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Founder & Lead Instructor
Dennis Benigno is the founder and CEO of Street Cop Training and began formal police instruction in 2012. His law enforcement career began in 2001 at 19 years of age as a NJ Corrections Officer. In 2004, Benigno became a police officer with the US Park Police Dept. in Washington, DC and in 2005 moved over to the position of police officer in one of NJ’s largest municipalities. He has received multiple awards including but not limited to Lifesaving, Meritorious Service, Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service, Several Letters of Recognition, Leadership awards and Certificates of Appreciation from several law enforcement organizations. As a police officer, Benigno has affected over 1,500 arrests and has conducted well over 10,000 motor vehicle stops. He now leads one of the fastest growing LEO education companies in the country.
Courses Taught: The Street Smart Cop/Pro-Active Patrol Tactics Course, NJ Case Law Update
Detective Brad Gilmore began his career as a patrol officer in a Bergen County municipal police department. Gilmore quickly became extremely proficient at intercepting large amounts of contraband from criminal motor vehicle stops, despite working in a small municipality. Gilmore achieved several large seizures by identifying aftermarket hidden compartments while working as a “small town cop.” Gilmore himself has over 500 hours of hidden compartment training and has invested thousands more studying the areas for which his expertise lies. Gilmore was quickly recognized for his exceptional skills and abilities and is now employed as a County Detective assigned to the Narcotic Task Force. This division focuses on the interception of large quantities of contraband on New Jersey roadways. In the last 4 years, Gilmore has been responsible for the seizure of millions of dollars in US currency, and several dozen kilograms of illegal Narcotics. He is also the Vice President of the NJ Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association. In 2019 Gilmore was deemed a COURT CERTIFIED HIDDEN COMPARTMENT AND DRUG TRAFFICKING EXPERT. Brad is hands down one of the best instructor’s there has ever been. His course, like many of ours, is experienced not taken.
Instructor Matt Lloyd began his law enforcement career in 2008 and is currently assigned as a patrolman in Burlington County, New Jersey, as a traffic safety officer. He is highly trained and is well known for his proactive patrol tactics and extensive knowledge of New Jersey’s traffic laws. His dynamic approach to traffic enforcement has resulted in countless criminal investigations and arrests over his career. Lloyd has received numerous commendations for recovered weapons, narcotics, seized currency, and wanted persons. He was named Officer of The Year by his agency. Lloyd is passionate about police work and training other officers by building their confidence and taking their skills to the next level. Lloyd is commonly referred to by his peers as the “Title 39 Savant.” He has made a commitment to help all New Jersey Police Officers gain a thorough understanding of motor vehicle law. This training is one of the most paramount courses to a successful career.
Instructor Sgt. Rob Ferreiro has been a Police Officer since 2006 in a New Jersey Municipal Police Department. Ferreiro is a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) who commands a specialized criminal interdiction task force that is responsible for stopping a wide variety of crimes. He has generated over 400 officer-initiated arrests with the successful prosecution of offenders responsible for 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree narcotic, conspiracy and weapon charges, as well as numerous DWI offenders. He has been recognized for some of the largest self-initiated drug seizures in Somerset County, NJ. Sgt. Ferreiro is directly responsible for arrests surrounding the seizure of hundreds of pounds of narcotics, as well as gun trafficking, interstate organized retail theft and fraud crimes.
Course Taught: Identifying Criminal Vehicles & Occupants
Instructor Sergeant Kenny Williams is one of the country’s leading experts in criminal vehicle interdiction. Sergeant Williams began his career in 2007, and currently works as a full time K9 interdiction officer. Williams has been personally responsible for the seizure of over 4 million dollars cash, several hundred pounds of illicit narcotics, and well over a ton of Marijuana. Williams has received countless awards for his work from numerous organizations and has established a national reputation. Williams is a fully certified EPIC and DIAP instructor.
Course Taught: Interdiction Mastermind
Thomas Rizzo began his law enforcement career in December of 2001, as a Patrolman with the Middlesex Borough Police Department (NJ). In 2004, Rizzo was hired by the Howell Township Police Department (NJ), where he is currently serving as the Investigations Division Commander at the rank of Captain. Rizzo formulated Howell Township Police Department’s first Criminal Suppression Unit, where he has participated in a variety of search warrant executions, intra/inter-agency collaborations, and take-downs of distributors. Rizzo received a B.S. from the University of Central Florida in Criminal Justice, and an M.A. from Seton Hall University in Human Resource Training & Development. Rizzo graduated the NJSACOP Command & Leadership Academy in 2009 and was invited to return as an Instructor of Group Leadership Theories. Rizzo has been both a Police Academy and Department Instructor. He has been an Adjunct Professor with New Jersey City University Schools of Management, Criminal Justice, and Professional Securities Studies since 2012, while also teaching for Rutgers School of Public Affairs & Administration (2018) and Fairleigh Dickinson University (2019).
Rizzo takes great pride in the constant pursuit of leading by example, while consistently being a student of human behavior. Rizzo has quickly become one of Street Cop Training’s most sought after instructors.
Course Taught: Ivory Tower
Instructor Daniel Foster began his law enforcement career in 2011 as a Pennsylvania Police Officer. He has served as a Military Police Officer in the United States Marine Corps and is currently a member of the United States Air Force. Foster is presently employed as a Police Officer in the Patrol Division of a Western Pennsylvania municipality where he serves as an SRT Operator, Field Training Officer, and an IACP certified Drug Recognition Expert. Foster is also a member of the countywide Drug Task Force. Early in his career, Foster understood the importance of mastering case law to guide his actions in the field. His vast knowledge of case law has directly led to numerous significant arrests and seizures. Viewed as a case law expert among his peers, he is routinely called upon to offer legal guidance in the field. Foster is a recipient of a National Interdiction Award and has received numerous other awards throughout his military and law enforcement careers. Additionally, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Business Administration.
Course Taught: Mastering Pennsylvania Search & Seizure
Instructor Michael Vaccaro is a Law Enforcement Officer currently assigned to an Interdiction Unit. Earlier in his career while assigned to a Patrol Unit, Vaccaro was quickly recognized for his skills and abilities related to interdiction.
Prior to his current assignment to an Interdiction Unit, Vaccaro served as a Field Training Officer in a Patrol Unit. Vaccaro has been personally responsible for the seizure of approximately two (2) million dollars in United States currency, numerous kilograms of illegal narcotics, and over one thousand (1000) pounds of Marijuana. His interdiction skills and abilities led to numerous significant seizures and arrests.
Sgt. Mark Tagliareni, has been in law enforcement since 1996. He began his career as
an officer with the Bergen County Probation Department. While working as a probation officer,
Tagliareni wrote detailed violation of probation reports and spent dozens of hours in Superior Court
testifying to these reports. He began working for the Wyckoff Police Department in 1998. As a member
of the Wyckoff Police Department, he has made hundreds of arrests and has been consistently
recognized as a strong communicator. Tagliareni was promoted to Sergeant in 2016, and he is the
Officer in Charge of the Records Division and coordinates the department’s criminal interdiction unit.
Sergeant Tagliareni holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware and a
Master of Arts in Education from Seton Hall University.
Course Taught: Fundamentals of Report Writing
Deputy Sean Barnette is a swat team medic detailed to one of our nation’s largest cities. Barnette completed two combat tours with the Army and Air Force flying over 75 support missions for special forces as a combat medic. He has personally treated hundreds of gunshot victims and victims of extreme trauma. Barnette is a paramedic instructor with over 20 years of experience in emergency medicine. He is also a firefighter and continues to serve as a paramedic and continuing to treat victims of traumatic injury.
Course Taught: Life Saving Medical Tactics for Law Enforcement
Instructor Sgt. Jeff Smith began his law enforcement career in 1991 and has spent 28 ½ as a pro-active street cop. Smith began formal police instruction in 1996 and taught Defensive Tactics, Officer Survival, Tactics, Taser, Baton, Less Lethal Options and Drug Enforcement Operations for the next two decades. Smith has spent 18 years in the Narcotics, Special Enforcement and Major Crimes Units where he participated in and supervised thousands of felony investigations, and in his time as a supervisor and detective, his pro-active drug unit was responsible for several thousands of arrests and worked with agencies and units at every level all over the Mid- Atlantic region. Smith spent 10 years as a tactical officer with the department’s SWAT team and has been a Crisis Negotiator and Assistant CNT Commander for the department’s SWAT team for 12 years. Smith has earned 18 departmental commendations, 2 Governors citations and multiple officer of the year nominations. Smith is a court certified expert witness in drug related prosecutions. Smith retired as a Sgt. On January 1, 2020.
A highly-respected police legal instructor and a police officer since 2004, Zach Miller specializes in federal and state constitutional law. Since 2009, Zach has worked very closely with nationally-recognized police law attorney Randy Means. Together, they have contracted with agencies nationwide on a vast array of projects requiring legal expertise and specialization. For example, they worked with several law enforcement agencies, including two of the largest sheriff’s departments in the country, that were subject to federal intervention due to their unconstitutional practices. There, they developed training programs and policies to address the federal government’s justifiable concerns. Other projects have included use of force incident review, high-liability policy development and leadership training. Zach and Attorney Means have also co-authored numerous articles about constitutional policing for Law and Order magazine.
Course Taught: Constitutional Policing – Federal and State Standards
Instructor Tommy Brooks began his career in law enforcement after his honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps in 1998. He started as a Transit cop then became a member of the Boston Police Department. After working primarily in plain clothes units, Brooks joined the Boston Gang Unit as a detective and later, as a Sergeant. While in the gang unit, he has worked making gang cases via informants, undercover work, search warrants, and other investigative means. He is also maintaining a working role as an Academy Instructor for many academies throughout Massachusetts. During his career, he has had the opportunity to work with the best cops in the nation, and he has received the George L Hanna Award for Bravery from the Governor of Massachusetts, a Medal of Honor, a Medal of Valor, and an Award of Merit from the Governor.
Course Taught: The Gun Game
Instructor Nick Jerman is a 17-year veteran for a police department in the Washington DC area, and after spending several years in patrol, he accepted a position with the Vice and Intelligence Unit. There he worked tirelessly on human trafficking and prostitution related cases, a majority of which were self-generated via social media. In 2016, Jerman started a Social Media and Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Unit for his agency. This unit has not only assisted Jerman’s department, but also various agencies throughout the country. Over 2,000 officers nationally and internationally have benefitted from this Social Media/OSINT training. Jerman has also spoken at numerous Human Trafficking Conferences sharing his expert subject matter.
Course Taught: Social Media and Open Source Investigations
Instructor Sgt. Scott Kivet began his career as a police officer in 2003 on Long Beach Island, and then transitioned to his fulltime career at a Mercer County municipality where he became proficient in narcotics and DWI enforcement. Kivet was then given the opportunity to be a part of the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, which was followed by starting a proactive criminal interdiction unit, and has seized some of the largest self-initiated drug seizures in Mercer County, NJ. Additionally, he has been instructing officers at all levels in their career for over ten years on conducting proactive motor vehicle stops involving illegal narcotics. Kivet, a certified Drug Recognition Expert, has generated over one thousand self-initiated arrests, with over 750 arrests involving the enforcement of narcotics and DWI, and received several distinguished awards, including, but not limited to multiple lifesaving awards, two Top Gun awards for DWI, and meritorious awards given by the Mayor, Chief of Police and County Prosecutor’s Office for his work with narcotic enforcement.
Instructor Michael Brazil began his law enforcement career in 2005 and is currently serving as a Patrol Supervisor for the City of Crown Point. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served in the Military Police Corps and was deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Recently, Brazil graduated from the Valparaiso University School of Law in 2019 with a Juris Doctor. Since then, he has been admitted to practice law in both the State of Indiana and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. He excels at legal research, and he is often sought out by fellow officers to locate case law pertinent to their situation. Mike strongly believes that every officer should have working knowledge of case law because it is the foundation of being a proactive cop.
Course Taught: Indiana Case Law That All Cops Need to Know
Instructor Wayne Comegno is a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) with approximately 20 years of experience in the business and law enforcement industries, which has provided a diverse knowledge base that is very uncommon. After graduating college in 1999, Comegno entered the business world through employment as an Auditor with a “Big Four” accounting firm. Comegno underwent a career change in 2005 by obtaining employment with a municipal police department in the State of New Jersey and graduating from the Burlington County Police Academy. During the final two years of his law enforcement career, Comegno was the Financial Crimes Detective for a NJ County Prosecutor’s Office. Through which time he received multiple awards, which included 2010 Police Officer of the Year, Burlington County Police Academy Academic Achievement Award, Burlington County Police Academy Leadership Award, multiple Letters of Commendation, Unit Citations and Letters of Recognition. Additionally, Comegno has conducted and/or participated in hundreds of financial, civil and criminal investigations involving financial statement audits, audits of internal controls, policy and contract violations, homicides, armed robbery, assault, burglary, sexual assault, theft, embezzlement, firearms violations, fraud, computers crimes and the possession, use and illegal trafficking of controlled dangerous substances.
Course Taught: Seize the Cash
Instructor Det. Keven Hendricks began his career as a police officer in 2007 as a patrolman with a municipal police department, and he currently serves as a Detective. In 2014, Hendricks was assigned to a federal task force – Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC). In his capacity as a Task Force Officer, Hendricks was part of international cases which targeted individuals, sometimes enterprises, that exploited and extorted children and their families. As part of his duties, Hendricks received cutting edge training in computer and mobile device forensics as well as training on the forefront of “dark web” investigations. In 2018, Hendricks was transferred reassigned to another federal task force in New Jersey to bring his “dark web” and cyber-crime knowledge to combat the rising threat of narcotics procured from “darknet markets”. In 2020, Hendricks was a presenter at Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) conference, and is currently a member of the USSS NJ Cyber Fraud Task Force (CFTF). Hendricks is a published author with the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin regarding investigating scam phone calls and voice over IP (VoIP) investigations.
Course Taught: Dark Web and Cyber Crimes Investigation
Instructor Brian Konopka has invested over 600 hours in studying criminal interdiction, and is currently assigned to a Highway Interdiction Unit. There, he has personally seized thousands of cartons of untaxed cigarettes, numerous kilograms of narcotics, hundreds of pounds of marijuana, and over one million dollars in United States currency. Before beginning his career in law enforcement, Konopka served in the United States Marine Corps and was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning home he obtained a Master of Science degree in Homeland Security where he specialized in Terrorism and Security Studies. Konopka has copious amounts of knowledge to pass on to all who attend this career changing course.
Course Taught: Cigarette Smuggling
Instructor Adam Davis began his law enforcement career in 2009 in southeast Alabama where he worked as a patrolman. Davis served in the traffic division and as an FBI-trained member of the Crisis Negotiation Team. He was later assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division as a Burglary detective, and also served as a criminal intelligence liaison. Davis resigned as an officer in 2015 to focus his time and energy on continuing to serve law enforcement officers by sharing his experiences through speaking and sharing his experiences to help his brother and sister guardians understand that they do not fight alone. Davis has authored four books including The Bullet Proof Marriage, a book that he co-authored with Lt. Colonel David Grossman. His work can be heard on Marcus Luttrell’s Team Never Quit Podcast and excerpts of his TedX talk can be found online. In 2017, Davis was nominated for the J. Edgar Hoover Officer of the Year. Since 2018, Adam Davis has reached nearly 100,000 law enforcement officers and their families through his writing and speaking.
Course Taught: Sheepdog – Unconquered
Instructor Thomas Walsh began his career in law enforcement as a patrolman in 1996 with the Monmouth Beach Police Department and moved up through the ranks until retiring in 2021 at the rank of Chief of Police. During his tenure as Chief of Police, Walsh implemented numerous programs and policies which positively impacted the physical and mental health and wellness of the agency’s employees. Some of these programs include the implementation of a more “employee-friendly” work schedule, a mental health program, an annual physical examination incentive program, and a resiliency program. Walsh served the members of his agency as a NJSPBA State Delegate from 2001- 2006. In 2017, he graduated from the NJSACOP Command and Leadership Academy. Walsh has attained a B.A. in Law/Justice Studies from Rowan University and an M.A. in Administrative Sciences from Fairleigh Dickinson University. His achievements include the agency’s Meritorious Service Medal and accreditation through the NJSACOP as an Accredited Chief Executive.
Course Taught: Rookie To Retirement
Instructor Tom Stack began his law enforcement career in 1986 as a Corrections Officer for the Montgomery County MD, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. In 1988 Tom joined the Montgomery County MD, Department of Police as a police officer. During Stack’s 26-year career with MCP, he was assigned to patrol, plainclothes street crimes unit, and the Vice and Intelligence Unit. Stack has investigated and assisted in more than 450 Prostitution/Human Trafficking cases to include Asian Massage parlors, Latino Brothels, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking cases, Labor Trafficking cases, Internet prostitution cases, and “John” sting cases, as well as numerous undercover stings. Additionally, he was a Federal Task Force Officer with the FBI, Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force where he was one of the lead investigators on the United States vs Jeremy Naughton human trafficking case. Stack has trained thousands of law enforcement officers on human trafficking awareness, and he has conducted training in Russia, Thailand, El Salvador, and all over the United States. He has presented at numerous major conferences on human trafficking including the National Crimes Against Children’s Conference in Dallas TX. Tom Stack is currently the Human Trafficking Coordinator for the City of Baltimore, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement where he oversees anti-human trafficking efforts in the City of Baltimore. Stack also started and is the Co-Chair of the Baltimore City Human Trafficking Collaborative.
Course Taught: Human Sex Trafficking for Law Enforcement
Instructor Shane Morgan began his career as a police officer in 2008 and currently serves as a Detective Sergeant of a county-wide narcotics task force in New Jersey. He has been assigned to a Narcotics Task Force since 2013, working in a strictly proactive capacity. Morgan has personally interviewed hundreds of potential confidential informants, and the use of these informants has led to extensive cases involving search warrants, undercover operations, and wiretap operations resulting in significant seizures of narcotics, firearms, and United States currency. Morgan has learned through experience that an officer’s ability to cultivate and successfully manage informants directly correlates to investigative success. Morgan is a certified police instructor and teaches the Drug Identification training block to police, corrections, and juvenile detention recruits at a police academy on a regular basis. Additionally, he assists as a squad coordinator at the statewide Undercover Narcotics Investigative Training and Top Gun courses. Morgan has been qualified as an expert witness in the Superior Court of New Jersey in the field of narcotics distribution, and he has been awarded numerous Outstanding Police Work and Meritorious Service awards for his contributions to narcotics and weapons investigations.
Course Taught: Flipping Informants
Instructor Nick Wilson has held many positions throughout is 13-year career as a police officer. Wilson was a Senior Detective assigned to the Special Investigations Unit working Gangs/Narcotics/Vice/Homicide, Intelligence and Organized Crime. He was a SWAT Team Operator, Field Training Officer and later worked at a Department of Homeland Security task force investigating terrorism activities where he was assigned during the San Bernardino Terrorist Attack in 2015. During his career he has planned, led and conducted hundreds of law enforcement investigations under some of the most challenging conditions involving organized crime syndicates, homicides, undercover operations, TIII Wiretap Investigations, Gang/RICO and transnational/multi-jurisdictional crime. Wilson is the Founder/Executive Director of The Resiliency Project, a nonprofit organization with a mission to “to end the silent suffering of our nation’s first responders by providing peer support and funding for treatment, recovery and psychological services in an effort to treat post-traumatic stress, build resilience and end suicide. Wilson has been the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, Officer of the Year, Chief’s Citation, City Proclamation for Outstanding Investigations, United States Congressional Recognition – Homeland Security Committee, United States Department of Homeland Security Letter of Recognition and the prestigious San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department First Responder Award for his public speaking.
Course Taught: Coping with Law Enforcement Trauma