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Our director served in the US Army as a decorated Military Police Investigator, Special Reaction Team point man/sniper (SRT), Air Assault and protective services detail member (PSD).
Chris later joined the LAPD, where he achieved "Honor Graduate" of his academy class. Chris served as a member of an East LA anti-gang unit (CRASH) and team leader of a Special Problems Unit (SPU).
In 1998, Chris was awarded the Medal of Valor "For courage under fire". Chris was also honored with the national Top Cop Award, presented by President Bill Clinton in the "Oval Office" of the White House.
During his LE career Chris has served as Field Training Officer, Special Response Team (SWAT), POST Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor, undercover narcotics detective, and Special Enforcement Detail (SED) investigator. He was again recognized in Washington by receiving a OCDETF Award from US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Chris is a black belt in Tang Soo Do, a P.O.S.T certified Krav Maga police instructor, founder of the A.D.A.P.T. program and holds various firearms, less lethal and tactics instructor certifications.
GLOBAL SPECIAL OPERATIONS - CAPTAIN CRAIG POWELL (RET), Craig has served as the Deputy Commander of SOCPAC (Special Operations Command Pacific), SEAL TEAM 6, and a Defense Attache. Craig is one of the most accomplished special operations leaders in the community. His extensive experience in real world operational planning, mission execution, resource management and assessment at the highest level is an incredible resource. Craig was at the Pentagon during the attacks on 911, where he was injured and continued to save lives. Craig also has a degree in Aerospace Engineering.
USE OF FORCE POLICY AND PROCEDURE - DAVID DEMURJIAN: David brings over 24 years of legal experience dealing with the "Use of Force" by law enforcement. As a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County California, Massachusetts, and New York State, he has tried and consulted for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (“L.A.S.D.”), New York City Police Department, Massachusetts State Police, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Secret Service, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, and United States Department of the Army. David is also a California POST certified Defensive Tactics (DTAC) instructor and drug recognition expert.
MILITARY ADVISER - MAJOR MIKE BLACKFORD: Mike is a active duty officer in the 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. With four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a company commander of a "Striker Unit", Mike brings his expertise in command level counter insurgency operations and military training.
NORCAL TRAINING PROGRAMS AND SECURITY CONSULTING: DAVID BURNS: David spent 35 years in law enforcement and military special operations. David served as an Army Ranger, 12th Special Forces and Marine Force Recon. During his LE career, David was assigned to the DEA as a major narcotics expert in undercover operations, surveillance, wiretaps, and tracking devices. He has taught these techniques in foreign countries and testified before congress on classified missions. David also pioneered LE HELO operations for POST certification. David is a FLETC firearms instructor, LE Air Assault instructor, and certified paralegal.
FIREARMS TRAINING PROGRAMS - Our lead instructor has over 18 years in law enforcement. He is currently a tactical firearms (Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun) and "Less Lethal Munitions" instructor for an elite unit in a major Southern California police department. As a POST certified instructor, he has trained thousands of police officers in tactics, weapons, officer survival and mobile field force operations. He has also served as a Vice Investigator, training officer and SWAT CNT Certified.
EXPLOSIVES AND ORDNANCE DISPOSAL - NARBEH HARTOONIAN: Narbeh is currently SME/trainer for a federal agency and currently seeking an advanced degree in science. Narbeh is a former member of the US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (EOD) with multiple tours in Iraq. Narbeh is a expert in all aspects of IED's and explosive materials. Having survived several direct explosive attacks by the enemy, Narbeh is one of the leading subject matter experts.
PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING AND VEHICLE OPS -CHRIS THROGMORTON: Chris is a former California Highway Patrol officer and a US Marine, Chris brings years of experience in law enforcement investigations and operations. Chris now coordinates training for private sector certifications. Chris is a POST certified instructor and lead ADAPT instructor, has a degree in Business Management and is currently working on a masters in Business Management.