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Meet Your Instructor


Your instructor is Ray Palacio, who has over 30 years of law enforcement experience in one of the largest cities in the State of Florida. During his law enforcement career, which he continues today as a Police Reserve Major, he’s worked for years on a plain-clothes tactical unit targeting street-level crimes such as robberies and narcotics. He has received more than 24 commendations and awards, including commendations for detecting, thwarting, and apprehending suspects involved in burglaries-in-progress and in hand-to-hand narcotics transactions. His experience includes deployments during periods of civil unrest, demonstrations, dignitary protection, and natural disasters. 

As a firearms instructor, Ray Palacio is a NRA Certified Instructor in First Steps Pistol, Basic Pistol Course, Personal Protection Inside the Home, and Personal Protection Outside the Home, as well as in Refuse to Be a Victim workshops. 

Ray Palacio has studied the laws of self-defense extensively. He is a graduate of the Law of Self Defense Instructor Program, a course of study taught directly by internationally-recognized self-defense law expert attorney Andrew F. Branca. Ray Palacio’s combined education and experience allows him to provide his students with a unique and authoritative perspective in all the classes he instructs.

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