Michael Colton, Safety Certification Advisor

Mike has served residents throughout St Lucie County as a law enforcement officer for more than 33 years.  Now in retirement, he looks to continue helping his fellow residents by providing training options so they can learn survival skills and develop a survival attitude to help them through these uncertain times.  Mike began his training career as a young officer in the early ’90s by training newly hired officers as they came through the Field Training Officer program.  He went on to serve as an agency instructor in firearms, defensive tactics, defensive driving, and emergency vehicle operations, patrol procedures, active shooter response and K-9.  Mike was a member of SWAT and graduated from the prestigious Metro-Dade Basic Special Response Team Academy.  Mike has worked as a Field Training Officer, In-service Instructor, SWAT member, VICE and Street Crimes Investigator, Auto Theft and General Assignment Detective, Recruiter, Underwater Search and Recovery Team member, Traffic Crash Review Board member, K-9 Handler and Trainer and Acting Supervisor.  He has received numerous awards including two-time 100 Club Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Officer of the Year, Officer of the Quarter, Combat Cross, Meritorious Service, Exceptional Duty, and the ASIS Joe Crowder K9 Achievement Award, among many others.

Now in retirement, Mike has achieved certifications as a civilian instructor by the National Rifle Association, United States Concealed Carry Association, SABRE Products, and TASER.  Mike knows firsthand that law enforcement has a daunting task, trying to be in the right place at the right time. Often it is up to prepared, skilled, and knowledgeable citizens to make the difference between a statistical tragedy and a “win” for the good guys.  Mike will use his decades of practical experience to help you be your own 1stResponder.  Mike has started 33 Tactical LLC, a licensed and insured training company, that provides courses of instruction in Firearms, including concealed carry classes, Defensive Sprays, Taser, Self-Defense, and Crime Prevention.

Check him out at www.33-tactical.com