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Matthew Mallory

Founder and Lead Instructor of Public Safety and Education (a.k.a. PS&Ed), Matthew J. Mallory is a U.S. Army veteran, former adjunct college professor, nationally recognized self-defense educator, and published author.

Matt is a highly experienced firearms instructor whose passion for weapons and self-defense began at a very young age. Currently, he works as a sworn New York State Law Enforcement Officer, firearms instructor (USCCA, NRA, ILEETA, UTM, Utah, and New York), self-defense instructor (NY, TASER, ASP, Safariland, and Sabre Red), writer, and gun store owner.

He teaches more than 60 different courses, over 200 times each year, to many thousands of civilian and law enforcement students, all over the country. He is a public speaker/presenter, co-host of the IMDb listed talk-show Meet The Pressers, writes articles for numerous national publications, has traveled the county working as a brand ambassador and pro staff for many companies (USCCA, Laser Ammo, Shooter’s Technology Group, Mantis, and Angel Armor), and is the author of the pepper spray book and curriculum with the USCCA – to be released in 2020.

You can learn more about Matt at

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Alex Ferrer

Alex Ferrer, owner of Veritas International LLC and Veritas Tactical, LLC, has over 19 years of experience in Law Enforcement and over 11 years of experience in the private security and intelligence field. His knowledge and expertise include investigating violent crimes, managing and conducting undercover operations and tactics, participating as a member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Unit, field training officer for Orange County Sheriff’s Office, as well as working with other federal law enforcement agencies such as DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement), FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations) and the Secret Service.  Alex conducted hundreds of narcotics operations as an undercover and conducting high-risk apprehensions. 

Alex has undergone extensive hours of training throughout his career in areas such as firearms, tactical weapons handling, undercover operations and tactics, vehicle takedown, electronic and physical surveillance, counter surveillance, anti-terrorism, mobile field force, less lethal deployment and munitions selection, entry techniques, report writing and investigation, interview techniques, dignitary protection, response to WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction), along with stress awareness and resolution.

Alex has also obtained certifications as an instructor in areas such as firearms, less lethal deployment, shoot house, and human diversity. He also holds licenses in the State of Florida for investigations, bodyguard, and armed securities.  He is an NRA certified instructor for civilians and Law Enforcement. Find out more at


Shannon Ritch

Shannon "the Cannon" Ritch has worked in the Independent Executive Protection field for both private and corporate clients.  As a CQC/CQB instructor for ICCIA (International Close Combat Instructor Association), he taught CIA, FBI, Military, Special Forces, and SWAT agencies.  As a Professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighter, he maintained proficiency in martial arts through training, teaching, and competing (6 time World Champion).   

His experience includes owning EPSS/ Executive Protection Security Solutions and serving in the capacities listed below:

  • United States Ambassador’s PSD detail in Baghdad, Iraq – Highest threat protection detail in the world 

  • Automobile & Motorcade security

  • Personal Security Detail and Emergency response QRF

  • CQC/CQB weapons take away and retention

  • Former Defensive Tactics Instructor at C.O.T.A. Corrections Officer Training Academy

  • Former US Army / 204 FSB 4th Infantry Division

He is qualified to instruct in numerous areas including CQB, defensive driving, weapons disarming, defensive tactics and much more. 

Pamela Barnum

Pamela Barnum worked for years undercover in the Drug Enforcement Section. She learned real-world techniques for building trust and interpreting body language.

While working full-time as an undercover police officer, Pamela completed law school and accepted a position as a federal prosecuting attorney. She spent countless hours in the courtroom, perfecting her techniques in deception detection.

Observing witnesses, judges, and juries for years helped Pamela decode the clues of deception. Of course, being the mom of a teenager has also helped

In graduate school, Pamela studied corporate negotiations and applied those skills to the nonverbal communication techniques she learned over two decades while working in the criminal justice system.

Pamela has applied her experience and knowledge to teach others how to detect deception and interpret nonverbals in their personal and professional lives.

Pamela has spoken in front of audiences ranging from 50 to 12,000 in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Her recent TEDx Talk, “What Drug Dealers Taught Me About Trust” was viewed more than 200,000 times in the first six months.

Find out more at

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