Our Team

OUR TRAINING CADRE IS MADE UP OF FIELD PROVEN CORRECTIONS TACTICAL OPERATORS. ALL HAVE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AS LEADERS FOR NUMEROUS AGENCIES BOTH AT THE COUNTY, STATE, FEDERAL AND MILITARY SPECIAL OPERATIONS

 
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SIDNEY LOPEZ: CHIEF INSTRUCTOR

Chief Instructor Lopez is currently the CEO and Chief Instructor for TOG-US. He brings with him over 16 years of experience in the field of Correction, Corrections Tactical Operations. Has held numerous positions in several prestigious Sheriff's Departments and has helped shape teams from the ground up to include development of policies and procedures. He has had numerous awards and commendations. He brings military training extended by the USMC, it's personnel and other military entities.  He is also a Subject Matter Expert and writer for a well known online law enfacement magazine where he maintains the only Corrections column (Tactical Solutions Magazine). Some of his background expertise cover the following:

  • NTOA SWAT 
  • Current SME (Subject Matter Expert) for Tactical Solutions Magazine for all things Corrections Tactical Operations
  • Current Team Leader for Sheriff Corrections Tactical Operations Team
  • NTOA Advance SWAT & Hostage Rescue
  • NTOA SCBA & Clandestine Labs
  • FDLE Hostage Negotiator Certified
  • WMD TtT (Weapons of Mass Destructions; Train the Trainer): First Responder Response
  • ALS Less Lethal Instructor
  • Less Lethal Launcher Instructor 
  • General Instructor 
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor / Impact Weapons Instructor
  • TOG-US Corrections Tactical Operations Master Instructor
  • TOG-US Fire Arms Master Instructor 
  • Instructorship in numerous other disciplines 
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Cris Salaiz: Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor Cris Salaiz has more than 14 years experience in Correction and Corrections Tactical Operations. He has held leadership positions within the Corrections Tactical Operation  field for a well known Sheriff Office in which he lead specialty teams. He too brings military experience from his service in the USMC. Cris is extensively knowledgeable in all areas of corrections, tactical applications and leadership within. Some of his background expertise cover the following:

 

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor / Impact Weapons Instructor
  • General Instructor
  • Less Lethal Instructor 
  • FEMA Bomb Awareness Certified Instructor for First Responders
  • TOG-US Corrections Tactical Operations Master Instructor 
  • TOG-US Fire Arms Master Instructor 
  • TOG-US In-Costudy Tactical Hostage Rescue Master Instructor 
  • Instructorships in numerous other disciplines 
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Michael Cocciardi:  Instrcutor

Michael Cocciardi is one of TOG-US instructors and brings wit him over 10 years of experience. He has held positions in a well known Corrections Tactical Operations team belonging to a reputable and well known Sheriff Office. He  help positions from Detention Officer to Assistant Team Leader and Unit Chief Field Training Officer. 

Some of his background expertise includes:

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor / Impact Weapons Instructor
  • TASER Instructor 
  • TOG-US In-Costudy Tactical Hostage Rescue Instructor
  • TOG-US Active Shooter in a Corrections Environment Instructor 
  • TOG-US High Risk/Value/Profile Instructor 
  • TOG-US Fire Arms Instructor 
  • Instructorship in numerous other disciplines 

 

 

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Julia Felix: Senior Marketing Analyst & Senior Traning Coordinator.

Julia is TOG-US is our Senior Marketing Analyst  & Senior Training Coordinator. She oversees all marketing and training operations for TOG-US. She coordinates with costumers and TOG-US leadership and training cadre to ensure quality training is provided. 

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Chris Stephens:  Instrcutor & Master FIre Arms INSTRUCTOR & Range master

Chris Stephens is one of TOG-US Instructors as well as the Master Fire Arms Instructor and Range Master. Chris brings over 18 years of Correctional experience and Corrections Tactical Operations. He has worked for county sheriff office as well as federal entity. He has held leadership positions within the Corrections Tactical Teams and continues to provide mentorship and training to their teams. 

Some of his background expertise include: 

  • Fire Arms Instructor 
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor 
  • Chemical Munitions Instructor 
  • TOG-US Active Shooter Instructor 
  • TOG-US Master Fire Arms Instructor 
  • TOG-US Range Master 
  • High Risk/Value/Profile Inmate Transport Instructor
  • Instructorships in numerous other disciplines  

 

 

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Luis Morales: Marketing Analyst/Training Coordinator & Fire Arms INSTRUCTOR 

Luis is one of TOG-US's Marketing Analyst/Training Coordinator and Fire Arm's Instructor. Luis assist our Senior Coordinator in all logistics pertaining to training, research, training development and costumer service. As needed he also serves as a add on instructor. Luis has expensive experience in the law enforcement field and corrections environment. 

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Ed Gless:  Instrcutor & Explossive/Breaching Instrcutor 

Ed Gless is one of TOG-US instructors and is the lead Explosive & Breaching Instructor. Ed has over 10 years of military experience, mostly within the Special Operations field. He has been a lead instructor for the Special Operations Explosive Ordinance Device teams, Navy. He also brings unique law enforcement experience 

Some of his background expertise includes:

  • Tactical Defensive Driving Instructor
  • Explosive Ordinance Instructor 
  • CQB Instructor 
  • Breaching Tactical Instructor 
  • TOG-US Corrections Tactical Operations Instructor 
  • TOG-US High Risk/Value/Profile Inmate Transport Instructor 
  • Dignitary Protections Instructor 
  • Instructorships in numerous other disciplines