Meet the Instructors
Captain James H. Small
Director of Training
Training Coordinator Delhi Police Department
NYS Master Police Instructor
MA Criminal Justice Administration
46 years law enforcement service
Captain Small is a DCJS certified Master Instructor with over 30 years experience instructing police officers, peace officers, security personnel and civilians. He taught criminal justice classes for SUNY as an adjunct professor for 11 years. He is well known across New York State having taught at many police academies and has been the director for the Otsego County Police Academy, Delaware County Law Enforcement Academy and is presently serving as the Director for the Sullivan County Law Enforcement Academy.
Officer Richard Pagillo
Civilian safety class
Off Duty Encounters
Conducted Energy Device (CED)
Aerosol Subject Restraint Instructor (ASRI)
Rich has been a Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) instructor since 2011 specializing in firearms training. He started his law enforcement career in 2004 in corrections and became a police officer in 2010. His many courses include K9, instructor, training in hand gun, shotgun, patrol rifle, active shooter, off-duty encounters, and civilian firearms. Additionally, he is a field training officer and general topics instructor in taser, bike patrol and ASRI, among others.
Firearms and Personal Defense Instructor
Ed has 30+ years of participating in and instructing firearms, personal defense and community safety. He is retired U.S. Army Ranger/ Pathfinder and also recently retired City of Oneonta FF/ Tactical Paramedic. Ed is veteran of numerous, "Private Security Detail contract" deployments and has extensive knowledge and skills in the area of armed personal defense and the defense of others. Ed also provides firearms training and consulting to the civilian community through his own company Marlinspike Operations, LLC.
Ed is certified in the following:
Armed Security Officer
And a certified instructor in:
NYS DCJS General Topics
NYS DCJS Firearms
Aerosol Subject Restraint
Civilian Response to Active Shooter (CRASE)
Active Shooter Response for First Responders with ALERRT
"I'M THE ONE WHO BARKED AT THUNDER, ROARED AT LIGHTENING, MADE DEATH WONDER.""
Corporal Eric Poggoli
Master Firearms Instructor
Eric has been an instructor since 2006 earning his Master Instructor status with the State of New York in 2018. His qualifications as a New York State Master Instructor include status as a New York State Certified Police Firearms Instructor, and a New York State Certified Armed Security Guard Instructor. Eric is also certified by New York State and the National Rifle Association as both a shotgun and a rifle Instructor. He assists with teaching the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services approved Firearms Instructor class to other New York State Certified Instructors from numerous Law Enforcement agencies from across New York State. In addition to his New York State credentials, Eric is also a National Rifle Association Certified Firearms Instructor for a multitude of classes as well as a Chief Range Safety Officer.
Sergeant Brian Davis
Assistant Director of Training
Sgt. Davis has been an DCJS certified instructor since 2013, specializing in Use of Force topics such as Defensive Tactics, Firearms, RBT, Active Shooter, Article 35, CED, Tactical Baton, and ASRI. Sgt. Davis is also a General Topics Instructor, a Bike Patrol Instructor, and a Field Training Officer. Sgt. Davis is very active as an Instructor, having taught a multiple police and corrections academies, as well as in service instruction for law enforcement agencies around New York State.
Officer Donald Beers
Firearms and TASER Instructor
Officer Beers has been a police officer since 2001, and has over 20 years of police and investigation experience. Officer Beers is a DCJS certified general topics instructor and field training officer since 2003. He has taught recruit level officers to seasoned veterans. Officer Beers also holds certifications in Firearms Instructor, Conductive Energy Device ( CED) Instructor, Article 35, and Motor Vehicle Accident Reconstruction. His many other courses include patrol rifle operator ( PRO), advanced patrol rifle operator (APRO), Active Shooter, and many others.
Officer Edward Marrero | Mohawk Police Dept.
Officer Matthew Miller | Durham Police Dept.
Constable Richard Kelly | Town of Hamden Constabulary
Officer John Shauger | Durham Police Dept.
Officer Eyal Saad | Cairo Police Dept.
Officer Maggio Ventura | Nassau County Sheriff’s Dept.
Detective James Southerton | Suffolk County SPCA
Corporal Kyle Muthig | Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Heath Goff | Delaware County Sheriff’s Office
Tim Stewart | Town of Hamden Constabulary
Officer Richard Ruiz | NYC Corrections
Investigator Joseph Galante | Suffolk County SPCA