Sergeant Geoffrey Anderson
(Ret) is a twenty five-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 in the capacity of Assistant Team Leader and have experienced numerous critical incidents within the 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 and Co-Developer of the LOCKUP Police Combat System.
Sergeant Anderson 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 Instructor 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 co-authored 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 Daniel Cruz
has over 13 years of law enforcement experience. Sergeant Cruz began extensive training in control and restraint techniques and became an instructor in which he trained DCF staff and Police Officers at the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Training Center. In 1999, Sergeant Cruz began working at 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).
Sergeant Cruz started his Arrest and Control L.O.C.K.U.P.® Instructors training in the spring course of 2001 and is now one of only members to achieve the rank of Senior Master Instructors 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.
Sergeant Cruz also has competed in a few Bodybuilding Contest Shows since 1997 where he has placed 3rd. Sergeant Cruz has helped numerous officers in their workouts and nutrition. Sergeant Cruz also instructs a newly developed program called Police Combat Fitness. The program develops a solid foundation of 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.
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 S.W.A.T. team and assists in organizing the Connecticut SWAT Challenge. He is responsible for developing the physical fitness challenge which is the flagship event of the CT SWAT 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.
Detective Magao was selected by Lt. Dillon 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.
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.
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. Officer Benzi assisted in the development of our two day course for "Overcoming Size Differences" designed for Female and Smaller Stature Officers.
Sergeant Guy Samuelson
(Ret), retired Detective Sergeant, from the New Milford, Connecticut Police Department after serving twenty years. He joined the St Cloud Police Department in St. Cloud, Florida. While in New Milford Guy had supervised both the Patrol Division and Investigative Services Bureau. Sergeant Samuelson has been responsible for supervising the narcotics investigations including all raid planning and all general/special investigations, and has the specialized training in these fields. He has been a member of the Police Departments 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. Sergeant Samuelson 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 re-certification of Connecticut Police Officers. Sergeant Samuelson is also IPMBA certified.Sergeant Samuelson has many years of martial arts training in his background, including Chinese Kenpo, and Mixed Martial Arts, and is a Life Member of the United States Martial Arts Association. Sergeant Samuelson has also worked as a strength and conditioning coach for the local High School Football, teams in Connecticut. Sergeant Samuelson has been training with Lieutenant Dillon and Sergeant Anderson in the L.O.C.K.U.P.® system since 2002, and has been involved in the continual development of this combat system and the certification of new instructors. Sergeant Samuelson is also and Instructor for the Soulis Shooting System, in conjunction with L.O.C.K.U.P.®, developed by Retired Jacksonville Sheriff Deputy Pete Soulis.
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 programs called Police Combat Fitness. The program develops a solid foundation of the physical fitness needs of the officer using modern day fitness and weight training techniques that are 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.
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. 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 has used that experience to introduce the principles of ground fighting and team arrest and control tactics early on in his training career.
Officer Seifert has been a firearms instructor since 2004 and is a co-developer of Bloomington’s 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 place in 2008.
Since 2004 Officer Seifert has been a proud member of the Bloomington Police Department’s SWAT Team. In 2005, Josh graduated from the Snipercraft Basic Sniper School and 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.