is a thirty year law enforcement veteran, after retiring from a north Florida agency, Pete assisted in standing up a national counter terrorism unit for passenger rail in Washington D.C. He has spent the last two years of his career in southern Afghanistan mentoring to 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 personal in the field. Pete’s last deployment in Afghanistan was as a Law Enforcement Subject Matter Expert (SME) for COMISAF Advisory and Assistance Team (CAAT). Responsibilities included Conferring with Ministry of Interior officials and members of the international community concerning police development and law enforcement matters and providing Law enforcement advice and analysis back to COMISAF.
As a SWAT Officer/Team leader for the majority of his state side career to include being the principle Agent in charge of a QRF(Quick Response Force) for the President elect during his inaugural train ride to Washington D.C. Pete continues to believe in developing the complete combatant and emphasizes to his shooters that they must remain situationally aware, physically and mentally prepared to engage while maintaining tactical proficiency under the stress of combat.
Pete Soulis developed a firearms system using his extensive firefight experiences and knowledge of the physiological aspects of human change during deadly force encounters. Pete has been training civilian law enforcement and military personnel nationally about the aspects of surviving deadly force encounters. His lecture on “Surviving Armed Encounters” and “Street Combat Shooting” firearms instruction have been praised by law enforcement instructors and decorated military officers across the United States. He continues to train law enforcement officers and military units in the principles of the Soulis Shooting System with CQB tactics, the dynamics of deadly force engagements and weapon skills that have been proven effective in combat numerous times by himself and officers he has trained.
Pete draws a wealth of experience not only from his tactical background, but from numerous live fire engagements during tactical operations as well as serving as a narcotics detective, task force officer and patrol officer.
Pete has been awarded the Medal of Valor, Purple Heart, Military Order of the Purple Heart, SWAT Man of the Year and the Florida SWAT Associations Award of Merit. Officer Soulis was also nominated for the National Top Cop Award and also elected to the American Police Hall of Fame’s
Legion of Honor. Pete recently was awarded The Outstanding Civilian Service Medal and the Commanders Award for Civilian Service for his participation in Operation enduring Freedom while deployed with the U.S army in Afghanistan.
Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, author of The Bullet-Proof Mind and the Pulitzer nominated On Killing included Officer Pete Soulis’s 1997 deadly force gun battle in his book On Combat. In this engagement Pete Soulis suffered five shots during the engagement and fatally wounded the armed and violent suspect.
Pete also serves as Firearms Training Director for KFD Training & Consultation LLC and www.policecombat.com an established training partnership dedicated to the realistic dynamic training needed for officer survival.
“It is one thing to theorize about the dynamics of a shooting incident and quite another to actually have lived it.”