Dr. Richard W. Kobetz

Founder of Executive Protection Institute

Doctor Kobetz is internationally recognized, and highly regarded as the leading professional in training and as a provider of quality Executive Protection. Some of his accomplishments include:

Creator of the training concept of the Personal Protection Specialist (P.P.S), which emphasizes planning and advance work to avoid confrontation.

A pioneer in the development of the Tactics and Negotiation Techniques (T.N.T) response to hostage-taking, training thousands of personnel world-wide on these techniques.

Acknowledged authority on counter-terrorism measures, frequently interviewed by the media on major terrorist incidents.

Practical working experience from special agent to director of security and patrolman to Chief of Police.

Served on numerous commissions including: the U.S. Task Force on Disorders and Terrorism, the Joint Criminal Justice Standards Committee of the Institute of Judicial Administration, and the American Bar Association.

Retired Commanding Officer of the Chicago Police Department with career service in a variety of operational "street units."

Directed the U.S. Attorney General's International Conferences on Narcotics, Smuggling Intelligence, and Crime Prevention for over a decade.

A former Assistant Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (I.A.C.P.) and professional staff member for eleven years.

Served as a delegate to INTERPOL.

Author of ten books, and dozens of chapters, articles, and monographs on security and police topics.

Trained Palm Beach, Florida, Police Department in protective measures for the visit of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Consultant to Canadian and U.S. officials on visit of Pope John II to both nations.

Served on symposium advisory committee for Defense Nuclear Agency.

Security Director for the Trans-American Bicycle Race, from Montreal to Miami, involving competitors from 20 nations.

Training consultant for petroleum consortium on oil and gas refinery security.

Program Director for National Crime Prevention Program for Senior Citizens funded by U.S. Department of Justice.

Currently serves as the President of the Academy of Security Educators and Trainers, and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, American Society for Industrial Security, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, and Hostage Negotiators of America.

Has been awarded status as a Diplomat, Board Certified Forensic Examiner of the American Board of Forensic Examiners, a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Security Educators and Trainers, and a Certified Security Trainer (C.S.T.). Appears in Who's Who In The South, Who's Who In America, and Who's Who In The World 1988-Present.

Appointed and served as Chairman of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Private Security Section Committee on Personal Protection Specialist certification.

Addressed the Tenth United Nations Congress on world crime concerning kidnapping and Personal Protection, Vienna, Austria, April, 2000.

Personally provided security working with the Italian Carabinieri National Police for the U.S. Fencing Association 2003 World Junior and Cadet Championships in Sicily, Italy, during the team's competition with 80 nations.

Holds a Shodan Rank (Black Belt) Karate and Kung-Fu Association; certified in Advanced Driver Training and Tactical Vehicle Interception courses by BSR Driving School, Summit Point, West Virginia; certified as firearms instructor by State of Virginia, Smith and Wesson Academy, and member of the International Association of Firearms Instructors.

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