About the author
After the events of 9/11, I worked undercover as a Federal Air Marshal until I sustained a career-ending line-of-duty injury in 2004. I became a full-time police trainer and an author because I could no longer work in the field. Since 2005, I have worked as a law enforcement training consultant in the Washington, DC area. My last full-time position was as the lead curriculum developer at the DEA Training Academy at Quantico, VA.
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Where I have taught
Highland Village Police Department; Dallas Police Department; Dallas County Community Colleges; Federal Air Marshals Service; State of Maryland Public Safety Education and Training Center; Maryland State Police; Federal Bureau of Investigations; Drug Enforcement Administration; San Diego Police Department; Ohio State Police; University of Maryland; Virginia Community Colleges System; National Rifle Association; United States Marshal Service; Rappahannock County Criminal Justice Academy; Fairfax County Police Department; NTOA; Baltimore Police Department; CHEP; IADLEST.
What I write about and why
In 2009, I had a mentor named Paul Hajek, whose leadership inspired me to start writing books about what I knew. In 2010, I wrote Dynamic Police Training, a book about creating police curriculum, which was published by Taylor & Francis. In 2011, I co-authored a book called Law Enforcement Survival Training with a good friend, B.K. Blankchtein, on his fighting method, the Israeli Combat System. My third and fourth books, Officer Down 2012 and Officer Down 2013, were published in 2012 and 2013. This is when I first began to examine line of duty deaths due to firearms. This was also the beginning of Dynamic Police Training as an organization.
My next book, Profiling Cop Killers, was published by Taylor & Francis in 2014. It aims to help readers understand the factors involved in the murders of police officers and explodes the myths about people who kill them. My latest book is called Officer Down 2014. I am now working on Officer Down 2015. I have continued to publish books each year about police officers' deaths since I first started learning more about LODDs. I believe these officers' stories need to be told. I hope you find something of value in my research or writings. Let me know what you think.
What my website is about
Don't make the mistake of believing that the officers in my study were killed because they were complacent, foolhardy, out-of-shape, or incompetent. This is untrue and creates a false sense of security for those officers who believe it. Most of the officers who are killed by firearms are among the best and brightest in their organizations, the recipients of awards and recognition over years of service, and were highly respected by the people who worked with them. They were SWAT officers, departmental snipers, undercover detectives, and even FTOs and police trainers. They are us.
I want my visitors to recognize that my work-- including this website-- is the not the result of a desire for self-promotion, fame, money or recognition. Devotion to a cause greater than yourself is the secret to having a positive impact on other people and the world. In this case, that cause is the saving of police officers' lives. It is an honor for me to be useful to the law enforcement community and my greatest hope is to make a difference in the profession with my research, teaching and writings. This work is about fallen officers, not about me.
What I believe about training
The student (or the reader of a book) is always the most important person in the room. The privilege of teaching others is a sacred gift. I believe that a training event should inspire as well as educate the attendee. I use original multimedia presentations, interactive discussion and case study examples for analysis whenever possible and stay away from lecture-based presentation. My books are filled with information that you can actually use, not just statistics and data.
I enjoy teaching police officers because it is the most challenging and rewarding experience I have ever had. Whether as a field trainer or classroom instructor, the opportunity to share compelling training tailored to the needs and interests of an audience of law enforcement professionals is unlike any other experience. It has been a great honor to find that my former students have used the words “humble,” “authentic,” and “phenomenal” to describe my teaching.
You will find my classes a significant departure from traditional law enforcement training. I hope you can join me in a class soon.