Jon Blum

Jon brings a unique blend of law enforcement and technical writing experience into the classroom. He began his law enforcement career with the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Police Department. Previous assignments include uniform patrol, FTO, Drug Interdiction, and SWAT. Jon was also the BLET (or POST) Director for the NC Department of Justice and a PIO for the Garner, NC Police Department. In addition to law enforcement topics, Jon has authored troubleshooting manuals and business process documents for Fortune 500 companies including IBM. He earned his Master's in Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina (at Greensboro & Charlotte, respectively). Jon holds TASER, OC, ASP, and impact weapon instructor certifications. He is also a qualified use of force expert in both state and federal courts.

Nicole Blum

Nicole is an experienced Human Resources Professional with distinct experience in manufacturing, distribution, and service delivery environments throughout the US and abroad. Previous Fortune 500 employers include Newell Rubbermaid, Kidde, and United Technologies Corporation. Nicole's expertise is in policy creation, employee selection, onboarding, and training. She is a proven leader with a talent for balancing employee wants with company objectives and diffusing difficult situations while ensuring lawful results. In addition to her SPHR, Nicole earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (summa cum laude) from Clarion University with a focus in industrial relations. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and son.

Kurt Roth

Kurt Roth brings a diverse blend of first line supervision and use of force training experience into the classroom. He is currently a patrol Sergeant and 20-year veteran of the Battle Creek, Michigan Police Department. Kurt is a BCPD Emergency Response Team (SWAT) supervisor and a lead defensive tactics instructor. He is a certified firearms instructor, Glock armorer and holds use of force instructor credentials for both PPCT and AACT.

Originally from Livonia, Michigan, Kurt graduated from Winston Churchill High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and minor in Sociology from Western Michigan University. While attending Western Michigan, Kurt was a 4-year, Division 1, track and field scholarship athlete who threw the javelin and hammer. He enjoys restoring his 150-year old house and watching Detroit Tigers baseball.

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