John T. Meyer Jr.
John is President of Team One Network; LLC a company established to test, evaluate, train and market various manufacturers’ products to the Law Enforcement community as related to officer survival. John spent 15 years with Heckler & Koch, Inc., ultimately rising to the position of Vice President of Sales and International Training. John led a team of instructors that pioneered the integration of formalized training doctrine with practical field experience. These cutting edge, realistic tactical training courses have become an industry standard. John was a Lieutenant with the DOD Police, where he served as a special reaction team leader and is a past President of FOP Middle Forge Lodge 100. He is member of the Board Directors of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI) since 1988 and served as Vice President from 1990-2016.
Zak has 14 years of law enforcement experience. Zak started his career with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Zak then moved into corrections with Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department and later joining Marinette County Sheriff’s Department where he currently works. Zak has been involved with the Sheriff’s Recreation Patrol since 2008. Zak has extensive training in tactical boat, ATV and snowmobile patrol. Zak has also been an Adjunct Instructor with NWTC-Green Bay since 2010. Zak was half of the team that developed the Tactical ATV and Snowmobile courses. Zak instructs Tactical ATV and Snowmobile safety courses to Game Wardens, state and local officers.
Ray has been in the law enforcement and security field since 1979. He was a member of SWAT at Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for 19 years prior to accepting his current position as a Firearms Instructor at the Kennedy Space Center firing range. Ray has completed instructor certification courses through Team One, Heckler and Koch, NRA and FLETC in tactical handgun, submachine gun, patrol rifle, and precision rifle as well as low light/laser, active countermeasures and use of force. He also has armorer certifications through Heckler and Koch, Beretta and Glock.
Dave retired from the Clifton New Jersey Police Department in 2012, after 34 years of distinguished service. During his last 10 years of service he was assigned as the department’s Range Master. Dave is one of the founding members of the Tactical Response Team which was formed in 1983, where he served as an Operator, Team Leader and the team’s lead Firearms and Tactics Instructor. He has trained law enforcement and military personnel throughout the country as one of the original adjunct instructors with Heckler & Koch’s International Training Division from 1990 through 2002. He has been instructing with Team One Network since it’s inception.
John J. Burdock
A former Marine Corps Scout Sniper and 22 year Law Enforcement veteran, John currently serves as Lieutenant for the Indian River County Sheriffs Office, Vero Beach, Florida and is an Adjunct Instructor at Indian River State College. John is a former SWAT Team Commander and 17 year veteran of his department SWAT team. John has been a contract trainer for Armor Holdings, Inc. since 1996 and specializes in Ballistic Shield training. He has instructed cutting edge Ballistic Shield courses to all levels of Law Enforcement and Military personnel worldwide. John is also a certified instructor in firearms, defensive tactics and CQB and holds a B.S. from Barry University in Public Administration.
Dave Coffey, JD
Dave is a professor of Criminal Justice and is department head of Police Science at Thomas Nelson Community College in Virginia. He is an Instructor at the Allied Armed Force Staff College and Christopher Newport University. He has more than 20 years of experience in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, serving as both a Police Officer and as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles, CA. He has worked extensively as a consultant to State and Local Law Enforcement agencies and presenter for I.A.C.P. and DOJ on use of force training, less lethal technologies, civil liability, departmental policies and procedures, gangs, high-risk search warrants and tactical operations. Dave has extensive internationally law enforcement experience to include Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, China, El Salvador, UAE, and numerous other countries. He has received numerous honors both nationally and internationally for his work in the law enforcement and criminal justice community. Dave is also author of several books on these topics.
Mauro Di Ceglie
20 years as Police Chief Assistant, and Italian State Police Defensive Tactics Instructor, first two years he served as Police Military and considering his capabilities in Martial Arts and Combat Sports, he became Self Defense Assistant Instructor at Police Training Centers. Instructor of: Krav Maga-Karate-Kung Fu-Jeet Kune Do-Kali Arnis Escrima-Savate-Kick Boxing-Shooto-Muay Thai. He served at Operating Divisions as Crowd Management, Railways Police, Police Departments and Undercover. Also at Metropolitan Police Car training 456 operators at the knife defense, tactical baton, and truncheon usage. Instructor for REDMAN, Tactical Baton MONADNOCK, Spray Defender ASP, Hand Cuffing, Defense Knife and Machete EXTREMA RATIO, Hand to Hand Close Quarter Kombat. In 20 years he trained more than 5000 people from Agents, Military, Special Operators Unit, and formed 80 Police Instructors.
Michael A. Champa
Mike is currently a Patrol Commander with the rank of Captain for a Federal Police Agency, with over 28 years of service. He is a certified firearms instructor and holds certifications are for Handgun, Shotgun, Patrol Rifle, Select Fire, Tactical Shooting and Tactical Shotgun.
He is also a certified Active Shooter Instructor, Shoot House Instructor, Range Master, Simunitions FX Force on Force Instructor, Monadnock PR-24 Instructor, Def Tech OC Instructor and Traffic RADAR Instructor.
Mike has worked as an adjunct instructor and SME for the US Army’s ARDEC Homeland Defense Technology Center and ARDEC Warfighter Central. He is an Army veteran, having served as a Parachute Infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Lt. Sean Conrad is a Platoon Commander for The Jefferson Township Police Department located in Morris County, New Jersey. He is currently responsible for patrol operations for two patrol squads. He has over 23 years experience in law enforcement . He is qualified as an operator/instructor for Handgun/Shotgun/Assault Rifle and Scoped Rifle. He has work experience as a Field Training Officer, Narcotics Investigator, DARE Officer and Patrol Operations Supervisor. He is the lead firearms instructor and training coordinator for the department. He has achieved multiple weapons and instructor certifications. He is a multiple weapon armorer, ballistic shield instructor and force on force instructor.
Michael J. Downey II
Mike is a USAF Security Forces member and currently assigned to the Pentagon in Washington D.C. He serves as the Personal Security Officer for a Senior Military Official. In his 16 years of experience he has performed protective service missions, law enforcement duties, flight line security, combat arms training and has served as an emergency services team member. He was the Chief of the Firearms and Tactics Unit for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). He has trained over 100,000 students throughout the world.
Pete Ebel serves as a lieutenant and operations officer for the Narcotics Division of the Palm Beach County (FL) Sheriff’s Office. He has been a law enforcement officer for 28 years and has spent more than half of his career training law enforcement officers. He started his career with the Lake Worth (FL) Police Department, where for his last five years he commanded that agency’s SWAT team, street crime, narcotics and K9 units. Ebel holds numerous instructor certifications, mainly in high-liability and use of force. He is a state-certified firearms instructor and serves as an adjunct instructor with the Palm Beach State College Criminal Justice Institute, where he instructs academy and advanced classes. Ebel was a presenter at the 2007, 2014 and 2015 International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) conference and the 2003 Florida Department of Law Enforcement High Liability Trainers Conference. His experience includes service as a patrol officer, field training officer, tactical officer, detective, patrol sergeant, training sergeant, watch commander, executive officer , SWAT operator, team leader and commander, gang unit commander and homicide and cold case unit commander. He is a 2015 summa cum laude graduate of Barry University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration. He was certified in 2014 by the Force Science Institute as a Force Science Analyst.
Benjamin “Ben” W. Fravel
Ben is a retired First Sergeant with the Prince William County, VA Police Department and a retired Sergeant Major (Reserve) with the Army Special Forces. He served 26 years as a sniper team leader. He has instructed for several different organizations on a number of law enforcement, security, and executive protections subjects with sniper operations, SWAT operations, surveillance photography, security operations, and intelligence collection being his focus.
Lou Ann Hamblin
Lou Ann has been in law enforcement since 1990 and currently works for the patrol division and the training division of a Michigan-based police department. She is the Law Enforcement In-service Training Coordinator for Wayne County Regional Police Academy and holds a master’s degree in Human Performance Technology and Instructional Design from the University of Michigan.
Lou Ann instructs locally and nationally in the areas of instructor development, officer survival, training for female officers and specialty units. Lou Ann is a certified firearms and defensive tactics instructor in a variety of disciplines. She is a certified police and EMS cycling instructor.
Lou Ann has written articles published in the area of firearms training. She currently serves on IALEFI®’s Board of Directors and as an Advisory Board Member for PoliceOne.com and is a consultant and presenter with Calibre Press-Street Survival Seminars.
Neil started his career with a 100 man South Florida municipal police department. He spent most of his career as a SWAT team member, serving as a sniper, entry team member and team leader. Neil is a state-certified firearms trainer and holds instructor certifications in pistol, shotgun, sub-gun, carbine and other SWAT/Tactical related disciplines. He has served as a road patrol officer, field training officer, tactical patrol force (street crimes) officer and undercover narcotics agent as well as supervising the tactical patrol force and K9 unit. The agency was merged with its county sheriff’s office and Neil is currently assigned as a sergeant in the patrol division.
Edward S. Janke
Ed is the Associate Dean of Public Safety with the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. He has over 24 years of law enforcement service. Ed has held management positions and has 20 years of tactical experience, serving as an operator, team leader and commander. He retired from the Brown County Sheriff’s Department (WI) as the Chief Deputy. He holds an M.S. in Leadership and Organizational Design and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Ed has over 10 years of experience with protective services including international operations. He instructs weapons, physical and vehicle tactics. He also instructs several terrorism related topics.
Mike has 29 years of Law Enforcement experience. Mike has worked at several municipal departments in Palm Beach County before joining the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Mike has also served on many specialized units including the Dive Rescue unit, Drug enforcement unit, Street Crime suppression unit and Special Response team. While assigned to the Department’s Special Response Team, Mike held positions as Entry Team Member, Scout Sniper, Team Leader and Team Commander. Since joining the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office he has served in the Patrol Division as a Deputy Sheriff and Field Training Officer. He is currently assigned to the Training Bureau as Instructor and Range Manager. Mike holds instructor certifications in all the high liability areas.
Steve is a 32-year veteran of the North Carolina Department of Justice where he served as the Senior Firearms Instructor for the North Carolina Justice Academy. He was responsible for the training and certification of all law enforcement firearm instructors; all concealed carry handgun instructors, and all armed security firearms instructors. He has attended most major firearms manufacturer armorer courses and coordinated training programs such as Sniper, Submachine Gun and teaches basic SWAT courses. Steve currently serves as the Director of Special Projects for the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association and was recently appointed as a member of the North Carolina Private Protective Services Board. Steve also serves as the President of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI).
Gary T. Klugiewicz employed by PoliceOne as a police and corrections subject matter expert. He also is the Director of the Active Countermeasures Instructional (ACMi®) Systems, a national defensive tactics training entity. Gary is retired from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department after 25 years of service where he was promoted to the rank of captain. He has a background in Knockdown Karate where he won national championships and fought several times in Japan. Gary brought this high impact intensity to law enforcement training. His name has become synonymous with the development of safe but realistic, intense, dynamic simulation training. As former Street Survival Seminar instructor and nationally known defensive tactics instructor, Gary has impacted literally 100,000’s of law enforcement officers.He is the developer of the Active Countermeasures System of Unarmed Blocking and Striking Techniques that is the cornerstone of High Level Control Tactics. Gary is also an instructor trainer for the Verbal Judo Institute. He has developed programs for police, corrections, military, security, and mental health professionals. His instructor training programs stress adult learning, sub-skill development, guided discovery, decision making simulation scenarios, and positive group debriefing techniques. Even more importantly, as a righteous police officer use-or-force defense expert, Gary has defended scores of officers in legal proceedings.
Marty is a veteran of 28 years of law enforcement special operations and management. LaBrusciano has served in a wide variety of special operations, specializing in bomb disposal, explosive breaching and Special Weapons and Tactics. Additionally, he has held a wide array of management assignments. LaBrusciano spent 25 years at the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office (Florida) where he retired as a Deputy Director of Metropolitan Operations. After his retirement, Marty served as the Police Chief of Casselberry, Florida for three years. He is a Navy veteran, a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Law Enforcement Executive Institute, in addition to earning an undergraduate degree in psychology. LaBrusciano instructs a wide range of domestic and foreign law enforcement and military personnel.
Norm is a retired Sergeant with the Rockaway Borough Police Department in New Jersey and has 23 years of law enforcement experience, with 20 years as a firearm instructor. He was head of firearm instruction at the department and taught firearms to basic recruits at the Police Academy. Norm is also a submachine gun and assault rifle instructor. He is involved in train-the-trainer course on terrorism with the joint terrorism task force in New Jersey.
Col. Robert “Coach” Lindsey
Coach recently retired from Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in New Orleans, Louisiana where he was Director of Security for the Jefferson Parish President’s Office, police survival instructor, range master, director of the training academy, and commander of the communications center. A graduate of Loyola University and the FBI Academy, he has qualified and testified as an expert witness and is a published author.
Sean Little is currently working for the last 12 years for the US Capitol Police Department in Washington DC assigned as a firearms instructor teaching pistol, shotgun, and carbine to patrol officers. Also instructing precision rifle, carbine, CQB, and night vision devices to the Departments CERT team. Certified as a firearms instructor through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco Georgia, and as a Precision Rifle Instructor through Heckler and Koch Inc. He is a 12 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps as a Scout Sniper having served as a team leader during Iraqi Freedom in 2004-’05 and also serving during Desert Storm. Sean has shot sniper competitions throughout his career and shot in the Precision Rifle Series in 2014.
A 14 year veteran of law enforcement, William currently serves as the Sergeant of the training unit for the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, Vero Beach. William has worked road patrol, Field Training, SWAT and in the training unit. William has been involved in training since 2002 and has continued to advance his education in the area of law enforcement instruction by gaining instructor certifications in the following disciplines: Firearms, Shoot house, vehicle operations, defensive tactics, SPEAR instructor, Redman and less lethal. William is a graduate of the Hathcock sniper school. William also serves as the agencies armorer in the platforms currently employed by his agency: Kimber, Remington, AR-15 and Glock.
Tom Marx left the Chicago Police Department in 1988 to become one of three instructors at the Smith & Wesson Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts. After several years of teaching full time both nationally and internationally, he shifted roles at Smith: first to a series of technical positions and then as Head of their Domestic Law Enforcement Operations. He left S&W to organize a Law Enforcement Division for Michaels of Oregon as well as to help design and market much of their police-related duty gear. Leaving Uncle Mike’s, Tom became the Director of Intellectual Property for BLACKHAWK! Products Group in Virginia; focusing on the patent efforts for all of their divisions. Today, he is privately employed as a consultant in various firearms, accessory and training matters. Throughout his tenure at Uncle Mike’s, BLACKHAWK!, and now as a consultant, Tom has continued to lecture and instruct both inside and outside the US with such diverse groups as ILEETA, IALEFI, WIFLE, LETC, NDIA, and the NRA.
Ken McCormick retired in 2009 as a Lieutenant Colonel after 23 years of service in the US Army, 20 of those years as a Military Policeman, and is currently a civilian analyst for the Army. Ken served both in the US and abroad with his last overseas duty living alongside of the Iraqi National Police and conducting counter terror combat operations with Coalition Forces in Baghdad, Iraq. He served in numerous command and staff assignments in MP, CID and Infantry units in addition to four tours as Installation Provost Marshal. Ken has been a regional police academy adjunct firearms instructor as well as providing SRT, operations planning, tactical firearms and shoot house instruction to military and civilian law enforcement agencies in numerous states and foreign countries.
Raymond A. Merlin
Raymond A. Merlin served In the United States Marine Corps for 4 years in security forces and infantry and has over 24 years with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department (WI) where he worked the majority of his career on 3rd shift patrol. He has also worked in conveyance / transportation of prisoners and was a 20 year member of the Tactical Response Team, with his primary responsibility as a breacher on the entry team. Raymond has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Minor in Human Resource from Concordia University. Raymond is a master instructor-trainer in Defense and Arrest Tactics (DAAT), Principles of Subject Control (POSC), firearms, professional communications and scenario master instructor trainer. He is also an instructor in crowd management, ground defense, cell extraction response team, integrated use of force, RedMan training gear and physical fitness readiness. Raymond has served on the POSC Advisory committee for the State of Wisconsin Training and Standards and is currently on the Tactical Advisory Committee for the State of Wisconsin Dept. of Justice Training and Standards. He is currently an adjunct instructor for Gateway Technical College-WI, Instructing for the Law Enforcement academy and in-service training. In addition, he also is the coordinator for the Law Enforcement Specialty Training, the Basic Jail Academy, Physical Readiness and assists with coordinating Police In-service training at Gateway Technical College-WI. Raymond has been recognized as an “expert witness” in Use of Force/Subject Control.
He is a current Board Member for International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA); the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics-WI, having served as the State Director for 9 years; Every Child’s Place Board Member-Kenosha, WI; and past board member for Midwest Tactical Officer’s Association.
Gary J. Monreal
Gary retired in May 2010 after twenty-three years of law enforcement experience in corrections, patrol, SWAT, and training. As a patrolman with the City of New Berlin (WI) Police Department, his duties also included SWAT Team Leader, specializing in explosive entry. Gary is an instructor-trainer and currently teaches Active Shooter, chemical munitions, defensive tactics, firearms, Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS), less lethal, vehicle contacts, high-level simulations, submachine gun, Taser® and SWAT. Gary is an adjunct instructor in the technical college system for the State of Wisconsin and has given various presentations at firearms and SWAT conferences throughout the United States. A former adjunct instructor with Heckler & Koch, International Training Division; Gary has taught with Team One Network since it’s inception. Gary has been recognized as an “expert witness” in the Use of Deadly Force and has given opinions in both State and Federal courts. Gary is recipient of multiple department awards and citations; including City of New Berlin Police Department – Medal of Honor.
Eckhard “Ecko” Niebergall
Ecko has 35 years experience with the Hesse State Police (Germany) where he is responsible for the development and improvement of state firearms training programs, defensive tactics programs and the implementation of Interact Defence-Training of which he is the co-developer. He has served 20 years with the Frankfurt Police Department, working riot control, Anti-Drug operations, execution of warrants and executive protection. For the past 25 years he has become a certified active firearms instructor both nationally and internationally, instructor for defensive tactics, CQB, and executive protection. He is President of the Polizeitrainer in Deutschland e. V. (Police Trainers of Germany n.p.O.), a consultant of European Union law enforcement training programs, Expert of Witness and co-editor of the POLIZEITRAINER MAGAZIN. Ecko is Team One Network’s International advisor.
Tim is a Police Firearms Instructor with over 23 years of operational armed policing experience with the UK Police Service. Qualified as an Armed Response Officer, Tactical Team leader, advanced driver, High Risk Vehicle Escort Operator, Sniper and Tactical advisor, he has regularly deployed in the armed resolution of high-risk incidents across city and rural environments and has extensive experience of providing senior commanders with tactical solutions. He is a lead advocate of the development of Active Shooter tactics within the UK and currently serves as advisor and chief firearms instructor for a Government agency deploying law enforcement officers on overseas missions.
Tim holds recognised teaching, assessor and safety qualifications, is an active member of the Institute for Learning (IfL), Police Firearms Officers Association (PFOA), International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI) and has presented to audiences at Regional, National and International training seminars.
Dave Oginski is currently a Sheriff’s Deputy with the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin. Dave spent 9 years with the Wisconsin DNR as a Conservation Warden stationed in Milwaukee and Wausaukee. He served as an instructor for the Recruit Academy, Field Training Officer, Background Investigator and Tactical Instructor for EVOC and Vehicle Contacts. Dave has been an instructor with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) since 2010, where he teaches Tactical ATV and Snowmobile Training, Boating BUI Enforcement, and the NASBLA Standardized Seated Field Sobriety Testing. Dave is also a certified DOJ instructor for the NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.
Lorenzo Paladino MD
Lorenzo Paladino MD is an Associate professor of Emergency Medicine at one of the largest level I trauma centers in the country. He is the Assistant Director of Research at SUNY Downstate and Kings County Hospital Medical Center Emergency Departments and is also a teacher of biostatistics at the medical school. Dr Paladino has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and authored several textbook chapters in Emergency Medicine. He lectures internationally about trauma, disaster medicine, biostatistics and evidence based practice. Dr Paladino is active in disaster relief, including the earthquake in Haiti, and hospital threat assement and bioterrorism prepardness. He has years of field experience working as a paramedic in the NYC 911 system prior to medical school and is still an active paramedic instructor. Dr Paladino is an Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor and a Tactical Combat Casuality Care instructor, with courses including army, national guard, FBI, Homeland Security and SWAT personnel. Areas of specialization include penetrating trauma, critical care, blast injuries and injury ballistics, bioterrorism and chemical attacks, K9 medicine, and scuba rescue and emergencies.
Jamie has been a member of the Spokane City Police department for the past 21 years. He was a member of the crowd control/riot TAC team before joining the SWAT Team. He has been an operator for 14 years and 13 of that as an additional member of the marksman team. He is currently an operator, marksman and a team leader. He is a certified Firearms, Rifle, Submachine Gun, Shotgun and Precision Marksman Instructor. He was a district representative for the Washington State Tactical Officers Association and Field training officer for his department. He’s been an instructor at the Spokane Regional Training Facility teaching and critiquing Firearms, Domestic Violence, Patrol Procedures and Field Interviews/contacts.
Vince is President and CEO of Pestilli and Associates. He has represented many firearms manufacturers including Benelli, Bushmaster, Franchi, Stoeger and HK. He has recently retired as a Master Sergeant from the Massachusetts National Guard with over 40 years of combined service in the U.S. Army and MA National Guard 26th Infantry Division. His military assignments have included; Unit Marksmanship Program Coordinator for the MA Army National Guard, Soviet Military Weapons Instructor, Foreign Military Weapons Instructor, Instructor for U.S. Army Anti-Terrorism School and NCOIC for Small Arms Training Unit, MA Army National Guard.
Jim is currently a Patrol Division Commander at the Camden Police Department in New Jersey. He has been a street officer for 30 years. For 26 years he was on the Tactical Force, holding positions as operator, supervisor and commander of the SWAT team. He is widely published in the field of clandestine and exotic weaponry and an expert witness on police use-of-force. Jim is a certified instructor in firearms, defensive tactics, impact weapons and crowd control tactics.
Jimmy D. Pearce
Jimmy has 18 years of public safety experience. He is currently assigned to the patrol bureau with the Prince William County, VA Police Department where he is a shift supervisor. Jimmy was previously assigned to the special operations bureau where he was responsible for emergency and continuity planning, WMD counter-proliferation and response, infection and exposure control, and tactical emergency casualty care. He is an experienced law enforcement basic training, firearms, driver training and control tactics instructor. Jimmy is also an instructor with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Domestic Preparedness and The Department of Energy’s CTOS Program. He instructs in the fields of active shooter, terrorism, CBRNE/hazardous incident response and tactical medicine. In addition to law enforcement experience, Jimmy spent 15 years in the volunteer fire service and in 2012, attained the rank of Assistant Fire Chief and Battalion Chief. Jimmy spent several years on the West Virginia Regional Response Team where his responsibilities included CBRNE/HazMat, technical rescue and special operations response. He is a certified fire and explosion investigator, ATFE certified post blast investigator, hazardous materials technician and tactical emergency medical technician. Jimmy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Fire Science from Shepherd University and a Masters of Homeland Security in Public Health from Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine.
O. Frank Repass
O. 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.
John Riddle is a Retired Sergeant who served with the West Palm Beach Police Department. During his 28 years of service he has worked as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer and Road Patrol Supervisor. John is certified in the State of Florida to teach Defensive Tactics and Firearms to Law Enforcement officers. In 1989, John tried out and was selected to become a member of the SWAT Team for the West Palm Beach Police Department where he served for 16 years. He instructed the SWAT Team’s defensive tactics program, firearms and tactical entry. He worked for 13 years on the Entry Team and 3 years as a Sniper Team Leader. In 1996, John was selected as a member of the CAT Team; a street level narcotics unit that performed drug buys, wrote search warrants, conducted prostitution stings and worked tactical patrol duties in high risk areas. John’s teaching career began in the mid 1980’s when he was assigned as a Combat Arms Training Instructor (CATM) in the United States Air Force. During his Air Force career John taught firearm skills to Air Force Security Police, Air Force Base Law Enforcement Personnel, Para Rescue units and Combat Controllers.
Gary was an officer for the St. Petersburg Police Department, St. Petersburg, Florida for over 25 years. He held many positions on the department including Field Training Officer, SWAT member/Sniper/Team Leader, High Liability Instructor for Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Pursuit Driving and Submachine Gun Master Instructor. He was also one of the founding members of the Department’s Career Criminal Unit who targeted the 14% of those individuals who committed over 90% of the crime. This surveillance unit worked the Tampa Bay area and all over Florida. He left this unit and was promoted to Sergeant in 1994 and was made SWAT Commander in 1998. He retired from the Department in 2008.
Gary is also an adjunct instructor for the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force, St. Petersburg College and has taught many drug related classes as well as surveillance classes throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Hawaiian Islands.
Andy is an 8-year veteran United States Army. He was stationed at Fort Bragg his entire career. Following his Military service, he stayed in North Carolina were he obtained an Associates Degree in Machine Technology and studied Mechanical Engineering for two years. While going to school he worked in industry to obtain his Journeymen’s Tool and Die Certificate. In 2000 opened up his own business CMT Inc. (AKA Ruhl Tech Engineering) producing breaching tools, ladders and extensive training equipment used throughout the Special Operations Community including all Federal agencies, Military and Law Enforcement. Andy’s extensive 30 years of Machining/Manufacturing experience places his studies on Breaching tactics and operational equipment, he is also a certified instructor of Osen-Hunter’s SHEILD, teaching exothermic and breathing systems. Presently he is working on a State-of-the-Art indoor shooting range in Bozeman, MT.
Dan has more than 25 years of law enforcement experience and is currently the full-time Special Response Team Commander for the Grand Rapids Police Department in Michigan. He has been involved in tactical operations for over 18 years and has held every rank and position on the Special Response Team. Dan has instructor certifications in handgun, shotgun, Master submachine gun, Senior Master TASER Instructor and is a training board member for TASER International, distraction devices, aerosol projectors, specialty impact munitions, tactical chemical agents, Simunition® scenario instructor and safety certification. Dan is Clandestine Lab certified, a site safety officer, and has attended several WMD tactical operator and commander courses. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session #217.
Tony has been training people to protect themselves from violence for over 30 years. His name is synonymous with high-risk driving training and his clients are heads of state, corporate executives, security driver/chauffeurs and professional security personnel in government and the private sector. He has trained more than 700 personnel from corporations in 29 countries on five continents. He teaches from hands-on, life experiences, which can only be acquired from experiencing a variety of environments, some of which find crime and terrorism a daily occurrence. Colombia, Peru, Iran, Kuwait, Jordan, Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, El Salvador, Haiti, and Pakistan are some of the countries in which his programs have been implemented.
Timothy J. Sharpee
Tim Sharpee is a 25 year corrections and law enforcement veteran who holds the rank of Captain for the Wauwatosa Police Department, located within Milwaukee County, State of Wisconsin. He was the former Director of Training and Personnel, department’s Range Master and Lead Firearms Instructor. As a 20 year veteran of the department’s Special Response Team (SWAT) he served as an Operator, Team Leader, and Team Commander. Tim is a certified Firearms Instructor for the State of Wisconsin and has taught use of force, advanced firearms classes, active shooter response tactics, workplace violence preparedness, and tactical operations courses; including presentations at SWAT conferences. In February of 2013, under direction of the U.S. State Department, Tim assembled an instructional team and traveled to Chisinau Moldova to begin the first phase of police tactical training for the Moldovan Police Department. The goal of this training program is to establish an international standard of policing within the Moldovan Police Department. Tim has attained his Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement from Minnesota State University at Mankato, and is a Certified Public Manager through the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Lee has been teaching defensive tactics, SWAT applications, edged weapons, firearms and fitness programs since he emigrated to the United States from the former Soviet Union in 1979. He has a unique approach that is focused on simple and practical applications, because people under stressful conditions are incapable accomplishing complex tasks. Lee taught numerous programs for Law Enforcement Agencies in the US and Canada. His training has been extremely well received and proved to work under real life conditions. He has also taught for ILEETA conferences. Lee also testified in use of force cases and appeared in interviews with local media to explain and comment on police applications.
Trevin Sorby has been a member of the Prince William County (VA) Police Department since 1989 and served as a member of the SWAT Team for 17 years ending as the Assistant Team Commander. He is a First Sergeant, and his prior assignments include patrol officer, firearms and use of force instructor, patrol supervisor, K9 unit supervisor and criminal street gang supervisor. He is currently assigned to the Special Operations Bureau.
Bill is founder and President of Tactical & Survival Specialties, Inc. (TSSI) and is retired from the U.S. Navy after 24 years of active and reserve service. His military background is quite diverse spending over half of his career assigned to Naval Construction Force Units (Seabee’s). In addition to being Seabee Combat Warfare qualified, Bill was also recognized as a Master Training Specialist and Instructor in small arms marksmanship, crew served weapons, small unit tactics, law enforcement and physical security skills. Concurrently, Bill has been involved in the law enforcement and military special operations community for over 20 years providing tactical equipment, technical and logistic support. He holds certifications as an instructor in chemical munitions, distraction devices, and the MP5 submachine gun.
Joe is a retired Detective from the Clifton Police Department which he served for 28 years. A decorated Marine Corp Veteran with Vietnam Combat service, he was assigned as a Tactical Team Leader/Instructor. Joe was the senior member of the Passaic County Hazardous Devices Technician Team and, has been a consultant for explosive entry for the past 23 years. He is a Fire Arm Instructor and former Range Master of the County of Passaic in New Jersey.
Kathleen Vacca graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. degree in Journalism and Communication. After five years as a reporter, she traded in her 35mm camera for a .38 revolver and began her law enforcement career. During the next two decades, Kathleen worked in a variety of assignments, including patrol, narcotics, training, juvenile crime, internal affairs, and gang intelligence before retiring as a sergeant in the drug unit’s major case squad. As a high liability instructor, Kathleen taught defensive tactics, mobile field force, tactical communication, and rapid response to active shooters. She is an adjunct instructor with the Multi-Jurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force and teaches surveillance courses at the local, state, and national level.
Kathleen Vonk has been a police officer since 1988. She designed and implemented the Police Wellness Instructor Course for the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, for which she is a subject matter expert, consultant and instructor-trainer. She is a part-time faculty member of the Washtenaw Community College (WCC) in Ann Arbor Michigan, and has been the primary fitness instructor for the WCC Police Academy since 2001. She has a BA and a BS and is a certified firearms instructor, H&K Pistol Instructor, RedMan Simulation Training Instructor, Simunition Supervisor, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Health Promotion Director by the Cooper Institute, and is an FTO for her agency. She has published numerous articles in many national and international publications regarding police cycling, officer survival, firearms and tactics, fitness, and police performance under stress, and she has presented these subjects at many international conferences since 1995 including IALEFI, IPMBA, NTOA, NSCA, ASLET, and OTOA. Her work on heart rate and performance under stress is included in Ken Murray’s Training at the Speed of Life as well as Michael Asken’s Mindsighting: Mental Toughness for Police Officers in High Stress Situations. She wrote two chapters from IPMBA’s Complete Guide to Public Safety Cycling 2nd Ed, (2008) entitled Basic Nutrition and Basic Physical Fitness. Law and Order and Tactical Response published a series of fitness articles written by Kathy titled Street Fit in 2009, and she did a series of fitness videos the same year for PoliceOne.com.
Paul is a recently retired Sergeant from a major Canadian police department with 32.7 years of operational police experience including: uniform patrol officer, firearms/use of force/tactics instructor, Criminal Investigations Branch, uniform patrol supervisor, Tactical Support Unit operator and supervisor, and the implementation, strategies, equipment and training of the department’s Nuclear Security Division. Paul has instructor certifications in law enforcement handgun, shotgun, rifle, precision rifle, Taser© Master Instructor, and use of Simunition© non-lethal training ammunition. He is also a court qualified subject matter expert and lecturer on firearms and other offensive weapons. Paul also has completed police mentoring and training missions in Bosnia & Herzegovina, as a Canadian Civilian Police (CivPol) member of the United Nations Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina (UNMIBH), and the Canadian Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team (KPRT) in Afghanistan. Paul also assists in the training of Canadian police contingents assigned to Afghan National Police training in Afghanistan.
Tobie Weberg is a 21 year law enforcement veteran who holds the rank of Deputy Inspector with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, State of Wisconsin. He currently is the Police Services Bureau Commander, which includes the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division, Airport Security Division, Federal Task Forces, Dive Unit, and Explosives Ordnance Disposal (Bomb Squad). Previous assignments include Jail, Patrol, Detective, US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, Warrant Squad, Gun Unit, and Targeted Enforcement Unit. He has been a member of the SWAT Team continuously since 1996 and has held the positions of Technician, Team Leader and Training Officer. He was appointed to SWAT Commander in 2007, which he currently still serves in this capacity. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 243, FBI Hazardous Devices Executive Management Program, and Leadership in Crises Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government as well as many other schools. He has served as an instructor in several different disciplines. He currently serves on the Executive Board for the Association of SWAT Personnel – Wisconsin (ASP-WI).
Seven time New York Times bestselling author John Weisman is one of a select company of authors to have their books on both the Times nonfiction and fiction bestseller lists. His most recent work is “KBL: Kill Bin Laden” (William Morrow/HarperCollins). Writing in the Washington Post, veteran MI6 operations officer Matthew Dunn called KBL “an absolute must read not only for those who live in the world of special operations, but for those who want to understand it.” John’s analysis has appeared in AFIO’s INTELLIGENCER. He has lectured on terrorism and radicalization at the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group at Ft. Meade, ILEETA conferences, and police and sheriffs departments. He is an NRA-certified pistol instructor who was instrumental in creating SWAT exercises for Loudoun and Fairfax counties (VA), and worked on active shooter exercises for the City of Manassas Park and Clarke County (VA). From 2009-2012 he was a member of the Clarke County (VA) Sheriff’s Advisory Board. From 2011-2013 he served on the National Rifle Association’s Public Affairs Committee.
Sergeant Heather Williams has been with the Chattanooga Police Department since 2002. She has worked in the patrol division, special investigations, and Crime Scene Unit. Sergeant Williams is a member of the departments SWAT team. She has received extensive tactical training and is an instructor for Team One Network. Heather has written for the NTOA newsletter and is a member of the NTOA testing and evaluation program for female tactical gear. She has also presented at an IALEFI annual training conference in the area of training issues related to the female officers. Sergeant Williams has trained school resource officers in the area of tactics specific to their environment as well as having taught Active Shooter Instructor courses for Team One Network.
Heather Williams is a highly competitive endurance athlete. She is a graduate from The University of the South (Sewanee) with a degree in biology and chemistry. As a student athlete Heather earned All American honors in cross country, track and field and is a two-time National Champion in the 1500 meter run. Heather obtained her master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Mike Williams is a 39 year law enforcement veteran and is currently the Training Coordinator for Team One Network. Mike retired in July of 2010 as Deputy Chief of Police at the Chattanooga Police Department in Tennessee. He ran the department’s day to day operations and was responsible for 650 sworn and civilian employees. He was a former director of training at the Chattanooga Police Academy and was full time SWAT Team commander for several years. As a 39 year Law Enforcement veteran and a 25 year veteran SWAT officer, he served as an operator, Team Leader and Team Commander and still acts as a senior advisor and trainer for Chattanooga SWAT. He is a member of the IALEFI Board of Directors and editor of its magazine, The Firearms Instructor. Mike testifies as an expert witness in State and Federal Courts on the Police Use of Force and tactical team operations and teaches Team One’s Tactical Commander Course.
Joe will retire from the United States Army as a Military Police First Sergeant in the summer of 2016 after more than 20-years of service. He served in every leadership position from Team Leader to First Sergeant. His assignments have also included Military Police Operations Sergeant, Special Reaction Team Commander, and Investigator. Throughout his career, he spent more than 5 years in foreign countries; Iraq, Germany, Honduras, and Korea. His military education includes DOD Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor, SRT Marksman/Observer, Military Police Investigator, Anti-Terrorism Advisor, Army Basic Instructor, Air Assault. Joe is a certified Master Army Ethics Instructor, Mediator (advanced) and a graduate of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. His last few military assignments include Operations Sergeant Major for a Combined Arms Training Brigade, Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Department of Military Science at West Point, and the West Point Equal Opportunity Program Manager. Joe, is the Course Director for Inter-Cultural Leadership.
Robert C. Willis
Robert C. 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. 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 often serves as a litigation consultant and “expert witness” and has testified in Federal and State Courts, Grand Jury Hearings, Coroner’s 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.
Fred is a retired U.S. Army veteran with an extensive Special Operations background in both the Army Rangers and Special Forces. His law enforcement experience includes patrol, SRT, team leader, defensive tactics, firearms, and tactics instructor. Fred has trained SWAT teams throughout the country and worked with the U.S. Department of Justice as a contract officer in Haiti, Bosnia, and several other countries. Fred worked for Heckler and Koch International Training division for 8 years.
John H. Zamrok
John H. Zamrok is a decorated Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, who retired from twenty-four years of New Jersey Municipal and State law enforcement service. He served as a SWAT team leader and his 37 years of experience as a law enforcement firearms instructor includes five years as a full-time regional instructor for H&K’s International Training Division. Most recently, John was New Jersey’s State Range Master for ten years, coordinating all recruit and in-service law enforcement firearms training, as well as training a new generation of LE Firearms Instructors as, Assault Rifle and Subgun Instructors. John is now a consultant and is providing experienced training with Team One Network, as well as supporting IALEFI training as a Life Member. In 2010 he was contracted by the US State Department to provide training to the national Army of Benin, Africa, which brought that army up to United Nations’ Peace Keeping status. Those soldiers went on to service the UN in the Ivory Coast and the Congo.
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