Armoured One is dedicated to one mission, “making schools, colleges, and universities safer against major attacks and shootings.” We are a SWAT Team driven company, which studies the history of attacks on schools, while implementing new products, training, preparedness plans and assessments to help school administration to be proactive against attacks.
Armoured One solely focuses on school security, which means we understand the importance of having a secure learning environment without looking like a prison. All of our products, training, assessments, and preparedness plans, are completely customized to each individual school, college, or universities.
Tom is a former SWAT Team Operator, Police Academy Instructor, NYS DCJS Firearms Instructor, Rifle Instructor, Less Lethal Instructor, Active Shooter Instructor, DARE I&II Instructor Certified, Instructor Development Certified, Police Crime Scene and Evidence Specialist Course Certified, Chemical Munitions Instructor, General Topics Instructor, Woodland Tactics Certified, Critical Incident Management Certified, National Incident Management System Certified, Interdiction for Terrorism Course Certified, Explosive Response to Terrorism Bombings Certified, Field Training Officer. Tom has over 17 years as a police officer and is still currently working as a Deputy in NYS and is on SWAT. Tom has had years of experience in high stress and high-risk emergency situations.
Theresa is a mother of 3, as well as a grandmother, and comes to us with over 35 years of business and finance experience and know-how. Having owed and served as CFO for 2 previous successful companies she has a wealth of financial knowledge and business acumen. She is a CPA and member of the AICPA, and has years of tax, business consulting, and accounting experience serving clients in NYS, the USA, and abroad. After graduating from LeMoyne college she worked for the multinational firm of Price Waterhouse Coopers, then became a partner of a local CPA firm. She has extensive experience working with small emerging businesses to provide ongoing financial stability through employing sound business practices and adherence to current accounting standards and tax law. She believes in building a secure financial foundation on which the company’s growth and expansion can succeed and thrive.
For 20 years Theresa has served as treasurer and a board member for the non for profit organization Mercy Works. This Syracuse based charitable organization instills vision to the disenfranchised youth of our community by providing classroom instruction, summer employment, and career opportunities. Theresa is a licensed Christian worker with the Abundant Life Christian Center Ministerial Association and a Bible teacher in the Abundant Life Institute. She is deeply concerned and cares about the safety and well being of our youth and young adults. She is passionate about the mission of Armoured One and is employing her business, tax, and accounting skills for the financial success and stability of our company. We are thrilled to have her on board.
Retired Lieutenant Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, Scott Hare was active for 23 years at the DeWitt Police Department in New York. With two decades of training under his belt it’s no wonder it is his expertise and passion. Scott began teaching as a field training officer. In 2001, he became a firearms instructor which is what fueled his passion for training officers in active shooter solutions. Quickly promoted, Scott became the director of training for several programs including Firearms, Active Violence, Community Policing, Emergency Management (school and religious facility safety plans), youth programs (including schools). He continues to stay involved in the future of law enforcement as an Adjunct Instructor for the Cazenovia College Police Academy.
Scott has developed and presented multiple workplace violence presentations for local businesses, school safety plans, and 360-degree photo plans for schools and religious facilities for active violence response.
Regardless of his extensive background and achievements Scott is humbled and proud to be a member of the Armoured One team. He strongly believes in our mission and it is his desire to work alongside the best of the best with one goal in common: keeping children safe.
-NYS Use of Force Instructor
-Firearms and Patrol rifle instructor
- General Topics
-National Incident Management System
-NYS and CALEA Accredited agency
His experience in the Army took him to both urban and rural areas of Iraq where he learned to adapt to an always changing insurgency. His primary job was reconnaissance, but in war everyone must learn to do other tasks. Mat learned crime scene investigation, house clearing techniques to protect civilians, developed relationships with neighborhood leaders to expedite tactics in repelling insurgents and much more.
Mat’s time as a security contractor took him back to Iraq, where he was a security officer for a government client. He helped develop standard procedures for both perimeter and internal security for multiple bases. Mat also recommended security tactics to counter innovative enemy attacks.
Andrew Sartori is a husband and father with three daughters currently enrolled in the school system. He fully understands the urgency to protecting this nation’s most vulnerable demographic. Andrew has served over 12 years as a forward observer in the US Army and as an AD-Seg Correctional Officer.
His experience in the Army led to over three years in Iraq where he learned to adapt to an always changing battlefield. His primary job was determining target locations, collateral damage assessments and employment of unmanned aerial reconnaissance platforms. Due to an ever-changing insurgency, Andrew learned house clearing, crime scene investigation and threat identification tactics. He trained multi-national forces and developed relationships with local leaders to expedite tactics in repelling multiple insurgent groups and more.
Andrew served as an AD-Seg correctional officer in a level five facility while receiving his associate’s degree in Criminology and Forensics. Additionally, he served as an armed security officer, which included securing corporate buildings, protection of metro transportation and armed private security.
Bob Toms, father of seven, three of which are currently enrolled in public secondary schools, has over three decades of experience within the fields of law enforcement, electronic security, corporate security and security risk assessment.
During his twenty year career with the Syracuse Police Department, Bob assumed various assignments within several divisions; road Patrol Officer; undercover narcotics Investigator; major felony unit Detective and Technical Operations Division, Detective Sergeant, Command Officer.
He also served as the Director of Security at the Syracuse Housing Authority, for several years.
Since 2000, he has conducted numerous security risk assessments and engineered electronic security system designs for corporations, healthcare facilities, retail establishments and school districts.
Also, Bob is board certified as a Physical Security Professional (PSP) by ASIS International, the preeminent international organization for security practitioners.
Jeff Peckins is a husband and father whose daughter is currently enrolled in the public school system. He is a retired Captain from the Town of Manlius Police Department who, during his career, served as the Operations Division Commander, overseeing both road patrol and detective sections. In addition, Jeff has over seven years of SWAT experience with training in both hostage rescue and tactical operations. Prior to his law enforcement career, Jeff served in the United States Marine Corps and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Juvenile Justice and History Education from Ithaca College.
Jeff has developed and presented multiple active shooter / workplace violence presentations to local schools, businesses, and clubs, coupled with completing security risk assessments. He has also served on various County and Town committees to address and develop best practices and training for police and EMS response to active shooter events.
Jeff takes great pride in being a member of the Armoured One training team. He has a special place in his heart for teaching as his aunt and uncle are retired public school educators, and his mother was a public school teacher for more than thirty years.
Michael Poland, a father and husband, has the knowledge and experience that makes him a true leader in tactical training and crisis situations. He has spent over 20 years as a law enforcement officer, 16 years as a SWAT team member and 7 years as a SWAT Team leader. Mike works for NYS Homeland Security as a Subject Matter Expert in Active Shooter. Michael is also a Navy Veteran, serving his country against dangerous threats and protecting America.
Mary McCrone, wife and mother of two children, has over 30 years experience as a teacher, speaker and theater director. After receiving her B.A. from LeMoyne College, and her M.S. in English Education from Syracuse University, she became a dedicated middle/high school teacher for the Syracuse City School District, working with the youth and families of the Levy, Roberts and Fowler communities. She also instructed teachers as part of the national Integrated Thematic Instruction Program and worked for the textbook company, McDougal Little, training teachers and administrators and instructional specialists in the use of materials and lesson planning procedures. Mary is a trained mediator through New Justice. She currently shares her teaching and speaking expertise with Armoured One by assisting in interviewing potential tactical consultants, creating instructional training and evaluating speaking skills.
Mark Milicich has over three decades of experience in the military, homeland security and security expertise in both government and the private sector. He joined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in June 2003 and was the Deputy Director for Operations for the Protective Security Division. In July 2004, he played an invaluable role in developing a National Program from concept to deployment of 68 Protective Security Advisors (PSA) in 60 offices across America. He was selected as the pilot PSA and the primary mission was security of critical infrastructure. After the deployment of the PSAs, he led and managed the program from January 2004 to July 2006. As the PSA for Southern VA, from July 2004 to September 2014, he facilitated, coordinated, and performed assessments to identify and document the overall security and resilience of critical infrastructure and acted as a technical security advisor to federal, state, local and private sector officials. With a focus on critical infrastructure, he supported specials events such as Super Bowls, a G-8 Summit, a NASCAR Race, and Presidential & Gubernatorial Inaugurations and natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Wilma, Ike and other incidents of national significance. He served in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for 20 years. From February 1993 to October 2000, he served as the USAF Team Superintendent/Naval Warfare Liaison at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Virginia Beach, VA. He holds the ASIS Certified Protection Professional credential.
As a father, Dan Izzo is passionate about keeping his daughter and your children safe from an active shooter attack. Dan is a retired Navy SEAL Master Chief and has proudly served his Country for 28 years. Having completed over a dozen operational deployments in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, Dan’s combat and leadership skills have earned him two Bronze Star medals, three Combat Action Awards and numerous other Commendation Medals and campaign awards. He’s a graduate of the U.S. Naval Senior Enlisted Academy, Excelsior College and holds a Certificate of Homeland Security. He currently trains law enforcement officers statewide as a Security and Preparedness program manager at the State Preparedness Training Center in Oneida County. Dan is also a subject matter expert in Active Shooter for New York State Homeland Security.
Jim Emery is a married father of two sons and a retired NYPD Detective of the Organized Crime Control Bureau Narcotics Division. As part of the NYPD Special Response Team with a concentration in active shooter situations, his knowledge is invaluable to Armoured One. Jim is a graduate of Emergency Services Unit specializing in Weapons of Mass Destruction training. Emery served his country as a Marine assigned to Security Forces and was a part of the Dignitary Protection Team which was responsible for protecting former President Clinton and the Secretary of Defense while on military instillations and vessels. As Lead Student Supervisor at Goshen Central School District, Jim is responsible for planning and training staff and students in lock down, lock out, shelter in place drills and contingency plans. He assisted in developing active shooter protocols for the Goshen District which parallels New York State mandates. He is also an expert marksman with both long gun and side arm. He comes to Armoured One with vast amounts of experience in active shooter and his desire to keep children and faculty safe falls directly in line with what our company believes in.
Dan Pace fully understands the importance of ensuring our schools are prepared and safe as his wife is a public school teacher and his young boys will soon be in school. He has over 12 years of law enforcement experience including the last 6 years as a SWAT Operator. Dan is also an Assistant Team Leader as a SWAT Sniper. Currently Dan works road patrol in addition to teaching various topics for a large law enforcement agency and police recruits at a regional police academy.
- Advanced Active Shooter Tactics & Operations Course
- Tactical Team Leader Course
- Use of Force Instructor
- Woodland Tactical Operations Course
- Basic Sniper Certification
- Extended Range Sniper Certification
- General Topics Instructor
Matthew Carey is a dad who has Over 18 years law enforcement experience and during his career he has been a SWAT operator for 13 years and the last 6 years as a SWAT Team Leader. He served our country both in the Marine Corps, as well as the US Army. Currently Matthew is the Firearms Tactical Training Coordinator for a large law enforcement agency and is both state and nationally certified as an active shooter instructor.
- Advanced Active Shooter Scenario
- Active Shooter Level I Train-the-Trainer
- Active Shooter Level II Train-the-Trainer
- Active Shooter Events and Response
- General Topics Instructor
- Ins Officer Survival
– Preparing for Armer Encounters Course
- Simunition Scenario Instructor and Safety Certification Course
- Armoured One Certified Active Shooter Expert
Tim Farley, husband and father of four served our country as a United States Marine Staff Sergeant in Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 and was decorated for valor in combat. He is a 15-year Law Enforcement veteran currently serving as a major crimes detective for a local agency within Onondaga County. Tim is a former SWAT team leader and operator with training in hostage rescue and tactical operations, and he is also an FBI certified defensive tactics instructor and has been since 2008. As a certified Law Enforcement instructor and Personal Defense Instructor specializing in counter ambush and close quarters attacks, his passion is empowering others with the knowledge on how to fight back against an attacker.
Neil is a husband and father who has been a full time professional police officer for almost 15 years. He has experience on a Fema type 1 Swat team as an Entryman & a Breacher and is also a member of a Fema type 1 bomb squad and an explosive Breacher. He is a proud father of three school aged children and married to a community college teacher. Neil has been involved as an active shooter instructor for over 10 years. He is also a U.S. Army Veteran to include deployments to the Balkans & Iraq. He is a Firearms instructor and a manual & ballistic breaching instructor. He possesses many other law enforcement & tactical certifications.
Steve Zaferakis is a husband and father who truly embraces safety and preparedness in schools. His wife is a middle school teacher while his two daughters attend elementary school. He has 25 years of experience in fire, rescue, and emergency services with the Moyers Corners Fire Department. He held numerous leadership positions within the department and served as a chief officer for ten years. During is tenure in the fire service he consistently delivered fire safety to the school district by conducting annual school fire inspections, developing fire prevention curriculum and making presentations to students and teachers. A self-defense instructor for over 25 years, he has trained many first responders in situational awareness and personal defense. Steve has over 10 years of experience in the field of fire protection engineering and is also certified NYS Code Enforcement Official.
With over 15 years’ experience in Marketing, Media and Public Relations, Nanette is responsible for both developing and executing a strong message that clearly represents Armoured One and our desire to save lives. She began her career working for a news station in New York as a video editor, where she was nominated for an Emmy. Nanette then left her hometown in New York for Los Angeles and worked alongside several high-profile Hollywood directors and the producer of the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Nanette then changed gears for a job in experiential marketing where she traveled the country as a product specialist for Subaru for ten years. When the Sandy Hook tragedy took place, she felt very strongly something needed to be done and a few years later decided to join the Armoured One team. Nanette believes it is vital for schools and businesses to take preventative measures now rather than wait until the next breaking news report. Her ability to communicate effectively with school faculty and officials, business executives, the media and the general public makes her a valuable asset to the Armoured One team.
Douglas Spossey is a Syracuse-based creative director, graphic designer and website designer, with over a decade of professional experience.
Douglas has worked across the globe with many different international companies and start-ups, bringing with him a passion driven work ethic, a strong sense of leadership, and a unique understanding of brand identity, brand objectives, and effective communications.
Douglas is extremely passionate about our vision as he comes to the Armoured One team as a survivor of an Active Shooter situation (Tipp Hill 2015).
Tom Derby, a husband and father of four is a retired Lieutenant of the Patrol Division for the Syracuse Police Department and former Sergeant of the Criminal Investigations Division. Throughout his career, Derby was awarded numerous Divisional, Bureau and Departmental Commendations for his work. Twice he received the Jerome P. Slater Medal for his heroism and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty. A native of Sterling New York, he was raised on a farm and has always enjoyed working with his hands. His passion for learning and being hands-on led to his experience in numerous areas of the construction field from new construction to restoring older buildings as well as commercial work. Derby’s desire to protect and serve others along with his love for craftmanship and hard work makes him a perfect fit for Armoured One.
Meritorious Service Medal
American Legion Officer of the Year
District Attorney’s Office Medal of Gallantry
Rev. Joshua Czyz, has over 20 years of experience as pastor and chaplain in Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, Healthcare and Corrections. He has extensive training and experience in Critical Incident Stress Management, Peer Defusing, Disaster Response and Psychological First Aid.
As a father of 6 boys, Joshua is passionate about protecting children. He believes we should be protecting them so that his services are never necessary after a tragedy.
Growing up Caitlyn was influenced by the events at Columbine and Sandy Hook having gone through the public-school systems and having family members in the emergency services. Seeing a need to affect change she began to volunteer with Armoured One as she pursues a career in the healthcare field. Having siblings and cousins currently in school, she has an affinity for children. Caitlyn has also worked as a nanny and knows that what she accomplishes working with Armoured One can save lives.