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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 his 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).

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 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 25 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 now employed by the Meriden, CT Police Department. 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 also served on the Waterbury CT Police Department Emergency Response Team (ERT). 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 20 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 10 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

Officer Percy A. Smith is an 18 year veteran of the Pawtucket Police Department in Pawtucket, RI. He worked as a patrolman for 12 years and served on his department’s Special Response Team (SRT) for 6 years.  He has been working in the Training Division for the last 6 years, where he is a background investigator, firearms instructor, Taser instructor, verbal de-escalation instructor and mental health first aid instructor. He has taught defensive tactics for his department since 2008.

Percy has been a lead instructor, teaching the L.O.C.K.U.P. program, at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy (RIMPTA) for the last decade. There, along with the other lead instructors, he has been highly involved in writing the combatives curriculum for the state. Percy has also assisted teaching at several other departments, such as Portsmouth PD, Providence PD, RI State Police, the Donald J. Wyatt Federal Detention Facility and the Airport Police at T.F. Green International airport.

Percy has been involved with combat sports since he was in high school, where he was a state champion wrestler. From there he went on to wrestle in college at American International College, where he started as a freshman and placed in the All American qualifier tournament.  He then went on to compete in both MMA and grappling, were he won several titles along with becoming a Carlos Machado black belt in BJJ under Peter Jeffery at Triforce MMA in Pawtucket, RI.  Percy also holds the rank of black belt in Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu under Manny Neves.

Percy is a master L.O.C.K.U.P. instructor and along with Lieutenant Bryan Palagi, was selected by Lt. Dillon to travel the country teaching the L.O.C.K.U.P. Edged Weapon – Ground Control course as well as L.O.C.K.U.P. Arrest and Control training course.


Lieutenant Bryan Palagi has over 10 years of law enforcement experience. He joined the Tiverton (RI) Police department in 2012 after completing the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy (RIMPTA) class 2012-I. Lieutenant Palagi has served in a patrol capacity (including supervisor / shift commander) for the majority of his career and has also been responsible for his department’s Planning and Training Division since 2021. At the department level, he has served as a Use of Force instructor and lead instructor for the majority of his career. He is also part of the Tiverton Police Department’s UOF Investigation and Analysis Team.

Lieutenant Palagi is a state certified law enforcement instructor in Use of Force and has been part of the RIMPTA Use of Force Instructor Cadre for the majority of his career. Not only is he a lead instructor for the municipal academy responsible for the instruction of thousands of recruits from more than thirty agencies, Lieutenant Palagi has also been an instrumental part of establishing the UOF curriculum for the state of Rhode Island. During the past several years, he has also been asked to instruct at the Providence Police and Rhode Island State Police Academies.

Lieutenant Palagi is the recipient of both a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Justice Studies from Roger Williams University. He is an avid weight trainer and martial artist. Along with training in Judo and American Kickboxing, Lieutenant Palagi has devoted much of his free time to training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over a decade and recently earned the rank of BJJ black belt.

Lieutenant Palagi has been involved with L.O.C.K.U.P. as a certified instructor since 2013. In 2022, he was hand-picked by Lieutenant Kevin F. Dillon (Retired) to join the L.O.C.K.U.P. team and has traveled the country instructing in L.O.C.K.U.P. Edged Weapon – Ground Control as well as L.O.C.K.U.P. Arrest and Control training courses.


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


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 trainer 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.

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

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