Breaching & Tactical Instructor
John recently retired as a Lieutenant with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Central Florida where he worked since 1984. His previous assignments include Task Force Agent for the Tampa, Florida Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Member of the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, and Commander of the Narcotics Investigations Section of his own agency. He was the Tactical Commander for his agency’s Emergency Operations Group and has been involved with S.W.A.T. since 1987. John is a certified instructor in firearms, explosives, rappelling, chemical weapons, narcotics investigation and enforcement, and other areas relating to tactics and officer survival. He is a certified firearms instructor through the State of Florida as well as the FBI. In addition he is a Florida Class “K” instructor which is a designation required for certifying armed security personnel.
Shortly after September 11, 2001 John was called upon to instruct in the area of firearms training for the Federal Air Marshall program and he is presently an instructor for the United States Department of State Anti-terrorism Assistance Program (DOS/ATAP.) John has conducted training all over the U.S. as well as numerous locations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
John has proudly served as a tactical and breaching instructor for Tactical Energetic Entry Systems (T.E.E.S.) since 2002 teaching explosive breaching relating to SWAT operations as well as VIP Protection and Hostage Rescue courses.