Lt. Kevin Dillon (Ret) a 26 year veteran police officer is the founder of the internationally recognized L.O.C.K.U.P.® Police Combat System. He is a lifelong martial artist, with multiple black belts, international combatives trainer, FBI National Academy Graduate, and is certified in Use of Force Analysis by the Force Science Institute. His experience includes radio programs, martial arts DVDs and his Police Combat Tactics DVDs which are sold worldwide. Lt. Dillon lectures and L.O.C.K.U.P.® combatives classes are being taught throughout North America and Europe.
Lieutenant Dillon, a highly in demand speaker and trainer, has trained and consulted with law enforcement and civilian (defensive tactics)  programs throughout North America and Europe. He has lectured at numerous conferences such as the International Association of Chief of Police (IACP), Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA®) and International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).
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Pete Soulis is a 30 year law enforcement veteran. After retiring from a north Florida agency, Pete assisted in setting up a national counter terrorism unit for passenger rail in Washington D.C. He is the developer of the Soulis Shooting System, a method supported by research and proven to work for Pete in multiple live fire engagements. He has spent the last two years of his career in southern Afghanistan mentoring the National Afghanistan Army and Police on law enforcement tactics and procedures. As an embedded Law Enforcement Professional, Pete’s extensive tactical background served as a vital component when training personnel in the field. More

Sergeant Geoffrey Anderson (Ret) is a 25 year veteran law enforcement officer retired from of the Newington CT Police Department. Sergeant Anderson served as a Patrol Supervisor, Training Coordinator, Detective and Patrol Officer. In addition, Sergeant Anderson has been a SWAT team member since 1990 as Assistant Team Leader and has experienced numerous critical incidents in his SWAT capacity. Sergeant Anderson has been instructing police officers in police fighting tactics since 1985 and SWAT tactics since 1993. He is a state certified instructor in the following areas: SWAT Tactics, Patrol Procedures, Physical Fitness Specialist, Handgun Retention, Firearms Instructor and Senior Master Instructor. He is the codeveloper of the L.O.C.K.U.P.® Police Combat System. More

Sergeant Daniel Cruz has over 13 years of law enforcement experience. Sergeant Cruz began extensive training in control and restraint techniques and became an instructor after which he trained DCF staff and Police Officers at the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Training Center. In 1999, Sergeant Cruz began working at the University of Connecticut Police  Department in Storrs CT. He is a state certified law enforcement instructor in the ASP Baton, O/C Spray, Handcuffing, Firearms, Use of Force and all hands-on training from the L.O.C.K.U.P.® System. Sergeant Cruz is a member of the City of Waterbury Emergency Response Team (ERT). More

Detective Rob Magao has 14 years experience as a police officer and has worked in patrol, street crimes and the detective division. Det. Magao is currently assigned to a Hartford County SWAT team and assists in organizing the Connecticut SWAT Challenge. He is responsible for developing the flagship event of the CT SWAT Challenge, the physical fitness challenge. He has also competed in the World SWAT Challenge in Little Rock, Arkansas. Detective Magao is a 1st Degree Black Belt in the L.O.C.K.U.P.® Police Combat System and is a lead instructor in the L.O.C.K.U.P.® System. He also holds instructor certifications in handcuffing, baton, Soulis Shooting, CQ Fireams certification, CrossFit and Simunitions – Force on Force. Detective Magao has trained thousands of police officers in L.O.C.K.U.P.® Police Combat and police ground fighting courses both domestically and internationally. More

Officer Tina Benzi has been a police officer with the city of Meriden, CT for the past eight years. She has worked in the patrol division and plain clothes officer in the department’s Street Crime Unit. Officer Benzi is an advanced L.O.C.K.U.P. ® Combat System Instructor and is a State of Connecticut certified Arrest and Control and Handcuffing Instructor. Officer Benzi has also received extensive firearms training in the Soulis Shooting Systems and close quarters combatives. More

Sergeant Guy Samuelson (Ret), is the High Liability Training Coordinator with the Criminal Justice Academy of Osceola Florida and is certified in the State of Florida as a Defensive Tactics, Firearms and Driving Instructor. Sergeant Samuelson retired from the New Milford, Connecticut Police Department after serving twenty years. He joined the St Cloud Florida Police Department and, after serving in St. Cloud for a few years, he took a position as a deputy with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office where he still serves as a Reserve Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office. Sergeant Samuelson is the southeast region representative for L.O.C.K.U.P.®. More

Officer Josh Seifert has ten years of law enforcement experience with the Bloomington Police Department in Minnesota. He is currently assigned to the patrol division’s Mall of America Unit. In addition to his patrol duties, Josh has been a combatives instructor for over eight years and has attended several L.O.C.K.U.P.® courses during that time. He has studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Goshin Jiu Jitsu, American and Thai Boxing and has used that experience to introduce the principles of ground fighting, team arrest and control tactics early on in his training career. More

Corporal Tony Follen  has been a law enforcement officer since 1984; he has been a trooper with the Minnesota State Patrol since 1985.  His area of extensive expertise includes: firearms, combative skills, SWAT/tactical unit operation and command, use of force, and reality based training.  Cpl. Follen has been a member of the State of Minnesota’s Special Response Team (SRT) since 1991 and Assistant Team Leader since 1998.  He also serves as an active police officer with the Metro Transit Police Department.  Cpl. Follen is involved with preservice and inservice training of a 600 officer department as well as the development and implementation of new training programs for the Minnesota State Patrol. More

weinbeckpicA Sgt. Toni Weinbeck has been an officer with the city of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, since 2004. She is currently assigned as a Sergeant on Patrol. Toni has held the positions of patrol officer, school resource officer, and community liaison officer working with at-risk youth in the community. She is also a combatives instructor with certifications in L.O.C.K.U.P.®, LVNR, OC, and PPCT. Toni holds a bachelor’s degree in police science from St. Mary’s University, and a master’s degree in public safety administration from St. Mary’s University. Toni has a third degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. One of the two schools she co-owned was a school for people with disabilities. For ten years, she volunteered teaching people with disabilities ranging from autism to cerebral palsy. Toni has also trained in Kali, Kenpo, Muay Thai, and Krav Maga. In her personal time she loves to run, bike, and spend time with her Boxer Sully. More

EUROPEAN INSTRUCTORS

Pierrick Colin 
was initially trained for close protection by a former member of the “Groupe de Sécurité de la Présidence de la République” (GSPR, Close Protection for the President of the French Republic) with whom he worked several years. With his extensive experience in the field of VIP Close Protection, Pierrick and Stephane Meunier created an internationally recognized training academy.  Pierrick is General Manager and Lead Training of Groupe 9® with Stephane Meunier. They manage and operate the training academy as well as a close protection cell. Pierrick has extensive background in communications, combatives and VIP protection details. Pierrick and Stephane Meunier have personally received extensive training from Lt. Dillon. Extremely impressed with their skills and operation, he has teamed with Groupe 9 to bring L.O.C.K.U.P.® to Europe.  Stephane and Pierrick continue to provide L.O.C.K.U.P.® training to security operators, law enforcement and civilian personnel throughout Europe.
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Stéphane MEUNIER joined the French Special Forces at the age of 19 and then became a member of the famous Commando HUBERT . Over this exceptional period he experienced numerous missions such as extrication of fellow men, recovery of VIPs in hostile territory and VIP close protection. With his extensive background, Stephane joined the private sector and teamed up with Pierrick Colin to create Groupe 9 ®  a specialized security protection and training center. Today, within the Groupe 9 ® his responsibilities include international private operations. Stephane is still active in the French Military. Stephane and Pierrick Colin have personally received extensive training  from Lt. Dillon. Extremely impressed with their skills and operation, Lt. Dillon has teamed with Groupe 9. Stephane and Pierrick continue to provide L.O.C.K.U.P.® training to security operators, law enforcement and civilian personnel throughout Europe. More