Dave was awarded the 2010 Law Officer Trainer of the Year at the International Law Enforcement Trainer and Educators Associationâs Conference in Chicago. He has 36 years of Law Enforcement & Federal Security experience. Dave was a founding member of his Agencyâs SWAT Team, and he spent 12 years as its training officer.
Dave spent five years as a full time use of force instructor, and another five years as the commander of a multi-jurisdictional drug task force, working major narcotics cases from Seattle to Miami.ï¿¼ During his years in SWAT and the drug task force, Dave performed hundreds of high-risk, forced entries into the lair of heavily armed felons. Working all aspects of law enforcement, including: corrections, communications, patrol, homicide detective, burglary investigations, evidence collection, and a long-term, high-risk, deep- undercover operation; Dave honorably retired at the rank of Lieutenant.
Dave is a graduate of most of the major shooting schools including the highly-acclaimed CRUCIBLE, Thunder Ranch, Gunsite, Mid-South Institute of Self-Defense Shooting, Smith & Wesson Academy, SIG-Arms Academy, Chapman Academy,
Heckler & Koch International Training Division, Lethal Force Institute, Beretta Training Division, CQB Services, Ltd. and Defense Training International. Dave has been chosen by nationally represented selection committees to train instructors at the prestigious International Training Conferences of The American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET), The International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).
By training instructors from across the globe, he is recognized and respected worldwide as a leading authority in realistic combat handgun training. The author of two highly acclaimed books, HANDGUN COMBATIVES, and DEFENSIVE LIVING; and over 1,000 articles for COMBAT HANDGUNS, GUNS AND WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, PETERSEN'S HANDGUNS, SWAT, POLICE, AMERICAN COP, LAW & ORDER, TACTICAL RESPONSE, LAW OFFICER MAGAZINE, LAWOFFICER.COM and THE AMERICAN HANDGUNNER MAGAZINE. Dave has taught reality based firearms courses coast to coast across North America, including his renowned HANDGUN COMBATIVES course.