Robert Watt, Torrance Police Department, California……………………
Robert Watt is a Lieutenant for the Torrance Police Department in Southern California and has been with the department for 25 years. Robert is currently assigned to Patrol as a Watch Commander and has additional collateral duties as commander on the department’s regional platoon squad, Trauma Support cadre, liaison between the police department and the major mall within city limits and for the last 19 years has been an active member of our in-house EVOC team.
Robert began his law enforcement career in 1993 and has worked a variety of assignments during his career. Patrol, SWAT, Detectives, Field Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant and EVOC as an Officer, Sergeant and now Lieutenant.
Robert has been instrumental in expanding his department’s training to include the training of outside agencies in addition to both sworn and non-sworn Torrance personnel. He has helped change the training curriculum of the EVOC program to better address data driven trends on the reason for traffic collisions involving police personnel.
Robert has been an ALERT member for over 15 years now, has been a Regional Representative and has attended the last seven conferences.
Robert was born and raised in Southern California, currently lives in the area with his wife and two children. He has played ice hockey most of his life and is an avid two-time Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings fan.
Geoff Bush, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania
Corporal Geoffrey Bush is currently assigned as a full time Instructor at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey Pa. He is the Departments lead EVOC instructor and is also a certified Taser, use of force, and officer safety instructor. He is also a certified instructor through the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Training Commission. Cpl. Bush has over 20 years of law enforcement experience including 2 years as a municipal police officer in Pennsylvania, 7 years as a Trooper with the Virginia State Police and 11 years with the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). In addition to his current position, in his career he has worked in Patrol, Investigations, participated and supervised narcotics task forces, and participated in City/State Aggressive Patrol Partnership task forces. He is a graduate in Criminology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Cpl. Bush initiated and played an integral part in revamping the EVOC program and curriculum for the PSP, including preparing a 200 page comprehensive driver training manual. He introduced the Below 100 program to the PSP and has trained over 700 members in the Department. He is a Master EVOC instructor and is responsible for training other EVOC instructors throughout the state of Pennsylvania. He is a nationally certified EVOC and Precision Immobilization Technique Instructor through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Cpl. Bush is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and the International Association of Law Enforcement Emergency Response Trainers (ALERT). He received the ALERT Zman award in 2015 and is a 2016 outstanding nominee for the IACP State and Provincial Police Academy Directors Instructor of the year.
Jonathan Davis, Ohio State Highway Patrol
Jonathan S. Davis is a Sergeant with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP). In his 14 year career he has served as a Deputy Sheriff for 1 year, 5 years as a city Police Officer and 8 years with the OSHP. In his career he has worked on narcotics task forces, Criminal Patrol teams, Investigations and is currently an academy instructor. Sgt. Davis is course director for Emergency Vehicle Operations, Physical Fitness Programs and Basic Training for new Police recruits for OSHP training academy in Columbus, Ohio. He has designed and implemented new Emergency Vehicle Operations training courses for OSHP and assisted other agencies with EVO training for their officers.
In 2014, as a Subject Matter Expert in Emergency Vehicle Operation’s he assisted in revamping the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Driver’s Training Program. These cutting edge programs are designed at decreasing agency liability and improving officer safety. He has also been instrumental in bringing the national “Below 100” campaign to the State of Ohio and is a Core Instructor for the program. Sergeant Davis holds the position of Secretary on the executive board for the Association of Law Enforcement Emergency Response Trainers. Sergeant Davis is a Master Instructor and Train-the-Trainer for numerous training programs.
Away from the OSHP, Sergeant Davis is a consultant for a fortune 500 company that provides agencies and officers with support and various resources designed to improve operations and quality of life.
Robert Strong, Midwest Police Department, Oklahoma
Robert Strong began his career at Midwest City Police Department in Oklahoma in 1979. He joined the department’s training staff in 1981 and received State Certifications as an Instructor in Firearms, Chemical Agents, D.A.R.E. Instructor, D.A.R.E. Mentor Instructor, as well as CISM. Robert also served as the entry man on his Departments SWAT Team from 1981-94. Robert was also one of only 4 Instructors selected to serve as an Associate Staff Instructor in 1987 by the TSI Federal Governments Anti-Terrorism Program in Oklahoma City and taught Weapons Capabilities and Effects for TSI 1987-91, training Law Officers from all over the World. Robert also was one of two Officers selected to Instruct Police Officers and Bodyguards in Sal Salvador, El Salvador for SPIRIT Specialist Unlimited in the late 80’s and early 90’s as well. Robert is also a Nationally Registered Intermediate Paramedic and has been employed by Midwest EMS since 1989. Robert formalized and started Midwest EMS first ever EVO classroom and driving EVO program in 2012 and is the acting Coordinator and only Instructor for his agency of 110 Medics. Robert also graduated from Counter Narcotics Tactical Officers Medical School in San Antonio (CONTOMS ) in 1997. Robert has been an LEDT / EVOC Instructor at his Department since graduating from Oklahoma Highway Patrols LEDT Instructor school in 1998 and is currently serving as one of his Departments Senior Instructors. Robert has been an ALERT member since 2000 and began attending ALERT Conferences in 2001.
Curtis L. Pote, Iowa Law Enforcement Academy
Curtis L. Pote is an Instructor with the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and is the Primary Instructor in the areas of Precision Driving, Below 100, Physical Training, Interview and Interrogation, Verbal Defense and Influence, and Bicycle Patrol. During the past five years, Curtis has had the privilege to train about 1,500 law enforcement officers from Iowa and the surrounding states.
Curtis grew up in Iowa. He then attended Truman State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Justice Systems. Curtis later attended Drake University and earned a degree of Master of Public Administration.
Curtis began his law enforcement career with the Muscatine, Iowa Police Department in 1998. He served the City of Muscatine for 3 years until moving to Ankeny and served as a Police Officer for 12 years. While at the Ankeny Police Department, Curtis served in many roles including Field Training Officer, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Less Lethal Instructor, Bicycle Patrol Officer Instructor, Narcotics Investigator and Sergeant. Curtis has also served as an Adjunct Instructor at Des Moines Area Community College since 2005.
Curtis has been a member of ALERT International for many years and has served as the Region 3 Representative for that past 5 years. He is also a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association.
Curtis is married to his high school sweetheart, Melissa and together they have three wonderful children; Isabella, Landon and Lucianna.
Albert Liebno, Jr., Md. Police & Correctional Training Commissions
Albert Liebno, Jr. is the current Deputy Director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions Maryland’s POST Agency) in Sykesville, Maryland. Al is a charter member of ALERT International, held the Associations’s President position from 2013-2017 and hosted the 2011 National Conference in Annapolis, Maryland. He began his law enforcement career in 1974 with the Maryland State Police and was most noted for his 18 years of overseeing that Department’s EVO program. In 1985 Mr. Liebno developed, received approval and implemented MSP’s first “formalized” EVOC program in the Department’s history. In 2001 Al retired from the Maryland State Police with 28 years of service. Immediately following his retirement he continued his passion for EVOC training in the position of Administrator for Maryland’s new Public Safety Education and Training Center’s statewide Driver Training Facility. Then in 2007 he was promoted to the newly created position of Skills Training Administrator with the responsibility of supervising, directing and integrating all “skills” related training for the MPCTC providing all types of practical skills training for police and correctional officers from Maryland’s 170 police and 30 correctional agencies.
Al has also provided vehicle operations training to civilian students as a Driver’s Education Instructor for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration new driver program. He also works with the seven High School administrators in his county of residence educating parents and Jr/Sr students in developing proper skills to handle unexpected emergencies while driving on the highways.
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