Vet Instructor Credentials

Instructors and courses should be checked out and vetted prior to contracting and receiving any training.

Think I’m off base here?  Go ask your city or county attorney or agency legal advisor.

Think it won’t be found out?  In the age of Google® and the Internet, fraudulent backgrounds can be found out in minutes.

Vet Their Creds

Check your instructors out – vet them.  If they say they have military experience in special operations, ask for proof.  Ask for DD214’s or other military records.  If they say that they came from a certain agency, reach out to that agency.  Do a little homework before you plunk down your or your agency’s hard earned cash.

Ask for school rosters for the last couple of classes and call a couple of students to check the instructor out.  Don’t accept statements like, “My job was Top Secret and only the President knew what I did…”  Good instructors will welcome the scrutiny.  They know that frauds, posers and charlatans are within the ranks of instructors available and that if background checks are completed, real deal instructors will be chosen instead.

Sadly I once asked a Naval officer about a certain instructors claims.  The query came back, “Not to be trusted.”  I then sent back an email a short while later after the Navy hired this same instructor to train their personnel in Greece in SWAT tactics.  One instructor I’m familiar with makes more money in contracts from the state law enforcement academy each year than many police officers or sheriff’s deputies in rural counties in the state.  And yet he has fabricated his background, police and military resume as well as lacking any tactical expertise or crowd control experience.

Yet agencies and officers continue to pay these people for training.  Is it that we trust and don’t want to believe we’re being lied to?  Is it that we buy the “used car salesman’s” pitch and don’t kick the wheels or look under the hood?  Are we so motivated to get “high-speed-low-drag” training that we don’t check to see if the instructor is who he says he is or has the experience he claims?

I dunno but until we start doing a little background on professional trainers and instructors we use and check out the classes we attend: these posers, frauds and criminals will continue and that’s sad considering the ethical, honorable, credible, experienced professional trainers and instructors who are out there.


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