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 from 2010 – 2017 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 a Field Training Officer and the Team Leader for his agency’s Criminal Interdiction Unit. 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. Foster is also an IACP certified Drug Recognition Expert.
Course Taught: Mastering Pennsylvania Search & Seizure
Instructor Michael Vaccaro is a Pennsylvania State Trooper assigned to their Specialized Interdiction Unit. Earlier
in his career as a patrol division trooper, Vaccaro was quickly recognized for his interdiction skills and abilities.
Prior to being assigned to the specialized Interdiction Unit, Vaccaro served as a Field Training Officer. Vaccaro has been personally responsible for the seizure of over 1 million dollars in United States currency, numerous kilograms of illegal narcotics, and several hundred 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.
Course Taught: Street Academy: Survival Tactics For Police Officers