Past Instructor List
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.
Detective Ebrahim Ashabi
Long Beach Police Department, Office of Counter-Terrorism
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.
Steven T. Baker, CPP, PSP, PCI
VTI & Associates
Steven T. Baker, CPP, PSP, PCI, founded VTI Associates to meet the diverse security, investigative, and training needs of corporate and government clients. Steve has 18 years experience providing security, training, and investigative services. He has conducted vulnerability assessments and consulting projects in a variety of disciplines including; water utilities, fiber optic networks, data centers, apartment buildings, medical centers, public facilities, shopping centers, hotels, and restaurants. Steve has earned three board certifications, first in Security Management as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), second, in physical security as a Physical Security Professional (PSP), and a third in investigations as a Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), all by ASIS International. Additionally he has earned certification as a Certified Protection Officer (CPO) and a Certified Protection Officer Instructor (CPOI) by the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO).
Fox 11 Investigative News Reporter
Chris Blatchford was once described in Daily Variety as the “highly lauded” investigative reporter from KTTV Fox 11. He is the only Los Angeles television reporter in history to win a coveted Peabody Award for investigative journalism. During his 24-years in Los Angeles, Blatchford has received nine Emmy awards, 48 Emmy nominations, 11 Golden Mikes, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, seven Regional Associated Press awards, 10 Los Angeles Press Club awards, and numerous other honors. Blatchford’s Peabody was won for his investigation into Mafia infiltration of MCA/Universal’s music and home video divisions. He is most widely known for his work exposing the destruction and sorrow left behind by street gangs, prison gangs, and organized crime. His exposes on 18th Street, the Mexican Mafia, Aryan Brotherhood, Nazi Lowriders, Mexican and Colombian drug cartels, Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs, Russian and Asian organized crime -- just to mention some -- are being used nationwide as educational and training tools by schools, correctional institutions, law enforcement, and community groups.
Betsy Brantner Smith
Naperville, IL Police Department
Sergeant Betsy Brantner Smith is a 29-year veteran of the Naperville (IL) Police Department and has held positions in patrol, investigations, narcotics, juvenile, crime prevention and field training.As a sergeant, she supervised her department's K-9 Unit, served as a field training sergeant, recruitment team sergeant, bike patrol coordinator, and supervisor of the Community Education/Crime Prevention Unit. Currently a patrol sergeant, Betsy now serves on the Elderly Services Team, the Crisis Intervention Team, and is a supervisory member of the Honor Guard. She also manages and instructs for Dave Smith & Associates, a law enforcement training and consulting company based in Illinois (www.jdbucksavage.com) and is featured in the Biography channel’s new reality show “Female Forces” which premiered October of 2008.
SWAT Commander, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Lieutenant Burns is a 23-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and currently serves as the SWAT Commander. Originally assigned to SWAT in 1990, he has worked various patrol assignments, the Gang Intelligence Unit, Academy Staff, and Criminal Intelligence Section.Larry has received three Unit Citations for Valor, the National Tactical Officers Association’s Citation for Valorous Actions, Meritorious Service Award and two Exemplary Service Awards. In 2000 Larry was honored as the “Police Officer of the Year”. Larry has developed curriculum for numerous tactical management courses, has instructed for the International Association of Chiefs of Police “SWAT Supervision and Management”, the National Tactical Officer Association, and is a regular instructor for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s In-Service program where he provides first line and mid-level supervisors training in proper response to critical incidents. He has been lecturing privately on SWAT related issued across the United States and Canada for 16 years.
Law Enforcement Liaison to Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley
Keith D. Bushey is a 42-year veteran of law enforcement who presently serves as Law Enforcement Liaison to Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley. He is retired as a commander from the Los Angeles Police Department, as a deputy chief from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and as a colonel from the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Additional law enforcement experience includes having served as a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff, a California State deputy game warden, and as the marshal of San Bernardino County. He is a high school drop out who holds the General Education Development Certificate, an Associates in Arts Degree in Sociology, a Bachelor of Science degree in Police Science and Administration, and a Master of Science Degree in Public Service. He is a graduate of numerous courses and institutes, including the California POST Command College, and serves as a staff instructor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.
Sergeant Willard Cragun
Uniform Division, Ogden City Police Department
Will Cragun is a 22 year veteran of the Ogden City Police Department. He is currently assigned to the Uniform Division and holds the rank of Sergeant. Sgt. Cragun is a Utah P.O.S.T. certified firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor, impact weapons instructor and has been tasar instructor certified. He is also a certified Glock Armorer and Colt M-16/AR-15 Armorer. Sgt. Cragun has been the lead firearms instructor and rangemaster for the Ogden City Police Department which required him to assist in developing and overseeing the entire firearms training program. He also taught at the Utah State Police Academy Satellite Facility located at Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah. Sgt. Cragun is currently the Team Commander of the Ogden/Metro S.W.A.T. Team and has been on the team for the past 19 years. The team is a multi jurisdictional team that serves two counties. Sgt. Cragun has instructed classes nationally for Countermeasures Tactical Institute; which is owned and operated by former Delta Force member Douglas Pechtel. He also teaches for SRW INC. which is owned and operated by Steven R. Watt. Sgt. Cragun has participated in well over three hundred and fifty tactical operations ranging from high risk warrant services, barricaded subjects, hostage situations and protective details. Sgt. Cragun has received one distinguished service award, two distinguished unit citations, 14 excellent work awards, and seven letters of accommodation over the course of his years of service.
Owner, Emerson Combat Systems/Emerson Knives Inc.
Ernest Emerson is a life-long student of martial combat. Starting at the age of 16 with Korean Jodo, he has accumulated over 35 years of learning, training, and teaching experience. He has trained extensively in Filipino martial arts, boxing, Jeet Kune Do, and Gracie Jiu Jitsu along with a myriad of other combat related arts, specializing in edged weapons combat. He is a noted authority on both historical combat and edged weapons combat. He has been the subject of over 300 articles in various magazines and has authored dozens of articles on these subjects. Emerson has also worked in the film industry providing training and technical advice on a number of projects including the TV series “Soldier of Fortune” and movies “Black Hawk Down,” to name a few. As the owner/director of Emerson Combat Systems, a world renowned combat school and a Department of Defense contractor, Emerson is also the owner and president of Emerson Knives Inc.,—the world’s leading producer of tactical cutlery to law enforcement, governments and militaries world-wide.
Director, Tactical Mission Consulting, LLC
Bob Gallegos is the director of Tactical Mission Consulting (TMC), LLC a dedicated professional organization focusing on law enforcement training through comprehensive, effective and innovative techniques. TMC recognizes the presence of highly trained, highly skilled tactical units that have been shown to reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, police officers and suspects. In May 2007, Gallegos retired from the Los Angeles Police Department, after 35 years of service. The last 23 years, he was assigned to the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team. He was responsible for orchestrating SWAT tactics in active shooter, barricaded subjects, high-risk warrant service, and hostage rescue situations.
Retired Army MP, Adjunct Professor, COG
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.
Homicide Detective, Richmond Police Department
Steve Harris is a Homicide Detective for the Richmond Police Department and is currently the Forensics Services Supervisor. Steve has been a police officer for over 25 years and has served as a Patrol Officer; a Field Training Officer; and as a member of the Career Criminal Apprehension Task Force; he has been a Burglary Detective; a Sexual Assault Detective; an Intelligence Officer; a Gang Investigator; and a Field Evidence Technician. Additionally, Steve is still assigned to all three of the Police Department’s Tactical Teams. Steve is a SWAT-Sniper and an alternate Team-Leader for the High Risk Entry Team, as well as one of the Grenadiers for the Mobile Field Force. Steve holds collateral assignments as a Firearms Instructor and Departmental Armorer. In addition to being a police officer for The Most Violent City in California Steve has several years experience as an EMT and later as a Paramedic in the City of Oakland. Steve is also a graduate of Stanford University’s Paramedic School and both the Basic and the Advanced courses offered at the International School of Tactical Medicine. Steve is a multiple critical incident survivor and serves on the Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) Investigative Team; he has seen the Tactical Environment from all perspectives – as a Medic, as an Operator and as an Investigator. This insight has given him rare insight about what works and what doesn’t, in the field and the courtroom.
Brian C. Hartman
Chief Instructor, PFC Training
Brian C. Hartman began his career in the U.S. Marine Corps where he specialized in reconnaissance, intelligence and diplomatic security. He transitioned to civilian law enforcement with a major metropolitan department, where he distinguished himself operationally and as a highly regarded trainer in multiple disciplines. Brian then worked full-time in special response team operations and instruction for a major federal agency, where he rewrote standard operating procedures, developed training programs, and researched new technologies. Brian currently serves as chief instructor for PFC Training where he specializes in carbine and tactics instruction, and conducts both international and domestic executive protection details for PFC Safeguards.
Lawrence Heiskell, M.D., FACEP, FAAFP
International School of Tactical Medicine
Lawrence E. Heiskell, M.D., FACEP, FAAFP is the medical director for the International School of Tactical Medicine. Dr. Heiskell is residency trained and board certified in emergency medicine and family practice and is a practicing emergency physician in California. Prior to attending medical school Dr. Heiskell worked for the United States Antarctic Research Program and served on 3 Antarctic expeditions. He was awarded the Congressional Antarctic Service Medal in 1979. He has 16 years experience as a SWAT team physician beginning with the Kern County Sheriffs Department in Bakersfield, California and currently a reserve police officer and a tactical physician with the Palm Springs Police Department in Palm Springs, California. He is a graduate of P.O.S.T, NTOA, H & K and FBI SWAT schools. George Holt
Founding Partner/Director of Training, Solutions Group International (SGI)
Mr. George Holt, a founding partner of Solutions Group International (SGI) as well as the director of training, is a law enforcement veteran of 19 years. George has served as a team leader on a full-time SWAT team and has extensive domestic protective services experience. He currently holds the rank of sergeant with a mid-sized Southern California police department. George has trained hundreds of law enforcement and military personnel from dozens of units/agencies, both domestically and abroad. He has also written an article, “Training for Tactical Bus Interdiction”, that was published in The Tactical Edge magazine (Fall 2004). Trexpo West 2009 will mark the third Trexpo West event at which George has been a speaker. Currently, George also serves intermittently as a shift leader on a Protective Services Detail contracted by the US Department of State Diplomatic Security Service.
Retired CIA, Writer, Consultant
Mr. Lovette is a retired CIA paramilitary operations officer. During his career there, he served on the staff of the very cutting edge training of this organization. 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.
Veteran U.S. Navy SEAL, Bestselling Auhtor, TV Show Host
Richard Machowicz is the author of the bestselling book, “Unleash The Warrior Within: Develop the Focus, Discipline, Confidence and Courage You Need to Achieve Unlimited Goals,” which is in now available in four languages. He is host of Discovery and the Military Channel’s hit series FutureWeapons. Machowicz’s expertise derives from his experience as a ten-year veteran of the U.S. Navy SEALs. He participated in numerous tactical operations while attached to SEAL Team One and Two. While at SEAL Team Two he was attached to the training cadre as the Leading Petty Officer of Land, Mountain and Arctic Warfare. He has over 20 years of experience in the martial arts studying such systems as muay thai boxing, Jeet Kune Do, kickboxing, aikido, jujitsu, savate, arnis and karate. He was a certified instructor in Naval Special Warfare Combat Fighting Instructor Course, a Naval Special Warfare Scout/Sniper and has received multiple black belts. Machowicz also served as a personal protection specialist for many high profile individuals within the political arena, business world and entertainment industry. Machowicz is the founder of the Bukidoâ Institute and creator of the Bukidoâ Training System. In 2008 Mack launched www.NDCQ.com (Not Dead Can’t Quit). Machowicz’s work has been featured in a number of publications including the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly’s “Best of LA”, Muscle and Fitness, Glamour, Men’s Fitness, Jump, The Dallas Morning news and Mentor’s Magazine. His work as appeared on Extra, ESPN, Fox Sports and Lifetime’s “New Attitudes”.
Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
Anthony Manzella first joined the L.A. County District Attorney's Office in 1967. He successfully prosecuted several high profile murder cases, including the trials of the Sheriff's Department's Manson murders and two "no body" cases. Since 1994, Mr. Manzella has prosecuted successfully the killers of a German tourist in Santa Monica and the killer of the granddaughter of then LAPD Chief, Bernard Parks. Of the 46 murders he has prosecuted, 16 have been murders ordered and carried out by the Mexican Mafia.
Max F. Joseph
Founder and Training Director, TFTT and Direct Action Group
Max F. Joseph is the founder and training director of both TFTT and the Direct Action Group. Max has been involved in Special Operations and training non-stop for the last 25 years. He has trained and worked with Counter-Terrorist officers and troops from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle Ease and South America. In addition to running TFTT/direct Action Group full time, Max also proudly served as the Senior Instructor for the Tactical Explosive Entry School from 1993-2005 both in the United State and Brazil. He is recognized as a subject matter expert in explosives for Tactical Breaching and other Special Operations. He also has extensive experience in Executive Protection and has worked details in Central America, South America, Eastern Europe and Afghanistan. He is currently still operational in several capacities both in and out of CONUS.
Retired Police Officer/Partner, Los Angeles Police Department/R.M. McCarthy & Associates, Inc.
Ron McCarthy served as a Los Angeles police officer for 24 years. He was assigned to the department’s Tactical Unit, Metro Division, for 20 years and retired from Special Weapons and Tactics as the senior supervisor and assistant commander in 1984. Ron served as the Chief of Tactical Operations for the U.S. Department of Energy from 1984 through 1986. Ron was the Director of the Deadly Force Training Grants for the U.S. Department of Justice and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) from 1986 through 1988, and served as Manager of IACP’s Center for Advanced Police Studies from 1987 through 1992. Since 1993, Ron McCarthy has been an owner and partner of R.M. McCarthy & Associates, Inc., a Training, Consulting and Logistics Resource for Law Enforcement. Ron has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards such as the Los Angeles Police Department Medal of Valor for action against the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1975, and the Police star for the rescue of hostages in 1983.
Retired Lieutenant/SWAT Academy Instructor, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Police Department/Golden West College
R. K. Millerretired from the Huntington Beach (Calif.) Police Department as a lieutenant after 30 years of service in a variety of assignments, including FTO, trauma support, beach detail, detectives, special enforcement unit, SWAT and field supervisor. He currently works at the Golden West College (Huntington Beach, Calif.) Criminal Justice Training Center as an instructor and in charge of that institution’s SWAT Academy. He is an adjunct instructor with the NRA’s Law Enforcement Activities Division as well as president of his own training company, National Training Concepts, Inc. Miller is on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) and has been in charge of that organization’s annual tactical training conference since its inception. He holds a bachelor’s degree and is a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran. His law enforcement career has continued as a reserve with the Orange Police Department working primarily with that agency’s SWAT team and Training Unit.
Retired Lieutenant/SWAT Academy Instructor, Detective Supervisor, LAPD
Tony Moreno was born and raised in Los Angeles. A 30-year veteran with the LAPD, he is a qualified gang expert specializing in the development of gang information, the investigation of gangs and gang-related crime, and the training of law enforcement professionals, agencies and private companies. During his law enforcement career he has interviewed thousands of gang members and led hundreds of gang-related investigations involving murder, robbery, rape, extortion, felony assault, witness intimidation, kidnapping and attacks on police officers. For the past 16 years, he has acted as detective supervisor at the LAPD. He currently supervises a surveillance unit whose mission is to seek out and apprehend violent gang members and career criminals. Tony also is a court qualified gang expert and a licensed private investigator in the state of California. Throughout his time at the LAPD I have conducted formal law enforcement training on gangs in the United States, Canada and Mexico. While assigned to the LAPD-Gang Detail from 1982 through 1986, he was nicknamed “Pacman” by gang members because of the yellow Plymouth Fury police car he drove. Due to his reputation and work in the area of gangs, his nickname and replica police vehicle were actually used in the movie, Colors. Please click here to read an article about this event.
Personal Security Institute (PSI)
Mr. 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.
Police SWAT Unit (Ret.), R.J. O’Brien Group
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. Bob 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.
Dan Olesnicky, M.D., FACEP
International School of Tactical Medicine
Dan Olesnicky, M.D., FACEP is a SWAT team physician for a police department in Northern New Jersey. Dr. Olesnicky is residency trained in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He is the vice chairman of Christ Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine and has lectured nationally on TEMS related issues. He is also active in Disaster Medicine and Mobile Medical Response System. Dr. Olesnicky is a specialist in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical threats.
Director of the Force Training Division, Krav Maga Worldwide
Jon Pascal is the Director of the Krav Maga Force Training Division. He has over 10 years of Law Enforcement experience with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and over 20 years of experience training in Krav Maga. He is currently a reserve deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Force Training Bureau www.kravmaga.com
International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals
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
Founder, Center Target Sports, Inc. and the Tactical Services Group
Ed Santos is the founder of Center Target Sports, Inc and the Tactical Services Group. In 2007 he authored “Rule the Night Win the Fight a Practical Guide to Low-Light Gun Fighting”. He has been teaching firearms and tactics for over 25 years. He is a retired Army officer and has been a certified Level one Reserve Deputy in North Idaho for over 9 years. He teaches the latest, cutting edge defensive skills, techniques, and concepts to law enforcement, civilians and armed professionals. He has developed a comprehensive Low-Light curriculum that provides both Operator and Instructor Certification instruction. Ed has presented Low-Light instruction at national police conferences, consulted with light manufacturers and designed a number of very popular tactical and personal defense lighting systems.
President, Homefront Protective Group
Lou Savelli is a recently retired NYPD sergeant who created Homefront Protective Group, the most innovative and reality-based training company' in the world. While Lou Savelli's entire career was spent in the streets fighting crime and violent criminals, he has been conducting training courses for law enforcement officers from a variety of local, state and federal agencies within the United States, Canada, and overseas for more than 20 years. Lou Savelli retired in 2004 as one of the most decorated officers in NYPD history. Savelli was the Detective Squad Commander of the NYPD Detective Bureau's Gang Division Major Case Squad which was created from the NYPD's first citywide gang unit called CAGE. The Citywide Anti Gang Enforcement (CAGE) Unit was created by him in 1996 and because of its success, was awarded the National Gang Crime Research Center's "Most Effective Gang Unit in the United States." Lou Savelli is the co-founder and current First Vice President of the East Coast Gang Investigators Association. Lou Savelli, has published five law enforcement books and many related articles. Lou Savelli is the author of the Pocketguide to Gangs Across America, Pocketguide to Identity Theft, Pocketguide to Crime Scene Investigation, and Proactive Law Enforcement Guide to the War on Terror, and the East Coast Gang Investigators Gang Investigation handbook.
Vice President of Security Operations, Solutions Group International (SGI)
Mr. Craig Sawyer - Vice President of Security Operations for Solutions Group International (SGI), is a former U.S. Navy SEAL who was assigned to SEAL Team 1 and the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (formerly known as SEAL Team 6). Mr. Sawyer has extensive special operations experience in multiple combat zones, while training and deploying security teams around the world in high threat environments. He is one of the 33 original Federal Air Marshals prior to 9/11, with extensive experience in international counter-terrorism operations. Craig has been the AIC (Agent in Charge) and/or multi-agency Team Leader on protective service details for U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senator John McCain, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq John Negroponte.
Scott N. Sorenson
Detective, Gang Intelligence Unit,Long Beach Police Department
Scott N. Sorenson has been a detective in the Gang Intelligence Unit for the Long Beach Police Department since 2002. Additionally, he is an instructor at the Long Beach Police Academy. Prior to his current position, he served four years as a detective for the Gang Enforcement Team for the Long Beach Police Department and as a patrol officer from 1994 – 1998. He currently serves as vice president for the California Gang Investigators Association. He’s received 12 Commendations from 1995 - 2003 while a patrol officer and detective. In 1996 he was the recipient of the Sergeant’s ARROW Award. In addition, he has received numerous complimentary letters from private citizens, law enforcement officers, Nationwide Auction Systems, City Prosecutor, Citizen Police Complaint Commission, U.S. Probation Office, and the California Federation of Interpreters.
Captain, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department
Jim 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. Jim’s 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, Jim is the author of a book entitled "Building Search Tactics for the Patrol Officer", published by Varro Press.
Sydney Vail M.D., F.A.C.S.
International School of Tactical Medicine
Sydney J. Vail, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a residency trained board certified General Surgeon, Fellowship trained in Trauma and Emergency Surgery and Trauma / Surgical Critical Care. He is presently the Director of Trauma and Trauma Critical Care at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, one of the five Level 1 Trauma Centers in Virginia. Dr. Vail is the Medical Director and Tactical Physician for the Salem (Virginia) Police Department Emergency Response Team (SWAT). He is a clinical instructor for surgical residents, medical students, EMS personnel and helicopter flight teams. His tactical background also includes over 250 hours of advanced firearms training with several nationally recognized schools. Dr. Vail lectures nationally on Trauma / Emergency Surgery issues with an emphasis on ballistic effects on the human body to law enforcement, paramedics, nurses and physicians.
Sgt. (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.
Richard is currently working on books about the early days of the OSS gang unit, Terrorism, Police Gang Training, and on several motion picture projects. He is an active volunteer in several civic and police organizations and continues to pursue activities to benefit Law Enforcement and the American people.
Director of Specialized Programs/Director of Training, Northcentral Technical College-RedMan Training/RedMan Training Gear
Dave Young is the Director of Specialized Programs for the Northcentral Technical College-RedMan Training and the Director of Training for RedMan Training Gear. Dave graduated from his first law enforcement academy in 1985, and now has over 25 years of combined civilian and military law enforcement and training experience. He was a sworn corrections and law enforcement officer in the state of Florida and has served as a gate sentry, patrol officer, watch commander, investigator, Special Reaction Team (SRT) Team member, Leader and Commander in the United States Marine Corps. Dave has been featured in national publications and magazines for his innovation and dedication to law enforcement training, and has been a spokesperson and consultant with CNN and Fox World News on officer survival and equipment safety. In addition to this he hosted and wrote and performed all of his own stunts of a mini series titled “Crash Test Human,” for National Geographic channel.