Dave Shaffer

Master Firearms Instructor (MFI) / Sniper Instructor / CCW Instructor

Dave has been a police officer in the State of Illinois for over 25 years. Currently, Dave holds the rank of Lieutenant in the department's Criminal Investigations Division. He has been a firearms instructor for twenty years, and previously supervised the department's Firearms Training Unit.

During his career in law enforcement, he has held various positions and assignments including patrol officer, Investigator and Narcotics Inspector with the Illinois State Police Task Force X; a multi-jurisdictional narcotics enforcement task force.

Dave previously served as a member of his departments Special Weapons and Tactics Team as an entry team member and sniper. In addition, Dave was previously a member of the ILEAS Region 7 Special Response Team (SRT), a regional team designed to conduct tactical operations in a WMD environment.

During his career in law enforcement, Dave has participated in numerous warrant services and high risk incidents, including a deployment with the Region 7 SRT Team to New Orleans, LA., during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Instructor Certifications

  • State of Illinois Master Firearms Instructor
  • Patrol Rifle Instructor
  • Defense Technology Less Lethal Instructor (Chemical, Irritant and Impact)
  • Defense Technology Distraction Device Instructor
  • ALICE Response Instructor
  • CPR Instructor

Specialized Training Certifications

  • Force Science Institute - Certified Force Science Analyst
  • Northwestern University School of Police Staff & Command - Class #303
  • Basic Illinois Law Enforcement Course
  • Field Training Officer (FTO) – Northwestern University
  • Accident Investigation I – Northwestern University
  • Stinger Spike Strip – Federal Signal Corporation
  • Master Firearms Instructor – U of I Police Training Institute
  • Patrol Rifle Instructor – U of I Police Training Institute
  • Clandestine Laboratory Investigations - Clandestine Laboratory Investigators Association
  • Clandestine Laboratory Supervisor - Clandestine Laboratory Investigators Association
  • Basic SWAT Course – Champaign Police Department
  • Basic Sniper Course – Snipercraft
  • Advanced Sniper Training – CenterMass, Inc.
  • SWAT Supervision and Command – R. M. McCarthy & Associates
  • WMD Tactical Operations – LSU & NCBRT
  • WMD Law Enforcement Protective Measures – (HOT Course) – LSU & NCBRT / Center For Domestic Preparedness
  • WMD Tactical Commanders Course - LSU & NCBRT
  • Patriot Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Certification
  • Transit Terrorist Tools & Tactics – U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Command Post Operations – Illinois State Police Academy
  • National Incident Management (NIMS)

Professional Associations

  • National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)
  • Illinois Tactical Officers Association (ITOA)
  • International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association (ILEETA)
  • American Sniper Association (ASA)

Professional Achievements

  • Department Medal of Valor recipient
  • Chief of Police Distinguished Leadership Award
  • City Service Awards (3)
  • Departmental Commendation Award (3)
  • Departmental Letters of Commendation
  • Illinois MEG Directors and Task Force Commanders Association Award (2)
  • Adjunct Faculty (part-time) – University of Illinois Police Training Institute / Tactical Training Center

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