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Ben Tisa

Ben Tisa

EXPERT WITNESS CONSULTANT
LAW ENFORCEMENT INSTRUCTOR

2269 Chestnut Street #161
San Francisco, CA. 94123
Office: (415) 567-0323
Cell: (925) 963-3984
Email: expertwitness@bentisa.com

Formal Education

1966

Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration
California State University at Long Beach, 1966

Current Occupation

1995 - present

Partner — International Training Resources, LLC / California Association of Tactical Trainers, LLC. This company is structured to provide law enforcement and public safety training through the California State POST certification program and on contract directly with various agencies. Currently engaged in presenting courses of instruction through various Criminal Justice Training Centers located in the Western United States and foreign countries via the United States Government's State Department Police Training Programs.

1988 - 2012

Expert witness consultation, depositions and court testimony in litigation cases involving Law Enforcement policy, procedures and practices for field operations and training procedures.

1972 - 2012

Senior Instructor in basic, advanced and instructor level training programs involving an extensive range of law enforcement tactical skills, firearms and field operation procedures.

Areas of Expertise

 
  • Aircraft Rescue Procedures
  • Armored Vehicle & Robot Deployment Tactics
  • Arrest & Control Procedures
  • Breaching Tactics & Equipment
  • Chemical Agents
  • Command Post Operations
  • Critical Incident Management
  • Critical Threat-Active Shooter Response
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Distraction Devices
  • Firearms
  • Force Management Review
  • Helicopter Operations
  • Hostage Rescue Procedures
  • Incident Command & Control Procedures
  • Instructor Development
  • Law Enforcement Training Procedures
  • Less-Lethal & Impact Weapons
  • Low-light/Night Operations
  • Officer Involved Shootings
  • Patrol Officer/Supervisor First Responder Procedures
  • Patrol Vehicle Stop Procedures
  • Patrol Officer Tactics
  • Plain Clothes Officer Tactics
  • Rappel Master/Movement to Contact Operations
  • Rural Tactical Operation
  • Ship & Oil Platform Recovery
  • Sniper Team
  • Sustainment Training Matrix.
  • SWAT Team
  • SWAT Team Leader
  • SWAT Commander
  • Threat Assessment Procedures
  • Threat Perception & Reaction Time Behavior
    in Critical Incidents
  • Tactical Commander
  • Use of Force

Law Enforcement Experience

1972

Sworn in as Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Los Angeles California. Transferred to FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia to attend New Agent Training. Completed agent training.

1972

Transferred to the FBI Oklahoma City. Assigned investigative responsibilities involving bank robbery, kidnapping, extortion, fugitives and terrorist groups. Participated in high risk arrest operations and provided tactical and weapons training to other agents assigned to major case squads.

1973

Transferred to FBI San Francisco, assigned investigative responsibilities involving bank robbery, kidnapping, extortion, fugitives, terrorist groups, public corruption, organized crime, police excessive force/civil rights violations, undercover operations and narcotics investigations.

1973 - 1995

Assigned to Special Operations Unit — Tactical Command/SWAT/Sniper and Negotiation Team

1973 - 1995

Assigned to Firearms and Tactical Training Unit on continuous part time/full time basis.

1984 - 1995

Member of FBI "Shooting Evaluation Team", which reviewed and evaluated agent involved shooting incidents with specific attention to performance standards, rules of engagement, tactics, weapon functioning, training procedures and compliance.

1984 - 1992

Assigned to Department of Defense as consultant/instructor to the United States Marine Corps’ Special Operations Training Group providing hostage rescue, sniper, breaching, aircraft assault, ship and oil platform recovery training.

1995

Retired from Federal Bureau of Investigation with 24 years of services.

Law Enforcement Training

1972

FBI Academy

Special Agent Training - Federal Criminal Code Violations, Investigative Procedures, Crime Scene Procedures, Report Writing, Firearms, Tactics, Arrest Procedures and Ethics.

1973

FBI Oklahoma

Surveillance Procedures

FBI Oklahoma

Undercover Operations

FBI Oklahoma

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

FBI Academy

Firearms Instructor

FBI Academy

SWAT Basic Training

1974

FBI Academy

Sniper Operations

FBI Academy

General Police Instructor

FBI Academy

Aircraft Hijacking Procedures

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Tactics and Weapon Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1975

FBI Academy

Helicopter Operations Instructor

FBI Academy

Defensive Tactics Instructor

FBI Academy

Rappelling and Fast-Rope Instructor

FBI Academy

Kidnapping and Extortion Procedures

SF Police Dept.

Explosive and Mechanical Breaching

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1976

US Marine Corps

Explosives and Booby Traps

FBI Academy

Advanced SWAT Training

US Secret Service

VIP Protection

US Navy

Tactical Dive Operations

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest Firearms Training

1977

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1978

FBI San Francisco

Chemical Agent Instructor

FBI Academy

High Risk Warrant Service Operations

FBI Academy

Critical Incident Management

DEA San Francisco

Drug Laboratory Raid Procedures

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1979

NRA San Francisco

Firearms Instructor Course

FBI San Francisco

Tactical Dive Operations

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1980

FBI Academy

Advanced Defensive Tactics Instructor

FBI Academy

Undercover Operations

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Helicopter Operations

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1981

FBI Academy

Special Weapons Instructor Course

Las Vegas Police Dept.

Cold Weather Tactical Operations

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1982

FBI Academy

SWAT Team Leader Training FBI Academy

POST San Francisco

Arrest and Control Techniques

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1983

US Secret Service

VIP Protection

FBI San Francisco

Tactical Negotiation

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1984

FBI Academy

SWAT Commander Course

FBI Academy

Advanced Team Leader Training

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1985

FBI San Francisco

Stress Psychology and Performance

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1986

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1987

FBI Academy

Supervisor Course

US Marine Corps

Close Quarter Battle Tactics

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1988

FBI San Francisco

Pistol Transition Instructor Course

US Marine Corps

Helicopter Flight Operations

US Marine Corps

Tactical Climbing/Rappelling Course

US Marine Corps

Explosive Breacher Course

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

FBI HQ - WDC

Authorization Granted to Testify as Expert Witness

1989

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

US Dept. of Energy

Nuclear Power Plant Operations

1990

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

US Dept. of Energy

Nuclear Power Plant Operations

1991

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1992

FBI San Francisco

Chemical Agent Instructor Seminar

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1993

US Marine Corps

Breaching Instructor-Explosives

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1994

US Marine Corps

Advanced Breaching Course

FBI San Francisco

Advanced Weapons and Tactics Training

FBI San Francisco

In-Service Arrest and Firearms Training

1995

California POST

Defensive Tactics Instructor Seminar

California POST

Advanced Hostage Negotiations

Louisiana POST

Advanced Explosives Handling

Nevada POST

Firearms Instructor Seminar

1996

California POST

Tactical Operations Dispatcher

California POST

Tactical Rappel Master

California POST

Defensive Tactics Instructor Update

1997

California POST

Submachine Gun Instructor Update

1998

California POST

Explosive Breaching Course

1999

California POST

SWAT Team Arrest Procedure Seminar

TREXPO West

Less Lethal Instructor Seminar

TREXPO West

Weapon and Equipment Seminar

2000

TREXPO West

Automobile and Bus Clearing Seminar

TREXPO West

Contemporary Weapon and Equipment Seminar

2001

TREXPO West

Less Lethal Devices Seminar

TREXPO West

High Risk Operations Seminar

TREXPO West

Distraction Device Deployment Seminar

TREXPO West

Undercover Operations Tactical Support Procedures

2002

TREXPO West

Sniper Team Operations

TREXPO West

Defensive Tactics and Use of Force Seminar

CATO

Tactical Use of Chemical Agents Seminar

CATO

Tactical Rappelling Ascending/Descending Seminar

2003

CATO

Distraction Device Seminar

TREXPO West

Less Lethal Devices Seminar

TREXPO West

Patrol and Plain Clothes Officer Arrest Procedures Seminar

TREXPO West

Contemporary Weapons and Equipment Seminar

2004

TREXPO West

SWAT Team Leader Duties and Responsibilities Seminar

TREXPO West

SWAT Team Member Duties and Responsibilities Seminar

TREXPO West

Sniper Team Member Duties and Responsibilities Seminar

California POST

SWAT K-9 Course

CATO

SWAT Team Entry Tactics Seminar

CATO

Case Studies Seminar

2005

TREXPO West

Peak Performance Training for Extreme Encounters

TREXPO West

Seminar

TREXPO West

Tactical Use of Chemical Agents Seminar

TREXPO West

Tactical Bus Interdiction Seminar

TREXPO West

Arrest and Control Techniques Seminar

TREXPO West

Investigating Use of Force Incidents

California POST

Sniper Tactics, Technique and Technology Seminar

CATO

SWAT K-9 Course

CATO

Sniper Team Operations Seminar

California POST

Aircraft and Linear Target Intervention Seminar

2006

California POST

Armorer Course — Sniper Rifles

2007

California POST

Distraction Device Instructor Course

California POST

SWAT K-9 Course

California POST

Armorer Course — Sniper Rifles

California POST

Tactical Breaching Course

Def-Tec Corp.

Less Lethal Extended Range Impact Munitions Course

2009

CATO

Distraction Device Breaching Instructor Course

CATO

Command and Control Procedures for Critical Incidents

CATO

Case Studies Seminar

CATO

Liability Issues and Use of Force Seminar

CATO

Emergency Medical Intervention Procedures

CATO

Contemporary Weapons/Equipment/Armored Vehicles

2010

CATO

Case Studies Seminars

CATO

Liability Issues and Use of Force Seminar

California POST

Sniper Team Operations Seminar

CATO

SWAT/ K-9 Deployment Course

California POST

Special Weapons/Equipment/Armored Vehicle Seminar

California POST

Distraction Devise Breaching Instructor

2011

California POST

Distraction Devise Breaching Instructor

California POST

Less Lethal Extended Range Impact Munitions Course

California POST

SWAT/K-9 Deployment Course

Instructor Certifications

1973 - 1995

Federal Bureau of Investigation

1973 - 2012

California POST

1988 - 1990

Nevada POST

1978 - 1990

California State Limited Teaching Credential for Law Enforcement courses

1988 - 1994

United States Marine Corps — Special Operations Training Group

2002 - 2008

California Association of Tactical Officers

2007 - 2012

Safariland Training Group

Instructor Experience

1972 - 2012

Directly involved as Senior Instructor in basic, advanced and instructor level training programs involving extensive range of tactical skills, firearms and field operations procedures.

1978

Developed and instructed the first FBI and POST certified 80-hour Defensive Tactics Instructor course. This course has been continuously taught since 1975. The material presented in this course now serves as the curriculum model for all FBI agents and instructors at the FBI Academy.

1980

Developed and presented the FBI 40-hour Tactical Commander/SWAT Commander course of instruction certified by POST. This course is specifically designed to train field supervisors and commanders in the protocol necessary to resolve high-risk incidents.

1986

Designed and presented the first formal SWAT team training program for the Drug Enforcement Administration. This program became the agencies tactical team training protocol and was formally instituted by the director of the DEA. This program included Basic Training followed by one year of Advanced Training.

1988 - 1992

Participated directly in the design and development of two major tactical and weapons training facilities at Mare Island Naval Station and Camp Pendleton Marine Base. These facilities have since been utilized for Law Enforcement and Military Special Operations Training.

1988 -1994

As Supervisor-Instructor, established the FBI Special Operations Training Group, which developed and presented training programs for military Special Operations forces. This force consisted of USMC special operation teams, helicopter units, intelligence section and command element. Training consisted of hostage rescue procedures, intelligence collection, helicopter flight operations, assault climbing/rappelling, breaching, aircraft, oil platform and ship recovery operations.

1994

Designed and presented the first formal Special Response Team Training program for the California Highway Patrol. This team has become the prototype unit for the Statewide Special Response Unit of the CHP.

1994

Developed and presented the first 48-hour POST certified SWAT Team Leader course. This course is currently presented in the State of California and is specifically designed to train team leaders.

1995

Developed and presented the official California State Parole Officer Defensive Tactics Instructor Course. The material presented in this 80-hour course now serves as the curriculum model for all California State Parole Defensive Tactic Instructors.

1995

Developed and presented the 40-hour POST certified Patrol Rifle Instructor course. This course is currently presented in the State of California and is specifically designed to train instructors in the operation, tactical employment and field deployment protocol for the AR-15/M-16 Rifle.

1996

Developed, selected and trained the first Haitian National Police SWAT team. This program was presented through the United States Department of State - Haiti Mission and the US Department of Justice - ICITAP. Involved recruiting, evaluation, equipping and training 200 officers for final selection to national team.

1996

Developed and presented the first 40-hour POST certified Tactical Dispatcher Course, which trains police dispatchers to support tactical units and SWAT commanders in field command posts. The material presented in this 40-hour course serves as the curriculum model for the State of California’s Tactical Dispatcher Training.

1996

Developed and presented the first 48 hour POST certified Tactical Rappel Master Instructor course involving procedures for anchor point rigging, all types of rappel procedures, lowering systems, hook and pole caving ladder procedures, team lefts, fast rope insertions, fixed and webbing ladder procedures, rescue procedures, equipment selection/inspection, operational obstacle clearing, policy and procedure guidelines.

1998

Developed and presented the first 80-hour POST certified Explosive Breaching course involving the use of explosives in specially configured charges for Law Enforcement. The material presented in this course now serves as the curriculum model for the Sate of California’s Explosive Breaching Course.

2001

Developed and presented the first 32-hour POST certified Active Shooter–First Responder Instructor course involving procedures for direct intervention tactics and operational protocol in critical threat situations.

2004

Developed and presented as the lead instructor, the first 80-hour POST Pilot Basic SWAT course for officers selected by their agency to be members of their SWAT team. The material presented in this course now serves as the curriculum model for the Sate of California’s Basic SWAT Course.

2005

Developed and presented as the lead instructor, the first 40-hour POST Pilot Tactical Commander course for officers selected by their agency to be commanders of critical incidents. The material presented in this course now serves as the curriculum model for the Sate of California’s Tactical Commander Course.

2006

Developed and presented the first 48-hour POST certified Tactical Breaching course involving manual, mechanical, cutting, thermal and shotgun techniques. The material presented in this course now serves as the curriculum model for California POST Tactical Breaching Course.

2007

Developed and presented the first 16 hour POST certified Distraction Device Instructor Course involving munitions configuration, explosive properties, safe handling procedures, reloading procedures, maintence procedures, hand, pole and command initiated deployment, tactical insertion procedures, storage requirements, transportation requirements, policy and procedures documentation.

2010

Developed and presented the first 16 hour POST certified Distraction Device Breaching Course involving the use of the detonation properties of distraction device flash powder reloads as the force to breach doors, wall, window and other obstacles.

Tactical Command & SWAT Experience

1972 - 1995

Directly involved in an extensive number of high-risk tactical operations with responsibility ranging from SWAT Team member, Team Leader to Team Commander and Tactical Commander.

1972-1978

Assigned as SWAT Team Member - duties include aircraft hijacking, hostage rescue, barricaded suspects, high risk warrant service, protective details, major event security and public safety protocol. Maintained requirement for tactical skills, firearms qualifications and physical fitness standards.

1979-1983

Assigned as SWAT Team Leader - duties involved the selection and training of new team members. Command and control of team to include planning and execution of various missions. Maintained performance standards, enforced training and operational protocol.

1984 - 1988

Assigned as SWAT Team Commander - duties involved command and control of three SWAT teams to included planning and execution of missions, selection and training of new members, equipment evaluation and procurement, liaison with other support units, discipline of team personnel, operational report writing and evaluations.

1989-1995

Assigned as Tactical Commander - Duties involved command and control of three SWAT teams, four sniper teams, containment team, communication section, hostage negotiation team and command post element. Responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of all tactical actions as required by specific operations.

1994

Last operational incident as Tactical Commander involved the service of two separate high-risk narcotic trafficking warrants for suspected gang members.

Military Training & Experience

1966 - 1967

Received commission as United Sates Marine Corps officer. Attended Infantry Officer School - six months, Quantico, VA — Honor Roll graduate

1968

Assigned duties as Infantry Platoon leader

1968 - 1969

Participated in extensive infantry combat operations with the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam

1969

Returned to Camp Pendleton, CA.

1970

Completed active duty with rank of Captain. Received Honorable Discharge

Military Training Relating to Law Enforcement Duties

1966 - 1970

  • Squad, platoon and company tactics for urban and jungle operations
  • Information collection and processing of intelligence
  • Weapon selection and tactical employment
  • Rules of engagement
  • Planning, supporting and briefing procedures for execution of tactical operations
  • Casualty processing and evacuation
  • Helicopter operations
  • Assault Climbing and Rappelling
  • Rigging and disarming of mines and improvised explosive devices
  • Tactical use of explosives
  • Stress psychology and performance in combat operations
  • Chain of command operations
  • Close combat self-defense

Other Specialized Training/Certifications

1972 - 1984

Martial Arts training and competition in Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do

1960

Los Angeles County and PADI Scuba Diver Certification. Experience in tactical dive operations involving evidence and victim searches.

1998

California State Explosive Blaster License. Certified to use explosives in tactical breaching applications for law enforcement.

Professional Association Membership

1980 - 2009

  • National Tactical Officers Association
  • International Society of Explosive Engineers
  • California Association of Hostage Negotiators
  • Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI
  • FBI Agents Association
  • FBI - US Marine Corps Association
  • Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation
  • National Rifle Association
  • International Association of Chief of Police
  • California Association of Tactical Officers
  • International Wound Ballistics Association
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors
  • California Association of Firearms Instructors
  • American Sniper Association

Awards & Commendations

1972 - 2012

Recipient of more than 200 formal and written commendations from law enforcement, military and Governmental agencies as well as various civic and business groups for both operational and training events.

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