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Special Thanks to
The Supreme Court of Ohio
for all of their help and support !
The 2013 Spring/Summer Ohio Bailiffs and Court Officers Association Conference will be held on the dates of June 7th - 8th. Please go to the conference page for conference information and the link to the registration form.
2013 Conference Training Instructors
Mr. Gary Berry ( Tactical Awareness Group)http://tacticalawarenessgroup.com/
Bio - Gary Berry is the President of Tactical Awareness Group, Inc. Mr. Berry offers his clients the benefits of more than 35 years of professional experience and technical field exposure as an instructor and trainer in federal, state and local law enforcement. His areas of service include private and corporate security, protection against environmental danger and loss, as well as personal and environmental safety for high profile individuals. Mr. Berry's background in criminal investigations, undercover operations,crowd management, and dignitary and high-profile protection provides a diverse background balanced with expertise that ensures his clients receive the benefit of a very strong skill set that ensures personal and environmental safety. Mr. Berry is proficient in criminal and civil laws and procedures, enforcement operations, physical techniques, and technical equipment He is recognized as a specialist in his field and is consulted and retained to provide expert testimony on behalf of law enforcement agencies in the areas of "use or force" and undercover operations.
Mr. Berry's background includes numerous instructor accreditations from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. He holds instructor/trainer certification from the Peace Officers Training Academy (POTA) in London, Ohio, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and is acclaimed as one of the best law enforcement training institutions in the nation. Mr. Berry is also certified as an instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), now a division of the Department of Homeland Security, in Glynco, Georgia. FLETC specializes in providing expert training and technology-based learning, including simulation and modeling, to enhance existing training delivery systems and methodologies.
Mr. Berry has been a supervisor at POTA and continues to provide instruction in advanced defensive unarmed tactics, batons, defensive driving, Ohio liquor laws, vice drug identification, and in undercover operations. He has trained over 5,000 state, county and local officers for the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Mr. Berry is also a former senior instructor and trainer at FLETC and periodically provides course development and instruction in unarmed defensive tactics, close quarter combat, extendable baton, PR-24 baton, handcuffing, vehicle stops and extractions, crime scene investigations, fingerprint classifications, safety and survival, drug identification, sequential drug testing, and undercover operations. Mr. Berry has trained more than 8,000 federal law enforcement officers attending the agency. In collaboration with other TAG experts, Mr. Berry designs courses in executive protection and undercover operations.
As a specialized law enforcement instructor, Mr. Berry custom-tailors courses and services to cater to individual client needs, inclusive of executive and high-profile personal protection services. His services incorporate industry standards of personal safety presented in a number of scenarios, as well as implement techniques and methodologies to ensure personal safety and protection. Noteworthy among his courses is the "Street Simulation Tactics" course which was developed to address individual safety of auditors employed by the Office of the Inspector General for Audit in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Since the origination of the course, Street Simulation Tactics has been tailored to accommodate the ever evolving civilian/corporate population. Mr. Berry's clients currently include companies in real estate, sporting events, celebrity/high-profile protective services, and others who need crowd control for large populations.
Mr. Berry's extensive experience and field expertise ensures that clients benefit from a high level of professionally designed and carefully implemented intelligence measures that enhance an environment of protection and precaution from hostile acts or influences.
- Executive Protection Instructor/Trainer (certified by various agencies, including State of Ohio, U.S. Secret Service, FBI, U.S. Marshals, and Tactical Awareness Group Inc. - Columbus, Ohio)
- Tactical Entry Operations Instructor/Trainer (certified by U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration - Quantico, Virginia)
- Extendable Baton and PR-24 standard and extendable baton Instructor/Trainer (certified by Monadnock Lifetime Products - Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire)
- Simunition Supervisor/Trainer (certified by Simunition - Avon, Connecticut)
- Close Quarter Combat Instructor/Trainer (certified by Metropolitan Police Self Defense Institute - Chicago Heights, Illinois)
- Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Spray Instructor/Trainer (certified by Law Enforcement Concepts Inc. - San Diego, California and Dayton, Ohio)
- Tactical Simulation Instructor/Trainer (certified by Tactical Awareness Group, Inc. -Columbus, Ohio)
- 7th Degree Black Belt in Shorin-Ruy Karate
- 2nd Degree Black Belt in Ha kyu-Ryu JuJitsu
- 1st Degree Black Belt in Kodokan Judo
Mr. Michael Webber (WebbFire Virtual Training)http://webbfiretraining.com/
Mike Webber is the owner of Webbfire Virtual training. Mike is retired from the Ohio State Highway Patrol after 26 years of service. Since retirement from the patrol, he has worked as an instructor and law enforcement coordinator for the University of Findlay's All Hazard Center. He has been involved with video scenario training for over nine years and has trained thousands of officers on his systems.
Mike has purchased a FATS (Firearm Training System), making it available for law enforcement and security personnel on a rental basis. FATS Incorporated is the world leader in small arms simulation and has more than 90% of the worldwide market for police, military, and private training.
Check out the WebbFire Training Video Below !
Wood County Common Pleas Court
Court Security Department
One Courthouse Square
Bowling Green, OH 43402
Thomas Chidester, www.co.wood.oh.us/courtsecurity
Mr. Thomas Chidester is a lifelong resident of the state of Ohio. His background in law enforcement has been at all levels of enforcement agencies. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo, a former member of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, employed by the security division of General Motors, and the Chief Court Constable for Wood County Common Pleas Court for the past seventeen years.
Mr. Chidester is a certified OPOTA instructor and school commander. His certifications are so numerous that listing them would be ongoing. He has received training at the US Marshall Academy, Ohio Peace Officers Academy, Ohio State Patrol Academy, Ohio Supreme Court and many additional places. The examples of his work have been praised by top officials for having the best security program in the State of Ohio.
Mr. Chidester's most recent award was for the 2012 Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton Award from the Ohio Supreme Court. He has extensive training in the court security field. Representative Randy Gardner House District 6 129th presented Mr. Chidester with a letter of recognition. Mr. Chidester has served on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Court Security and Emergency Preparedness and Chair of the training subcommittee. Mr. Chidester also attended the Department of Justice United States Marshals Service training academy in Glynco, Georgia in state and local court security. He has also written a lesson plan on Violence on the Workplace that he teaches and is in the process of preparing a lock down procedure. Mr. Chidester participated in the training law enforcement active shooter emergency response and IED awareness/ Bomb threat management workshop from FEMA US Dept. of Homeland Security. He also attended at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, technical emergency response training for CBRNE Incidents in Anniston, Alabama. His lifetime has been dedicated to learning as much knowledge about helping ensure safety and security to all employees and citizens coming to the courthouse in Wood County.
Mr. Chidester has been married thirty years to his wife Susan, and has two grown daughters, Brooke and Morgan.
Telephone: (419) 354-9266
Fax: (419) 373-4905