Jake is a senior lead instructor with GTC and a retired Police Chief with over 20 years of experience in the State of Arizona.
He is a veteran of the United States Air Force having served 4 years of his enlistment as a Security Police Specialist responsible for the safety and security of United States Air Force personnel and resources, to include nuclear weapons security, and was an instructor/Opfor for the downed pilot escape and evasion course while stationed at Andersen AFB, Guam. He graduated from the Air Base Ground Defense School at Camp Bullis Texas, and “Volant Scorpion” at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas.
During his career, Jake has worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, a dual purpose K-9 handler, patrol sergeant, investigation sergeant, and was assigned to a narcotics task force comprised of local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and National Guard units along the U.S./Mexico border conducting undercover street level narcotics investigations, as well as border surveillance and narcotics interdiction operations. Jake served as the training coordinator, patrol commander, and many other assignments, until retiring after serving as the Chief of Police, Fire Chief and Emergency Services Director for his community.
Jake holds certifications as an Arizona P.O.S.T. General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Patrol Rifle Instructor, trainer for Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, certified patrol bike officer, CPR/First Aid/AED, S.W.A.T. Operator/Breacher, and sniper with his agency. He has completed and instructed Basic SWAT and Hostage Rescue Tactics courses in conjunction with other agencies in the State of Arizona. He not only developed and implemented his agency’s active shooter response protocol and assisted with developing and implementing the local school district emergency response protocols, but he coordinated and was the incident commander for a multi-agency response and investigation to an actual active shooter incident at a local high school in 2012. He has received advanced training in ballistic wound treatment and extraction, rural interdiction, counter sniper tactics, desert surveillance and reconnaissance, gunshot trauma management for law enforcement officers and much more.
Jake is also an independent contractor for several defense companies specializing in Joint Services Testing and Evaluation, pre-deployment training for military to include tier one units, anti/counter terrorism, and as an instructor for Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents, Initial Law Enforcement Response to Suicide Bombing Attacks, Understanding and Preventing School Bombing Incidents, and Personal Protective Measures for Biological Events.
Jake is considered a SME in Improvised Explosive Devices, to include Suicide Born IED’s, Domestic and International Terrorism, terrorist Bombings, terrorist tactics and methodology, and Radical Islam. Additionally, he currently provides training in the following areas regarding anti/counter terrorism; Infrastructure protection, risk analysis, critical asset assessment, threat analysis, vulnerability assessment, post blast response, countermeasures, recognition of energetic materials, devices and device components, pre/post detonation response, responding to special situations, preparing agencies to respond to terrorist attacks, legal and personal protection issues, the threat of suicide bombing attacks, intelligence and community awareness, homemade explosives (HME) scene safety and awareness, HME recognition, and pre attack and imminent attack countermeasures. He also developed law enforcement training programs for these companies as well, and has instructed at the Playas Training and Research Center and other locations. He has provided instruction to several thousand first responders from across the country, and military personnel. Jake has assisted with, created and instructed several of the lesson plans for GTC.
Jake believes in “duty, loyalty, before me, and training well beyond ones comfort level, as the “more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war”.