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Ken Hardesty

Excellence in Training

Ken Hardesty served seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps before deciding to pursue a career in law enforcement. He has served continuously for fourteen years in large California agencies. His assignments include Detention, Patrol, Field Training Officer, Specialist Officer, Academy Recruit Training Officer, Basic Academy Coordinator and In-Service Training Officer. Ken is California POST certified to teach Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Chemical Agents, First Aid/CPR and Patrol Response to Active Shooter. Additional certifications include, National Rifle Association Tactical Shooting Instructor, Surefire Low Light Instructor and PepperBall Instructor. He is a court-certified expert in Illegal Weapons, and serves as a subject matter expert for the State of California in the areas of Firearms and Chemical Agents. Ken teaches Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings for the Department of Homeland Security as well as Leadership and Firearms/Chemical Agents Program Evaluation for the California Commission on POST. Ken is Charter Member and on the Board of Advisors for NLEFIA. Ken enjoys spending time with family and is the proud father of two.

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What are today’s cops doing that keeps them engaged in the job, with their heads up? The answer is simple — we want to leave a better world for our children than what was left for us
Today’s law enforcement professionals are finding themselves engaging adversaries with a higher degree of training than ever before
Appendix carry — carrying a concealed handgun near or on the centerline of the body — takes some getting used to (a really good holster helps!)
Police personnel are now discovering what athletes have known for some time — the benefit of kinesiology taping
In order to maximize efficiency and deliver the highest quality training to our personnel, I believe simulator programs should include several, equally-important components
Following the outcome of this case, Denver Police Department rapidly became — and continues to be — a model agency for both simulation training as well as live-fire perishable-skills training
Sergeant Tom Marchese is leading a small group of working cops to make a two-hour feature film paying homage to America’s police officers killed in the line of duty
We must be involved in the lives of our children — the day may soon come where they no longer want that involvement
In addition to the obvious self-defense aspects of the system, Krav Maga offers excellent overall health and wellness benefit
Lt. Brian Murphy of Oak Creek (Wis.) PD displayed the winning, take-the-fight-to-the-bad-guys attitude which should serve as an inspiration to LEOs everywhere