Dan Dean: Co-Founder
Current full-time police officer with 13 years of experience, currently assigned as the Public Affairs Officer for his agency. In addition to his responsibilities as Public Affairs Officer, he is a lead defensive tactics instructor. Dan has previous experience as a SWAT team leader, detective, field training officer, bike patrol officer and evidence technician.
GӓRD Co-Founder Kevin introduced Dan to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Dan earned his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2017 under Professor Jorge Gurgel, and is still on his Jiu Jitsu journey.
Dan has attended a wide variety of training courses during his 13 years of law enforcement. Some of his earliest training included; blood spatter analysis, crime scene processing, Reid interview and interrogations and Narco drug investigator. Dan has attended many hours of SWAT related training courses to include; Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA) Team Leader course, OTOA Advanced Team Tactics, High Risk Warrants and Hostage Rescue Tactics. Dan has also attended several defensive tactics related courses to include; Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) Defensive Tactics Instructor, ASP Instructor, Jiu Jitsu for Cops and Gracie Survival Tactics Level 1 Instructor.