POLICE-TREXPO Advisory Board
Detective, Office of Counter Terrorism, Long Beach Police Department
Detective Ebrahim Ashabi is a 11-year veteran of the Long Beach, California, Police Department where he is presently working in the Office of Counter Terrorism. Detective Ebrahim was born in Iran as a Shiite Muslim. He lived through the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1978-79 and the Iran – Iraq war. Detective Ebrahim fled from Iran in 1982 across the Iranian border into the Kurdish area of Northern Iraq and then into Turkey. After a few months in Europe, he immigrated to the US, where he lived in New York and Washington D.C. Detective Ashabi moved to Los Angeles in 1990. Ashabi joined the Long Beach Police Department in 1997 after becoming a naturalized American citizen. Detective Ashabi is assigned to the Office of Counter Terrorism and is responsible for collecting, analyzing and investigating criminal intelligence related to international and domestic terrorism, organized crime, and extremist activities. Detective Ebrahim also assists in investigations with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne and is currently working on his Masters degree at California State University, Long Beach. Detective Ebrahim has been involved in training law enforcement officers for the past five years.
President, Baker Batshields, Inc.
Alfred J. Baker, President, Baker Batshields, Inc., Inventor, US Patented “Batshield”, a ballistic shield for rapid deployment. Currently, course director under Homeland Security, Office of Grants and Training, for Nuclear-Radiation responder-operations and detection. Former Training Manager, US Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – Firearms Instructor, Armor and Ballistic Shield Training Program Manager, Special Operations Training Branch. Former Director of Training, Armor Holdings, Inc. International tactical trainer specializing in ballistic shields. Lieutenant Special Assignment NYPD/ESU: 25 years experience in hostage-barricade situations and managing violent emotionally disturbed persons. Founded tactical robotics. Authority on ballistic protection applications from vests to rifle-threat barriers. Commanded NYPD-ESU City-wide Operations, Specialized Training School; Co-Founded Emergency Psychological Technician’s Certification Course at John Jay College of Criminal Justice; NY State Expert Training Committee; US Attorney General’s Less Lethal Conference. Author: Police Robots, and numerous professional periodicals. Recipient of over 50 departmental and other distinguished awards and commendations. Honorable Discharge, United States Army. Recipient of Two Secretary of Defense Awards. B.S. degree in Behavioral Science; NY Institute of Technology - Summa Cum Laude.
Edward P. Dugan, III
President, Holliday International, Inc.
In government service in 1970, Mr. Dugan has spent the past 35 years as a security specialist for a medical consortium as security supervisor, and for a commercial diving company as director of marine and maritime investigations. In his role as senior security consultant for the Parvus Group of Companies, he appeared before the House Judiciary hearings on "The Threat of Foreign Economic Espionage." In 1994, Mr. Dugan formed Holliday International, Inc., which specializes in corporate risk management and due diligence investigations for major U.S. and foreign corporations, government entities, celebrities and political figures. He is also a licensed private investigator, and a professionally trained and certified commercial diver.
Operations Manager, Worldwide Security Services
Mr. Frice has served in a variety of law enforcement roles, including special agent of the California Department of Justice, and Criminal Investigator for the County of Los Angeles. With 36 years of active and reserve service in the U.S. Army, including five years commanding an Army Special Forces unit, he has served as consultant, instructor, and visiting staff member with several hundred local, state, federal, military, foreign and private sector agencies addressing law enforcement and terrorism. Mr. Frice also served for a number of years as chief, California's Office of Emergency Services (California Specialized Training Institute), supervising the law enforcement programs, including terrorism, officer survival, and other law enforcement programs.
Executive Director, Virginia Tactical Police Association
Q. Gillus is a sworn law enforcement officer with over 20 years of experience. He has held assignments in investigations, SWAT, and the training academy, and has extensive experience in law enforcement tactical operations and training program development. Military experience includes current assignment in U.S. Army 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and instructor assignment at the 20th Group Special Operations Training Detachment, Ft. McClellan, AL. Military operational experience includes counter-terrorism, unconventional warfare, and direct action combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, 2002, and Operation Iraqi Freedom 2006-2007.
Blair M. Gluba
Special Agent (Ret.), Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
Blair Gluba began his 28-year federal government career as a special agent with the Central Intelligence Agency Office of Security and later accepted an appointment with the NCIS where he remained for 26 years and retired as the Special Assistant to the Director. During his career with NCIS, Mr. Gluba engaged in the conduct and management of major criminal investigations and counterintelligence operations. Mr. Gluba was a member of the United States delegation to INTERPOL-International Criminal Police Organization and served in both domestic and foreign bureaus. He holds degrees in Police Administration and Public Safety, Forensic Science and is a Fellow of Forensic Medicine of the US Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Since leaving federal service, Mr. Gluba founded his own consulting firm providing expert witness services and security support to private sector companies. He is a seminar presenter and is an adjunct instructor of Criminal Justice. Mr. Gluba holds memberships with the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Homicide Investigators.
Executive Director, National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)
John Gnagey is a retired 30-year veteran of the Champaign, Illinois Police Department, and was the deputy chief of the Special Operations Bureau. For 26 years, he was a member of the Champaign SWAT team, serving in positions of operator, sniper and SWAT team leader; and for 16 years, he held the position of team commander of the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit, Hostage Negotiation Unit, Explosive Ordinance Demolition Team, and the Electronic Technician Unit. John has written articles on SWAT leadership and police management issues, which have been published in The Tactical Edge, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and The Police Chief. In 1998 he earned the John Kolman Award for Excellence from the NTOA, and is currently the Executive Director for the National Tactical Officers Association.
Co-Chairman, COG Police Training Subcommittee; Chairman, COG Law Enforcement Working Group on WMD
Elliott Grollman has served 29 years with the agency, and is currently the co-chairman of the COG Police Training Subcommittee, as well as chairman of the COG Law Enforcement Working Group on WMD. Commander Grollman is a member of the COG Bio-Terrorism Task Force, and serves as team leader for the Law Enforcement sector of the National Medical Response Team (NMRT), formerly the MMST. He is a retired Army Reserve Military Police Officer with additional duty as the NBC Defense Officer. As an Adjunct Professor for Criminal Justice at Northern Virginia Community College, and a member of the Advisory Council for George Washington University READI Institute, he is well known throughout the law enforcement community as a consultant and author.
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
U.S. Army (Ret.), Director, Killology Research Group
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier, and speaker who is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime. Col. Grossman is a West Point psychology professor, Professor of Military Science, and an Army Ranger who has combined his experiences to become the founder of a new field of scientific endeavor, which has been termed “killology.” In this new field Col. Grossman 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 crime that is raging around the world, and the process of healing the victims of violence, in war and peace. He is the author of On Killing, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Col. Grossman is an Airborne Ranger infantry officer, and a prior-service sergeant and paratrooper, with over 23 years of experience in leading U.S. soldiers worldwide. He retired from the Army in 1998 and has devoted himself full-time to teaching, writing, speaking, and research. Today he is the director of the Killology Research Group, and in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks he is on the road almost 300 days a year, training elite military and law enforcement organizations worldwide about the reality of combat.
William L. Harvey
Chief of Police, Ephrata (PA) Police Department
William L. "Bill" Harvey is the chief of the Ephrata Police Department (PA) Prior to this he was the Chief of Police for the Lebanon City Police Dept (PA) for over six years. He served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. He has a B.A. in Criminology from St. Leo University and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute of the University of Louisville (103rd AOC). Mr. Harvey served for over 22 years with the Savannah (GA) Police Department with assignments in Field Operations, Investigations and Support Services, and completed his career as the Director of Training. He has published numerous articles in professional related periodicals, lectured nationwide and is a regular contributor for officer.com and policemagazine.com. Mr. Harvey is on the Advisory Board of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and POLICE magazine. Additionally, he serves on the Education and Training Committee for the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association and Criminal Justice committee member of the South Central (PA) Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Writer/Consultant, (Ret.) CIA
Mr. Lovette is a retired CIA paramilitary operations officer. He is a former Captain in the U.S. Army's Special Forces and is also a 10-year law enforcement veteran in which capacity he served as a patrol officer, sheriff's deputy and as the senior firearms and tactics instructor for the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy. Since retiring Mr. Lovette has taught kidnap avoidance techniques and evasive driving to business executives living and working in Latin America. He has developed a terrorist surveillance detection program for a federal security agency with a significant terrorist threat. He has been involved with a variety of programs designed to enhance the security of our U.S. embassies overseas. Most recently he has been involved with antiterrorism training programs for police officers. He played a leading role for two major companies which taught defensive driving, overseas security, surveillance detection, and many other topics. He has presented at the annual training conference of IALEFI, The Snubby Summit, and other professional events. In addition to co-authoring Defensive Living with Dave Spaulding, he is the author of The Snubby Revolver: The ECQ, Backup and Concealed Carry Standard. Mr. Lovette currently writes the Survival Savvy column for Combat Handguns magazine.
David "Nark" Narkevicius
Instructor, IACSP, PSI and Centermass
David "Nark" Narkevicius is a founding member and a Senior Instructor with the Personal Security Institute (PSI), which is dedicated to the research and training of self defense skills and tactics. He has trained with numerous schools/institutes in pistol, shotgun, carbine, knife, self defense law, self defense mindset, and other personal defensive skill sets and tools. He's certified as a Concealed Carry Pistol Instructor by SigArms Academy and a founding member of the Counter Carjacking Working Group. He's also served as adjunct instructor for Pistol and Counter Carjacking courses with SigArms Academy and is Senior Instructor and a Chief Range Safety Officer for Firearms and Hunter Safety for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police. Has taught classes at TREXPO East and West conferences since 2001. He was elected to the TREXPO Advisory Board in 2006.
Mr. Narkevicius currently is serving as a Senior Staff Advisor in the Office Secretary of Defense, his previous assignments include Deputy for the Naval Aviation Interoperability in Naval Air Systems Command Headquarters, and Flight Test Engineer in Naval Air Test Center. He has been as a guest lecturer to the US Navy Fighter Weapons School, US Air Force Fighter Weapon School, Royal Air Force School of Fighter Control, US Air Force Test Pilot School, and US Navy Test Pilot School. He trained as an F/A-18 Hornet Weapons and Tactics Instructor with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One and is a graduate of the National Security Studies program and the Federal Executive Institute.
Senior Rangemaster and Armorer, Burbank Police Department
Larry J. Nichols is the Senior Rangemaster/Armorer for the Burbank Police Department. With over 25 years of experience as a professional Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, Larry is internationally noted for his innovative and pioneering work in the planning, development and implementation of realistic law enforcement firearms training programs. In addition to being a published author, he is President of the California Rangemasters Association and past Regional Training Director (Region 7) of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors. Certified as a Use of Force, Less-Lethal and Lethal Force Instructor, Larry has provided specialized firearms training for federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement officers. He began his firearms training in 1963 with the United States Marine Corps and is a Vietnam combat veteran with 24 months of combat experience.
Robert J. O'Brien
Sergeant (Ret.), Cleveland Police SWAT Unit; Founder, R.J. O'Brien Group, Ltd.
Robert O'Brien is the founder of the R.J. O'Brien Group, Ltd., a law enforcement training and consulting service, and currently advises, forms and trains a number of SWAT and tactical teams on the local, state and federal levels. He was a co-founder of the full-time Cleveland Police SWAT Unit where he was assigned for 25 years; served three years in the U.S. Army, with an Honorable Discharge; and served a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam, where he was assigned to a combat aviation battalion. Mr. O'Brien is a former consultant to the National Tactical Officers Association, and a former vice president of the Ohio Tactical Officers Association. He holds a permanent instructor certification with the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council, and he has been an Ohio certified instructor for 24 years.
Sergeant (Ret.), Cleveland Police Department
Sgt. Paskvan, a 26-year veteran of the Cleveland Police Department, with 10 years of experience in the patrol division, 11 years in the detective bureau, and two years as a Police Academy Instructor, is also a United States Marine Corps Vietnam veteran. As a recipient of the Cleveland Police Department Medal of Valor, he is also a member of Nine Lives Associates, the American Society for Industrial Security, the Marine Corps Association, and the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers. Sgt. Paskvan is certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council as a police and private security instructor, and is a staff member of the Killology Research Group.
Special Projects Director, Counterterrorism & Security Education and Research Foundation; General Advisor, International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP)
Mr. Peterson has been involved with TREXPO for over 14 years, serving actively on the advisory board for the past 7 years, and has given 13 different presentations between TREXPO East and West. He is currently serving as the Special Projects Director of the Counterterrorism & Security Education and Research Foundation. Mr. Peterson has served on the advisory board (General Advisor) of the International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals (IACSP) for the past 12 years. He is Contributing Editor to the IACSP’s original journal on terrorism, the Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security International (a.k.a. “Counterterrorism”, in publication for over 23 years). He is a graduate of the 100 hour Personal Protection Specialist (PPS) certification course of the Executive Protection Institute and multiple schools in the field of security and protective services. He has presented at more than 50 professional conferences since 1996. Mr. Peterson is an annual member of ASIS, American College of Forensic Examiners, Professional Photographers of America, Nine Lives Associates, NTOA, ILEETA, IALEFI, and the Heritage Foundation. He is a life member of all of the following: the Academy of Security Educators & Trainers, IACSP, Second Amendment Foundation, GOA, and the NRA (Endowment Level) www.iacsp.com / www.ctserf.org / www.antiterrorism.org
Captain, San Bernadino County, California, Sheriff's Department
Captain James Stalnaker has over 39 years of experience in law enforcement, but prior to becoming a law enforcement officer, he spent six years in the military, with assignments in corrections, patrol (as a detective), and the basic academy as a tactical officer. His leadership and experience includes homicide and internal affairs, sergeant in patrol and intelligence, and a SWAT team leader in the Career Criminal/SWAT detail. As an FBI qualified sniper, he was the sniper training coordinator while a sergeant in SWAT. He has been the executive officer of the training division and was the commander of the Narcotics/SWAT detail. Currently a patrol station commander with three patrol stations and a Type I jail facility, Captain Stalnaker is the author of a book entitled Building Search Tactics for the Patrol Officer, published by Varro Press.
Sergeant (Ret.), Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Richard Valdemar retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 2004. For most of his 33 years with the LASD he was involved in combating L.A. Gangs. For the last 20 years he was assigned to the Detective Division, Major Crimes Bureau. In 1977-78 he was assigned to the DEA and later to the U.S. Marshals, in the "Doc Holiday - Ray Ray Browning" federal drug conspiracy case. For more than 10 years he was part of the Federal Metropolitan Gang Task Force, cross designated as an FBI agent. Since 1985 he was a member of the California (Prison) Gang Task Force. He was the "gang expert" in the RICO prosecution of the Mexican Mafia in 1995 and the RICO of 1999 as well.
Before joining the LASD in 1970, he served three years as a Military Policeman with tours in Vietnam and Fort Huachuca Arizona. Prior to completing the LASD Academy, he was assigned to Intelligence and worked undercover infiltrating the Brown Berets and the Revolutionary Communist Party. After completing the Academy, he served four years in Custody Division where he first was exposed to working prison gangs. His past experience also includes patrol and gang suppression assignments in East Los Angeles, and his home town, Compton, California. Richard Valdemar's prior experience includes being selected in 1978 as one of the original twelve founding Deputies to form the Sheriff's Department's "Operation Safe Streets" anti-gang unit. He received anti-terrorist training in 1984 for the Olympics from the U. S. Secret Service and Department of Transportation and was the Detective Division's Terrorist Liaison Officer when he retired.