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Pictured are top (left to right), instructor Captain Sean Schultz, cadets  Troy Farmer, Juan Fernandez, and Patrick Lindaur, instructor Captain Eugene Edokpa, below, cadets Alfonso Vela and Ivy Moore. Gary Job Corps photo

Gary Job Corps graduates first Personal Protective Officer cadets

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Gary Job Corps Security Academy has graduated its first Texas Department of Public Safety Level 4 cadets. 

The elite program is only offered to cadets who have completed level 3 and scored a 243 or better in firearms qualification and pepper spray certifiction.

The course teaches the  concepts of personal protection, dignitary protection, executive protection and celebrity protection. 

A bodyguard or PPO is a person who protects someone from assault, kidnapping, assassination, or other threats. Bodyguards are typically private security officers that are concealed arms certified and have expertise in unarmed combat. 

Cadets that qualify for this class receive extensive firearm training in both semi-automatic and revolvers. Methods of shooting such as the center axis relock method or “castle” are introduced and practiced; additionally, an intro into the operation of the AR-15 rifle is provided. Advanced defensive tactics training that includes the use and defensive of edged weapons is provided to the cadets. To complete the course, cadets are required to pass both a written exam with a score of 75 or better, and a practice exercise of moving an instructor posing as a principal, while under duress to safety.

The Gary Job Corps Security Academy, known as the “PFC Kristian Menchaca Training Academy,” was named after a cadet who lost his life while serving in the U.S. Army as a military police officer in Iraq in 2003, and has been training cadets in corrections and security vocation since 2000.  

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