Owner/National Trainer Chris has been a police officer with the city of Mentor (OH) since 1997 and retired from Mentor Police Dept. in May of 2020. Chris served on the SWAT and Sniper teams from 2002-2016 and was the Sniper Team Leader from 2013 to 2016. Chris is a firearms instructor certified in revolver, semi-auto, shotgun, patrol rifle, sub-machine gun, and scoped rifle. He also holds other instructor certifications to include less lethal, diversionary devices, ALICE, and RAIDER (Solo response to an active killer). Chris became a certified RAIDER instructor in 2014 and has been teaching the instructor level classes nationally for the ALICE Training Institute since 2015. Prior to his work in law enforcement, Chris was an active member of the United States Navy where he served for six years. Four of those years were served as a Master-At-Arms. He was a Watch Commander and the team leader for the Security Alert Team. Chris had several overseas deployments to include Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm during the first Gulf war, and the Persian Gulf war. He received several Letters of Commendation, Letters of Appreciation, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, and the Navy Achievement Medal. In 2018, Chris, along with his Wife, bought the RAIDER program from the ALICE Training Institute. He currently resides in Eastlake, Ohio with his Wife and two children. He continues to teach the RAIDER program nationally to Law Enforcement, Licensed Armed Security, and Military personnel.
National Trainier Curtis Hall is currently the Jail Commander for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Ottawa Ks. He has served the county since 1998. He currently is the lead firearms instructor and oversees most training aspects for the Sheriff’s Office. Curtis started as a Corrections Officer in the Adult Detention Center then went to Patrol, Drug Enforcement Unit, Patrol Sgt., Patrol Lieutenant, Interim Communications Director. Curtis has spent 10 years on the Special Tactics and Rescue Team and still assists with training for the team. Curtis has been certified to instruct A.L.I.C.E. and R.A.I.D.E.R. and has implemented both for Franklin County. Curtis has been instructing R.A.I.D.E.R. and Alice nationally since 2014.
RAIDER National Trainer Antonio (Tony) is a Sergeant with the Oregon (OH) Police Division where he oversees Division Training, Crime Prevention, Community Policing, Juvenile Diversion, Grants, and supervises the DARE and School Resource Officers. As the divisions Firearms Range master, he oversees the firearms training program and holds Firearms Instructor Certification in Revolver, Semi-Auto Pistol, Shotgun, Patrol Rifle and Sub-Machine Gun. Tony was a member of the division’s Special Response Team since 1993 and was named the Team’s Commander in 2009. Prior assignments include Patrol Supervisor, Detective and 7 years as the division’s first School Resource Officer. Assigned to the local high school in 1998 he has been involved in school safety and its evolution post-Columbine. Having attended a number of school safety training seminars, Tony achieved National Practitioner (2003) status awarded by the National Association of School Resource Officers. With experience in both school based policing and in SWAT tactics, Tony has become a recognized trainer in both disciplines. Tony has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Lourdes University and has been awarded the Oregon Police Division’s Achievement and Lifesaving Awards. Tony became a Certified ALICE and RAIDER instructor and has taught both instructor level courses for RAIDER Training and ALICE Training Institute, including at the 2013 Ohio Tactical Officers Association Conference where he also serves at OTOA’s Region 1 Representative. Tony has two adult sons and six grandchildren.
National Trainer Mike Sevel is a patrolman with The Willoughby Police Department in Willoughby, Ohio. He has been an officer since 2010. Mike is an evidence technician, field training officer and RAIDER instructor. He was awarded Officer of the Year for 2018. Mike has been an operator on the Western Lake County Emergency Response Team since 2015. He has a Bachelors Degree from Tiffin University in Justice Administration. Mike is married with a daughter.
National Trainer Song Kang is currently the Training Coordinator with the Westfield Police Department in Westfield, Indiana. He has served the City of Westfield since 2004. He started his law enforcement career in 2002 and spent 16 years in patrol division. Song is the primary firearms instructor, K9 trainer, Active Shooter instructor and oversees all in-service training for the agency. He is a certified A.L.I.C.E. and R.A.I.D.E.R. instructor and started instructing R.A.I.D.E.R. nationally in 2019.
Shane O’Connor is the Training Coordinator with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Johnson County, Missouri. He started with the Johnson County Sheriffs Office in 1995. In 2001 he left the department to work in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel doing dignitary protection, contracted out to the State Department. In 2012 he returned to the Sheriffs office where he was primarily a patrol supervisor until becoming Training Coordinator.
Shane is the primary firearms instructor, Active Shooter instructor and oversees all in-service training for the agency. He is a certified A.L.I.C.E. and R.A.I.D.E.R. instructor and currently team leader of S.W.A.T.