Sergeant Geoffrey Anderson (Ret.) is a 25 year veteran law enforcement officer retired from the Newington CT Police Department. Sergeant Anderson served as a patrol supervisor, training coordinator, detective and patrol officer. As an Assistant SWAT Team Leader since 1990, Sergeant Anderson has helped handle numerous critical incidents.
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: SWAT Tactics, Patrol Procedures, Handgun Retention, as well as being a Physical Fitness Specialist, Firearms Instructor, and Senior Master Instructor and Codeveloper of the L.O.C.K.U.P.® Police Combat System.
Sergeant Anderson (Ret.) has been studying martial arts for the past 25 years. He has studied systems including Judo, Wrestling, Kenpo Karate, the United States Police Corps Arrest and Control Instructor Program, Handgun Retention, as well as numerous police defensive tactics programs. He has earned a 3rd Black Belt through the L.O.C.K.U.P.® Police Combat System with over 15 years of dedication to the development of this system. Sergeant Anderson has coauthored, and is featured in, the internationally recognized Police Combat Tactics DVD series with Lieutenant Kevin Dillon (Ret.).
Sergeant Anderson is a full time Instructor with the Connecticut Police Officers and Standards Training Council. He is the lead instructor for Connecticut Arrest and Control Combative (L.O.C.K.U.P.®) programs.
Sergeant Cruz started his Arrest and Control L.O.C.K.U.P.® Instructors training with the spring 2001 course and is now one of the only members to achieve the rank of Senior Master Instructor of the L.O.C.K.U.P.® System. Sergeant Cruz has a martial arts background that includes Chinese Kenpo, grappling arts and hand to hand combat and a 2nd degree black belt in the L.O.C.K.U.P. ®Police Combat System. Sergeant Cruz has been selected as a member of the L.O.C.K.U.P.® Travel Demo Team and is an avid physical fitness practitioner.
Since 1997, Sergeant Cruz has competed in several bodybuilding contest shows and placed third. He has assisted numerous officers with their workouts and nutrition and instructs a newly developed program called Police Combat Fitness. This program develops a solid foundation for the physical fitness needs of the officer using nutrition and modern day fitness and weight training techniques that are consistent with the combative philosophies of L.O.C.K.U.P.®. Sergeant Cruz has been a lead instructor for KFD Training and Consultation LLC since 2001.
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 for 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, both domestic and international, in L.O.C.K.U.P.® Police Combat and police ground fighting courses.
Detective Magao was selected by Lt. Dillon (Ret.) as the lead instructor and developer for the Ground Fighting Component of the L.O.C.K.U.P.® Police Combat System. Presently courses are offered in three or five day formats. The ground fighting techniques and philosophies are specifically designed for the needs of a law enforcement officer in a ground fighting situation and not for a grappling match. Detective Magao frequently competes in grappling competitions as well as adventure races and triathlons.
Detective Magao has assisted in the production of Jujitsu DVDs, Volumes 1 and 2 which are sold internationally and available www.policecombat.com . Det. Magao has over 20 years of martial arts experience and holds black belts in Nihon Jujitsu (US Judo Association) and Goju Ryu Karate (Jundokan International). Detective Magao also holds a Brown Belt in Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under the legendary Professor Pedro Sauer and also has trained extensively with MMA Middleweight Kenny Florian.
Detective Magoa also owns and operates the Bushido Jiu-jitsu Academy (www.manchesterbjj.com) and CrossFit Thin Blue Line in Manchester, CT. Det. Magao has been a lead instructor for KFD Training and Consultation LLC since 2001
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 plainclothes 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.
Officer Benzi is an adjunct instructor for the Connecticut Police Academy, as well as Hartford and Waterbury Police Academies. Officer Benzi presently conducts seminars and workshops with the L.O.C.K.U.P. ® instructor team and has presented at the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame Conference and the American Women’s Self Defense Association (AWSDA) and is a member of that organization. Ofc. Benzi has trained officers throughout the country in L.O.C.K.U.P.® fighting tactics designed for female officers. Officer Benzi is a highly sought after trainer. She assisted in the development of our two day course for “Overcoming Size Differences” designed for female and smaller stature officers. Officer Benzi has been a lead instructor for KFD Training and Consultation LLC since 2005.
Sergeant Guy Samuelson (Ret.), retired as detective sergeant, after 20 years with the the New Milford, Connecticut Police Department. He then joined the St. Cloud Police Department in St. Cloud, Florida. While in New Milford Guy supervised both the Patrol Division and Investigative Services Bureau. Sergeant Samuelson was responsible for supervising narcotics investigations including all raid planning and all general/special investigations (he has specialized training in these fields). He has been a member of the police department’s Dive/Recovery Team. Sergeant Samuelson has been a certified police instructor for over 20 years, covering handcuffing, O/C, straight baton, use of force, firearms, driving and all hands on training, which now includes the L.O.C.K.U.P.® System. He is an adjunct instructor at the Connecticut Police Academy for handcuffing and L.O.C.K.U.P.® Sergeant Samuelson has also instructed in use of force for the recertification of Connecticut Police Officers and is IPMBA certified.
Sergeant Samuelson has many years of martial arts training including Chinese Kenpo, and mixed martial arts, is a life member of the United States Martial Arts Association and has worked as a strength and conditioning coach for local high school football teams in Connecticut. Sergeant Samuelson has been training with Lieutenant Dillon (Ret.) and Sergeant Anderson (Ret.) in the L.O.C.K.U.P.® system since 2002, and has been involved in the continuous development of this combat system and the certification of new instructors. Sergeant Samuelson is also an instructor for the Soulis Shooting System, developed by retired Jacksonville Sheriff Deputy Pete Soulis in conjunction with L.O.C.K.U.P.®.
Sergeant Samuelson has been selected as a member of the L.O.C.K.U.P.® Travel Demo team and is an avid physical fitness practitioner. Sergeant Samuelson also instructs a newly developed program called Police Combat Fitness. This program develops a solid foundation for the physical fitness needs of the officer using modern day fitness and weight training techniques consistent with the combative philosophies of L.O.C.K.U.P.® As part of the demo team Sergeant Samuelson has presented/ demoed at the United States Martial Arts Association conference in St Louis, MI.
Sergeant Samuelson is now serving as 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. Samuelson had been an officer with the St. Cloud Police Department and a deputy with the Osceola County Sheriffs Office. He is still a reserve deputy with the sheriffs office, and is the southern region L.O.C.K.U.P.® representative. Sergeant Samuelson has been a lead instructor for KFD Training and Consultation LLC since 2001.
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 during that time has attended several L.O.C.K.U.P.® courses. Officer Seifert was personally selected by Lt. Kevin F. Dillon (Ret.) to serve on his instruction staff. He has studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Goshin Jiu Jitsu, American and Thai Boxing and used that experience to introduce the principles of ground fighting, team arrest and control tactics early in his training career.
Officer Seifert has been a firearms instructor since 2004 and is a codeveloper of the Bloomington combat pistol and gun fighting school that he teaches to several metro agencies. Officer Seifert has completed training in two Soulis Shooting System courses and finished first in the Special Operator’s Training Association’s annual Delta Pistol Competition in 2005, 2006, 2007, and second in 2008.
Since 2004 Officer Seifert has been a proud member of the Bloomington Police Department’s SWAT Team. Josh graduated from the Snipercraft Basic Sniper School in 2005, the advanced school in 2007 and continues to be heavily involved in the local police sniper training community.
In 2009, Josh completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Science from Saint Mary’s University and authored his Capstone paper on the topic of Reality-Based Training. He was invited back to Saint Mary’s University to present his Capstone topic to the fall 2009 police science graduating class. When Josh isn’t working, training, or going to school, you can find him in southeastern Utah riding his mountain bike.
Corporal Tony Follen has been a law enforcement officer since 1984; he has been an officer with the Minnesota State Patrol since 1985. His areas 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 pre service and in service training of a 600 officer department as well as the development and implementation of new training programs for the Minnesota State Patrol.
Combative Skills and Training – Surviving Deadly Force Encounters: (Soulis Shooting Systems) Certified L.O.C.K.U.P.® Instructor 2009 – present, Certified PPCT Instructor Trainer: St. Louis, MO 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994. Multiple combatives instructor courses since 1992.
In addition to teaching instructor certification classes at local and national levels, he has also taught Combative Skills and Firearms for Rasmussen College’s Law Enforcement Program. Cpl. Follen attended the University of Minnesota for education in law enforcement.
Cpl. Follen was personally selected to join the training staff by Lt. Kevin F. Dillon (Ret.) to serve as an Adjunct Instructor for KFD Training and Consultation LLC – www.policecombat.com