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Dave Young


Dave is a nationally known conflict management and defensive tactics trainer and co-founder of Vistelar, a consulting and training institute focused on addressing the entire spectrum of human conflict.

Dave’s career spans over 30 years and includes serving as a loss prevention specialist, corrections officer and law enforcement officer and, while in the United States Marine Corps, as a gate sentry, patrol officer, watch commander, special investigator, and Special Reactions Team (SRT) member.

Over the last three decades, Dave has been responsible for training tens of thousands of police, corrections and military instructors around the world on officer survival and defensive tactics — with a specific emphasis on crowd management, active shooter response, non-lethal weapons and lethal weapons.

Dave is the Chairman of the Advisory Board, a member of the Police Magazine advisory board and Technical Advisory Board member for the Force Science Research Center. He is also an active member of several professional organizations, including International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), National Rifle Association (NRA) and the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI).

Dave has been featured in national publications and magazines for his innovation and dedication to officer survival and personal safety and awareness, been a spokesperson and consultant with CNN and Fox World News and hosted the National Geographic documentary, Crash Test Human.

Dave is also the founder of Arma Training, a defensive tactics training business and US Fighting Systems, a martial arts school personal defense training business.

Dave’s training is known for being both mentally and physically challenging, with an emphasis on ensuring tactical recall even during stressful, variable and ever-changing situations.

Speaking in:

Monday Jun 26
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Maryland C 

When you react, the events control you. When you respond, you’re in control. This half-day workshop will teach asset protection and loss prevention leaders at regional and local levels a new way to communicate effectively with difficult... Read more