H. Geri | Academic Manager and Senior Instructor
Geri has dedicated his life to the field of counter-terrorism and Home Land Security (HLS) for his native country of Israel. He is a combat veteran of the Golani Infantry Reconnaissance Unit of Israel’s Defense Force (IDF). Geri is a retired Captain that served as a Company Commander and Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, as well as G3 in charge of securing the northern border of Israel. He participated in numerous counter-terror operations behind enemy lines, and the Lebanon War.
After his service in the Army, he was recruited by the General Security Services (GSS) of the State of Israel and held many positions with HLS, including Chief of Security at the Israeli embassies in Venezuela Mexico, Quito, Lima and Switzerland.
Later Geri would join the GSS Counter-Terror Academy, where he trained generations of security personnel in the fields of Embassy Security, Aviation and Air Marshals Security, Maritime Security, VIP Security, and Critical Infrastructure Security. During this time, he also worked for the Security Analysis Unit of Israeli Embassies, where he was charged with the detection and analysis of the threats, risks, and determining the required security levels at Israeli Embassies worldwide. He accomplished all of this while serving an Air Marshal for El Al Airlines.
Geri is currently a student at the American Public University, where he is majoring in HLS and a Senior Instructor at the IMI Counter-Terror Academy, which is certified by the Israeli Police and minister of Internal Security. It is at IMI, where he uses his life experience to educate and train new generations of professionals in counter-terrorism tactics, security, and HLS.
Under his leadership, the IMI has certified countless cadets in tactical response and firearms based on standards mandated by the Israeli Government. He is an expert in the field of the tactical response to active shooters and the Israeli shooting and fighting technique (Krav Maga). Geri also holds instructor certifications from both the NRA and the USCCA.
Nir Maman | Director of Law Enforcement Division
Originally from Israeli but raised in North America, Nir has a professional background that spans twenty years of service in Military Special Operations, Law Enforcement, and Security Operations.
Nir served in the Israeli Special Forces Central Command Counter Terror Unit and Counter Terror School. He held several positions, including Operational Team Leader on the Counter Terror Unit, responsible for various missions ranging from high-risk searches and arrest operations of wanted terrorists to active terror attack interventions. In the Counter Terror School, Nir was a Lead Instructor on the Hostage Rescue Section in charge of training the IDF’s Hostage Rescue Units in all subjects related to Hostage Rescue operations in friendly and hostile environments. He was also in charge of the CT school’s International Training Section where he was in charge of training the Special Operations Units from various countries around the world, including the United States, that would attend the IDF CT school for specialized training in preparation for high-risk deployments to Iraq or Afghanistan. Nir was also the CT school’s designated Subject Matter Expert for Active Terror Attack/Active Shooter Intervention. In Canada, Nir served as an Operator on a Nuclear SWAT/Tactical Unit, a Constable with a Transit Authority, a Use of Force and Tactical Instructor at a Police Academy, and the appointed Managing Director of the Canadian Tactical Officers Association. In the United States, Nir served as a Police Officer assigned as a Deputy Commander of a Tactical Unit, and he is currently a Deputy Sheriff.
Nir also has over twenty years of experience in the Close Protection field. He was in charge of heading up the security details for members of the Israeli Government traveling to Canada, high-profile corporate figures, and celebrities. Nir has a background of over 35 years in Martial Arts/Defensive Tactics and holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga, a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, a 1st Degree Black Belt in Hap Ki Do, and he is an instructor in Jeet Kune Do. To date, Nir has trained thousands of Soldiers, Police Officers, and Security Agents from around the world in various subject including Hostage Rescue operations, SWAT/Tactical operations, Active shooter intervention, Close Protection operations, Terrorism and Suicide Bomber recognition and engagement, Counter ambush, Tactical shooting, Use of Force, and Krav Maga.
Itamar C | Director of Civilian Training Division
Itamar is head of Civilian Training; he is an expert in physical security.
Itamar is an IDF combat Veteran; his experience includes but not limited to Military infantry warfare, reconnaissance, Counter-Terrorism, Combat Driving, Special recon equipment operator, Strategic & tactics of guerilla warfare, CQB for counter-terror, Krav Maga training, Israeli critical infrastructure Security, NRA Firearm instructor.
As part of his service, Itamar served as a team member of a special reconnaissance unit
A veteran of the Second Lebanon operation, Itamar served as a Private security contractor to secure critical infrastructure and VIP/close protection for the Ministry of Defense and other Ministries in Israel, a job which required high-security clearance and involves undercover work.
Itamar is the head of security for Jewish communities; his job includes determining and implementing the security level for the community schools and synagogues, securing foreign Diplomats, and VIPs in Florida. Managing a team of up to 40 employees. In charge of risk assessment, security mission planning, annual budget plan, coordination with federal agencies. Among them are Israeli ministers, members of parliament, Jewish organizations, and more.
Sidney Lopez | Tactics & Operations Group (TOG-US) Chief Instructor
CEO / Chief Instructor of self started tactical law enforcement & corrections training company, Tactics & Operation Group-US (TOG-US), LLC. TOG-US focuses primarily on all tactical training aspects of law enforcement with relations to Corrections Tactical Operations. However, we are not locked into just the correctional/detention field, we also deal with patrol and SWAT concepts issues. TOG-US is one of the very few training firms dedicated to instructing and creating proficient operators within the Corrections/Detention field. We provide agencies with affordable training opportunities, bringing quality training to it’s already existing teams thus helping agencies build proficient teams and operators both in the Corrections/Detention Tactical Teams, Military Law Enforcement or Street based Tactical Teams (SWAT).
TOG-US, LLC, provides the most comprehensive concept based tactical training to Corrections and Detention Special Operations Teams, bringing agencies and departments the best tactical training in the industry.
Providing real live operational experience in correctional special operations, TOG-US offers only the best instructors in the industry. You may reference the webpage (TOG-USTraining.com)