CCJA Instructors


Professionals in their Fields

All Instructors at Commonwealth Criminal Justice Academy are active security professionals. Our instructors not only teach the material but also practice it in the field. This provides the student with the ability to get text book information that has been tempered in real world experience.


Adjunct Instructor Roster

James Allen, NREMT-P

Sergeant Firefighter Medic with Fredericksburg City Fire Department. SWAT team Medic for Fredericksburg Police Department. Lead Medcial Education coordinator.

Brad Naylor

Former Police Officer, Former Program Manager for Contract Security at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), DCJS General/Firearms Instructor, Maryland State Police Handgun Instructor, MDTS Instructor, Pepper Spray Instructor, Surveillance/Counter-surveillance Instructor, Taser International M-26 & X-26 Instructor, American Red Cross Instructor Trainer, Massachusetts Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors & Armorers Association Simulation Safety Instructor, Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist (ATAB), Current Quality Assurance Manager and Strategic Planner for Contract Security to the US military and Federal Government.

Chris Pick

Former U.S. Army, combat veteran (Iraq), current PPS/PSD contractor, General Instructor and Firearms and Tactics Instructor.

Jason Williams

Lead SWAT instructor. Former Commander DC Metro Transit Police SWAT Team. Current General and Firearms Instructor.

Pete Spooner

Former Naval Special Warfare (Special Boat Team & other special mission units), combat veteran (Persian Gulf) current PSD contractor, General Instructor and Firearms and Tactics Instructor, Defensive Tactics/Judo Instructor.

Russ Cook

Former U.S. Army Ranger 3rd Batt, Medic and combat veteran (Iraq) current PSD contractor, Dyncorp CIVPOL PSD,EODT convoy security, PSD Parsons RAID / EAGLE EYE FLIR system team leader, Cochise Security PSD, Convoy, ASP security for Class V cargo, Armor Group North America, PSD, Bachelors of Science, George Mason University ,General Instructor and Firearms and Tactics Instructor. TCCC medical Instructor.

Frank Borelli

Former Army Military Policeman / Combat Engineer, retired law enforcement Lieutenant. Owner/Editor New American Truth magazine, equipment evaluator Blackwater/US Training Center, Editor Officer.com. Current Maryland Police Instructor Firearms, Officer Survival, Defensive Tactics, Low Light Strategies, Force-on-Force Scenario, general topics. Current NRA Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor. NRA Life Member, member Illinois Tactical Officer Assoc., Ohio Tactical Officers Assoc., National Tactical Officer Assoc., International Tactical Officers Training Assoc.

Joseph Trindel

Former U.S Marine combat veteran, Former Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal, developed the USMS Fugitive Task Force, National ERT team, Adjunct Instructor George Washington University for WMD. Director Dept. of Homeland Security ICE/Federal Protective Services NCR. Vice President Covenant Security Services. Federal Law Enforcement Firearms/Tactics Instructor, N.R.A. and FLETC Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor certified. Active member of International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association, ("ILEETA"), International Tactical Officers Training Association ("ITOTA"), and International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, ("IALEFI").

Scott Olsen

Former U.S. Coast Guard; Retired Central Intelligence Agency, Office of Security, Multi-Disciplined Security Officer. Current EP/PSD Operator. General Instructor, Driving Instructor, Surveillance Counter Surveillance Instructor.

Charles Thies

Mr. Thies has twenty-five years of experience in law enforcement, private security services and information security experience. Charles attended the University of Denver where he received a Masters of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University, Bellevue, Nebraska. He has worked in law enforcement and private security services in Florida and Colorado. His experience includes patrol, maritime enforcement, fraud investigations and digital forensics. Charles is a DCJS general instructor and firearms instructor.

Zach Rainey

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Instrumentation Biologist, Forensic Biologist, Virginia Division of Forensic Science, Analytical Chemist Assistant, Northern Illinois Police Crime Laboratory (NIPCL), Forensic DNA Intern, American Red Cross Instructor Certified: Instructor in First Aid, CPR, Water Safety, and Lifeguard Training, DNA Auditor Training, MARTIAL ARTS Instructor, Karate: 5th Degree Black Belt, Isshin-ryu Karate Instructor (20 years) Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: 2nd Degree Blue Belt, Assistant Instructor at "The LAB" mixed martial arts school, Jujitsu: Brown Belt, Judo: Green Belt.

Kymlee Murphy

Firearms & Tactics Instructor ACADEMI, Firearms & Tactics Instructor OMNIPLEX, Vice President Operations CCJA, Field Operations Manger Allied Barton, Branch Operations Manger US Security Assoc., Former New Hampshire Police Officer, EP/PSD Operator, DCJS General / Firearms Instructor, Larry Smith Pepper Spray Instructor, Safariland MEB Instructor, Safariland MDTS Instructor, ASHI First Aid CPR AED Instructor Trainer, AHA First Aid CPR AED Instructor Trainer, Red Cross First Aid CPR AED Instructor Trainer SWAT Medic Instructor, TCCC Instructor, Active Shooter Instructor

MJ Benna

USAF Attack Controls Systems Specialist (DS/DS), Bail Enforcement Agent, Private Investigator, Personal/Executive Protection Specialist, Firearm and General Instructor, TM Spotsylvania County Search and Rescue, EMT, TCCC/Swat Medic, Level 3 Krav Maga

Tony Greene Jr

Mr. Greene is registered with Virginia DCJS as a private investigator, executive protection agent, and private security services instructor. Mr. Greene served as a law enforcement officer from 2004 until 2018 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. During his time as a law enforcement officer he worked a patrolman, SWAT member, crash reconstruction specialist, forensic field technician, defensive tactics instructor, field trainer, general instructor, police motorcycle operator, SWAT medic, and various other positions. Mr. Greene was appointed as his SWAT team's Training Coordinator, organizing and conducting training with the team and surrounding State, Local, and Federal tactical units. Mr. Greene is an instructor at Commonwealth Criminal Justice academy where he teaches courses involving firearms, investigations, and executive protection. Mr. Greene is the CCJA Lead SWAT Instructor, lead Defensive tactics instructor as well as the leader instructor for the Active Shooter program. Mr. Greene has supervised and conducted large scale surveillance and counter-surveillance operations domestically as well as internationally. Mr. Greene currently consults for several private companies for active shooter, investigations, and threat management.

William Tupper

Currently a DCJS General Instructor; Unarmed & Armed Security, DCJS Firearms Instructor; Handgun, Shotgun, Advanced Firearms/PPS, Patrol Rifle, Alarm Respondent, Security Officer Handgun. Retired West Virginia State Trooper, 20 years, Sergeant, Detachment Commander, Special Response Team (SRT) Entry Team member-13 years, Team Leader/Assistant Team Leader-7 years, Dept. of Justice FBI Chemical Agents Instructor, Dept. of Justice DEA Clandestine Lab Certified, US Army Counterdrug Special Reaction Team, Chemical munitions handler, Specialized Building Entry-Covert Entry and Subtle, Mechanical Breacher, Hostage Negotiator, Tactical Aircraft Entry certified, HazMat certified-operator level, US Army Veteran-9.5 years, 82nd Airborne Division, Jumpmaster

John Dickens

Currently a DCJS General Instructor; Unarmed & Armed Security, DCJS Firearms Instructor; Handgun, Shotgun, Alarm Respondent, Mine Safety Health & Training Surface Instructor, Certified West Virginia and Virginia surface mine instructor, West Virginia EMT. Mr. Dickens is also a Retired Army Combat Veteran after 25 years of service.

Jeff O'Neill

Mr. O’Neill has over fourteen years of law enforcement experience. He is a nine year law enforcement veteran and former Army Military Police Officer. During his career he has been involved in every type of criminal investigation at the local, state and federal levels. Jeff has served as a Detective, a member of the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force and has served as a team member of SWAT. He has graduated both Federal and State Police Academy’s along with holding several certifications such as General Instructor, Field Training Officer, Basic and Advanced SWAT, FBI Field Evidence Technician, Detective Level I and several other advanced evidence collection schools. Since 2009, Jeff has been an NRA Law Enforcement Instructor for Handgun and Shotgun. He is also a Civilian NRA Instructor certified in Pistol and Shotgun, Home Firearm Safety and Personal Protection in the home.

  • 540-322-3000
  • 56 Joseph Mills Drive Suite 100
  • Fredericksburg, Va 22408