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Conference Info & Speakers

2017 NPRC Speakers

Conference speakers present on Friday, June 2nd 2017, from 8:30am to 5:00pm, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi MI.


Dakota Meyer

Sgt. Dakota Meyer 

Title / Topic: Own It

Presentation Description: A discussion about owning success.  

Bio: Sgt. Dakota Meyer is the third living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, and the first living United States Marine in 41 years to be so honored.

Born and raised in Columbia, Sgt. Meyer enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 after graduating from Green County High School. He completed his basic training at Parris Island Recruit Training Depot later that year.

A school-trained sniper and highly skilled Marine infantryman, Sgt. Meyer deployed twice to combat duty. In 2007, he deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom; and in 2009-10, he deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.

In September 2011, President Obama awarded Sgt. Meyer the Medal of Honor -- the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government-- in recognition of his acts of extraordinary valor on Sept. 8, 2009. Over the course of a six-hour firefight, without regard for his own personal safety, Sgt. Meyer repeatedly braved enemy fire in eastern Afghanistan to find and save fellow members of his embedded training team.

Wounded by shrapnel, Sgt. Meyer entered the kill zone four times to evacuate 13 Marines and soldiers and 23 Afghan soldiers. On his fifth trip in, Sgt. Meyer recovered the bodies of three missing Marines and a Navy corpsman killed in the battle: 1st Lt. Michael Johnson, Staff Sgt. Aaron Kenefick, Hospital Corpsman Third Class James R. Layton and Gunnery Sgt. Edwin Wayne Johnson Jr. Following the battle, Army Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth W. Westbrook later died of wounds he sustained.

Sgt. Dakota Meyer completed his active duty in 2010 and now serves in the Individual Ready Reserve of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Since returning to civilian life, Sgt. Meyer continues to work to tell the stories of the Marines with whom he served.

Dakota Meyer speaking at the 2017 NPRC

What an honor it was to have Dakota Meyer speak at this year's NPRC! What a class act, what an incrediblle speaker and what cool dude!!! Thank you Dakota, we are forever indebited to you!!! 


Chris Cerino, Cerino Consulting

Title / Topic: Leading by Example (A Dying Art)

Presentation Description: Leaders are born not made. Leaders draw strength from others. Leaders aren't afraid to try or fail. Leaders are not afraid to admit fault. From time to time you have opportunities to foster leadership skills in people unaware of the powers they possess. It is dependent on you to identify those future leaders. From how you train for daily life, to how you train for daily work you can be a leader. The person who empowers others to want to rise with you in this time where leadership appears to be a dying art.

Bio: Chris Cerino has been training law enforcement officers, military operators and civilians for more than 20 years. A Lawman for 25 years he has worked as Peace Officer in a variety of positions from municipal and county, to state and federal agencies. In 2011 he started his own training company, Cerino Consulting and Training group. He is the field host of Gun Venture, Gun Talk TV, Guns and Gear and a lead trainer and host of the First Person Defender series. An internationally known firearms instructor, Chris is a published writer on the topics of firearms training and instruction. Chris pursues validation of the skills he teaches by competing nationwide.

Cpl. Chris Davis, Boise PD (ID)

Title / Topic: OIS Debrief - "Hide and go seek with guns"

Presentation Description: During a yard-to-yard search for a fugitive gang member who was wanted for an attempted murder of two people, Cpl. Davis and another officer were shot and the suspect was killed during the ensuing gunfight. Cpl. Davis made a full recovery and the other officer is paralyzed from the waist down and had a leg amputated as a result of his injuries. In addition, a police K9 was and shot and killed. A key element to the officers survival was the forward deployed medics allowing an immediate and life saving response when the officers were shot.    

Bio: Cpl. Davis has been with the Boise Police Department for 17yrs. Chris is currently assigned to the training division where he works as a use of force instructor and academy training officer. Chris has also served for the last 12yrs on the department’s Special Operations Unit (SOU) where he acts as a breacher and assaulter. During his time with the Boise Police, Chris has worked as a Patrol Officer, FTO, Gang Detective, Firearms Instructor and Use of Force Instructor. Chris received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from Boise State University where he played football for the Boise State Broncos. Chris currently lives in Boise with his wife Kerry and two sons.

Matt Jacques, Victory First

Title / Topic: It's Your Fight... 

Presentation Description: As cops, wefight. We are trained to fight, we are educated on principles of a fight, and we aren't afraid tofight. Some of us have fought death, and we are here totalk about it. That is when we talk in the definition of fight,as in physical confrontation. We are going to talk about how you will prepare for the otherfights and confrontationswe have in Law Enforcement.

Bio: Matt is a retired Police Detective and former Marine Corps veteran. Matt spent part of his military enlistment within HMX-1, The Presidential Helicopter Squadron, and he served within the Military Police MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) and after his military service, continued in civilian Law Enforcement.

Matt served with two Virginia Law Enforcement agencies and filled several billets. During his tenure, he served assignments as a Basic Academy Recruit Instructor, Field Training Officer, Detective within the Special Problems Unit as an undercover Detective as well as a founding Special Deputy of the U. S. Marshal Capital Area Fugitive Task Force for the Washington D.C. U S Marshal’s Office. Matt served several years on a large Northern Virginia Police Department SWAT team as an entry team member and later was selected and served as a Sniper team member until his retirement due to injuries sustained during a line of duty incident.

After his retirement, Matt was hired as the Senior Manager of Assault Weapons for FNH USA. He was involved in the FN SPR Precision Rifle program; FN Belt fed Weapons section and the SOCOM SCAR program. Matt was tasked with the user evaluations and New Equipment Training (NET) for SOCOM and the SCAR family of weapons.

Matt left FNH USA and returned to training Law Enforcement as a Firearms Instructor for The US Department of State Firearms Training Unit within the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Matt was tasked with firearms training of Federal Agents for Diplomatic Security both stateside and worldwide. The training consisted of proficiency in 18 weapons platforms and tactics to operate covertly and overtly in austere and hostile environments worldwide such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and conflicted countries in Africa. Matt was promoted to the Chief of Operations of the Firearms Training Unit in 2011. While supervising 32 Instructors, Matt continued to train the operational tactical teams, snipers and High Threat components of the State Department Firearms programs. In 2013, Matt resigned to make Victory First a full time consulting and training company, and is currently an Industry consultant for several Firearms Industry companies.

With his deep and diverse Law Enforcement and firearms background, he is a sought after resource for Concealed / undercover training, Carbine and DM/DDM courses. Matt also serves as a consultant / advisor for product development within both Law Enforcement and the firearms Industry.

Matt is a contributing writer for RECOIL and Breach Bang Clear publications. Matt has completed and hosted videos with Panteao Productions, Trigger Time TV and Brownells., and was the host of Make Ready TV. 

Ofc. Jonathan Munyan, Kansas City PD (MO)

Title / Topic: OIS Debrief (2017 Chudwin Award Winner

Presentation Description: Patrol rifle engagement at 127 yards from the standing shooting position. 

Bio: Officer Munyan joined the Kansas City Missouri Police Department in January of 2007. He has enjoyed multiple aspects of police work in his tenor. He has been part of the FTO program (field training officer), ATV squad, Plain clothes surveillance (Impact team) and is now currently on one of Kansas City's Tactical Teams (TRT-3) where he runs as backup point man. In addition he has participated in multiple KCPD sponsored shooting competitions and events. Officer Munyan has ended two active shooter situations utilizing his personal patrol rifle. He has his bachelor's degree from Grantham University and he currently lives in Kansas City with his Wife Miranda, on their 32 acre farm. He enjoys shooting sports, bow hunting and rock climbing when time allows.

Past Speakers & More Info About NPRC's

Educational Conference & Vendor Exhibition

Chris Kyle, Kyle Lamb, Henk Iverson

This conference features some of the top instructors across our nation. Previous speakers include Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle, Sergeant Major Kyle Lamb, Henk Iverson, Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, Sergeant Major Mark Spicer and many other notable professionals.

The NPRC conference is especially useful for officers assigned to a use of force training unit, supervisors and administrators. Topics include debriefs by officers who have been involved in shootings, training issues, policy, equipment, mindset, liability and many other firearms related topics. Each year the topics change as do the speakers. This learning format is priceless for agencies seeking to improve their firearms training programs and especially for those starting a patrol rifle or active shooter program.

Steve RodriguezNick KoahouRon Hosko

NPRC Conference

The organizational benefit of having your officers participate in this sort of a seminar can be invaluable in a court proceeding as your agency will be able to unequivocally articulate that it took a proactive position by sending officers to a program geared toward improving organizational performance. Each attendee receives a training certificate for participating in the National Patrol Rifle Conference and a certification for attending a firearms & tactics update.

This certification allows your agency to document its commitment to ensuring your personnel are receiving the most contemporary, relevant and realistic firearms training, statistical information and education possible.

The NPRC certification brings great credibility because this event is guided by an Advisory / Executive Board that includes over 30 law enforcement professionals. It includes personnel from municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as, military personnel and subject matter experts from all over North America. The certifications are good for one year and can be renewed annually at the following years NPRC.

Mark Spicer, John Jones, Derrick Bartlet

The final part of this conference includes an expansive and concurrent vendor exhibition. This enables your attendee to conduct equipment and training research from some the industry’s leading manufacturers and service providers, as well as, brand new startups trying to find their space in the market. This is the place to find suppliers and start those all important business relationships.

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