Retired at the rank of sergeant in 2010 after serving 25 years with the Fort Lee police department in New Jersey. During his time with the police department he worked Patrol, Police K-9 Handler, Narcotics detective, Patrol supervisor and Narcotics supervisor. He is a graduate of the Drug Enforcement Agencies “Drug Unit Commander Academy”, the FBI’s SWAT School, FBI Sniper School and FBI Defensive Tactics Instructor School. Wayne served on the agencies Emergency Services Unit from 1988 through 2010 and was Team Leader starting in 1991 and was responsible for team training and tactical operations. Wayne also served as the departments liaison to the Terrorism Task Force and taught law enforcement and civilian Terrorism Awareness courses in Bergen County. Wayne served in the U.S. Army Reserves with the 812th Military Police Company from 1983 to 1987. Wayne is certified as a police instructor in the following disciplines: handgun, shotgun, sub-machine gun, rifle, FBI certified defensive tactics instructor, physical conditioning instructor, SWAT tactics, ballistic shield, distraction devices, OC spray, expandable baton, PR-24 and rappelling. Wayne is also a student of traditional martial arts and is currently an instructor in the Israeli system known as Krav Panim El Panim (KAPAP) which he has taught to both civilians and law enforcement.
I’m just training to be an instructor! Seriously, though, UP3 was an absolute blast! Tons of fun and a great learning experience. I’ll be picking glass out of my hair for a week, but it was totally worth it. The sims were a wonderful treat, too. Bill, Mike and John were all very helpful and enthusiastic. Really looking forward to doing more of this! - Charlie, GFH Member.
John has been a Police Officer with the Woodland Park Police Dept. for over 20 years and is currently a Detective Lieutenant. He is a PTC Certified Firearms Instructor and has attended several firearms tactical courses as well as Active Shooter preparation courses. He has been trained as a SWAT operator and holds several armorer certifications. John handles the Advanced Firearms training for his department and is a Gun for Hire Instructor in all of our exclusive courses.
Jimmy started with Gun For Hire in 2008. He has ascended from Instructor to Senior Instructor to Senior Manager/ Director of Training. As Director of Training, he not only designs Gun For Hire Academy's curriculum, but sets the day to day course schedule and teaches as well. His love for shooting has propelled him to learn as much as he can about the subject. Through this journey, Jimmy has earned many certifications in both training and as an armorer. He is an NRA Training Counselor in all disciplines as well as a Chief Range Safety Officer. Jimmy also heads our exclusive Build a beAR™ Course, Since 2010, he has built over 600 Rifles with Students.
Antonio “Tony” Urena Tactical Firearms Instructor Tony is a veteran law enforcement officer with over 20 years experience. He is currently the training officer for his department, and is responsible for their bi-annual qualifications and training for approximately 100 law enforcement officers. Tony is also state certified in all aspects of firearms training which includes handguns, shotguns, sub-guns, semi and automatic rifles, as well as scoped rifles. In addition, Tony is qualified to testify as a firearms expert, as well as in the "Use of Force". Tony is also a high level martial artist, with well over 30 years of training, and is a state certified Defensive Tactics Instructor. Prior assignments for Tony have been as leader of the narcotics squad and as a member of the Passaic County SWAT team. In his 14 plus years as a member of Passaic County SWAT, Tony had the roles of point entry, squad leader, sniper team leader, and assistant team leader. “Combat Mindset is the key in any training!”
Bob is a former United States Marine and Veteran Law Enforcement Officer with 25 years of experience. He brings a vast amount of “real world” tactical knowledge to the Gun For Hire team. Some of Bob’s prior assignments include Captain in charge of the Passaic County narcotics and violent street gang task forces. Bob also served 14 years as a operator and senior operator on the Passaic County Special Weapons Team (SWAT), serving in the capacity of point entry, sniper, sniper team leader, team leader and overall team commander. He planned and executed over 500 high risk operations. Bob is a certified law enforcement firearms instructor and holds instructor certifications in submachine gun, assault rifle and precision scoped rifle.