Russ has 24 years of law enforcement experience, which began after receiving his Bachelor of Art degrees in Criminal Justice and Spanish. Russ is currently assigned as an Instructor with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (FL) Training Division, where he has worked for 4 of his 14 years with the agency. Russ has also instructed at IALEFI. In addition to working as an instructor, Russ has been a bike patrol officer, Investigator, FTO, SWAT (entry team member and sniper), and provided Dignitary Protection. Russ also served in the U.S. Army for 11 years, stationed in South Korea and Ft. Stewart, GA. His duties and assignments as an MP included: safety and security training for troops being deployed to Bosnia and Iraq, developing emergency response protocols for key facilities, and was an integral team member in identifying, developing and implementing force protection plans for high value areas in Ft. Stewart, GA and Hunter Army Airfield, GA after the 9/11 attacks. He is an Iraqi War Veteran. His education, law enforcement, and military experience have provided him with a well-rounded prospective and approach to law enforcement. He holds several Instructor Certifications which include Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Vehicle Operations, RCB Baton, Taser, PepperBall, 40mm, Patrol Rifle, Shotgun, Reactive Steel, Shoot House, and Mechanical Breaching.