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Benjamin Kurata / Law Enforcement Advisory Staff

Benjamin Kurata has been a Guest Instructor at the past 6 IALEFI Annual Training Conferences and at the Past 3 ILEETA Annual Conferences. He has been a firearms instructor for 30 years and co-founded the LE Training Division at I.T.I. - Texas; the Action Target Academy; and was an Instructor at the SIGARMS Academy for 3 years. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Criminal Justice Department at the University of the Incarnate Word – San Antonio, and holds a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING, CERTIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION:

  • 2008 - Guest Instructor, IALEFI 28th Annual Training Conference                                                                                    
  • 2007 - Reality Based Training Instructor, Armiger Police Training Institute
  • 2006 - Pro-Active Training Institute Shoot House Instructor Development
  • 2006 - Guest Instructor, IALEFI 26th Annual Training Conference
  • 2006 - Tactical Logic Basic LE Armorer, AR-15 / M16 Rifle  / Carbine
  • 2006 - SABER Method LEO Basic Edged Weapon Defense Instructor 
  • 2005 - Lasermax, Inc. Laser Sight Instructor
  • 2005 - Action Target Academy Range Master
  • 2004 - Close Quarters Battle, Inc. Shoot House Operations
  • 2004 - Simunition Scenario Instructor (3 year recert)
  • 2004 - Thunder Ranch Urban Rifle II
  • 2004 - Thunder Ranch Urban Rifle I
  • 2004 - State of Minnesota Instructor
  • 2004-08 - Instructor, Action Target Academy
  • 2004 - Action Target Academy Advanced Law Enforcement 3-Gun Instructor School
  • 2004-03 - Senior Instructor, SIGARMS Academy, Epping, NH
  • 2003 - Tony Scotti Training Network Terrorism Awareness
  • 2003 - Sigarms Academy Defensive Rifle (3 year recent)
  • 2003 - Contact Defense, LLC Officer Folding Knife Safety and Operation
  • 2002 - TT Industries Night Vision Instructor
  • 2001 - Sure Fire Institute Officer Survival Low Light Instructor
  • 2001 - Sigarms Academy Armorer (3 year recent)
  • 2001 - Sigarms Academy Defensive Shotgun
  • 2000 - Thunder Ranch Defensive Handgun 3
  • 1999 - Commonwealth of Massachusetts Basic Firearms Safety Course Instructor
  • 1997 - Modern Warrior Weapons Retention and Disarming Instructor
  • 1997 - Sigarms Academy Advanced Instructor
  • 1997 - Thunder Ranch Defensive Handgun 3
  • 1996 - Thunder Ranch Defensive Handgun 2
  • 1995 - Thunder Ranch Defensive Handgun 2
  • 1993 - Defense Training International Defensive Handgun / Discretionary Shooting / Low Light Shooting         
  • 1991 - Lethal Force Institute Stressfire
  • 1990 - National Rifle Association Personal Protection Instructor
  • 1987 - M.S., Management, Maryville College, St. Louis
  • 1984 - Chapman Academy Advanced Handgun
  • 1983 - Chapman Academy Intermediate Handgun
  • 1979 - M.S., Criminal Justice, Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

  •  International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA)
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI)
  • National Rifle Association, Life Member

 SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE:

  • Eleven years operational, management, and training experience in state, federal and private sector criminal justice organizations
  • Twenty five years experience in adult learning and development including criminal justice, state government, state university, and financial services industry