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Manuel "Manny" Espinoza
Illinois Concealed Carry Instructor certified by State of Illinois
NRA certified pistol Instructor
Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor certified by
Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB)
Shoot-house Instructor certified by Singleton International
Law enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response
(LASER) Instructor certified by
National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT)
4E's Active Shooter, Civilian Response, Instructor certified by Tier 1 Tactical
ILETSB/FEMA certified Field Force Operation
Basic/Advanced Special Weapons and Tactics Course certified by Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System
Less Lethal Instructor (chemical munitions, impact munitions and NFDD) certified by Watch House International
I am an active law enforcement officer of 18 years, currently assigned in patrol as Patrol Sergeant, in one of the larger departments in the St. Louis Metro East area. I supervise a patrol shift and qualify active/retired police officers with their firearms. I also train officers in several less-lethal weaponries.
In 2008, I was assigned to a local Tactical Response Team (TRT), where I began my training in Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT). In 2009 I joined a regional Special Response Team (SRT) comprised of approximately 40 tactical operators which serves 11 counties in Illinois. The SRT is a fully functional team that serves high risk search warrants, responds to barricaded/hostage incidents along with any other situation requiring specialized trained officers. I have taken part in numerous operations (ops) ranging from high risk search warrants to barricaded incidents. I also had the opportunity to take part in high profile ops, such as the Chicago NATO Summit 2012 and served as a "react team" during a protection detail for Vice-President, Joe Biden.
I am still an active member of the SRT team and serve as a ‘squad leader.’ As a ‘squad leader,’ I prepare and oversee training for the SRT several times a year and also develop and present op orders for high risk search warrants. I have attended: an 80-hour basic SWAT school; Advanced SWAT – Midsouth Institute Self-Defense Shooting, Advanced SWAT – Hostage Rescue; a Team Leader course, along with numerous WMD related courses. Further, I attended numerous live-fire Shoothouse training and monitored and evaluated the officers during the live-fire Shoothouse training.
I have been instructing the Illinois 16/8 Concealed Carry Course since early 2016 and have taught many different experience levels. I believe Halo sets itself out because all instructors are not only highly qualified in instructing how to shoot. We also teach when it is justified.
I have experience in large scale Active Shooter response training for both armed security along with civilian response. I have instructed a Concealed Carry refresher course for Law Enforcement so they could have a better understanding in Illinois Concealed Carry laws and I assist in instructing Tactical Emergency Casualty Care. I enjoy imparting my knowledge to my students so they can better them selves while providing them a tactical advantage.
Stay armed, Be safe and Continue to train!
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