Deputy Scott Ward “Top-notch Instructors”

Scott Ward Photo
Deputy Scott Ward
Every SSGT Instructor Course includes a teach-back section. During teach-back, the instructor candidate(s) teach a technique or series of techniques to his or her fellow trainers. At the end of teach-back the fellow trainers will determine, by vote, which individual had the best overall presentation. The winner of the competition will be deemed “Top-Notch Instructor” of the class.
In honor of a fallen Brother: 
Baldwin County, AL Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Ward was killed in the line of duty November 23, 2012. He was a great law enforcement officer and a fantastic instructor. He was involved with SSGT for many years and was a great proponent of training. After a period of time out of training, Scott returned to the training division and sought re-certification in SSGT. He attended SSGT Vanguard Level One certification November 12-16, 2012 and was voted “Top-Notch Instructor” by his classmates. This was one week before his death. I am proud to have trained with Scott as he was a friend to me and the law enforcement community.   
As a result, I am re-naming the “Top-Notch Instructor Competition”. It will now be known as the “Deputy Scott Ward Top-Notch Instructor Competition” in memory of Scott and his dedication to and belief in training.
Deputy Scott Ward and his sacrifice will not be forgotten!
Johnny Lee Smith
SSGT Founder and President
Please visit the “Remembering Deputy Scott Ward” page on Facebook
Note: Officers going through a three-day re-certification will not be eligible to compete in the Top-Notch competition as they will not participate in the teach-back section.
Deputy Scott Ward “Top-Notch Instructor
Competition Winners”
Date: November 18, 2011
Course: SSGT Level One
Location: NEALEA Ft. McClellan, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Armondo Love-
PCI Gaming, AL

2012

Date: April 6, 2012
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Birmingham Police Academy, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Jonathan Hayes-
PCI Gaming, AL
Date: June 22, 2012
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: US Marine Corps Support Facility – New Orleans, LA
Top Notch Instructor: Dexter Garner-
Morgan City Police Department – Morgan City, LA
Date: June 29, 2012
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: US Marine Corps Support Facility – New Orleans, LA
Top Notch Instructor: Kyle Miers-
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office – Lake Charles, LA
Date: July 20, 2012
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: MTSU Campus Police Dept. – Murfreesboro, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Vince Dy-
Nashville Metropolitan Airport Police – Nashville, TN
Date: August 10, 2012
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: MTSU Campus Police Dept. – Murfreesboro, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Scott Thornton-
Clarksville Police Department – Clarksville, TN
Date: August 17, 2012
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Helena Police Department – Helena, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Charles Hudson-
Helena Police Department – Helena, AL
Date: September 21, 2012
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Triad Academy – Cullman, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Casey Williamson-
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office – Lake Charles, LA
Date: October 5, 2012
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Montgomery Police Department, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Thomas Maddox-
Montgomery Police Department – Montgomery, AL
Date: October 19, 2012
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: University of Tennessee Police – Knoxville, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Donnie Ross-
University of Tennessee Police Dept. – Knoxville, TN
Date: October 26, 2012
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: University of Tennessee Police – Knoxville, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Chase Mathis-
Cookeville Police Department – Cookeville, TN
Date: November 9, 2012
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Montgomery Police Academy, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Armondo Love-
PCI Gaming, AL
Date: November 16, 2012
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy
Top Notch Instructor: Scott Ward-
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office – Fairhope, AL
Date: December 7, 2012
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy
Top Notch Instructor: Matt McCullars-
Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy
Date: December 14, 2012
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center
Top Notch Instructor: Crendal DeRamus-
Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control

2013

Date: January 11, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Northwest Arkansas L.E. Training Academy
Top Notch Instructor: Jason Eddie
Fayetteville Police Dept. – Fayetteville, AR
Date: January 18, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Northwest Arkansas L.E. Training Academy
Top Notch Instructor: Dallas Brashears-
Fayetteville Police Dept. – Fayetteville, AR
Date: February 15 , 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Northeast Mississippi L.E. Training Academy
Top Notch Instructor: DeAndre’ Eiland
Tupelo Police Dept. – Tupelo, MS
Date: February 22, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Northeast Mississippi L.E. Training Academy
Top Notch Instructor: DeAndre’ Eiland-
Tupelo Police Dept. – Tupelo, MS
Date: March 1, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: LaGrange Police Dept. – LaGrange, GA
Top Notch Instructor: Ryan Phillips-
Fayette Co. Sheriff’s Office – Fayetteville, GA
Date: March 8, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: LaGrange Police Dept. – LaGrange, GA
Top Notch Instructor: Tyrone Norris-
Gwinnett Medical Center – Public Safety – Lawrenceville, GA
Date: March 15, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Georgia Public Safety Training Center
Top Notch Instructor: Michael Crawley-
Georgia DNR Ranger
Date: March 22, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Georgia Public Safety Training Center
Top Notch Instructor: Chase Littlejohn-
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Date: March 29, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Montgomery Police Academy – Montgomery, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Gerald Killough-
Montgomery Police Dept. – Montgomery, AL
Date: April 12, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Manatee Technical Institute – Bradenton, FL
Top Notch Instructor: Randall Crawford-
Manatee Co. Sheriff’s Office – Bradenton, FL
Date: April 19, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Manatee Co. Sheriff’s Office Training Center –
Bradenton, FL
Top Notch Instructor: Deputy Joshua Escher-
Manatee Co. Sheriff’s Office – Bradenton, FL
Date: May 3, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Madison Co. Sheriff’s Office – Huntsville, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Deputy Justin Watson-
Madison Co. Sheriff’s Office – Huntsville, AL
Date: May 10, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Madison Co. Sheriff’s Office – Huntsville, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Deputy Corey Gray-
Madison Co. Sheriff’s Office – Huntsville, AL
Date: May 10, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Birmingham Police Academy – Birmingham, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Officer Adam Anglin-
University of Alabama Police Department – Tuscaloosa, AL
Date: May 17, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Birmingham Police Academy – Birmingham, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Officer Ashley Blalock-
Northport Police Department – Northport, AL
Date: May 23, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Montgomery Police Academy – Montgomery, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Officer Aubrey Caffey-
Montgomery Police Department – Montgomery, AL
Date: June 1, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: MLEOA Conference – Biloxi, MS
Top Notch Instructor: Deputy Shannon Williams-
Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department – Starkville, MS
Date: June 7, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Louisiana State Police Academy – Baton Rouge, LA
Top Notch Instructor: Trooper Beau Comeaux-
Louisiana State Police – Baton Rouge, LA
Date: July 12, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Murfreesboro Police Department – Murfreesboro,TN
Top Notch Instructor: Deputy Bradley Haynes-
Wilson County Sheriff’s Office – Lebanon, TN
Date: July 26, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Regional Counterdrug Training Academy – Meridian,MS
Top Notch Instructor: Officer Blandon Smith-
Louisiana Dept. of Corrections Probationa & Parole –
Baton Rouge, LA
Date: August 2, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Murfreesboro Police Department – Murfreesboro,TN
Top Notch Instructor: Deputy Jeffery Barber-
Dickson County Sheriff’s Office – Charlotte, TN
Date: August 9, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Louisiana State Police Academy – Baton Rouge, LA
Top Notch Instructor: Trooper William Bosworth-
Louisiana State Police – Baton Rouge, LA
Date: August 9, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Homewood Police Department – Homewood, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Deputy Michael Morrow-
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department – Montgomery, AL
Date: August 23, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office – West Monroe, LA
Top Notch Instructor: Deputy Coty Custer-
Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office – West Monroe, LA
Date: August 30, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office – West Monroe, LA
Top Notch Instructor: Deputy Stephen Watts-
Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office – Jonesboro, LA
Date: August 30, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Alabama Corrections Academy – Selma, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Officer Rondell Wannamaker-
Alabama Department of Corrections – Selma, AL
Date: September 13, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Alabama Corrections Academy – Selma, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Captain Elliot Sanders-
Alabama Department of Corrections – Selma, AL
Date: October 18, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: UT Knoxville Police Department – Knoxville, TN
Top Notch Co-Instructor: Ed Gover-
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Date: October 18, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: UT Knoxville Police Department – Knoxville, TN
Top Notch Co-Instructor: Tony McGinnis-
Tennessee Valley Authority Police
Date: November 8, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy
Top Notch Instructor: Kevin Stapp-
Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, AL
Date: November 15, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Southaven Police Department – Southaven, MS
Top Notch Instructor: David Tessaro-
Southaven Police Department, AL
Date: November 22, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Baton Rouge Police Academy – Baton Rouge, LA
Top Notch Instructor: Seth Gauthier-
Baton Rouge Police Department, LA
Date: December 6, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy
Top Notch Instructor: Brian Staude-
Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy
Date: December 13, 2013
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Baton Rouge Police Academy – Baton Rouge, LA
Top Notch Instructor: Vincent Liberto-
Baton Rouge Police Department, LA
Date: January 10, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Dekalb County Police Academy – Lithonia, GA
Top Notch Instructor: Tracy Rucker-
Dekalb County Police Department – Lithonia, GA

2014

Date: January 17, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Dekalb County Police Academy – Lithonia, GA
Top Notch Instructor: Jonathan Walker-
Dekalb County Police Department – Lithonia, GA
Date: February 7, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy
in Springdale, AR
Top Notch Instructor: Aaron Mahan-
University of Arkansas Police Dept. – Fayetteville, AR
Date: February 14, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy
in Springdale, AR
Top Notch Instructor: Aaron Mahan-
University of Arkansas Police Dept. – Fayetteville, AR
Date: February 14, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Mobile Police Academy – Mobile, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Adam Partridge-
Mobile Police Department, AL
Date: February 28, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center
Top Notch Instructor: Jeremy Lett-
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
Date: March 7, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center
Top Notch Instructor: Jeremy Lett-
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
Date: March 14, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Mobile Police Academy – Mobile, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Adam Partridge-
Mobile Police Department, AL
Date: April 25, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Hoover Police Department – Hoover, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Dustin Swinford-
Hoover Police Department, AL
Date: March 2, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Hoover Police Department – Hoover, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Dustin Swinford-
Hoover Police Department, AL
Date: May 9, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Huntsville Police Department – Huntsville, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Jeff Poe-
Huntsville Police Department, AL
Date: May 16, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Huntsville Police Department – Huntsville, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Jeff Poe-
Huntsville Police Department, AL
Date: June 6, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: APOST Law Enforcement Academy – Tuscaloosa
Top Notch Instructor: Scott Davis –
Louisiana State Police
Date: June 13, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: APOST Law Enforcement Academy – Tuscaloosa
Top Notch Instructor: Carey Baisden, III-
Tuscaloosa Police Department, AL
Date: June 27, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Albertville Police Department, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Chad Whaley –
Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, AL
Date: June 27, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Georgia Public Safety Training Center
Top Notch Instructor: Trent Hillsman –
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Date: July 11, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Georgia Public Safety Training Center
Top Notch Instructor: Bill Goggins –
Dekalb County Police Department, GA
Date: July 18, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Murfreesboro Police Department, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Joshua McMillian –
Arkansas Tech University Public Safety
Date: August 1, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Murfreesboro Police Department, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Chad Whaley –
Cullman County Sheriff’s Office, AL

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MASTER TOP NOTCH INSTRUCTOR
The first “Master Top Notch Instructor” Competition
was held at our 2014 Instructor Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Date: August 10, 2014
Course: SSGT Instructor Conference
Location: Mainstay Suites in Pigeon Forge, TN
Master Top Notch Instructor: Todd Ory –
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office – Lake Charles, LA

Master Top Notch Instructor
Runner-up: Aaron Mahan –
University of Arkansas Police Department –
Fayetteville, AR
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Date: August 29, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Jackson Police Department, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Ronald Andrews –
Escambia County Corrections – Pensacola, FL
Date: September 12, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Jackson Police Department, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Ed McMullen –
Jackson Police Department, TN
Date: September 12, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Madison Co. Sheriff’s Department, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Brett Carlisle – Madison County Sheriff’s Department – Huntsville, AL
Date: September 19, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Madison Co. Sheriff’s Department, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Brett Carlisle – Madison County Sheriff’s Department – Huntsville, AL
Date: November 7, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy
Top Notch Instructor: Jacob Vopat – Andalusia Police Department, AL
Date: November 21, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Baton Rouge Police Academy – Baton Rouge, LA
Top Notch Instructor: Finn Carlton – Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department – Lake Charles, LA
Date: December 5, 2014
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Baton Rouge Police Academy – Baton Rouge, LA
Top Notch Instructor: Lt. Chris Galvez – Broussard Police Department, LA

 

2015

Date: January 16, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: The Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center
Top Notch Instructor: Trooper Roy B. Napp – Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
Date: January 23, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Williamson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. – Franklin, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Matthew Bailey – Cleveland Police Department, TN
Date: January 30, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Williamson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. – Franklin, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Matthew Dedman – Lebanon Police Department, TN
Date: February 6, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Birmingham Police Department, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Joshua Osborne – Birmingham Police Department, AL
Date: February 13, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Birmingham Police Department, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Tonikos Vandiber – University of Alabama Police Department – Birmingham, AL
Date: February 27, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: The Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center
Top Notch Instructor: Richard Bryant – Demopolis Police Department, AL
Date: March 13, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: APOSTC Law Enforcement Academy – Baldwin Co., AL
Top Notch Instructor: James C. McGee, Jr. – PCI Gaming, Security Atmore, AL
Date: March 20, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: APOSTC Law Enforcement Academy – Baldwin Co., AL
Top Notch Instructor: Jerry Lewis – University of Mobile Police Department – Mobile, AL
Date: April 17, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Manatee Co. Sheriff’s Office – Bradenton, FL
Top Notch Instructor: Simon Tildsley – Manatee Co. Sheriff’s Office – Bradenton, FL
Date: April 24, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Manatee Co. Sheriff’s Office – Bradenton, FL
Top Notch Instructor: Mark Farrier – Manatee Co. Sheriff’s Office – Bradenton, FL
Date: May 8, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Hot Springs Police Department – Hot Springs, AR
Top Notch Instructor: Eric Wacaster – Hot Springs Police Department – Hot Springs, AR
Date: May 15, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Hot Springs Police Department – Hot Springs, AR
Top Notch Instructor: Eric Wacaster – Hot Springs Police Department – Hot Springs, AR
Date: June 19, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Alabama A&M Police Dept. – Normal, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Chad George – Huntsville Police Department – Huntsville, AL
Date: June 26, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Alabama A&M Police Dept. – Normal, AL
Top Notch Instructor: John Reddin – Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office – Lake Charles, LA
Date: July 17, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Murfreesboro Police Department – Murfreesboro, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Travis Robinson – Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy
Date: July 31, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Murfreesboro Police Department – Murfreesboro, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Bart Rader – Metro Nashville Police Department – Nashville, TN
Date: August 14, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Tupelo Police Department – Tupelo, MS
Top Notch Instructor: Eric Grissom – Tupelo Police Department – Tupelo, MS
Date: August 21, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Tupelo Police Department – Tupelo, MS
Top Notch Instructor: Eric Grissom – Tupelo Police Department – Tupelo, MS
Date: September 18, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: APOSTC L.E. Academy – Tuscaloosa, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Miguel Hardrick – Birmingham Police Department – Birmingham, AL
Date: September 25, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: APOSTC L.E. Academy – Tuscaloosa, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Wesley Jacobs – Tuscaloosa Police Department – Tuscaloosa, AL
Date: October 9, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: NEALEA Ft. McLellan, AL
Top Notch Instructor: David “Bo” Miller – Pell City Police Department – Pell City, AL
Date: October 23, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: University of Tennessee PD – Knoxville, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Travis Williams – Gatlinburg Police Department – Gatlinburg, TN
Date: October 30, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: University of Tennessee PD – Knoxville, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Chad Martin – Putnam County Sheriff’s Office – Cookeville, TN

 

Date: December 4, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Baton Rouge Police Academy, Baton Rouge, LA
Top Notch Instructor: Wallace Britton – Baton Rouge Police Department – Baton Rouge, LA
Date: December 11, 2015
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Baton Rouge Police Academy, Baton Rouge, LA
Top Notch Instructor: Deena Clark – Baton Rouge Police Department – Baton Rouge, LA

2016


Date: January 29, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Williamson County Sheriff’s Office – Franklin, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Blaine Whited – Metro Nashville Police Department – Nashville, TN

Date: March 11, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Athens-Clarke County Police Department – Athens, GA
Top Notch Instructor: Ian Bowen – Athens-Clarke County Police Department – Athens, GA

Date: March 25, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Athens-Clarke County Police Department – Athens, GA
Top Notch Instructor: Thomas Haas – University of Georgia Police Department – Athens, GA

Date: April 15, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: West Monroe Police Department – West Monroe, LA
Top Notch Instructor: John Allen – West Monroe Police Depatment – West Monroe, LA

Date: April 22, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: West Monroe Police Department – West Monroe, LA
Top Notch Instructor: Ray Spoon – West Monroe Police Depatment – West Monroe, LA

Date: May 6, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Ocean Springs Police Department – Ocean Springs, MS
Top Notch Instructor: Travis Dunsford – Pascagoula Police Department – Pascagoula, MS

Date: May 13, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Ocean Springs Police Department – Ocean Springs, MS
Top Notch Instructor: Mitchell McMillan – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office – Pascagoula, MS

Date: June 17, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Birmingham Police Department – Birmingham, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Jordan Pace – Decatur Police Department – Decatur, AL

Date: June 24, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Birmingham Police Department – Birmingham, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Jordan Pace – Decatur Police Department – Decatur, AL

Date: July 15, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Murfreesboro Police Department – Murfreesboro, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Felipe Pereira – Metro Nashville Police Department – Nashville, TN

Date: July 22, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Murfreesboro Police Department – Murfreesboro, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Brian Gregory – Metro Nashville Police Department – Nashville, TN

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MASTER TOP NOTCH INSTRUCTOR
The second “Master Top Notch Instructor” Competition
was held at our 2016 Instructor Conference in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Date: August 1, 2016
Course: SSGT Instructor Conference
Location: Mainstay Suites in Pigeon Forge, TN
Master Top Notch Instructor: Chad Whaley –
Cullman County Sheriff’s Office – Cullman, AL

Master Top Notch Instructor
Runner-up: Mitchell McMillan –
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office – Pascagoula, MS
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Date: August 19, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Georgia Public Safety Training Center
Top Notch Instructor: Mark Puig – Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Date: August 26, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Georgia Public Safety Training Center
Top Notch Instructor: Mark Puig – Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Date: September 2, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Center – Springdale
Top Notch Instructor: Scott Santos – Benton County Sheriff’s Office – Bentonville, AR

Date: September 9, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Center – Springdale
Top Notch Instructor: Kaleb Plank – Benton County Sheriff’s  Office – Bentonville, AR

Date: September 23, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: APOSTC Academy – Tuscaloosa, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Anna DeRamus – Northport Police Department – Northport, AL

Date: October 7, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy –              Ft. McClellan, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Edward Choi– Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office – Lake Charles, LA

Date: October 21, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: UT Knoxville Police Department – Knoxville, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Matthew Evans – Metro Nashville Police Department – Nashville, TN

Date: November 11, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy –              Ft. McClellan, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Edward Choi– Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s
Office – Lake Charles, LA

Date: December 2, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Baton Rouge Police Department, LA
Top Notch Instructor: TJ Morse – Baton Rouge Police Department – Baton Rouge, LA

Date: December 9, 2016
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Baton Rouge Police Department, LA
Top Notch Instructor: Paul Brown – Baton Rouge Police Department – Baton Rouge, LA

2017


Date: January 27, 2017
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Williamson County Sheriff’s Office – Franklin, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Gary Bridgeman – Metro Nashville Police Department – Nashville, TN

Date: February 3, 2017
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Williamson County Sheriff’s Office – Franklin, TN
Top Notch Instructor: Gary Bridgeman – Metro Nashville Police Department – Nashville, TN


Date: February 10, 2017
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Hoover Police Department – Hoover, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Kim Quattlebalm – Hoover Police Department – Hoover, AL

Date: February 17, 2017
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: Hoover Police Department – Hoover, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Jason McHenry – Alabama Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries – Law Enforcement Division

Date: March 31, 2017
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: DeKalb County Police Department – Lithonia, GA
Top Notch Instructor: Steve RapierDeKalb County Police Department – Lithonia, GA

Date: April 7, 2017
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level Two
Location: DeKalb County Police Department – Lithonia, GA
Top Notch Instructor: Jason Jones – Macon Bibb County Sheriff’s Department – Macon, GA

Date: April 21, 2017
Course: SSGT Vanguard Level One
Location: Gadsden Police Department – Gadsden, AL
Top Notch Instructor: Jason Smith – Wind Creek Casinos Security – AL