surviving Edges Weapons and Hostage Officer Survival. He is a member of I.A.L.E.F.I. (charter member), A.S.L.E.T., L.E.T.O. and I.L.E.E.T.A.
Lt. Jim Glennon, the third generation in a family of law enforcement officers, was with the Lombard, Ill. Police Department since 1980. Finishing his career as a Commander Jim held positions as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant, and Commander of the Investigations Unit. In 1998 he was selected as the first Commander of Investigations for the newly formed DuPage County Major Crimes (Homicide) Task Force.
Lt. Glennon has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement Justice Administration. A graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University Jim was elected class president, received the prestigious Kreml Leadership Award, and began teaching for Northwestern within months of completing the 400-hour course. Jim was one of two original Defensive Tactics Coordinators for the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy in DuPage County, IL.
Jim instructs various courses for both law enforcement and private industry. He specializes in teaching courses in two fields: Communication (Arresting Communication), and Leadership (Finding the Leader in You: The More Courageous Path).
He is the author of the book: iARRESTING COMMUNICATION: Essential Interaction Skills for Law Enforcement published by PoliceOne and Calibre Press, and available for purchase from PoliceOne Books.
As President and founder of Leadership Systems, Inc., Jim Smith has assisted leaders in gaining a deeper understanding of their individual leadership style. The focus of LSI is on the assessment and development of learning and leadership behaviors through one on one executive coaching and corporate training seminars. Jim is responsible for the design and delivery of tailored programs in addition to teaching essential leadership programs.
Jim’s extensive training experience includes 16 years as an adjunct trainer for the Center of Creative Leadership headquartered in Greensboro, NC. Jim is a Certified Executive Coach and has provided ongoing feedback and training to the staff and clients of the Center. Business Week recently ranked the Center for the third consecutive time as the #1 worldwide provider of executive leadership training and development.
Jim Van Alstine talks about his struggle for survival after a traffic stop turned into a fight for his life. Investigations following the incident revealed that this was a hit on Van Alstine in retaliation for his work in narcotics.
Border Patrol Supervisor Agent Jodi Butts has been a law enforcement officer since 1998. She has conducted basic and advanced driving certifications as well as in-service training on vehicle operations for law enforcement officers. She is currently assigned as a driving instructor at her agency’s basic academy and is certified as an instructor in the Vehicle Immobilization Devices and Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT). She has served as a Military/Police Officer in the Army.
Joseph Little Joe Ferrera started his public service career with the Federal Reserve Bank Police Dept. in 1977. He worked as a Deputy Sheriff for Oakland County for 6 years and has spent the last 25 + years as a police officer in a city that borders Detroit. He has worked various assignments over the years. He has been training law enforcement and corrections officers’ since1987. He specializes in use of force and subject control from verbal skills to lethal force. He has attended several thousand hours of instructor training. He began studying martial arts in 1970.
Senior Officer Joel Lashley is a Crisis Management and Defensive Tactics Instructor, who has worked as a public safety professional for over 25 years, including 18 years of service in the healthcare setting. Joel leads the training program for hospital, clinical, and social outreach staff in clinical violence management, at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, the only level-one pediatric trauma center in the region, serving critically injured and ill patients throughout the mid-west.
Joel is a trainer, program developer, and consultant on forensic patients, behavioral restraint, and special needs clients and subjects. He has trained nursing, clinical, social work, psychiatric, education, law enforcement and other public safety professionals, in the management of clients in crisis and those with cognitive disabilities. He has consulted to healthcare systems, school districts, police departments, and crisis management companies. He is a certified instructor for Interventions for Patients with Challenging Behaviors, Principles of Subject Control, and Tactical Communications.
Joel has developed models for the management of forensic patients or ‘patient prisoners’ in the clinical setting. He also co-developed a program for managing the challenging behaviors of children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other cognitive disabilities for police officers, corrections officers, and healthcare providers. The fact that his son has autism has made him concerned about how this segment of our population is managed in the educational, medical, and law enforcement arenas. Future articles deal with this and other issues facing our medical and mental health facilities, as we search for ways to best protect, serve, and when necessary, maintain the safe custody of these special populations.
Chief Joel F. Shults operates Street Smart Training and is the founder of the National Center for Police Advocacy. He is retired as Chief of Police in Colorado. Over his 30 year career in uniformed law enforcement and in criminal justice education Joel has served in a variety of roles: academy instructor, police chaplain, deputy coroner, investigator, community relations officer, college professor, and police chief, among others. Shults earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri, with a graduate degree in Public Services Administration and bachelors in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Central Missouri. In addition to service with the US Army military police and CID, Shults has done observational studies with over fifty police agencies across the country. He has served on a number of advisory and advocacy boards including the Colorado POST curriculum committee as a subject matter expert.
His latest book The Badge and the Brain is available at www.joelshults.com.
John Bostain is a Program Specialist in the Rural Policing Institute (RPI) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). John has served FLETC since 2001 as a Control Tactics Instructor and Use of Force Instructor in both basic and advanced training programs. As a Program Specialist, John teaches Use of Force and facilitates other training throughout the United States and currently serves as the editor of the ILEETA Use of Force Journal.
Prior to joining FLETC, John was a police officer with the Hampton Police Division in Hampton, VA. As a member of HPD, John enjoyed assignments as a uniform patrol officer, narcotics investigator, and patrol supervisor, detective and police academy instructor. John was also an entry team member on the Division’s SWAT team for four years. John has been a law enforcement trainer for the past ten years and has instructed a variety of law enforcement topics such as use of force, defensive tactics, firearms, defensive driving and others. He has also presented at a number of international training conferences.
John F. Clark was sworn in as the ninth Director of the United States Marshals Service (USMS) on March 17, 2006. He is the first career Deputy U.S. Marshal appointed as Director.
Under Mr. Clark’s leadership, USMS resources have increased forty percent and are used to combat violent crime, especially crimes against children, and to support programs that emphasize both enforcement and prevention. Mr. Clark oversees a national violent crime reduction strategy that has dramatically strengthened USMS partnerships with state, local, and tribal law enforcement, leading to hundreds of thousands of arrests of violent fugitives, including violent and repeat sex offenders and gang members.
Mr. Clark has made it a top priority to strengthen the ability of the USMS to protect the Judiciary and ensure a free and open judicial process. In 2008, he opened the USMS Threat Management Center to investigate and analyze threats to the Judiciary.
Mr. Clark received the Director of the Year award from the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association in 2007. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Prior to his appointment as Director, Mr. Clark held other key leadership positions within the USMS. He was a member of the agency’s Special Operations Group, a unit that is trained and equipped to deploy in high-risk law enforcement missions and served as both Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal and United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Clark is married and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University.
John has traveled extensively throughout Russia and the former Soviet Union, training with Russia’s elite Special Forces units for more than 10 years. He is certified through the VITYAZ Special Forces Anti-Terror School to conduct anti-terror training and operations, and is a certified instructor in Russian Special Forces hand to hand combat. He has trained state and federal law enforcement officers and agents, including DEA, FBI, US Marshal’s Service, and SWAT teams throughout the US. He has served as a consultant on various international and terrorism subjects, as well as a defensive tactics and Russian Organized Crime instructor, for numerous federal agencies, and in the FBI National Academy continued training programs.
John Croop is the Assistant Fleet Manager for the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office located in Chardon, Ohio. He has been in that capacity since December of 2004. At the Sheriff’s Office Post 2 Fleet Operations John is the second in command of a fleet of 80 owned police vehicles. John assists with or is responsible for acquisition, up fitting, maintenance, pool vehicle assignment for the Sheriff’s Office. At Post 2 fleet maintenance service is also provided for an additional 70 vehicles for various agencies across the county.
Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office John was a Patrolman for the Ravenna Ohio City Police Department. While at RPD John was assigned the extra duty of Fleet Manager for the PD. John served in that capacity for 21 years.
John is a certified Peace Officer in the State of Ohio and has carried that certification for 28 years. He is an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician, an ASE Certified Master Truck Technician, and a Certified Automotive Fleet Manager from NAFA Fleet Management Association. John is also a 10-year member of NAFA and serves on the Public Safety Group Committee for NAFA. John is a member of the American Public Works Association.
John Holiday is a Detective with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois.
John has been a Police Officer since 1992 and is certified as an instructor with handguns, submachine guns, defensive tactics, impact weapons, Taser, and oleoresin capsicum spray. He is an active member of a regional SWAT team since 1998, where he is certified as a tactical operator and a police sniper. John is a member of the training staff for the SWAT team, his police department, and has taught firearms and defensive tactics at the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council.
He holds a degree in criminal justice and is an active member of professional organizations to include the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), American Sniper Association (ASA), National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), and National Rifle Association (NRA).
John Vanek retired in the rank of Lieutenant from the San Jose (Ca.) Police Department after 25 years of service in 2011. In 2006, John was assigned to manage the Department’s Human Trafficking Task Force, one of 40 task forces in a nationwide program funded by the United States Department of Justice. The mission of the Task Force (working in collaboration with the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking) was to create a victim-centered, multidisciplinary response to identify and rescue victims of trafficking, prosecute offenders, train law enforcement, and raise public awareness of modern-day slavery.
Josh was the lead firearms instructor at one of the largest departments in Southern California. He has over 15 years of highly specialized law enforcement experience. Josh is a rescue diver and has prior assignments in an emergency operations air rescue unit. He was the lead instructor and course developer for shooting from helicopters and watercraft. He has prior duty assignments as a patrol field training officer, drug recognition expert and a federal narcotics task force officer. Josh is federally trained and certified in post-blast investigations, explosive identification, national incident management and patterns of global terrorism. He is an active shooter instructor and has assisted with the development of related programs with multiple local, state and federal agencies.
Additionally, he is an advanced tactical medic and held a position on a federal tactical medic task force. Josh is an active member of professional organizations such as the Airborne Law Enforcement Association, California Narcotics Officer Association, National Sheriff’s Association, and a life member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Additionally, he is competitive shooter and member of the International Defensive Pistol Association and United States Practical Shooting Association.
Women’s Self Defense Instructor, Kandi Blick’s background includes proud service in the United States Marine Corps, executive protection for corporate VIP’s, foreign dignitaries, private citizens and experience as a Range Master for a major North American Firearms Training Institute.
Kathy Vonk has worked the street as a police officer in Michigan since 1988. She has held the following Governing Board positions for the International Police Mountain Bike Association: president, vice president, secretary, and at-large, and education committee member. She designed and implemented the elite Survival Tactics and Advanced Riding Skills course for IPMBA, and teaches this and other classes on an international level. She is a frequent speaker at various international conferences to include officer survival tactics, use of force, realistic training, firearms, police cycling, and fitness. She holds a BS in Exercise Physiology and a BA in Criminal Justice, and she is widely published in a variety of professional journals.
Washington State Trooper Patrol Officer Kelly Kalmbach recounts the night a DUI traffic stop turned deadly.
Kenneth Murray is the Director of Training for the Armiger Police Training Institute located in the greater Orlando area of Florida. Born in Winnipeg, Canada, he has spent the past twenty years as a police and military trainer, specializing in the field of Reality Based Training. In the late 1980s, he co-founded with David Luxton as an offshoot of the Armiger Corporation in Ottawa, Canada. He subsequently wrote numerous articles and policy papers on the safe conduct of projectile-based simulation training exercises.
Ken is an active participant in PoliceOne forums and invites all members to join him in Training at the Speed of Life.
Ken Oldright is a Seattle Port Police Marine Expert who provides an overview of how Seattle Port Police overcome maritime obstacles. While the job is still the same as a patrol officer, adding the element of water creates new challenges.
Washington State Patrol Sergeant Kim Triplett spent 10 years patrolling the highways of metropolitan Seattle, 10 years investigating social security disability fraud, auto theft and out of state license fraud and the past 4 years as a Sergeant in the Seattle area. She supervises 10 troopers who patrol the largest metropolitan area in the state. In 2005, Kim was awarded the Lee S. Cole Auto Theft Investigator of the Year Award for the Western States. Kim also started the new search technique volunteer program at the Washington State Patrol Academy. She works in concert with the academy staff to get commissioned females to be the violators during the searching portion of curriculum.
Kim is passionate about her career in law enforcement; and she is most passionate about stopping fraud and prosecuting fraudsters who prey upon innocent and unassuming victims, especially through ID Theft. Kim founded her company, IntegrityBlue, as a means to work outside her agency to teach ID Theft awareness and prevention techniques to businesses, insurance agencies, banks and community groups.
Kyle Clark, Drug Evaluation & Classification Program (DECP) Coordinator at Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM), specializes in drug recognition.
Sergeant Major Kyle E. Lamb (retired) spent more than 21 years with the United States Army, more than 15 years of which were with the U.S. Army Special Operations. SGM Lamb has conducted combat operations in numerous theaters of operation, including Mogadishu, Somalia (Black Hawk Down Incident), and has served numerous tours in Iraq (the current war as well as Operation Desert Storm) and Bosnia. SGM Lamb is now the Founder and President of Viking Tactics, Inc. as well as the author of Green Eyes and Black Rifles: The Warriors Guide to the Combat Carbine. Lamb is a highly sought after military and law enforcement trainer, conducting Leadership Training Seminars, Team Leader Planning Courses, Tactical Commanders Course, Active Shooter Courses, Dynamic Tactical Entry Courses, as well as Carbine and Pistol Courses. For More information, contact VikingTactics.com.
Imagine being engaged in a violent physical confrontation and then all of a sudden, you find yourself looking down the barrel of your own firearm! And to make matters worse, an angry crowd is shouting for your assailant to shoot… Less than an hour later, Corporal Shipman was in the back of an ambulance. Certainly the worst was over, but Lance’s recovery was just beginning. In the PoliceOne Academy’s three-part series, hear the Corporal recall the details and talk about his life since the incident.
Chief Larry Boyd has over twenty-nine years of law enforcement experience. He took command of the Irving Police Department on October 1, 2004.
His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management as well as a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. The Chief has attended the FBI National Academy, 202nd Session, and the Senior Management Institute for Police at the Kennedy School of Government in Boston, MA.
Chief Boyd’s professional organization affiliations include the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Center for American and International Law Enforcement where he co-authored a nationwide study on police domestic violence. Chief Boyd has also been a contributing author on several other publications including most recently “Issues in IT: A Reader for the Busy Police Chief Executive.” He has served as chairman of the Law Enforcement Information Technology Council for the Department of Justice, and is the past chairman for the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. He is currently serving as the chairman for the Tarrant County 9-1-1 District.
Physical skills trainer and instructor of Criminal Justice academic topics.
Larry Smith of Larry Smith Enterprises is a recognized trainer of the PR-24 Police Baton and gives training in all facets of the side-handle baton.
Dr. Laura E. Bedard began her work in corrections as a jail administrator in 1984. She has served on the administrative faculty for the College of Criminology at Florida State University for 17 years. During her tenure at the University, she ran a study abroad program in the Czech Republic lecturing on crime topics in an emerging democracy.
In 2005, she became the First female Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. There she was responsible for 27,000 state employees and over 200,000 offenders in the third largest correctional system in the country.
Dr. Bedard has published and lectured worldwide on a number of corrections related topics including women in prison, mental health issues and correctional leadership. Dr. Bedard is currently serving as the Assistant Warden of Programs for Corrections Corporation of America Gadsden Correctional Institution. There she is responsible for education, vocational training, and medical and mental health services at this 1,500-bed female facility.
Laura L. Scarry is a partner in the law firm of DeAno Scarry, with offices located in Wheaton and Chicago, Ill. She represents law enforcement officials against claims of civil rights violations in state and federal courts. Scarry was a police officer with the Lake Forest (Ill.) Police Department from 1986 to 1992.
Lauren McCarthy is a nutritionist who specializes in the care and feeding of law enforcement officers.
Lauri Stevens has over 25 years of experience in media: social media, interactive media, web, television, radio, & high-tech market research. She is the Founder and Principal of LAwS Communications, a media consultancy for law enforcement. LAwS specializes in media management, with an emphasis on social media. LAwS lectures widely and provides consultation in social media strategy, policy and implementation as well as training. Lauri is also the Producer & Creator of The SMILE (Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement) Conference™ and the C.O.P.P.S. Social Media Method™.
Lee Shaykhe was born in Moscow in 1955. He graduated from the Moscow University in 1977.
Instead of joining the military, which would have never given him the opportunity to ever leave the CCCP, Lee chose to consult and teach from the University. Lee began perfecting and teaching his, move forward methodology to Special Forces and Sniper units in the Soviet Army. In the height of the Cold War, Lee risked everything to immigrate to the United States in 1979, via Vienna and Rome, eventually settling in the Metropolitan Detroit Area.
Lee offers a unique approach to defensive tactics and has been involved in training military and police officers his entire career. To his credit, he has instructed U.S. and International law enforcement agencies in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Florida and Canada. Lee also provides his approach to various consulting and security firms such as Kelly Services and Hardnox Security Group. Some of these organizations have recently provided armed and unarmed bodyguard services to events such as the 2005 MLB All-Star Game and the 2006 NFL Super Bowl; both hosted in Detroit, MI.
Lou Ann Hamblin is a twenty-one-year law enforcement veteran and trainer. She co-owns LouKa Tactical Training located in Michigan. As a privately owned company LouKa has the largest female cadre of instructors in the United States, proudly serving the public safety community since 1999. Visit her http:www.loukatactical.comsitea or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lou Tessmann retired from the Waukegan Police Department in 2005 at the rank of Deputy Chief. During a 21-year career, Lou served in a variety of assignments, including Commander of the elite Lake County Major Crime Task Force where he investigated homicides, kidnappings, and officer involved shootings.
Throughout his career, he conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations and obtained over 80 homicide confessions. At present, Lou teaches throughout the United States for Wicklander-Zulawski Associates, Inc. His areas of expertise include criminal interrogation, death investigation, field interviewing, and investigative strategies.
Lou has a B.A. in English and Physical Education from Northeastern Illinois University and is a member of numerous professional and training organizations, including the International Homicide Investigators Association and the International Narcotics Officers Association. Lou has appeared as a guest analyst on The Discovery Channel, Real Detective, and Americas Most Wanted.
Lt. Kevin Dillon is a twenty-five-year veteran law enforcement officer, retired from the Wethersfield CT Police Department, a suburb of the state’s capitol of Hartford, CT after serving as the Detective Bureau Commander for the past three years. Lieutenant Dillon also has commanded the department’s patrol division and served as training supervisor. As a SWAT team member since 1993, he served as an operator, Team Leader and Commander of the regional thirty-five member SWAT team (Capitol Region Emergency Services Team.) and remains a consultant with the team.
Lieutenant Dillon is a graduate of the Fall 2005 F.B.I. National Academy, session 223. As an instructor of SWAT and police fighting tactics since 1988, Lieutenant Dillon developed and teaches his L.O.C.K.U.P. ® Police Combat System. L.O.C.K.U.P.® an acronym for Law Officers Combat Kinetics, Unarmed Panoply,’ is a comprehensive fighting approach, based on gross motor skill concepts, that actually reduces injuries to citizens and police officers. L.O.C.K.U.P. ® teaches empty-hand maneuvers (Defensive Tactics) that can be deployed effectively during violent physical encounters and adapts the fighting maneuvers to the officer’s physical and physiological changes to maximize effectiveness. Lieutenant Dillon educates officers about the instinctual physiological and physical responses of the human nervous systems during combat. The system is consistent with and based upon the legal guidelines governing police use-of-force, appropriate as a system for officers regardless of physical attributes, and the system can be retained and deployed with minimal continuation training. L.O.C.K.U.P.® fully integrates with all other weapon system training.
Lieutenant Dillon has created single and multiple day L.O.C.K.U.P.® (Police Combat) programs. His intensive Train the Trainer course has been adopted as the Arrest and Control Instructor credential for Connecticut’s Police Officers Standards and Training Council’s instructor certification. The course is the fundamental qualification for teaching in all basic training and Police Corps Academy programs. The techniques have been proven to be effective on the street.
Lieutenant Dillon has been a practicing martial artist for the past 30 years. He earned a 3rd degree Black Belt in Kenpo karate, a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu, and has studied other systems including Shodokan and Tae Kwon Do. L.O.C.K.U.P.® is a certified Police Combat System and Lieutenant Dillon was promoted to 6th degree black belt by the United States Martial Arts Association. Lieutenant Dillon was also inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2005.
Lieutenant Dillon is also a State of Connecticut Certified Law Enforcement Instructor of various firearms systems, impact weapons and less-lethal control devices. He is also a certified instructor in Leadership and Supervision. Lieutenant Dillon believes that combat fighting tactics must be customized to fit the police officer on the street.
Lieutenant Dillon has appeared on national radio talk shows as well as in numerous videos including Sequential Opportunity of Kenpo Karate series; Encyclopedia of Self Defense Video/DVD and has written and released his own video/DVD series called Police Combat Tactics Volumes 1 and 2 based on his L.O.C.K.U.P.® empty hand fighting principals. Police Combat Tactics is selling worldwide.
Lieutenant Dillon was selected by Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman (Ret) author of The Bullet-Proof Mind and the Pulitzer-nominated On Killing to consult on his continuing research published as On Combat. Lieutenant Dillon, a highly sought after speaker and trainer, has trained and consulted law enforcement and civilian (defensive tactics) programs throughout the United States and internationally. He has lectured at conferences such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA®) and International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).
Lieutenant Dillon is also founder and president of KFD Training & Consultation LLC and www.policecombat.com. His company has provided the highest level of professional police, security training and use of force consultation for the past seven years.
Manny Kapelsohn has a broad-based practice with more than 30 years of experience handling complex litigation in both commercial and personal areas. He is a nationally-known weapon and use-of-force expert, advising law enforcement agencies with regard to use-of-force policies. In addition, he is a consultant to manufacturers regarding product liability and risk management issues.
Manuel Ovalle, retired US Secret Service (31 years federal officer/Director of Ombudsman Program – uniformed division), is founder/president of Special Resources Corporation, a training/conflict management services company. He offers services as a trainer, management consultant, and ombudsman. He designed Leadership in Law Enforcement Series, a Texas accredited five-course training curriculum taught around the US to local police. He is an invited conference speaker and Director at Large for HAPCOA.
Margaret Moore started her law enforcement career in New York City in 1973. She served as an undercover narcotics police officer and in June 1976, she joined the New York Office of the then Treasury Department Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) responsible for the enforcement of the federal explosive, firearms and arson laws. Her specialty in her early career with ATF was performing undercover work that resulted in the convictions of many high-profile New York, New Jersey criminals for weapons trafficking. This experience led to her development of an undercover investigators course for new agents at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. As one of the highest producing case agents in the New York office, she later moved on to arson investigations and was primarily responsible for the R.I.C.O. convictions of New York attorneys, insurance appraisers, and landlords involved in an arson for profit scandal including a sitting judge in Brooklyn, New York.
Ms. Moore was promoted to positions of increased responsibility to become that agency first woman Special Agent in Charge and retired in 1999 after 23 years as the highest-ranking woman agent, Deputy Assistant Director for Science and Technology. In that position, her responsibilities included oversight of the forensic labs, the technology infrastructure, and all investigative support functions.
During her federal career, Ms. Moore was the recipient of numerous awards, most notably the Secretary of the Treasury Award for her leadership in directing a Washington, D.C. based multi-agency task force, Armed Criminal Enforcement Study, whose various enforcement initiatives were replicated in other high-crime areas across the nation.
Ms. Moore joined the Feminist Majority in September 1999 and is the chief point of contact to federal, state, and local law enforcement for the National Center for Women and Policing, (NCWP). The NCWP is the primary women police organization that promotes and advocates increasing the number of women in law enforcement to achieve gender equity. The NCWP conducts annual leadership training conferences with a focus on women and leadership, police reforms, strategies to increase the numbers of women in policing and effectively addressing violence against women. Ms. Moore has designed and delivered to many audiences “Recruiting and Retaining Women in Law Enforcement” and has consulted with police departments on increasing the numbers of women in policing.
In June 1999, Ms. Moore was one of the founding mothers and incorporated Women in Federal Law Enforcement, a not-for-profit organization. She serves as the organization Director. She is the chief architect of the training agenda working with a team to produce a women leadership training program attended by over 500 representatives from the various federal agencies. WIFLE is the only organization in the United States that seeks to improve the numbers of women in federal law enforcement and presents an annual training conference each year.
Ms. Moore holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay of Criminal Justice in New York City.
Mark S. Dunston currently serves as the Deputy Chief for a law enforcement agency on the Gulf Coast. Beginning his career in 1984, Mark has served in several capacities including patrol, narcotics, and investigations, SWAT, SWAT Command, Academy Director and Executive. Mark is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the PERF Harvard Senior Management Program. He has trained and lectured more than 40,000 federal and local law enforcement, security and military professionals from all fifty United States, US Territories, Hong Kong, China, Canada, and Brazil in areas of use of force, operational tactics and organizational leadership. Mark has appeared numerous times as a content expert on the Law Enforcement Television Network and the Professional Security Training Network, as well as ABC, NBC and Fox affiliates to discuss law enforcement and security issues.
Marty Drapkin is employed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, in which capacity he coordinates Wisconsin’s basic jail officer training program. He has written texts and training materials for jail officer and secure juvenile detention officer training, and has worked with curriculum advisory committees to develop training content. He is the author of a number of articles and three books: Developing Policies and Procedures for Jails: A Step-by-Step Guide, Jail Operations Manual Checklist, and Management and Supervision of Jail Inmates with Mental Disorders. As a consultant, he has worked with sheriff’s departments in a number of states to help develop and/or improve law enforcement and jail policies and procedures. He has also co-instructed in training seminars sponsored by the American Jail Association on development and implementation of jail policies and procedures.
Dr. Matt Stiehm received an Educational Doctorate from Argosy University, where the focus of his research was campus safety and security. He has a Masters Degree of Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University, with his final paper which focused on the investigation of child abuse and finally a Bachelors of Science from Wayne State College, Nebraska. He has served as a police officer in three states (CA, MN, and NE), he keeps current on law enforcement trends. He currently is a member of ILEETA, MN Infragard, an Associate Member of the IACP and the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association.
Dr. Michael Eby is a residency trained board certified ObGyn physician with fellowship training in surgical critical care. Dr. Eby is currently the medical director of an academic critical care unit in southern California and is also a staff intensivist for a Level 1 Trauma Center. His duties include the education of physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and pre-hospital providers. He has lectured to EMS agencies and for paramedic CE courses and protocol updates in pre-hospital obstetrics and critical care. Dr. Eby is a sworn reserve peace officer for the City of San Bernardino and serves in a variety of roles from patrol officer to medical liaison for the administration, to SWAT team physician. He is currently serving on a multi-jurisdictional tactical medical task force for southern California.
Lt. Michael Paulus, an excited delirium subject matter expert, is a certified Force Science Analyst and 25-year veteran of the Champaign (Ill.) PD. Lt. Paulus was instrumental in developing and coordinating the implementation of the Multi-Disciplinary Response Protocol and Multiple Officer Control Tactic in Champaign County.
Mike is a 28-year veteran Sergeant of the Cincinnati Police Division (CPD), serving as CPD’s legal liaison, expert witness for use of force issues, and academy instructor. Recognized for his extraordinary research and innovative real-life teaching style, Mike is certified by numerous national and international police self-defense training programs. Mike was acknowledged as Officer of the Year in l990 by the Cincinnati Police Department. His unique crisis control concepts for police officers have been featured in OMNI Magazine and in newspapers all over the United States. He retired from Warren County Sheriff’s Office after serving as Commander of the Police Academy.
Sgt. Michael L. Janin of the Beaverton (Ore.) Police Department is a 25-year police veteran, an internationally recognized defensive tactics instructor, and a judicially declared expert witness on police use of force and training.
Mike was a police officer who was catastrophically injured in the line of duty. Not being given a good outlook, Mike miraculously beat the odds and shares his inspiring story of emotional and physical survival. His intentions are to inform others where there is a will there is a way and shares lessons he has learned from his incident. Mike went into law enforcement to help ensure the safety and security of the community. He has 5 years of combined law enforcement experience from Oregon and in Idaho. After being shot in the face with a .357 Magnum by a suspect, Mike was in a coma for several weeks and awakened as a quadriplegic. He learned he suffered a stroke, traumatic brain injury and a spinal cord injury. Initially losing his independence, Mike quickly gained a new mindset that he could overcome adversity and use what he had left. What he found was, though his body was not the same his mind was still useful, as well as his voice. This is what he uses to share his story and remain optimistic that he can help others. Using the tools life gave him, he aspires to empower others. He speaks about fatal errors that may be prevented through proper training and preparation.
Mike’s law enforcement experience is in the areas of patrol officer, hostage negotiator, crime scene investigator, assistant defensive tactics instructor, explorer coordinator, and shift supervisor. He spent 4 years in the United States Air Force. Currently, he is working on his Bachelor’s Degree and resides in North Idaho with his wife Carrie and daughter Alexis.
Mike Perez started his Law Enforcement career as a Sworn Officer with the Aurora, Illinois Police Department on November 1, 1976. In his 30+ year career, he worked in Uniformed Patrol, Community Policing, Investigations, and as a Police Trainer. He was awarded the Exchange Club Policeman of the Year Award in 1983, in recognition for his work that year which included the apprehension of a forcible felon while off-duty, rescuing a man from the second story of a burning house, and saving a choking victim losing consciousness through the use of the Heimlich maneuver.
In 1998, Michael began working for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board as a certified trainer for North East Multi-Regional Training (Mobile Team Unit #3). Among the courses he taught during his 15 years with NEMRT were Ethics and Professional Conduct, Community Policing, Career Survival, Career Survival for Women Officers, Career Survival for Minority Officers, Cultural Diversity, and Juvenile Officer Certification. Michael is also a Signature Certified instructor in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People through the Franklin Covey institute. Michael received a Master’s Degree in Social and Criminal Justice from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL in January of 1982.
Of all the various roles he performed in his career, Michael most enjoyed his work as a Juvenile Investigator, and as a Police Trainer. Michael served for 6 years as the president of the Fox Valley Chapter of the Illinois Juvenile Officers Association, and later as a Regional director of the ILJOA.
He also achieved certification from John E. Reid and Associates in Advanced Interview and Interrogation. At APD he worked to prevent delinquent behavior through aggressive and creative enforcement techniques and initiatives, like their highly successful Peer Jury Program. In the process of working many cases involving the abuse and neglect of children, Michael came to believe that juveniles represent the largest under-represented class of citizens in the country. It was his work in support of children and families that Michael has taken the most pride.
Michael retired honorably in July of 2007 after 30 years and eight months of service to the citizens of Aurora. Since then, he is still involved in training for NEMRT and is working towards establishing himself as an independent contractor to continue training in the Law Enforcement community. It is with great honor and pride that he will submit periodic articles for PoliceOne.
Lieutenant Mike Schmitz currently serves in the Sensitive Crimes Division of the Milwaukee Police Department, where he previously served as the supervisor of the Department’s Background Investigation Section.
Mordecai Z. Dzikansky, Retired Detective First Grade, spent his 25-year police career with the New York City Police Department. He served in the Organized Crime Control Bureau, the elite Manhattan South Homicide Squad and the Midtown North Detective Squad, where he received the Chief of Detectives Certificate of Achievement. In 1993, after a rash of synagogue burglaries in the Metropolitan area, Detective Dzikansky was selected to be lead investigator of the then newly formed specialized Torah Task Force.
From January 2003 through September 2007 Detective Dzikansky was posted in Israel as the first NYPD Intelligence Division Overseas Liaison to the Israel National Police. His main focus was intelligence gathering and the immediate relay of key information back to NYC to enhance the Department’s ability to recognize, react to and prevent or recover from terrorist acts.
He currently lectures and consults on global security and policing topics and is called upon by various law enforcement agencies, academic think tanks and community organizations to provide first-hand analysis of the current terror trends, lessons learned and worldwide applications in preventing and responding to terrorism.
Sgt. Nancy Fatura has been a law enforcement officer since 1999. She attended the University of Wisconsin/Madison before joining the US Army Reserves in 1993. Nancy became a Behavioral Science Specialist, and upon her return from deployment to civilian life, she joined the Tucson Police Department in 1999. Her duties have included patrol, field training, and hostage negotiation.
As a trainer, Nancy teaches Mental Health Awareness, Cultural Awareness, Psychology of Survival, and Stress in Field Training for her agency, she is a subject matter expert for the online PoliceOne Academy, and she presents her signature class, “Unleashing Your Inner Warrior” at conferences and events around the United States. Nancy can be reached at email@example.com.
Lieutenant Nick Kalfas is the leader of the Sheriff’s special Corrections Response Team.
Peter Hetrick is the Training Director and Texas Operations Manager for MPI Protective Service and MPI Training Academy. Hetrick has 21 years private security experience, 7 years police experience, 5 years of college-level instructing, as well as 7 years of experience instructing at various police conferences. Peter Hetrick also has over 30 years of martial arts experience – including multiple national titles.
Captain Peter Jaskulski holds certifications as an instructor trainer for the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice in the areas of defensive and arrest tactics and principles of subject control. He also holds training certifications in the areas of firearms, Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and active countermeasure for tactical teams. He is a member of the Hales Corners Fire Department where he holds the rank of assistant chief and EMT.
Defensive Tactics Program Coordinator and expert in Tallahassee, Florida.
Ramona Sanchez currently serves as the spokesperson for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Randy’s police career spanned three decades when he retired as a Field Lieutenant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. To this day, he remains recognized as one of the most highly decorated officers in department history with numerous awards for Lifesaving, Exemplary Service and Valor. He is also one of America’s best-known officers having been featured on the popular reality show COPS, America’s Most Wanted and roles in films such as Casino, Fools Rush In, and Miss Congeniality, as well as appearances on television network and cable news as a commentator and a regular panelist on the television show, Fired UP.
Randy is also a critically acclaimed author having written four books, TRUE BLUE: Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them A Cop’s Life, TRUE BLUE: To Protect and Serve and the soon-to-be-released, The Power of Legacy. He has also written extensively on the topics of ethics, integrity and leadership for national magazines.
Randy is the creator of ThePowerOfLegacy.com, a website dedicated to encourage the principals of Honor, Integrity, Compassion and Kindness, subjects which he speaks about passionately to law enforcement and civic business organizations across the country. He is also the Founder and President of Celebrating Legacy, a company where Memories Live Forever , providing their members with the ability to celebrate lives in the present, honor lives from the past and share family history for the future.
Raimondo Ray DeCunto began his career with the Madeira Beach, FL Police Department in 1981, and in 1985 was hired by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. As a deputy sheriff, Ray served assignments in patrol, field training, traffic enforcement, the training division, and narcotics. He was assigned to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. team for 13 years, nine of those as a Team Leader. Ray spent a total of 14 years in the Narcotics Division. The last nine years of his career as a sergeant. His responsibilities included supervising and directing covert drug operations. Additionally, he coordinated the tactical training for the Narcotics Division as it relates to the execution of search warrants, agent rescues and buy-bust operations.
Ray retired from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office in June 2009 after completing 28 years in law enforcement. Ray has been a police trainer since 1990 and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Tampa College in Florida. He is a certified instructor in firearms, defensive tactics, defensive driving, expandable baton and chemical agents. Ray has been involved in the development and instruction of courses involving basic and advanced tactical drug operations, tactical maritime activities, and SWAT operations. He is also an instructor with the Multi-jurisdictional Counter Drug Task Force Training Program, focusing on officer survival during narcotics investigations, raids, and arrests. Ray has taught numerous tactical survival courses to law enforcement and military personnel in the United States as well as the Mariana Islands, specifically Saipan and he holds a narcotics training certificate through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Lt. Rich McLane of the Bozeman, MT PD recounts the story of the night he was nearly killed by an EDP while his wife was along for an observation shift, including in-car video of the incident.
Chief of Police (Retired), Frederick, Maryland; and Grant/Technical Management Manager, IACP
Dick Fairburn has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience in both Illinois and Wyoming, working patrol, investigations and administrative assignments. Dick has also served as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst and as the Section Chief of a major academy’s Firearms Training Unit and Critical Incident training program. He has a B.S. in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University and was the Valedictorian of his recruit class at the Illinois State Police Academy. He has published more than 100 feature articles and two books: Police Rifles and Building a Better Gunfighter.
Rick McCann is a 38-year veteran of law enforcement and private security. Beginning as a police cadet at age 17, Rick became a police officer four years later and has held positions in patrol, investigations, crime prevention, public housing services commander and field training.
He has extensive experience in the areas of public law enforcement and in private security and investigations, retail loss prevention and private security consulting and management.
Since 2003, Rick has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Private Officer International, a security police association and national training school based in Charlotte North Carolina.
In 2011, Rick became the Director of Public Safety and Police for Armour College in Virginia and also serves as chief instructor of public safety curriculum.
He has hosted a weekly radio show called The Private Officer Beat since 2007 and written more than three hundred and fifty articles and whitepapers for various newspapers and trade magazines as well as completed four novels and numerous security industry workbooks and training manuals.
Rick has served in the U.S. Army, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and is a certified firefighter II and Emergency Medical Technician, certified public safety counselor, chaplain, PTSD and suicide prevention instructor and counselor.
He holds several degrees and numerous public safety and private security industry certifications.
Rocky Warren Sgt. (ret) has a total of thirty-two years of law enforcement experience. His experience rests predominately with a mid-size, Northern California Sheriff’s Department. He teaches for two College districts delivering Instructor Level classes for Defensive Tactics and Impact Weapons as well as Academy and In-Service Training. He’s designed and delivered advanced and customized tactical training on a contract basis. Rocky is an expert witness in Police Practices, Choking and Strangulation, Training, Federal Use-of-Force Case Law as well as other areas of law enforcement. He’s also a published author. www.rockywarren.com
Ron Avery is President and Director of Training for The Practical Shooting Academy, Inc. and Executive Director of the non-profit, Rocky Mountain Tactical Institute – both training institutions dedicated to professional firearms and tactics courses, higher police standards and training and use of force research.
Ron is a former police officer with many years of street experience, which he brings into the training environment. He is internationally recognized as a researcher, firearms trainer and world class shooter. His training methodology is currently being used by hundreds of agencies and thousands of individuals across the US and internationally.
He has worked as a consultant and trainer for top level federal agencies, special operations military from all branches of the armed forces and law enforcement agencies across the US.
He is a weapons and tactics trainer for, handgun, carbine, select fire, precision rifle and shotgun, as well as advanced instructor schools, defensive tactics, team skills and tactics, low light tactics, arrest and control and officer survival. He is also a consultant for firearms training programs, use of force and firearms research, range development, instructor development and other firearm related topics.
For over 25 years he has consistently ranked among the best shooters in the world in national, international and world championship competitions, winning many different titles including two-time National Law Enforcement Champion. In 2002, he represented his country as a member of the first place, United States Practical Shooting Associations Gold Team in the Standard Division in the World Championships in South Africa.
As a published writer, his articles have been featured in SWAT Magazine, Petersen’s Handguns, American Handgunner, U.S.P.S.A.s Front Sight, Colorado State Shooting Association and other law enforcement publications and journals.
Ron Council serves as a firearms instructor at Palm Beach Gardens Police Department.
Ron Scheidt is Lead Natural Response Control Tactics Instructor with Community Corrections Institute and a retired Senior United States Probation Officer with the District of Nebraska. As a Sr. USPO he served as the agency’s Training Specialist, Program Development Coordinator, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Tactical Response Team Leader and Firearms Instructor. In addition, Ron supervised a caseload of high-risk federal offenders and gang members.
Ron is a sought after guest presenter and instructor on multiple topics at conferences and academies throughout the United States and Canada. He has trained probation and parole officers from all 50 states. Ron was a guest presenter at the 2011 Legacy of Excellence Conference in Calgary, Alberta on the topic “Am I That Man?”- a motivational presentation on heroes, mentors and role models. Ron’s article entitled “Am I That Man?” appears in the book If I Knew Then 2 and has served as the inspirational theme and the title for the book Am I That Man.
Roy Bedard is a law enforcement officer, educator, security consultant and president of RRB Systems, International. The creator and developer of unique police defensive products and comprehensive defense training programs, Bedard has achieved national and International notoriety in law enforcement, corrections, security and military circles. Today Bedard travels extensively to share his expertise with these various occupational communities. His programs continue to meet the changing demands of the industry and his innovative and progressive training style is notable and sought after in many countries throughout the world.
Bedard began his defensive skills training in 1979 when he undertook the study of Okinawan Uechi-Ryu Karate and Kodokan Judo. Over the years, he has become experienced in the disciplines of Aikido, freestyle wrestling and various forms of combat jujutsu. In 1984, Bedard earned a spot on the United States Karate Team and competed internationally for the next ten tears. For many years, he was a top-seeded competitor in the US Men’s Heavyweight Fighting Division. He has traveled and competed around the world and has earned many honors for his state and country. Today he serves as Chairman for Karate with the Tallahassee Sports Council and Board Director of the International Uechi- Ryu Karate Federation (IUKF)
In 1986, Bedard began his law enforcement career. Immediately upon graduation from the police Academy, Bedard, drawing from his martial arts background began instructing recruits in defensive tactics and intermediate weaponry. Now, over twenty years later he continues to teach at the academy as a police trainer, general topics instructor, and Instructor trainer for the Defensive Tactics program. As a sworn officer for the Tallahassee Police Department, he continues to serve as an in-service trainer. Many of his training programs have been and continue to be implemented for departmental use. As a police professional he is experienced in response to calls for service, investigations, reporting, pre-trial preparations, and open court testimony for both criminal and civil cases. He has worked as a private consultant and expert witness providing research and case preparation for public safety, and private security related issues. Well versed in civil liability, Bedard makes use of this experience in the continued development of quality, defensible police training programs.
Bedard has influenced training practices in many departments in the United States, Europe, Canada, Latin America the Caribbean and Asia. He continues to research new technology and new training methods to further develop the law enforcement occupation. His open minded training method has earned him respect among his peers both within and outside of the law enforcement community.
Bedard is sourced by the television, radio and print news industries for expert advice, insight and consultation on media events involving police and corrections. His comments have appeared on ABC news, USA TODAY, dozens of websites, and a variety of magazines and periodicals.
Ruthann Sprague serves as the director of NRA’s Refuse to be a Victim Program where she teaches community members the safety tips and techniques they need to avoid becoming a victim.
Corporal Ryan Spurling is a 20+ year veteran of the Washington State Patrol. He has been a Master Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Criminal Justice Training Commission since 2001 and has been the Lead Control Defensive Tactics instructor for the WSP Academy for the last 9 years. He retired 1SG after 21 12 years in the military (4 years USMC and 17 #189; US Army reserves). He was mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom as a BTN Acting Command Sergeants Major and assisted with the development and running of an 8-hour combative course that trained thousands of soldiers and airmen being deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Sinai, Kosovo and Guantanamo Bay.
Scott spent over 20 years as a State Law Enforcement Officer in New Hampshire. Among other special duties with the state, he served as an agency firearms instructor and armorer. Scott is a master instructor trainer and has provided firearms, tactics, and armorer training to thousands of professionals. Scott is in charge of all technical and armorers training that the Sig Sauer Academy offers. He is considered one of the top precision rifle instructors in the world. Scott is a US Navy Veteran and graduate of the New Hampshire Police Academy. As well as being a talented tactician Scott is an expert in survival, search and rescue, and hunting.
Scott spent over 20 years as a State Law Enforcement Officer in New Hampshire. Among other special duties with the state, he served as an agency firearms instructor and armorer. Scott is a master instructor trainer and has provided firearms, tactics, and armorer training to thousands of professionals. Scott is in charge of all technical and armorers training that the Sig Sauer Academy offers. He is considered one of the top precision rifle instructors in the world. Scott is a US Navy Veteran and graduate of the New Hampshire Police Academy. As well as being a talented tactician Scott is an expert in survival, search and rescue, and hunting.
Officer Sonia Mariona serves as the first female in the San Francisco Police Department’s K-9 unit.
Steve began his law enforcement career in 1974. Over the next 15 years, he served in various functional capacities with both municipal and county police agencies. From 1978 until his retirement in 1989, Steve was a Deputy Sheriff in Livingston County, Michigan. As a Deputy, he spent several years working as a patrol officer and was promoted to Sergeant in 1982. Following a three-year assignment as commander of the afternoon shift, Steve was appointed to the newly created position of Staff Services Administrator, where he had primary responsibility for the administrative support functions of the department, including research and development of all departmental policies, development and presentation of training programs, management of the department’s training effort, supervision of the department’s community service programs, and coordination of the department’s Emergency Management function. He also served as Chief Instructor and department Armorer.
Steve is a certified instructor in many police subjects, including firearms, driving, radar, chemical munitions, TASER and defensive tactics, and has attended over 5,500 hours of advanced police training. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at several Michigan colleges, and at the Smith and Wesson Academy. Prior to his retirement in 2007, he was the Chief Driving and Firearms Instructor for the Washtenaw Police Academy, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has been a police trainer since 1975 and continues to develop and present training programs on a regular basis. Steve attended Michigan State University where he received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees, and Eastern Michigan University, where he earned a second Master’s Degree. Steve also attended Northwestern University’s Traffic Institute, where he completed The School of Police Staff and Command. He is a multi-session graduate of the Smith Wesson Academy (where he earned the designation Master Force Control Instructor) and of the prestigious Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Steve is a TASER Senior Master Instructor, a Master Instructor for TSA Baggage Screener Training, and holds a Master Use of Force Instructor certification from the Police Policy Studies Council.
Steve has worked as a law enforcement expert witness since 1995, consulting on numerous cases. He specializes in use of force, motor vehicle operation, arrest practices, and police procedural issues.
Steve has been an invited staff member at many training and management conferences, including those sponsored by the National League of Cities, the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET), the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), PPCT Management Systems, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), the Association of Emergency Vehicle Response Trainers (ALERT, International) and numerous State Chief’s and Sheriff’s Associations. Steve is a prolific author and is recognized nationally as an authority in risk management and its application to the use of force control, and vehicle pursuit.
Steve is a member of the Advisory Board of ILEETA and formerly served as Michigan State Director and Region Five Director for ASLET. He is a Staff Member of The Police Policy Studies Council. Steve is an active member of ALERT International, the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Phi Sigma and American MENSA, and is a lifetime member of the Police Marksman Association.
Steve has published many articles on use of force and police driving, as well as police training. He has written a regular computer column for Police and Security News since 1995 and is a monthly contributor to the on-line magazine Officer.com, as well as the Training Columnist for the on-line magazine PoliceMag.com. Steve designs websites and also volunteers his time as the Webmaster for ILEETA.
Before becoming an independent risk management and training consultant, Steve served as a Risk Control Manager and Director of Law Enforcement Risk Control for American Risk Pooling Consultants of Southfield, Michigan. Steve also served as Public Entity Loss Control Manager and Director of Law Enforcement Risk Control for Meadowbrook Insurance Group of Southfield. Prior to that, Steve worked as a Risk Control Consultant, and as Manager of the Risk Control Department, for another large municipal property and casualty pool. During his tenure there, he earned the designations Associate in Risk Management and Associate in Risk Management – Public Entities from the Insurance Institute of America.
Steve Rabinovich has been a Police Officer since 1999 and has worked as an EMT, Rescue Diver and firefighter. Current and former assignments include Emergency Response Team, bike, Crisis Intervention, ERU, Mounted and dignitary details. Formerly USCG tactical unit, force protection and counter terrorism, and U.S Army 68W Medic. Steve teaches for his state’s technical college system for police and emergency medical responders and is a TEMS representative Board member with the Midwest Tactical Officers Association. He is a member of the Spirit of Blue Foundation Advisory Council.
Steven Emerson is considered one of the leading authorities on Islamic extremist networks, financing and operations. He serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, one of the world’s largest storehouses of archival data and intelligence on Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups. Emerson and his staff frequently provide briefings to U.S. government and law enforcement agencies, members of Congress and congressional committees, and print and electronic media, both national and international. Since 9-11, Emerson has testified before and briefed Congress dozens of times on terrorist financing and operational networks of Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and the rest of the worldwide Islamic militant spectrum. Emerson is the author or co-author of six books on terrorism and national security, including:
- Jihad Incorporated: A Guide to Militant Islam in the U.S. (Prometheus, 2006)li
- American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us (The Free Press, 2002)li
- Terrorist: The Inside Story of the Highest-Ranking Iraqi Terrorist Ever to Defect to the West (Villard Books Random House, 1991)
- The Fall of Pan Am 103: Inside the Lockerbie Investigation (Putnams Sons, 1990)
- Secret Warriors: Inside the Covert Military Operations of the Reagan Era (Putnams Sons, 1988)
- The American House of Saud: The Secret Petrodollar Connection (Franklin Watts, 1985)
He and his organization have been quoted or profiled in hundreds of newspaper and television stories since 9-11. Emerson launched The Investigative Project on Terrorism in late 1995, following the broadcast of his documentary film, “Jihad in America” on public television. The film exposed clandestine operations of militant Islamic terrorist groups on American soil. For the film, Emerson received numerous awards including the George Polk Award for best television documentary, one of the most prestigious awards in journalism. He also received the top prize from the Investigative Reporters and Editors Organization (IRE) for best investigative report in both print and television for the documentary. The award from IRE was the fourth he had received from that group. The documentary, which was featured on 60 Minutes, has become standard viewing for federal law enforcement and intelligence organizations. Emerson is recognized as one of the first terrorism experts to have testified and warned about the threat of Islamic militant networks operating in the United States and their connections worldwide. In a pioneering congressional testimony delivered in 1998, he specifically warned about the threat of Osama Bin Laden’s network. Nearly every one of the terrorist suspects and groups first identified in his 1994 film have been indicted, convicted, or deported since 9-11.
Susan Hamre is the Director of Autism Training Center at Giant Steps. The Autism Training Center (ATC) offers consultation services to schools, organizations, early intervention centers, respite providers, and others who work with individuals with autism spectrum disorders. We address areas such as language, speech and communication, education, occupational therapy, recreation and leisure skills, social skills and issues, behavior strategies, sensory integration strategies, and more.
Tim Barfield is entering his 34th year as a police officer. He was recently appointed as police chief in a village outside of the Cleveland, Ohio area. He spent almost 32 years on a police department in an inner ring suburb of Cleveland where he worked many different aspects of the job. He has taught police combat mindset, defensive tactics and firearms to numerous officers in the Cleveland and Chicago areas.
Chief Tim Goergen is a police officer serving as the Chief of Police for the Village of Bloomingdale. A police officer since 1980, Tim has held a myriad of different roles within his department, to include Patrol Officer, Training Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Watch Commander, and Patrol Division Commander.
While working with the Bloomingdale Police Department, Tim has had the opportunity to develop and instruct many in-house training programs. Tim has held the positions of Assistant Range #8209, Defensive Tactics Program Coordinator and Team Leader of the department’s Tactical Response Team.
Educationally, Tim was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Illinois University in 1981, with a double major in Law Enforcement and Sociology. In 1994, he completed a Master of Arts degree from Western Illinois University in the area of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. Tim has also completed postgraduate work in the field of Challenge Education. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy (172nd session) and the Northwestern University Traffic Institute Executive Management Program.
Tim is also the founder of Hill’N’Ash, Inc., a management consulting firm. During his tenure at Hill’N’Ash, he served as a consultant to many public and private organizations across the country.
He is a coauthor of the course Leadership Development for Front Line Supervisors developed for the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois and helped develop and deliver the North East Multi-Regional Instructor Development Course and High Impact Roll Call Training Course. Tim has presented workshops on Team Building and Leadership Development to many organizations, to include the American Public Works Association, American Water Works Association, Illinois Library Association and the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers
Tim has also served two tours of duty in Iraq as a private contractor. Tim was asked to join the First Team that traveled to Iraq in the summer of 2003 to help reconstruct the Baghdad Police Academy where he acted as the Assistant Director of the Baghdad Police Academy.
On his second tour in the spring of 2004, Tim was assigned as the Bureau Chief of Professional Development Programs for advanced police training programs for the country of Iraq.
Lieutenant Timothy Troxel is a 20-year veteran of the Upper Moreland Township Police Department in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. In that time, he has served 10 years in patrol, three years as a detective and six years as a patrol sergeant. He is currently the department’s range master/lead firearms instructor as well as the training coordinator. He is certified as an instructor for firearms, defensive tactics (through PPCT), OCAT and patrol response to active shooter (through the NTOA). Lt. Troxel is also a state-certified EMT and a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. Lt. Troxel wrote an article for Law Officer Magazine called “Taking the Tactical Mindset to School” which explains the importance of police being proactive in the training of school district’s teachers and staff in active deadly threat response tactics.
Tom Aveni has been a career law enforcement officer, having served on the local and state levels in three states (NJ, UT, NH). His police career began in 1978, and he has served as a police trainer since 1983. From 1990 to 2001 Tom served as a police Training Coordinator with the once prestigious Smith Wesson Academy. There he was instrumental in training over 12,000 police and military personnel from across the United States and 23 other countries.
Since 1995, Mr. Avenis police training focus became oriented toward researching so-called questionable police shootings, which routinely involve suspects who were unarmed and non-assaultive when shot by police. Toms research in this area contributed to the creation and advancement of the first (1995) and most comprehensive low light instructor training program.
In 2001, Mr. Aveni co-founded the Police Policy Study Council, a multi-disciplinary organization that brings together the diverse talents of clinicians, physicians and police practitioners in an ongoing effort to elucidate complex criminal justice issues.
He can be reached at:
Mobile: (413) 575-8026
Mobile Voicemail/fax: (603) 386-6007
Tony Alvarez has been a contributing writer for the California Narcotic Officers Association quarterly magazine. He is an instructor for the California Narcotic Officers Association on Narcotic Officer Survival and has made his training presentations at the FBI Academy in Quantico (Virginia); and, has also instructed local, state and federal officers nationwide. In 1995, Detective Alvarez was awarded the DEA Award of Valor, the INEOA Medal of Valor and the Al Steward Memorial Award (California Narcotic Officer of the Year). In 1996, he was awarded the LAPD Medal of Valor. He is the author of Undercover Operations Survival in Narcotics Investigations.
Tony Blauer writes columns intended to directly help — not just the trainer — but more importantly, the cop in the street, those officers walking the beats. Tony is one of the world’s leading trainers and has developed many innovative drills, strategies and tactics that help keep officers safer, the world over.
Tony’s company, Blauer Tactical Confrontation Management System, regularly trains DT instructors in his SPEAR SYSTEM and Officer Survival School. Aside from his responsibilities to LEO’s the world over, his company has consulted for elite elements within the federal government like U.S. Navy SEALs, U.S. Army Special Forces, U.S. Air Force, Federal Air Marshals, the U.S. Coast Guard, D.O.E., U.S. Marshals, and the FBI. He has also consulted for specialty organizations like the ASLET, ITOA, TTPOA, NIPAS, the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force and the National Security Committee, and many more.
Tony Lambraia currently serves CEO Owner of Phoenix RBT Solutions. Prior to that, Tony served as the Deputy Director Chief of Law Enforcement Training and Compliance at the Federal Reserve Police 6th District. He completed 12 years of U.S. government service, served 10 years in Florida local law enforcement, and served as a correctional officer at Rikers Island Prison for more than five years.
Major Travis Yates is a Commander with the Tulsa (OK) Police Department. His Seminars in Risk Management, Officer Safety have been taught across the United States and Canada. Major Yates has a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is the Director of Training for SAFETAC Training and the Director Ten-Four Ministries, dedicated to providing practical and spiritual support to the law enforcement community.
As a state and federal prosecutor for over 10 years, Val’s trial work has been seen nationally on
ABCS PRIMETIME LIVE, Discovery Channels Justice Files, in USA Today, The National Enquirer and REDBOOK. Described by Calibre Press as the indisputable master of entertainment, Val is now an international law enforcement trainer and writer who appears in person and on TV, radio, video productions, webcasts, newspapers, books and magazines. She has been a regular contributor to a number of law enforcement publications and has been featured in the Calibre Press Online, Street Survival Newsletter, Police Chief magazine, The Law Enforcement Trainer magazine, and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Gazette.
When she’s not working, Val can be found flying her airplane with her retriever, a shotgun, a fly rod, and high aspirations. Visit Val at a www.valvanbrocklin.com and contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vicky Farren has been married to a law enforcement officer for over 36 years. She shares her perspective on her husband carrying a weapon off duty.
Lt. Wayne Hoover is the Vice-President of CFI Programming for the Center for Interviewer Standards Assessment Ltd. (CISA), a company affiliated with Wicklander-Zulawski amp; Associates, Inc. CISA provides the certification process for qualified Interviewers and Interrogators to become a Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI).
While working with Wicklander-Zulawski Associates, Inc. Mr. Hoover has conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations for both the private and public sectors. He has also taught hundreds of seminars on Interview and Interrogation Techniques, both domestically and internationally.
Mr. Hoover was a member of the Illinois Fire amp; Police Commissioners Association for 6 years. Mr. Hoover was a Police Commissioner for North Aurora, Illinois, Police Department. He is a Certified Forensic Interviewer and a member of ASIS. L. Wayne Hoover graduated from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Mr. Hoover received a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. Wayne currently lives in Sugar Grove, Illinois with his wife Stefanie and four children: Brittany, Brett, Greg and Payton.
Wayne Joseph Caffey is assigned to Southeast Division Detective Division. During the past 30 years of service, he has worked three patrol divisions handling radio, gang, family dispute and other patrol related calls and investigations; Worked six gang unit assignments in suppression, abatements and intelligence for both street and prison gangs, and have tracked active gang members on parole and probation; worked narcotics as an undercover operator targeting gang members selling and supplying narcotics; worked a homicide unit where over 55 percent of the murders were gang related.
William began his law enforcement career over 17 years ago while working for Millbrae Police Department. He has worked for several different law enforcement agencies including; University of San Francisco Public Safety Department, San Bruno Police Department, and currently the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. His prior law enforcement assignments have included: Patrol, Field Training Officer, Corrections (county jail), Recruit Training Officer, Transit bureau, Detective bureau, DUI enforcement, gang investigations, developing, executing search warrants, surveillance, wire-taps, street-level narcotics enforcement, and a long-term FBI investigation.
He earned a Masters of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco in 1999, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from the University of San Francisco in 1992. William provides a wide range of experience ranging from professional law enforcement to writing articles for publication, and from line-level patrol work to supervising other law enforcement personnel, including civilian staff.
William has developed numerous training classes for law enforcement. He graduated from the California P.O.S.T. Master Instructor Program in June 2011. He has been an instructor for; College of San Mateo, Union Institute, and University, University of Phoenix, and the University of San Francisco. William has enjoyed teaching for the past 9 years at the regional police academy, and his experience as a Recruit Training Officer.
In 2004, he was awarded Meritorious Service Award by San Bruno Police Department and The Peninsula Lions Club Heroism Award. He is also a two-time recipient of the California Highway Patrol 10851 award for stolen vehicles.
William Curcie has served the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department for over 30 years and currently holds the rank of Sergeant.
Police Lieutenant at Milwaukee Police Department