INSTRUCTORS

Jack Shilney

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 Jack joined the Chicago Police Department in 1988. During his 30+ years on the job he has worked in district patrol, tactical team, and the organized crime divisions’ narcotic section. While Jack was assigned to narcotics he worked as a surveillance officer, an undercover officer, and an enforcement officer.  Jack also served on the CPD’s High Risk Entry team for three years. He executed high risk search warrants through out the City of Chicago, and Chicagoland area.
In 2005 Jack was assigned to the Chicago Police Department Education & Training Divisions Tactical Training Unit. Here he taught basic room entry classes, advanced room entry classes, dignitary protection, weapons detection, situational awareness classes and the active shooter program. He received his Firearms Training Certification from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board for Firearms, and is a certified law enforcement instructor for the Chicago Police Department. He is currently assigned to the Chicago Police Department Training Academy in the Firearms Training Unit.
He is a registered Firearms Instructor with the State of Illinois as well as a Carbine Instructor. 


CERTIFICATIONS

  • Chicago Police Dept Certified Firearms Instructor (Handgun & Carbine)
  • FBI Certified Firearms Instructor (Handgun & Carbine) 
  • Certified Illinois State Concealed Carry Instructor
  • Chicago Police Dept High Risk Entry Team Training
  • US Dept of Justice Planning and Executing High Risk Warrants Training
  • Network Environmental Systems Basic Clandestine Laboratory safety Certification
  • Network Environmental Systems Clandestine Laboratory Site Safety Officer Training
  • Saint Xavier Instructor's Academy Certification
  • Midwest Counter-drug Training Center Tactical Warrant Service Training
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital Tactical Emergency Casualty Care
  • Chicago Police Dept SWAT Team Basic Sniper/Observer Course
  • FBI Basic Observer/Sniper School
  • International Firearm Specialist Academy Firearm Technology and Specialist Training
  • International Firearm Specialist Academy Certified Firearms Specialist
  • Street Survival Training
  • US Marshals Special Response Team Training
  • IL State Police Tactical Operations Training
  • Multi-jurisdictional Counter-drug Task Force Maritime Tactics and Waterborne Drug Operations Training
  • Tactical Drug Operations
  • Tactical Warrant Service
  • Tactical Medicine 
  • Simunitions InstructorNortheast Counter-drug Training Center Basic Search Warrant Execution 
  • Armor Training Academy Tactical Shield Instructor
  • NRA Beretta 90 Series Armorer
  • Smith & Wesson M&P Pistol and Carbine Armorer
  • US Dept Of Homeland SecurityWMD Law Enforcement Protective Measures Training, Law Enforcement Response Actions Training, WMD Standardized Awareness Training
  • New Mexico Testing Center Incident Response To Terrorist Bombings Awareness Training
  • FEMA Law Enforcement Prevention and Deterrence of Terrorist Acts Training
  • US Bureau of Justice Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability Training
  • Glock Certified Armorer
  • Glock Advanced Armorer
  • FBI Designated Marksmanship School
  • Sig Sauer Academy Master Pistol Instructor
  • Sig Sauer Master Rifle Instructor

Josh Weitzman

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Josh was a Police Officer with the Kansas City MO Police Dept from 1993-1995. He joined the Chicago Police Department 1995. He is a 20 year veteran on the job, and is currently working Area North Violent Crimes.

He first began in the 23rd district, and for four years worked as a patrolman and tactical officer. Josh was assigned to the Organized Crime Division Narcotics Section for 4 years. During his time in Narcotics he was an undercover field officer. Josh was sworn as an FBI Deputy and participated in joint investigations. He was an original member of the High Risk Entry Team where he received advanced weapons and tactical training.

Josh was promoted in 2003 to Detective, and assigned to Area 3 Homicide-Gangs-Sex Crimes. In 2007 Josh became part of the Organized Crime Division Gang Intelligence Section, here he worked with the FBI on joint investigations.


CERTIFICATIONS

  • Chicago Police Dept High Risk Entry Training
  • DEA Firearms Course
  • Narcotics and Gang Investigation High Risk Entry Training
  • Clan Lab Safety Certification: Network Environmental Systems Inc
  • Street Survival Seminar: Sioux City IA Police
  • Counter Drug Special Reaction Team Course U.S. Army
  • Interview and Interrogation: Midwest Counter Drug Center
  • Special Response Team Training U.S Marshall’s
  • Detective Division Heavy Weapons
  • Firearms Instructor – Certified by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

INSTRUCTORS

Christopher Hoffman

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Chris joined the Chicago Police Department in 1995. In his 24 year career, he has worked in numerous positions within the police department including district patrol, bicycle patrol, plain clothes assignments, mission teams and specialized units including HBT and the Chicago Police Department SWAT team. During his career he attended firearms shooting schools with SIGARMS Academy and Chapman Academy. He received his Firearms Training Certification from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board for Firearms and Carbine Instructor, and is a certified law enforcement instructor for the Chicago Police Department.

He currently is assigned to the Chicago Police Department Training Academy in the Firearms Training Unit. Chris is a registered Firearms Instructor through the State of Illinois. Chris is a member of the ISRA and the NRA and a member of the OATH KEEPERS.


CERTIFICATIONS

  • Firearms Instructor – Chicago Police Department / State of Illinois
  • Carbine Instructor – Chicago Police Department / State of Illinois
  • Firearms Instructor – Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
  • Instructor Academy – Chicago Police Department
  • Advanced Shooting Techniques – SIGARMS Academy
  • Tactical Pistol Course – Chapman Academy
  • Taser Instructor – TASER International
  • Patrol Carbine Operator – Chicago Police Department
  • Certified Illinois State Concealed Carry Instructor
  • Smith and Wesson M&P Rifle armorer
  • Glock Armor
  • Sig Sauer P320 Armorer

Efrain Cintron Jr

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 Efrain joined the Chicago Police Department in 1992. In his 27 years of experience in law enforcement. Efrain has worked in various departments, including but not limited to patrol, tactics, and specialized unit training, i.e., Hostage Barricade Tactics and SWAT. As a SWAT team member he served as both a Team Leader, and instructor with a focus on firearms, tactics, and less lethal/distraction devices. Since 2012 Efrain has been working within the Chicago Police Academy as a firearms instructor for both new recruits and in-service personnel. He graduated from Loyola university of Chicago with a B.S. in Criminal Justice.


CERTIFICATIONS

  • Firearms Instructor – Chicago Police Department
  • Firearms Instructor – Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Rifle/Carbine Instructor – North East Multi-Regional Training, Inc.
  • Shotgun Instructor – North American Weapons and Tactical Training Center
  • Pepperball Instructor – Pepperball Technologies Inc.
  • Avon Gas Mask Instructor – Avon Protection Systems Inc.
  • OC Aerosol Projectors Instructor – Safariland Training Group
  • Specialty Impact Munitions Instructor- Safariland Training Group
  • Chemical Munitions and Distraction Devices Instructor – Safariland Training Group
  • Simunition Scenario Instructor and Safety Certification
  • Reality Based Training Instructor – Armiger Police Training Institute
  • Tactical Entry To Clan Lab – Midwest Counterdrug Training Center
  • Urban Combat – Combat Shooting and Tactics (Paul R. Howe)
  • High Risk Warrant/Hostage Rescue – Blackwater Training Center
  • Advanced Tactics – Fulcrum Tactical Training and Support Inc.
  • Tactical Pistol – The Site Firearms Training Center
  • Tactical Rifle – The Site Firearms Training Center
  • Advanced Rifle – The Site Firearms Training Center
  • Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings – (EMRTC)
  • Patriot Basic Operator Training – Wilcox
  • Emergency Response to Terrorism Basic Concepts – (IFSI)
  • WMD Law Enforcement Protective Measures Course – (DHS)
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Advanced Tactical Operations – (DHS)
  • Certified Illinois State Concealed Carry Instructor
  • Glock Armor 
  • AR-15/M-16 Armor – North East Multi-Regional Training, Inc.

Mario Vassalla

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 Mario is a 27 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. He spent 10 years with SWAT, including 6 years as a SWAT Instructor. He is a Certified Instructor, currently teaching full time at the Chicago Police Academy where he instructs new recruits firearm use. He also conducts in-service firearm instruction for veteran officers. Mario served with United States Marine Corp from 1981-1985.


CERTIFICATIONS

  • Firearms Instructor-Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Patrol Carbine Instructor-Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Operational Value of Threat, Risk and Venerability Assessment Training
  • Chicago Police Dept./Professional Certifications
  • Shotgun Instructor- Impact Training Group
  • Basic SWAT Tactics & Weapon Operation
  • Advanced SWAT Tactics/Weapon/Firearms
  • Certified in less than lethal and distraction devices
  • VTAC Night Vision Instructor (Viking Tactics)
  • Simunition Scenario Instructor-Simunition
  • Patrol Carbine Operator
  • Legal and Practical Issues of Police Use of Force-Jeff Chudwin
  • Instructor Academy- Chicago Police Academy
  • Certified Illinois State Concealed Carry Instructor
  • Armslite Rifle Armorer’s Maintenance Course
  • Glock Armor

INSTRUCTORS

Joe Rotkvich

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 Joe joined the Chicago Police Department in 1998. In the 19 years as a member of the department he worked in district patrol, tactical team, gang units, gang suppression, homicide teams, and the DEA task force. Joe is currently assigned to the Chicago Police Department Training Academy in the Firearms Training Unit. Here he assisted in designing and implementing the CPD rifle program. He is a Firearms Instructor for both recruits and in service officers.


CERTIFICATIONS

  • Firearms instructor-Chicago Police Department/State of Illinois
  • Carbine Instructor- Chicago Police Department/State of Illinois
  • Carbine Instructor- Combat Shooting and Tactics
  • Combat Rifle and Pistol Course- Midsouth Institute of Combat Shooting
  • Close Quarters Shooting and Tactics Course- O’Gara Group
  • Rifle and Pistol Tactics- Moorefield Training Center
  • Magnified Optics Shooting Course
  • Bachelors/Master Degree in Law Enforcement Fields.

**Joe also served our country with the United States Navy, he was enlisted for 8 years**

Bo Medenica

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Bo Medenica is a +21 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. Bo holds

MBA as well as graduate certificate in Training and Work Place Learning. He is as a security

specialist and a lifelong martial artist who has been an Instructor, Coach, Referee, International

Competitor and student, possessing numbers martial art and law enforcement certifications as

well as awards, titles and commendations.

Bo trains law enforcement in Use of Force, Control Tactics and Tactical Fitness. He

also teaches medical response, tactics, and firearms. Bo writes and updates

curriculum for the police academy, as well as having written and developed a courses for law

enforcement. Bo a is a licensed EMT-B, and a Crisis Intervention Team Member. He is

also a Certified as a Law Enforcement Instructor, Control Tactics Instructor, a Law Enforcement

Fitness Specialist, and Firearms Instructor.

As an independent consultant, instructor, and public speaker, he has taught and lectured to

groups and corporations on personal and public safety, including such diverse groups as the

Boeing Company, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, DePaul University, Roosevelt

University, Paramount Staffing, The Chicago Tribune and the Japanese American Service

Committee. He also has been a controller/evaluator on emergency management exercises with

focus on law enforcement response, most recently at the Metro Atlanta UASI Full Scale exercise.

Previously, as a SWAT Operator, his roles have included Trainer/Instructor, Team Leader,

Mission Planner, Safety Officer and the primary liaison officer to Fire and EMS. He has

developed and executed training programs which include Advanced Control Tactics, Tactical

Fitness and Active Shooter Response. While on the SWAT team Bo was a Member of

Security and Counter Assault Teams that protect the U.S. President, Vice President and other

visiting dignitaries. Bo was also involved in the SWAT Airport Security initiative at

both Chicago airports.

As a former member of the Gang Enforcement and Gang Intelligence Units, he has initiated

investigations, developed and identified intelligence, prepared and executed warrants, worked

extensively with outside agencies including the FBI, DEA, ATF and State Police, successfully

culminating in thousands of felony arrests.

Bo is security professional whose goal is helping making people safe.

Mike Leverett

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 Mike is a Police Officer with the Chicago Police Department since 1998. Mike has worked on multiple Tact Teams. Mike has been a firearms instructor with the Chicago Police Dept since 2009 working with In-Service Officers and recruits in both pistol and rifle training.


CERTIFICATIONS

  • Registered Firearm Instructor by State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
  • Firearms Instructor-Chicago Police Department
  • Firearms Instructor-Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Ballastic Shield Instructor School-Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • WMD Tactical Operations-U.S. Dept of Homeland Security (FEMA)
  • Terrorist Bombings Awareness Level Training Course-New Mexico Tech (LSU)
  • WMD Standardized Awareness Training Program-U.S. Dept of Homeland Security
  • Prevention and Deterrence of Terrorist Acts-(DHS) (FEMA)
  • Field Force Operations-U.S. Dept of Homeland Security (FEMA)
  • Terrorism Awareness & Response Academy-(Chicago Police Dept, FEMA)
  • Small Unit Tactical Training-Moorefield Training Center
  • Reality Based Training Instructor School-Armiger Police Training Institute
  • Certified Illinois State Concealed Carry Instructor
  • Lifetime Member N.R.A.
  • USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association)
  • Illinois State Rifle Association
  • Oath Keepers
  • Glock Armor

Instructors

Phil Singto

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 Phil is a Police Officer with the Chicago Police Department and has been on the Police Department for 16 years. During his time in the Chicago Police Department Phil has worked in a special citywide unit for 2 years, and then transitioned the last 2 years working as a Full-time Firearms Instructor at the Chicago Police Academy. Phil has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Management.
CERTIFICATIONS

  • Registered Firearm Instructor by State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
  • Firearms Instructor-Chicago Police Department
  • Firearms Instructor-Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Ballastic Shield Instructor School-Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • WMD Tactical Operations-U.S. Dept of Homeland Security (FEMA)
  • Terrorist Bombings Awareness Level Training Course-New Mexico Tech (LSU)
  • WMD Standardized Awareness Training Program-U.S. Dept of Homeland Security
  • Prevention and Deterrence of Terrorist Acts-(DHS) (FEMA)
  • Field Force Operations-U.S. Dept of Homeland Security (FEMA)
  • Terrorism Awareness & Response Academy-(Chicago Police Dept, FEMA)
  • Small Unit Tactical Training-Moorefield Training Center
  • Reality Based Training Instructor School-Armiger Police Training Institute
  • Certified Illinois State Concealed Carry Instructor
  • Lifetime Member N.R.A.
  • USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association)
  • Illinois State Rifle Association
  • Oath Keepers
  • Glock Armor

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