Chris Ray is currently a Captain at the Ward County Detention Center in Minot, ND with over 12 years of experience in correctional facilities. Chris worked for the Kaufman County Detention Center in Kaufman, TX before moving to ND. Prior to that Chris served in the U.S. Air Force as a Security Forces Leader. During his service, he was deployed to Iraq where he worked in detainee operations, which provided various insights for the corrections community when dealing with different cultures. Chris holds certifications in Method of Instruction, Is an ND POST Board approved instructor for the state of ND. Holds several certifications in defensive tactics and de-escalation techniques. Chris also holds a combative certification in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and brings a vast amount of knowledge to the corrections environment through years of experience both as an administrator and correctional officer. Chris is essential in reviewing his own department policy and procedures as it relates to the corrections environment and has been instrumental in reducing department liability through training.

Brian is a certified peace officer in the State of Colorado, where he has served for 25 years as a volunteer and paid employee.  Brian has been a Cadet, Reserve Deputy, Dispatcher, Jail Deputy, Patrol Officer, Training & Personnel Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Professional Standards Unit Sergeant, and Commander.  He has been teaching a variety of topics to both sworn personnel and civilians for over 30 years and has a Bachelor in Education and a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Human Resources.

Brian has held 16 collateral assignments throughout his career to include honor guard, field training officer, driving instructor, de-escalation instructor, SWAT negotiator, voice-stress analyst, linguistics analyst, integrity interviewer, CVSA operator, and background investigator.  Since 2010, he has been working primarily on administrative tasks in training, hiring, and internal affairs.  Brian has logged over 5,000 hours of training coordination.  He has personally taught thousands of hours of classes on a variety of topics to both sworn and civilian staff.

During his time in the personnel division, he coordinated 150 hiring processes where he hired 200 employees and volunteers.  During his tenure, officer retention increased by 21%.  As the agency lead on background investigations, he has completed over 400 employment backgrounds and taught dozens of personnel on this important topic.  He is passionate about finding exceptional candidates that accurately fit the job for which they applied.

Phil Holmes currently holds a Missouri Generalist and Specialist Instructor Certification, with 29 years of law enforcement service. He has well over 18 years of instructor experience with police personnel involving defensive tactics, domestic violence, racial profiling, and report preparation.

He teaches courses at the Eastern Missouri Law Enforcement Academy and at his home agency for officers and recruits concerning defensive tactics techniques, racial profiling,  and responses to domestic violence. He is an experienced officer, formerly assigned to Patrol, DARE, SWAT, and DWI enforcement.  He graduated from the Nevada Highway Patrol Academy in Carson City, NV.  He is a graduate of the Missouri Baptist University with a bachelor of science degree in Administration of Justice.

Dr. Matthew J. Stiehm has received an Educational Doctorate from Argosy University, where the focus of his research was higher education campus safety and security. He has a Master’s Degree of Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University, with his final paper focusing on the investigation of child abuse and finally a Bachelors of Science from Wayne State College, Nebraska.

Dr. Stiehm has instructed police officers and other professionals in the areas of; peace officer rights, child abuse, use of force, leadership and interviewing for continuing education credit. He is recognized as a subject matter expert in tribal law enforcement where he focused on the disparity of Native American Officers versus Non Native Officers serving tribal land; he also focused on general training issues in Indian Country Law Enforcement. He is also a recognized authority in general police practices, training trends, and other standards. Dr. Stiehm has served as a police practices expert with local (MN) based law firms. Dr. Stiehm has been retained in Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Indiana and New York to provide “expert” opinions for use of force in federal court. Dr. Stiehm also has submitted reports to federal court for various police use of force cases.

Dr. Stiehm also has worked as an adjunct instructor for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center out of Glynco, Georgia. Dr. Stiehm is also a CLS through AELE, he has attended numerous other force training programs. Dr. Stiehm has authored articles in POLICEONE, CORRECTIONSONE, Law Officer Magazine, ILEETA Journal, and the IACP Magazine.

Robert has over 16 years law enforcement experience, with 9 of those years on a tactical team. He specializes in Solo Response Tactics for Law Enforcement, civilian active shooter response, as well as close quarter lethal threats, counter-ambush tactics, edge weapons and various forms of armed and unarmed combat. Rob is one of the top active shooter response trainers in the United States. Rob has worked in patrol, criminal investigations, field training officer, tactical team leader and school resource officer. He has an associates degree in Criminal Justice as well as a bachelors degree in in Public Safety Administration. Rob was an academy instructor for 6 years where he trained on several various topics.

Rob is a Crossfit Coach and has over 20 years of martial arts experience. He captured the title of Triple Crown Martial Arts Champion for two consecutive years, as well as a National Weapons Champion. He is also in the National Sport Karate Hall of Fame. Rob has trained thousands of people nationwide, including SWAT, Federal Agents, Military Personnel, Public School Districts and Universities. He also specializes in corporate training for business owners and their staff.

18 years Texas Police Officer
Master Peace Officer License (TCOLE)
Experienced Field Training Officer (FTO)
Police Defensive Tactics Instructor
Simunition Scenario & Safety Instructor
Police Firearms Instructor Certification (TCOLE)
Police Instructor Certification (TCOLE)
Martial Arts Instructor (Various Systems)
22 Years Military Service (1995-Present)
US Army Chief Warrant Officer
USACIDC Special Agent
Extensive DoD Protective Services Training & Experience
Master of Science in Criminal Justice

10 years as a Missouri Police Officer
United States Air Force 1997-2007
Nuclear Security Operations as a Security Forces (Police) controller/trainer
Special-Operations position at the Air Mobility Warfare Center (AMWC) located at Fort Dix, NJ
Phoenix Raven/Readiness instructor in 2001
2001-2003 United States Air Marshall
2003 – Master Instructor in over 30 courses while assigned to the Air Mobility Warfare Center
Military College accredited courses including Anti/Counter-Terrorism, Combat/Defensive Tactics, Tactical Communication, and Defensive Operations
College of the Air Force with an Associate in Applied Science of Criminal Justice.
Has conducted over 50 combat operations, and instructed over 8,000 personnel
Instructor for the Eastern Missouri Police Academy
Subject matter expert in de-escalation for the State of Missouri

23 Years as a Texas Police Officer
Master Peace Officer License
Over 17 Years of police teaching experience
Experienced FTO
Professional Standards Supervisor
Public information officer
Detective Crimes Against Children / Child Abduction Response Team
Texas Instructor Certification
Police Krav Maga Instructor
Teaches both gun and knife disarmament techniques
Police academy adjunct instructor teaching various courses
15 Years Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaching police/cadets, and military personnel
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Brown belt in Krav Maga
Experienced in Kenpo Karate
Experience in various other styles of martial arts
4 Time outstanding instructor awards
Scenario-based training instructor
Has taught several systems throughout his years as a police officer
Graduate of the Force Science Institute use of force examination
Has been involved in use of force policy for DFW agency
Teaches courses throughout the United States
Published author
Featured in the video documentary how martial arts influences law enforcement use of force