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Dan Danaher

Tactical Encounters

Dan Danaher is a retired sergeant with 28 years of law enforcement experience. He has been retained by his former agency as the range master to oversee the firearms and TASER programs. Dan is also the co-founder of Tactical Encounters Inc., a law enforcement training company based out of Michigan.

Dan is a former Marine Non-Commissioned Officer, where he served as a rifleman, scout/sniper and marksmanship instructor. Dan also served in the Persian Gulf, during the Iran/Iraq War on the USS Okinawa and Mobile Sea Base Hercules in support of Operations Earnest Will and Prime Chance.

Prior assignments/duties include patrol supervisor, special operations unit, motor officer, range-master, and narcotics and surveillance bureau. Dan was also the former senior team leader for the Western Wayne Special Operations Team with over 18 years of SWAT experience as both a sniper and entry team leader. He is the former operations officer of the Western Wayne County Mobile Field Force Team and was a member of his department’s Color/Honor Guard for over 25 years.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Madonna University in criminal justice. He holds instructor certifications in the following areas: Firearms, Patrol Rifle, Rapid Deployment, Defensive Tactics, Ground Fighting, Spontaneous Knife Defense, Taser®, Personal Chemical Agents, Strategies & Tactics on Patrol Stops, SWAT Tactics, Low-Light Tactics, Confrontational Simulation/Reality Based Training, Live-Fire Shoot-House, A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) and C.R.A.S.E (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events).

First responders need to open lines of communication and share knowledge, experience and resources so we can coalesce all of our assets
Such training can mimic the stressors officers face when they have to enter a structure in a possibly lethal environment
Law enforcement personnel need to be able to treat themselves and their partners if and when disaster strikes
SWAT officers realize that their experience on a SWAT team makes them a better overall police officer
Agencies across the country have adopted policies and procedures to train and equip line officers for situations that have customarily been reserved for SWAT teams
All SWAT officers should use pre-mission visualization and try to plan for every contingency – both as a team and as individual SWAT operators – because it can mean the difference between life and death
Unfortunately, many patrol rifle programs are insufficient in preparing officers to have the confidence and skills to properly and effectively deploy their rifles during stressful engagements
Your rank or position can command compliance, but it doesn’t make you a leader – others deem you to be a leader because of the totality of your character
We must create the proper environment in order for officers to visualize the true threat that is ever present and be prepared physically and mentally to prevail
SWAT is a specialized unit and those selected to be members of that unit should be special people who possess extraordinary skills and abilities