Core Trainers

  • Judson Beedy

    Core Trainer
    Judson Beedy

    Judson Beedy

    Core Trainer

    Judson Beedy is currently serving the Daphne Police Department in Criminal Investigations Division as their division head. CPT Beedy has served the Daphne Police Department in Patrol for 10 years and in the Criminal Investigative Division for 10 years. Since 2012, CPT Beedy has been a licensed Polygraph Examiner in the State of Alabama. He currently serves on the SWAT team as a certified ranking hostage negotiator, head of internal affairs, public information officer and is the assistant commander on the Baldwin County Major Crimes Unit. CPT Beedy is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and graduated the FBI National Academy 252nd session.

    As of November 2013, he attended the train the trainer course for Below 100 and has since become passionate about reaching the overall goal of the Below 100 concept.

  • John Bennett

    Secretary & Core Trainer
    John Bennett

    John Bennett

    Secretary & Core Trainer

    John is a patrol lieutenant with the Charleston (IL) Police Department and is in his twenty-fifth year with that agency. John’s career, by choice, has been spent at the patrol level and includes an eight-year stint as the department’s first canine handler; during which time he handled a dual-trained Malinois, Rex.

    John is a black-belt martial artist and in addition to his patrol and supervisory duties at the police department is the coordinator for his agency’s officer safety program. An instructor himself, John holds a variety of instructor and instructor-trainer certifications and specializes in use of force, control tactics and tactical firearms instruction; with a particular emphasis on the impact of survival stress on human performance and active-shooter readiness and response. John is a certified instructor with the IL Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board and is the coordinator for the MTU 13 Basic Law Enforcement Academy program for certifying part-time police officers in IL.

    A member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, John has trained officers both in and outside his agency for more than 20 years; both nationally and abroad. He continues to teach and learn at the street-patrol level with the primary emphasis on officer safety tactics, risk management and a philosophy of pro-active police service, individual readiness and professionalism. He has dedicated himself to awareness, education, research, training and motivation specifically tailored at saving officers lives, families and careers. John continues his mission after his tour via his work as a trainer, consultant, subject-matter expert and author.

  • Roy Bethge

    Core Trainer
    Roy Bethge

    Roy Bethge

    Core Trainer

    Roy Bethge is veteran police leader with more than 26 years of experience. He currently serves as Deputy Chief of Operations for the Buffalo Grove Police Department in Northern Illinois. His responsibilities include leadership of the Patrol and Investigations Division. He holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College and has an extensive background as a trainer in the subject areas of leadership development, use of force, and adult learning. He is a subject matter expert for Louisiana State University’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, a course development consultant for Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety and private consultant.

    Mr. Bethge presents nationally on the topics of Leadership, Instructor Development and Organizational Change. He is a sought after speaker having presented before the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan State Police Leadership Forum, Empire State Traffic Conference and many more.

  • John Bostain

    Core Trainer
    John Bostain

    John Bostain

    Core Trainer

    John Bostain began his Law Enforcement career in 1990 serving four years in the United States Navy. In 1994, John joined the Hampton Police Division (HPD) in Hampton, Virginia where he became a Uniformed Patrol Officer and was quickly promoted to Patrol Supervisor. John was assigned to the Bicycle Patrol Unit, S.W.A.T. Team, Narcotics Investigations, Property Crimes Detective Unit and was the Lead Advisor for the Law Enforcement Exploring Post. John also served as the Lead Police Academy Instructor at the Hampton Roads Regional Academy of Criminal Justice (HRRACJ) and became Certified by the State of Virginia as a Defensive Tactics, Firearms, and Defensive Driving Instructor.
    John Bostain is currently a Program Specialist at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA where he has been a full time Law Enforcement Trainer since 2001.

    For the past 15 years John has been a National Trainer, instructing more than 10,000 Police Officers at State, Local, and Federal Levels. John teaches in Subject Matter – Use of Force, Officer Safety, Control Tactics, Firearms, Driving, Instructor Development and he is a Below100, LLC Certified Train the Trainer Instructor.
    This year John became the recipient of the prestigious “Law Officer Magazine Trainer of the Year – 2012” Award. He’s Certified as a Force Analyst by the Force Science Institute and created the course, Use of Force: Myths and Realities. John is an Advisory Board Member for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and edits the ILEETA Journal. John serves as an Instructor for LifeLine Training and a Core ‘Train the Trainer’ Instructor for the Below100 Initiative.

  • Geoffrey Bush

    Core Trainer
    Geoffrey Bush

    Geoffrey Bush

    Core Trainer

    Corporal Geoffrey Bush is currently assigned as a full time Instructor at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey Pa. He is the Departments lead EVOC instructor and is also a certified Taser, use of force, and officer safety instructor. He is also a certified instructor through the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Training Commission. Cpl. Bush has over 20 years of law enforcement experience including 2 years as a municipal police officer in Pennsylvania, 7 years as a Trooper with the Virginia State Police and 11 years with the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). In addition to his current position, in his career he has worked in Patrol, Investigations, participated and supervised narcotics task forces, and participated in City/State Aggressive Patrol Partnership task forces. He is a graduate in Criminology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

    Cpl. Bush initiated and played an integral part in revamping the EVOC program and curriculum for the PSP, including preparing a 200 page comprehensive driver training manual. He introduced the Below 100 program to the PSP and has trained over 600 members in the Department. He is a Master EVOC instructor and is responsible for training other EVOC instructors throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

    He is a nationally certified EVOC and Precision Immobilization Technique Instructor through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

    Cpl. Bush is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and the International Association of Law Enforcement Emergency Response Trainers (ALERT), where he is a regional representative. He received the ALERT “Zman” award in 2015 and is a 2016 outstanding nominee for the IACP State and Provincial Police Academy Directors Instructor of the year.

  • Jeff Chudwin

    Core Trainer
    Jeff Chudwin

    Jeff Chudwin

    Core Trainer

    Jeff Chudwin is the Law Officer Tactical Ops columnist. He’s also the 2009 Law Officer Trainer of the Year and serves as chief of police for the Village of Olympia Fields, Ill. A founding member and current president of the Illinois Tactical Officers Association and co-chair of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Region 4, Chudwin is a former assistant state’s attorney and has been a firearms, use-of-force and emergency response trainer for more than 25 years.

  • Jeff Crow

    Core Trainer
    Jeff Crow

    Jeff Crow

    Core Trainer

    Colonel Jeff Crow began his law enforcement career as a Wildlife Officer with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. He later served with the Arkansas State Police where over a fifteen year period was assigned to patrol, investigations, training, and the department’s SWAT Team. As a trainer he was responsible for recruit and in-service training, focusing on critical skills, use of force and leadership development. Retiring from law enforcement after 25 years of service, he accepted a position as a Law Enforcement Management Instructor for the University of Arkansas’s Criminal Justice Institute. In 2012 he was appointed to his current position of Colonel of the Enforcement Division of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

    Colonel Crow served in the United States Marine Corps for 25 years, both on active duty and in the reserves. A combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom II, he retired in 2007 at the rank of Sergeant Major.

    Colonel Crow has an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management.

  • Collin Davis

    Core Trainer
    Collin Davis

    Collin Davis

    Core Trainer

    Sergeant Collin Davis has been a member of the New York State Police since 2005 and has served in Troops G, F and H. He currently serves as the Program Manager for the Traffic Incident Management Unit and is assigned to Division Traffic Services in Albany, New York. While serving as a Trooper in Troop F, he was recognized by Mid-Hudson Stop DWI as Greene County’s “Top Cop” for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Sergeant Davis is a 2012 recipient of the NYSP Superintendent’s Commendation Award for his actions during a critical incident stemming from a domestic dispute. He has been a member of the NYSP Collision Reconstruction Unit since 2009 and continues to train recruits of the NYSP Basic School in Collision Investigations.

    He is also a member of the New York Statewide Traffic Accident Reconstruction Society (NYSTARS). Sergeant Davis served for two sessions of the NYSP Basic School as an Academy Training Officer and is certified as a Field Training Officer, Breath Test Operator Instructor and Field Recertification Officer, “Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Safety for Emergency Responders” Course Instructor, Multi-Disciplinary Traffic Incident Management Trainer, and National “Below 100” Core Trainer. He is a New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Municipal Police Training Council certified Master Instructor and regularly teaches their Instructor Development Course. Sergeant Davis is also a five year veteran of the United States Army where he served as a Military Policeman, SFST Instructor, RADAR/LIDAR Instructor, EVOC Instructor and Military Police Training Program Instructor. Sergeant Davis last served in the Army as the Noncommissioned Officer-In-Charge (NCOIC) of the Traffic Section of the Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri Provost Marshal’s Office.

  • Jonathan Davis

    Board of Directors & Core Trainer
    Jonathan Davis

    Jonathan Davis

    Board of Directors & Core Trainer

    Jonathan S. Davis is a Sergeant with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). In his 14 year career he has served as a Deputy Sheriff for 1 year, 5 years as a city Police Officer and 8 years with the OSHP. In his career he has worked on narcotics task forces, Criminal Patrol teams, Investigations and is currently an academy instructor. Sgt. Davis is course director for Emergency Vehicle Operations, Physical Fitness Programs and Basic Training for new Police recruits for OSHP training academy in Columbus, Ohio. He has designed and implemented new Emergency Vehicle Operations training courses for OSHP and assisted other agencies with EVO training for their officers.

    In 2014, as a Subject Matter Expert in Emergency Vehicle Operation’s he assisted in revamping the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Driver’s Training Program. These cutting edge programs are designed at decreasing agency liability and improving officer safety. He has also been instrumental in bringing the national “Below 100” campaign to the State of Ohio and is a Core Instructor for the program. Sergeant Davis holds the position of Secretary on the executive board for the Association of Law Enforcement Emergency Response Trainers. Sergeant Davis is a Master Instructor and Train-the-Trainer for numerous training programs.

    Away from the OSHP, Sergeant Davis is a consultant for a fortune 500 company that provides agencies and officers with support and various resources designed to improve operations and quality of life.

  • Eric Dickinson

    Vice Chairman & Core Trainer
    Eric Dickinson

    Eric Dickinson

    Vice Chairman & Core Trainer

    Eric Dickinson is a Lieutenant with the Vinton (IA) Police Department and an Advanced EMT. He serves as adjunct faculty at Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, IA), and has been a frequent guest instructor at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (Johnston, IA) and for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s (FLETC) Rural Policing Institute. He is a lead instructor for SAFETAC Training and received the 2014 Trainer of the Year Award from Law Officer Magazine. He has presented courses for law enforcement and EMS throughout the United States.

    Eric instructs various topics related to officer survival, use of force, and emergency medical tactics. He holds instructor certifications in various topics including firearms, OC and ASP baton and has been trained as a wilderness EMT and tactical medic. He has also instructed various classes for EMS and fire department personnel in such topics as rehab operations, street survival tactics, and less lethal injury management. Eric has presented his course, “Survival Tactics for EMS Providers”, to more than 1200 EMS personnel in the Midwest since 2007.

    Eric is the author of the book, The Street Officer’s Guide to Emergency Medical Tactics and has written more than 25 articles that have been published in various professional publications including the Journal of EMS (JEMS), Law Officer magazine, and The Firearms Instructor. He wrote and contributed chapters to the books W.I.N. II: Insights into Training and Leading Warriors, and American Blue and provided technical consultation regarding medical tactics for the book Officer Down: Lessons from the Streets.
    Eric graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University. He is an active member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), the Iowa EMS Association (IEMSA), the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and he is a life-member of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA).

  • Tom Dirlam

    Treasurer & Core Trainer
    Tom Dirlam

    Tom Dirlam

    Treasurer & Core Trainer

    Tom Dirlam retired after 31 years with the Michigan State Police as the Assistant Deputy Director of the Administrative Services Bureau. He was first assigned to the Owosso Post and then spent the next 22 years in the Forensic Science Division, including two years as a liaison to the Detroit Police Department and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. After two years at Headquarters in the Support Services Bureau as the Assistant Deputy Director, he was reassigned to First District Headquarters (Lansing) as the Assistant District Commander. In August of 2015 he transferred back to Headquarters to the Field Services Bureau and in February of 2016 to the Administrative Services Bureau. He is a graduate of the 225 th Session of the FBI National Academy and the 117 th Class of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command. He was an adjunct professor at Schoolcraft College and Henry Ford Community College for several years. He has been a Below 100 instructor for three years, and a National Core Instructor and the State of Michigan Below 100 Coordinator for two years.

  • Thomas Dworak

    Core Trainer
    Thomas Dworak

    Thomas Dworak

    Core Trainer

    Thomas Dworak is a retired Sergeant (31 years) from a suburban Chicago police department where he was the Field Training and Evaluation Program Coordinator and the Lead Defensive Tactics/Use of Force Instructor. As consultant for the Virtus Group he developed and facilitates The Adaptive FTO. Thom’s knowledge of experiential learning, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, creative problem solving and decision making shaped The Adaptive FTO into a program for the changing training environment Field Training Officer’s and their trainee’s find themselves in daily.

    Thom facilitates training throughout the mid-west in Field Training, Instructor Development, Leadership, Supervisory Skills, Use of Force and Defensive Tactics. He holds the position of adjunct faculty at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at the College of Du Page providing instruction to recruits in defensive tactics and scenario-based training. Thom can be contacted at Thom@virtusleadership.com and follow him on Twitter @dworakt

  • Tom Gillman

    Core Trainer
    Tom Gillman

    Tom Gillman

    Core Trainer

    Tom Gillman comes from a long line of law enforcement. His great-grandfather, father, three brothers and a brother-in-law have all been involved in law enforcement. Tom retired as a road patrol Sergeant from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office after 28 years, a career that included being a PPCT defensive tactics instructor, firearms instructor, a LIDAR Speed timing instructor, narcotics investigator, marine patrol deputy, traffic enforcement and accident investigation. After retiring from the Sheriff’s Office in 2010, Tom became the Criminal Justice Training Coordinator at Delta College setting up in-service training for law enforcement, corrections and Private Security and is the Coordinator for Delta College’s Local Michigan Sheriff’s Coordinating and Training Council’s 160 Hour Correctional Officer Academy.

    He is also a Delta College campus police officer, a State of Michigan certified firearms instructor, a NRA Certified rifle Instructor, BELOW 100 Instructor, Delta College police academy instructor, R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense Systems) instructor and assists in setting up safety training for college employees on numerous topics, one being hostile intruder training. Tom is also a member of ILEETA-International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association and the NRA-National Rifle Association.

  • Jim Glennon

    Core Trainer
    Jim Glennon

    Jim Glennon

    Core Trainer

    Lt. Jim Glennon, the third generation in a family of law enforcement officers, began his career in 1980 with the Lombard, Ill. Police Department. Retiring as a Commander, Jim held positions as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant, and Commander of the Investigations Unit. In 1998 he was selected as the first Commander of Investigations for the newly formed DuPage County Major Crimes (Homicide) Task Force.

    Lt. Glennon has a BA in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Law Enforcement Justice Administration from Western Illinois University. Jim attended the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University where he was elected class president, received the prestigious Kreml Leadership Award, and began teaching for Northwestern within months of completing the 400 hour course. Lt. Glennon was one of the two original Defensive Tactics Coordinators for the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy in DuPage County, IL.

    Jim is the lead instructor for LifeLine Training. Teaching various courses for both law enforcement and private industry, Lt. Glennon specializes in seminars that deal with Officer Safety, Interaction Skills (Arresting Communication), and Leadership (Finding the Leader in You: The More Courageous Path).

    Jim has columns featured on lawofficer.com and bluesheepdog.com and is the author of the book: “Arresting Communication: Essential Interaction Skills for Law Enforcement“. In 2010, Jim won the prestigious Maggie Award for Columnist of the Year for his column on policeone.com.

  • Craig Gripentrog

    Core Trainer
    Craig Gripentrog

    Craig Gripentrog

    Core Trainer

    Craig has served as a Peace Officer with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office since 1994. Craig is currently a Sergeant in the Patrol Division where he supervises the Traffic Enforcement Division along with the lateral duty as a SWAT Supervisor. Craig is an Adjunct Instructor for the Texas Municipal Police Association (DWI Detection/SFSTs) and also teaches Basic Peace Officer classes for Capital Area Council of Governments. Craig holds an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and has received the FBI-LEEDA Leadership Trilogy Award.

    Craig has completed numerous instructor courses including Police Emergency Driving Instructor, Advanced Police Emergency Driving Instructor, National Academy of Professional Driving Instructor, N.A.P.D. SUV Driving Instructor, Stop Stick Instructor, RADAR/LIDAR Instructor, Mobile Video Instructor, Low Light CQCR Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Edge Weapons Instructor, NRA Patrol Rifle Instructor, Standardized Field Sobriety Task Instructor, Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response (Active Shooter) Instructor, and Live Fire Shoot House instructor.

    Craig is a member of the Texas Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists (TAARS), Association of Professional Law Enforcement Emergency Vehicle Response Trainers (ALERT), Texas Tactical Police Officers Association (TTPOA), Law Enforcement Thermographer’s Association (LETA), and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).

    Read this excellent article by Craig called “The Bluesmobile“.

  • Scot Haug

    Core Trainer
    Scot Haug

    Scot Haug

    Core Trainer

    Scot Haug is the Chief of Police for the Post Falls, Idaho Police Department. He is a graduate of the 201st FBI National Academy and is a member of the board of directors for the Montana/Idaho Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates. Haug is a past SWAT Commander and has been an arrest techniques instructor since 1992, serving as the primary arrest and handcuffing techniques instructor at North Idaho College for nearly ten years. He has been recognized as a use-of-force expert in federal court and has consulted with numerous agencies regarding use of force issues. Haug was an early adopter of Below 100 and was a co-presenter in the very first Below 100 training session.

  • Mike Jaeger

    Chairman & Core Trainer
    Mike Jaeger

    Mike Jaeger

    Chairman & Core Trainer

    Mike began his career in 2000 with the Tucson Police Department, where he has served in various assignments including patrol, SRO and training. He is currently on contract with AZPOST as a Training Specialist and Mobile Driver Training Simulator Coordinator.

    He is a Tactical Driving Instructor, EVOC, 4×4, ATV and a High Risk Vehicle Stops Instructor. Prior to his law enforcement career he served in the U.S. Marines for 12 years as a vehicle operator and driving instructor.

    Mike is currently serving in the Arizona Air National Guard.

  • Tommy Loftis

    Board of Directors & Core Trainer
    Tommy Loftis

    Tommy Loftis

    Board of Directors & Core Trainer

    Tommy Loftis currently serves at the Law Enforcement Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Alabama. He served as a police officer, narcotics investigator, and Chief of Police in his 13 years of law enforcement service. Since April of 2012 when he was afforded the opportunity to attend a train the trainer course for Below 100 he has presented this information to more than 70 law enforcement groups from Alabama to Arizona. His goal is to reach each and every department in his home state of Alabama.

    As the Law Enforcement Coordinator he is responsible for hosting multiple training events for Law Enforcement throughout the calendar year.

  • Michael “Mike” Mitchell

    Core Trainer
    Michael “Mike” Mitchell

    Michael “Mike” Mitchell

    Core Trainer

    Michael “Mike” Mitchell is an officer with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), currently assigned to the Office of Employee Safety and Assistance Unit, in Sacramento, California. Mike began his law enforcement career with the California Department of Corrections (CDC) at San Quentin State Prison. Mike was also a corrections officer at two additional Prisons (Salinas Valley Prison and Deuel Vocational Institution) before promoting back to San Quentin as a sergeant. While working for CDC, Mike served in various assignments including transportation, security housing units, administrative segregation units and condemned units.

    In 2009 Mike attended the CHP Academy in Sacramento, California and became a patrol officer. In 2011, Mike was involved in an on-duty patrol vehicle collision, which resulted in the amputation of his right leg above the knee as well as various additional injuries. In 2012 Mike returned to full duty as a patrol officer, with the help of a computerized prosthetic leg. After returning to full duty, Mike became a departmental Firearms Instructor, Training Officer, Area Representative (union representative for officers), CHP Below 100 Instructor, Traffic Incident Management Instructor and was voted Officer of the Year by his fellow officers at his assigned field office. Mike recently joined the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and works on officer/employee safety programs statewide and is currently working on a Correctional Officer safety program”.

  • Rod Rifredi

    Core Trainer
    Rod Rifredi

    Rod Rifredi

    Core Trainer

    Bio Coming Soon…

  • Jodi Stevens

    Core Trainer
    Jodi Stevens

    Jodi Stevens

    Core Trainer

    Officer Jodi Stevens has been in Law Enforcement for 24 years, four of those years serving as a U.S. Army Military Police Officer. She is currently employed by the Oro Valley Police Department assigned to the Patrol Division. Jodi returned to patrol in January 2015 after a ten year assignment as the department training coordinator. As the department training coordinator, Jodi was responsible for coordinating all employee training both internal and external. She served as the academy liaison for new recruits and was responsible for the pre-academy, post-academy and lateral officer orientation program. During her career, Jodi has held such positions as dispatcher, field training coordinator, field training officer, school resource officer and terrorism liaison officer.

    After 17 years serving in certified peace officer positions Officer Jodi Stevens assumed additional duties as a dispatcher in 2015 due to a critical personnel shortage in the emergency communications center. Working as a dispatcher early in her career and again 17 years later has given her a unique perspective in public safety service delivery. She has been a certified AZPOST general instructor since 2003. She is an instructor for emergency vehicle operations and high risk vehicle stops and most recently Below 100. She has taught such subject areas as domestic violence, report writing, patrol functions and interpersonal communications. She is a subject matter expert for the general instructor program and has been teaching general instructor schools throughout the state for the past seven years.

  • Jeff Stewart

    Core Trainer
    Jeff Stewart

    Jeff Stewart

    Core Trainer

    Jeff Stewart started his law enforcement career in April 1998, with the Flowood, Mississippi Police Department as a Patrolman. He also served as a member of the SWAT team and was later promoted to Detective. During his time as a Detective he was assigned to a DEA HIDTA Task Force. In July of 2006, he started work with the Mississippi Agricultural Theft Bureau as a state investigator. In 2012 he was appointed as the Director of the Mississippi Agricultural Theft Bureau.

  • Dale Stockton

    Core Trainer
    Dale Stockton

    Dale Stockton

    Core Trainer

    Dale Stockton is a 32-year-veteran of law enforcement, having worked in all areas of police operations and retiring as a police captain from Carlsbad, California. He is a graduate of the 201st FBI National Academy, the California Supervisory Leadership Institute, the FBI Southwest Command College and holds a graduate degree from the University of California, Irvine, in Criminology, Law and Society. He has served as a Commissioner for California POST and has been recognized as the most widely published public safety writer and photographer in the country. He has taught criminal justice classes for more than 20 years and is the Editor-in-Chief of Law Officer Magazine and LawOfficer.com. Stockton is the architect of Below 100, an officer-safety initiative designed to reduce police line-of-deaths, and has been involved in the presentation of the program across North America.

  • Dennis Valone

    Core Trainer
    Dennis Valone

    Dennis Valone

    Core Trainer

    Lt. Dennis Valone began his career in Public Safety as a Paramedic in 1994. He spent six years as a charge paramedic and served three years as a Tactical Medic for a Florida Sheriffs Office.

    In 2001, Dennis became a full-time Deputy Sheriff with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office inBradenton,FL. Dennis served in several assignments to include Uniform Patrol, Canine, Investigator in the Crimes Against Children Unit, and SWAT. Dennis was also an instructor at the Manatee Technical Institute Criminal Justice Academy in the areas of Investigations and Defensive Tactics.

    In 2007, Dennis moved his Family to North Georgia and went to work for the Alpharetta Police Department inAlpharetta,GA. After a brief time in the Uniform Patrol Division, Dennis was assigned to the Training Division to work as the Departments Training Coordinator. Currently, Dennis is serving as a supervisor in Uniform Patrol, and is a SWAT Team Leader for the North Fulton SWAT Team. In 2009 Dennis had the opportunity to help develop and implement a new Law Enforcement Academy at Reinhardt University in Alpharetta, GA.

    Dennis currently holds instructor certifications in Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Emergency Vehicle Operations, and Emergency Medicine. Dennis is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

    Dennis is currently the President of the Georgia Tactical Officers Association.

  • Jeff Welch

    Core Trainer
    Jeff Welch

    Jeff Welch

    Core Trainer

    Sergeant Jeff Welch began his career in law enforcement in 1998 as a patrolman with Western Kentucky University Police Department in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In 2000 he was hired by the Henderson Police Department in Henderson, Kentucky. Within the Henderson Police Department, Sergeant Welch has served in positions within traffic and patrol both as a patrolman and later a shift commander when promoted to sergeant in 2004. He also served as a detective within the investigative unit and was a member of the Tactical Team and was later provided the opportunity to serve as the Tactical Team Commander. In 2010, Sergeant Welch was assigned to his current position as the Training Sergeant for the Department.

    As the training sergeant, he holds numerous instructor certifications to include firearms, defensive tactics, active shooter and emergency vehicle operations. He is a certified Kentucky Law Enforcement Council Instructor. Sergeant Welch holds a bachelors degree from the University of Central Arkansas and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 246. He is a charter member of ILEETA and a Certified Force Science Analyst. Sergeant Welch has a great passion for Below 100 and truly believes in the core concepts of the program. He is dedicated to providing others with the knowledge and skills provided by Below 100 in an effort to reduce line of duty deaths.

  • Keith Wenzel

    Core Trainer
    Keith Wenzel

    Keith Wenzel

    Core Trainer

    Sgt. Keith Wenzel began his career in law enforcement as a patrol officer with a mid-size police department after a tour with the U.S. Marine Corps. Four years later, in 1982, Keith was hired onto the Dallas PD and worked various assignments to include patrol, covert deployment, and an academy advisor. During this time between a career and family, he graduated from the Dallas Baptist University with a bachelors degree. In 1987 he was selected for the SWAT team where he stayed until he was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1993. As a supervisor, Keith held leadership positions in patrol, deployment, and the bike unit. He supervised patrol officers in five of the six patrol divisions in Dallas.

    In 2007, Keith left patrol and began supervising in-service training at the Dallas Police Academy, developing new curriculum for his 3600 member department. His responsibilities include vehicle operation, defensive tactics, reality based training and use of force.

    Sgt. Wenzel’s current clients include police agencies, technical colleges and professional organizations including ALERT, TWILE (Texas Women in Law Enforcement) and several private security firms.

  • Steve West

    Chair of Technologies Committee & Core Trainer
    Steve West

    Steve West

    Chair of Technologies Committee & Core Trainer

    Lieutenant Steve West began his career in 1999 with the California Highway Patrol. He has served 15 years of his career in a patrol function including assignments as a motorcycle officer and sergeant, commercial vehicle enforcement officer and officer arrest techniques instructor. Steve was charged with managing the CHP employee safety unit and currently serves as the lieutenant in charge of instructional services at the California Highway Patrol Academy.

    In 2012, Steve was recognized, along with his team, by the Governor of California for their safety campaign efforts; receiving the prestigious Governors Employee Safety Award for Excellence. He currently instructs courses at the Academy which focus on creating a safety culture and minimizing human error.

    Steve served 10 years active duty in the USAF before becoming a CHP officer and continues to serve as a Chief Master Sergeant in the Air Force Reserve at the Pentagon. He is responsible for the effective management of more than 36,000 military police authorizations within the Air Force.

    Steve holds a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Chapman University.

  • Brian Willis

    Core Trainer
    Brian Willis

    Brian Willis

    Core Trainer

    Brian is an internationally recognized thought leader, speaker, author and trainer and the President of Winning Mind Training. His focus is on helping law enforcement officers, trainers and leaders achieve personal excellence and create a Legacy of Excellence by understanding Life’s Most Powerful Question – What’s Important Now? (W.I.N.) Brian is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution and commitment to Officer Safety in Canada and in 2011 Brian was named as the Law Officer Trainer of the Year.

    Brian is the editor, publisher and contributing writer for the acclaimed books W.I.N.: Critical Issues in Training and Leading Warriors, W.I.N. 2: Insights Into Training and Leading Warriors, If I Knew Then: Life Lessons From Cops on the Street, and If I Knew Then 2: Warrior Reflections as well as a contributing writer for Warriors: On Living with Courage, Discipline and Honor.

    Brian serves as the Deputy Executive Director for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA). He is the past editor of the ILEETA Review, writes the W.I.N. Column for the ILEETA Use of Force Journal and has had numerous articles published in law enforcement periodicals.

    Brian began his law enforcement career with the Calgary Police Service in 1979 and over the next 25 years he worked as a patrol officer, tactical officer, patrol supervisor and trainer. From 1995 to 2004 he was the head use of force trainer for the Calgary Police Service (an agency of 1750 officers). In that role he was responsible for researching, developing, instructing and overseeing the Officer Safety, Subject Control Tactics, Crowd Management, Incident Command and Emergency Vehicle Operations programs. Brian also served on the Crowd Control Unit for 19 years as a constable, supervisor in charge of training and development, Platoon Commander and Deputy Commander. He served in integral roles during the World Petroleum Congress and G8 Summit in Calgary.

    Brian served as a member of the National Advisory Board for Police Marksman Magazine from 2000 to 2007 and is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association, the Illinois Tactical Officers Association, the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. In addition to numerous law enforcement certifications Brian holds a Certificate in Adult Learning from the University of Calgary and Mount Royal College. He has given presentations on mental preparation and conditioning at numerous international conferences and is sought after as a speaker across North America for his presentations Excellence in Training, Harnessing The Winning Mind and Warrior Spirit, Dare to Soar: The Pursuit of Personal Excellence and Your Life IS Your Legacy.

    Brian has trained law enforcement trainers from the FBI, DEA, RCMP, as well as trainers from state/provincial and municipal agencies from across Canada and the United States in his cutting edge Excellence in Training program. He has also worked with martial artists, competitive shooters, athletes and coaches from a variety of sports including hockey, volleyball, bull riding, figure skating, running, biathlon, skeleton, and golf on harnessing the power of the mind and enhancing performance.

    Brian worked as a volunteer mental preparation coach with Canadian amateur boxing champions in four weight classes, a 2004 Olympic Boxing Team member and four gold medal winners from the prestigious Ringside Boxing Tournament held in Kansas City. Brian also worked with the 2003/2004 Medicine Hat Tigers following their regular season as well as working with the team at the 2004 Memorial Cup in Kelowna, B.C.

  • Travis Yates

    Core Trainer
    Travis Yates

    Travis Yates

    Core Trainer

    Major Travis Yates began his career in 1993 with the Tulsa (OK) Police Department. He has served 16 years of his career in a patrol function with other assignments in Gangs, Media Relations, Training and Planning. Travis has been recognized throughout the world in regards to law enforcement training and received the International Police Trainer of the Year Award in 2008 by Law Officer Magazine and ILEETA. Travis is the Director of Training with SAFETAC Training and is known throughout the country for his Seminars relating to Officer Safety, Leadership & Risk Management. He is a frequent contributor to various law enforcement publications & is one of the most widely published authors within law enforcement. Travis holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern State University and is a graduate of the 227th Session of the FBI National Academy.

    Travis is the Past President of ALERT International and the Director of Ten-Four Ministries. He co-founded Vest For Life Inc. that has given away over 5,000 ballistic vests to police officers in need. He was a founding member of the Below 100 Initiative in 2011 which strives through a series of articles, classes and “train the trainer” courses to reduce line of duty deaths in America to below 100 per year.

    Read Exclusive Below 100 Articles by Travis Yates:

    3 Words To Eliminate
    The Ten Deadly Errors
    Responding The The Critics
    We Must Believe
    A Statistical Insignificance

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