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Instructors

Sergeant Raimondo “Ray” DeCunto (Ret)

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Raimondo "Ray" DeCunto began his career with the Madeira Beach, Florida Police Department in 1981, and in 1985 he was hired by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. As a deputy sheriff, Ray has served in such assignments as patrol, field training, traffic enforcement, the training division and narcotics. He was assigned to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team for 13 years, nine of those as a Team Leader. Ray spent a total of 14 years in the Narcotics Division. The last nine years of his career as a Sergeant within the Narcotics Division. His responsibilities included supervising and directing covert & overt drug operations. Additionally, he coordinated the tactical training for the Narcotics Division as it relates to undercover investigations, the execution of search warrants, agent rescues and buy-bust operations.

Ray retired from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in June of 2009 after completing 28 years of service in law enforcement. Ray has been a police trainer since 1990 and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree through Tampa College, Florida. Ray has focused on officer survival training since 1991 both in the classroom and practical scenario based training. Ray has been a Street Survival Instructor since 2003, where he currently teaches the Calibre Press Street Survival Seminar. He is a certified instructor in firearms, defensive tactics, defensive driving, expandable baton and chemical agents. Ray has been involved in the development and instruction of courses involving basic and advanced tactical drug operations, tactical maritime activities and SWAT operations. From 1992 to 2009 Ray was an instructor with the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force training program funded by the National Guard and administered by the St. Petersburg College. The courses taught focused on officer survival during narcotics investigations search warrants, raids and arrests. Ray has taught numerous tactical survival courses to law enforcement and military personnel in the United States, as well as outside the United States.

In 2010, Ray established RAD Training Inc. in order to expand training to specific areas in law enforcement. In addition to tactical survival courses for patrol officers, Ray has added tactical survival courses for court assigned deputies/officers, parole/probation officers, correctional officers and narcotics detectives.

 

Captain Tim Pupke

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Tim joined the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in 1985 after graduating from the Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Tim served as a uniformed deputy in Patrol, the Selective Traffic Enforcement Unit focusing on DUI investigations, and the K-9 Unit. After retiring his K-9 partner, Tim transferred to the Investigative Operations Bureau where he served 9 years as a detective in the Property Crimes Unit, the Tactical Apprehension and Control Unit, and the Homicide Unit.

Upon being promoted to Sergeant, Tim supervised the Street Crime Unit, Field Training Unit, K-9 Unit, and Training Unit. When he was promoted to Lieutenant, Tim was assigned as the commander of a Patrol Division, and the Training Division, which encompassed training all certified members (detention and law enforcement) and Support Staff. Tim was promoted to Captain and served as the division commander for the Court Security Division, a Patrol Division, the Child Protection Investigation Division, and Support Services where he currently manages eight divisions.

During his career, Tim served 18 years on the SWAT Team in various positions including team leadership and command. He was a tactical narcotics instructor for the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force funded by the National Guard and administered by the St. Petersburg College. Tim served as a tactical instructor for land and marine environments, and holds high liability certifications in firearms, defensive tactics, and pursuit driving. During his tenure, Tim has trained law enforcement members in emergency response to public disorders, crowd management, active assailant hostile events, and supervisory development.

Tim’s expertise in the social services arena has allowed him to be very instrumental in the creation and implementation of the Social Worker Safety training program and Situational Awareness for Social Services and Health Care Professionals training program currently offered through RAD Training Inc. Tim is currently the lead instructor for this training.

 

Sergeant Glenn Wilson (Retired)

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Glenn Wilson retired from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in 2017 with over 29 years of service. He was hired in 1988 as a patrol deputy and served the majority of his career in the Special Operations Division as a Marine Enforcement Officer and field trainer in both the Marine Unit and Environmental Lands Unit. Following his promotion to Sergeant, he supervised deputies in Patrol, Field Training, Environmental Lands and Strategic Enforcement units. He finished his career assigned to Child Protection Investigations, where he spent five years supervising investigations and coordinating the division’s training needs. This assignment prompted him to create and instruct courses in fitness, compassion fatigue, stress management and self-care practices. Glenn was also a member of the Underwater Search and Recovery team for 20 years where he served as diver, team trainer and team leader. He was instrumental in developing and implementing a water survival training program that was required for all agency law enforcement new hires. Glenn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. He is a certified Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid Instructor, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Instructor, Physical Fitness Trainer and a Cooper Institute trained Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist. He is currently an adjunct instructor with St. Petersburg College, teaching numerous in-service and advanced training courses.

 

Sergeant John Miller

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John began his career after high school with the United States Army Reserves in the 320th Military Police Company, St. Petersburg, Fl. where he served for six years with an honorable discharge. During his enlistment he ran the training platoon and opposition force training scenarios. During this time he also began his career with the Dunedin Police Department Dunedin, Florida in 1985. During his time with Dunedin Police Department John served in such assignments such as Patrol, Special Enforcement Unit (Street Crimes), Undercover Narcotics and Marine Enforcement.

In 1995 John continued his career with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. As a deputy sheriff, John served in such assignments as Patrol, Training Section, Undercover Surveillance / Street Crimes Unit, and is currently assigned to Judicial Security Operations.  John was also assigned to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team for a total of 16 years. While assigned to the team John was able to work through the ranks and specialty areas such as Chemical Technician, Sniper, SWAT Liaison, Assistant Team leader, Team Leader and SWAT Coordinator.  John also coordinated the two week basic SWAT school as lead instructor, along with a cadre of instructors from other SWAT teams within the Pinellas County area.

From 2004 to 2010 John was an instructor with the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force training program funded by the National Guard and administered by the St. Petersburg College. The courses taught focused on officer survival during narcotics investigations, search warrants, raids and arrests.  John has taught numerous tactical survival courses to law enforcement and military personnel in the United States, as well as outside the United States.

 

Sergeant Craig Chaisson

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Craig Chaisson began his law enforcement career in 1988 with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office where he has held a number of positions.  As a deputy, Craig worked patrol, narcotics, environmental lands and law enforcement training.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and ran a squad in patrol before being transferred to Field Training Unit, Law Enforcement Training Section and is currently assigned to Judicial Security Operations.

From 2003 to 2010 Craig was an instructor with the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force training program funded by the National Guard and administered by the St. Petersburg College.  During this period he has been involved in law enforcement, tactical and narcotics training within the continental United States as well as outside teaching in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 

Craig also served on the agency SWAT Team for many years as a member of the Entry Team, Sniper and Sniper Team Leader.  He is currently certified by the State or Florida as a defensive tactics, firearms and driving instructor.