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Brian C. Smith, Senior Instructor

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  • Graduate of Thornton Community College, So. Holland, IL, Associates in Law Enforcement

  • Graduate of University of Virginia, Quantico, Virginia, Criminal Justice Certificate

  • Graduate of the 184th Session, FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia


  • 42 years, Martial Arts Instructor, Chicago Heights Park District

  • 41years, advisory board member, American Federation of Police

  • 6 years, advisory board member, Criminal Justice Board, Northwest Business College,

  • 18 years , Adjunct Instructor, South Suburban Emergency Response Team, South Suburbs Chicago

  • 6 years, Director of Training, National Security, LTD.

  • 42 years of local law enforcement experience as well as weapons and tactical training

  • 14 years, Dignitary Protection

  • 34 years, Firearms Instructor, National Rifle Association, Law Enforcement Activities Division



  • NRA (Law Enforcement) – Handgun, Shotgun, and Select Fire #2889501

  • NRA – (Education & Training) Handgun, Shotgun, Rifle, Personal Protection inside the home, Personal Protection outside the home, Home Firearms Safety, and Advance Pistol Instructor

  • NRA Firearms Training Counselor & Chief Range Safety Officer, Appointed March 2013

  • Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board – Handgun, Shotgun, and Patrol Rifle

  • Illinois Dept. of Professional Regulation, Firearms Licensed Instructor License #263.000149

  • Illinois Approved Concealed Carry Instructor. 13A375

  • Shoot on Steel Instructor – Action Target, Inc.

  • Low Light Instructor – Tactical Services Group


  • Force on Force Simulation Safety Instructor – M.L.E.F.A.A.

  • Distraction Device, Less Lethal Impact, Chemical Munitions, O.C. Pepper Spray– Defense Technologies

  • Use of Force instructor, Safariland Training Group

  • Active Shooter Instructor Illinois Tactical Officer’s Association

  • Civilian  Response to Active Shooter Events  Train-the-Trainer,  ALERRT

  • Certified Law Enforcement Trainer, ASLET (American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers)

  • National Certified Instructor, (International Association of Directors Of Law Enforcement Standards and


  • Uscca - Concealed Carry & Home Defense Instructor


  • Police Self-Defense Instructor, United States Karate Association, Law Enforcement Liaison Division, 1977

  • PCB Expandable Baton

  • ASP Tactical Baton, 1987

  • Pressure Point Control Tactic, PPCT Management Systems, Inc., 1997

  • Police Control & Restraint Techniques, Federal Labs, 1995

  • Compliance and Control Holds, Larry Smith Enterprise  2007

  • Senior Master Instructor License for Defensive Tactics, U.S. Specialized Law Enforcement Training Commission, 2009

  • Handgun Retention, ARMA Training, LLC, 2010

  • Weapon Retention & Disarm, Tactical Training Associates, Inc, 2010

  • Edged Weapon Defense, Tactical Training Associates, Inc. 2012


  • FBI National Academy Associates

  • American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens,  Appointed “National President” 2017

  • International Law Enforcement  Educators Trainers Association (ILEETA) Charter member

  • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, IALEFI Appointed Board of Directors,

  • National Rifle Association

  • National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)

  • National Association of Chief of Police – “Vice President”,  Appointed 2015

  • Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors

  • Moose Lodge, Chapter #828

  • Juko Kai International


  • Prairie State College, June 2015 – December 2022, Patrolman (Full-Time)

  • Steger Police Department,  December 2010 – Present ,  Patrolman (Part-Time)

  • Glenwood Police Department, July 2008 – November 2010, Police Chief

  • Chicago Heights Police Department, July 1978 – July 2008, Retired at 30 years of service at rank of Captain

  • Consulted and developed the Chicago Heights Park District’s first police department, (April - July 2012)


  • 10th Degree Black Belt, Goshin Jutsu, Juko Kai International

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt, Hakko Denshin Ryu Ju-Jitsu

  • 1st Degree Black Belt, Judo, USJA

  • Inducted in the Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame, 2007

  • Appointed “Shihan” (Master Level) 2007


  • 2023 "Outstanding Instructor/Dojo of the Year," Juko Kai International

  • 2016 “Trainer of the Year,” International Law Enforcement Educators Trainers Association

  • 2015 “Law Enforcement Trainer of the Year,” Juko Kai International

  • 2014 “Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor of the Year,” National Rifle Association, L.E. Activities Div.

  • Recognition Award, for Service and Dedication, South Suburban Emergency Response Team, 2009 & 2011

  • Appreciation Award, for Training Services, U.S. Inspector General’s Office, 2001

  • 1993 Outstanding Trainer of the Year”,  Midwest Tactical Training Institute

  • Silver Star for Bravery, Hostage Situation, American Police Hall of Fame, 1992

  • J. Edgar Hoover Award for Distinguished Public Service, American Police Hall of Fame, 1995

  • 2012 & 2013 “Public Service Award” National Rifle Association

  • 1981, Founded and Director – Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute and the Chicago Heights Ju-Jitsu   

  • Academy.  Founded to teach defensive tactics and firearms to law enforcement along with civilians


  • At Village of Steger, Smith conducts in-service training for the Police, Fire and ESDA departments

  • Prairie State College, In-Service Trainer

  • At Chicago Heights PD, Smith served as Commander of Training & Special Operations, Range Master, 1995-formed and trained the first Special Operations team, Summer of 2001 & 2002 formed (S.A.F.E.) Selective Area Field Enforcement task force-multi-jurisdictional tactical team, consisted of Chicago Heights, Steger, and South Chicago Heights Police Departments

  • 2012, consulted and created the first chartered police department for the Chicago Heights Park District

  • Freelance writer with approximately 200 articles published on law enforcement firearms and self-defense topics

  • National Security, LTD, Smith trained the first private security tactical team to patrol high risk neighborhoods in Chicago’s North & South sides in 1990-96

  • 2001, 2002, trained the U.S. Army Reserves, Battalion 1544 Transportation Unit in Defensive Tactics

  • 1982, 1983, Guest Instructor, Ohio Peace Officers Academy, for Defensive Tactics

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