Jon Blum has dedicated his career to law enforcement and advancing public safety. As Founder of FORCE Concepts, Jon develops evidenced-based law enforcement curricula that has been adopted in 28 states and 450+ agencies across the United States and Canada, reaching hundreds of thousands of public safety professionals. His curriculum and training development focuses on law enforcement best practices including emergency response driving, and agencies routinely rely on FORCE Concept for needs analysis assessment. Since 2002, Jon has served as a qualified expert in 60+ cases in state and federal courts.
After working as a police officer for the Winston-Salem Police Department early in his career, Jon refocused his attention to law enforcement training and technical writing. As the Basic Law Enforcement Training Coordinator for the North Carolina Justice Academy, he received the NC Attorney General’s Award.
Jon holds a Master of Public Administration from University of North Carolina (UNC) – Greensboro and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from UNC – Charlotte. He is also a graduate of the NC Institute of Political Leadership and a National Certified Instructor through the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST). His holds numerous certifications from the North Carolina Department of Justice including Basic Law Enforcement Training and Advanced Law Enforcement Training. He is a member of IADLEST, International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), and International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers (ILEETA).
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 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.