Welcome to Sparrow Defense!
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My father, an NRA Instructor and high school marksmanship program leader, taught me to shoot when I was 8 years old. Later, I shot with organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and 4-H. Through these organizations I was given the opportunity to meet many new friends and have positive experiences. Firearms training taught me responsibility and that every action has a very real consequence that cannot be taken back. It is an important value that I have kept with me throughout the years. I applied that value as a student, then as a public school teacher, and now as a law enforcement officer and firearms instructor.
I am a current and full-time law enforcement officer, with the daily mission of preserving life. I believe that violence should be a tool of last resort. Dangerous situations can often be avoided through awareness of your surroundings and making intelligent decisions that deter criminals. However, there are times when prevention strategies fail and you will need to defend yourself. On that day, your level of training and preparation will dictate how effectively you act.
Each year, millions of people become the victims of violent crime. This isn't a phenomenon specific to our culture; every country in the world has those who prey upon the unwary. The "Active Killer" phenomenon has brought violence into our streets, businesses, and schools. Violence against women, which receives little recognition or publicity, is both under-reported and on the rise. It is an unfortunate truth that many people in the United States, through no fault of their own, will be targeted by criminals within their lifetime.
What is your plan if you become the victim of a crime? If it is only "Call 911," you should know that the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that it routinely takes up to 10 minutes for officers to arrive. There are many reasons that this occurs: All officers may already be on emergency calls. Your alarm company may wait before dispatching emergency services. The responding officer may have a vehicle accident while coming to your aid. You may give the wrong address to the 911 operator while under stress. I have seen all of these happen first hand.
Most violent confrontations last seconds. You cannot afford to wait for someone to save you.
Sparrow Defense was formed so that law-abiding citizens, school personnel, business owners, and law enforcement officers could receive quality training in Crime Prevention Strategies, Emergency Medical Aid, and Firearms. When you take a course with us you will leave with three things:
- We develop your Situational Awareness so that you can avoid most dangerous situations completely. In the event of unavoidable conflict, these skills will provide a tactical advantage while defending yourself or another.
- Our courses teach you the law and how to communicate with responding law enforcement officers so that you do not inadvertently become a casualty of the legal system.
- Firearm training will enhance your skill and provide a model for self-improvement beyond the class. You will learn the same techniques currently taught to active duty law enforcement officers and competitive shooters. Our class sizes are small so that every student gets personal attention.
- The Instructors at Sparrow Defense are certified to teach their course material through the Georgia Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) Council, the Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI), Defense Training International (DTI), Range Master, and the National Rifle Association (NRA).
- Upon completing a course, students will receive documentation of their training for future use and reference. Most classes also have adult learning workbooks and reference material that are yours to keep.
- Students will have the opportunity to shoot the same courses of fire that the Georgia POST Council mandates law enforcement officers use to qualify with their duty weapons each year. This provides a written record that the student's firearms proficiency is equal to or exceeds that of law enforcement officers in their jurisdiction.
- At the end of the class, you will be confident in your knowledge of the law and have a clear understanding of your own firearm skill level. You will have the tools to make rapid, ethical decisions during moments of stress and put those decisions into action.
- We teach material that is peer-reviewed for accuracy and legality. If we didn't stand behind the information in the courses, my name wouldn't be on the lesson plans. Our personal training history and work performance are public record, so you can be assured that we are who we say we are.
- I encourage students to keep in touch and to reach out with questions or comments in the future. Firearm proficiency is a journey, not a destination. First and foremost I am an educator, and enjoy assisting people in learning and developing their skills.
I look forward to meeting you.