Joe is a thirty three-year veteran of the Princeton, Massachusetts Police Department as well as a former firearms instructor with the Westminster Massachusetts Police Department. Since 1988, Joe has been the principal firearms instructor for the Princeton Police Department. He also served for 17 years as the chief firearms instructor for the Wayland Auxiliary Police Department. He is a Level IV Master Instructor/Trainer for the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) and holds several instructor certifications, including MPTC, Massachusetts Sheriff’s Association, NRA Law Enforcement Tactical Shooting Instructor, S&W Academy Patrol Rifle Instructor and is an REB certified OC Instructor, MPTC F.A.T.S. Instructor and Range 2000 Instructor. He is on the MPTC Firearms Training Committee. Joe retired from the Waltham Public School system after serving 33 years as a secondary education social studies teacher.
He is a Massachusetts State Police Adjunct Instructor in Mental Preparation for Lethal Encounters as well as a Basic Handgun Safety instructor and LEOSA instructor. Joe is a member of IALEFI and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor’s & Armorer’s Association (MLEFI & AA). He served as the editor of a comprehensive firearms course manual for MLEFI & AA that is currently in its sixth printing and is in use at over thirty P.O.S.T. Academies and agencies around the world. Joe has been an instructor for the MLEFI & AA Annual Instructor Development Training Conferences. He has also presented at the IALEFI RTC in Colliers Mills, NJ and Gilford, NH. He has been an integral part of the subsequent training conferences that MLEFI & AA has offered over the years.
Most importantly, he served for 17 years as the secretary for the MLEFI & AA, handling the day-to-day activities of the association and spearheads the on-going project for an addendum for the Firearms Course Manual that will be published within the next year. He has published articles in law enforcement publications. Joe has attended numerous classes taught by nationally known firearms trainers such as John Farnum, Jim Cirillo (NYPD ret.), Jerry Lane, Massad Ayoob, Bank Miller, Lou Chiodo, Mike Conti and many others. Over the years he has also attended many of the IALEFI RTC’s in New York and New Jersey and several IALEFI Annual Training Conferences. He is also a graduate of the Lethal Force Institute and attended the Law Enforcement Training Camp (LETC) in Provo, Utah in June of 1998. He has been consulted by many leading firearms trainers around the country.
Joe is a charter member of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).