gullAAmdur Associates

Guarding the Gates – Specialized Training for Security Officers

 Private Security


Don Gulla and Ellis Amdur have developed a unique ONE or TWO day program that seamlessly combines all force options into one training format. Depending on your professional requirements, this can include: use of firearms, TASER™,  defensive tactics, weapons retention and verbal de-escalation tactics for aggressive and mentally ill individuals. These trainings will use the most current use-of-force training tools, as needed, such as SIRT Training Pistols, Mock Training X-26 Tasers and the LASR Training Software. It is an exemplary training for law enforcement, corrections, parole/probation and private security.

Professional Requirements

Tactics differ depending on one’s professional responsibilities. Therefore, GullAAmdur Associates will develop a specific training congruent with the responsibilities of your staff.

Training Equipment

We bring all necessary training equipment to your site—therefore, the acquisition of training equipment is not an expense that needs to be carried by your agency. Participants should bring their department duty belt, as well as attire suitable for both classroom and hands-on training. (Belt keepers are a benefit during handgun retention training).

Specific Training Objectives

Full-Spectrum Crisis Intervention Team Tactics training can be general or specific. Here are some examples (the trainers can and do tailor-make trainings that combine the objectives of specific professions and specific training objectives):

  • General Training – combines defensive tactics, combative tactics with firearms and TASER™, weapons retention and communication with aggressive and mentally ill individuals.
  • Domestic Violence – These are among the most dangerous circumstances for private security who are responsible for maintaining the safety of employees on the worksite.  Such situations are volatile, and can shift from relative calm to violence in an instant. Along with tactical training in managing these often chaotic situations, officers will be familiarized with the behaviors of those in different types of domestic violence and the character disorders/mental illnesses that may be associated with each, along with best practice communication tactics to deal with them.

Supplemental Information: Required for All Trainings

The participants each must purchase or have purchased for them copies of the Edgework book associated with their profession. (see Edgework Books)

Participant Numbers

Each training should have a maximum number of thirteen trainees per instructor. Generally speaking, then, trainings max at 26 participants. However, Arrestling and Edgework have access to other trainers who can support the FS-CITT, so trainings can be set up with greater numbers.

Concerning Agency Required Trainings

Many agencies have statutory or other requirements for specific trainings. One particular advantage of Guarding the Gates trainings, is that a number of requirements can be covered in a single training—for example: with a single two day workshop, officers can receive state-of-the art training in:

  1. Firearms
  2. Electro-conductive devices
  3. Defensive Tactics
  4. Weapon retention
  5. Mental health issues
  6. Verbal de-escalation