Dr. Brian CrandallInstructor

Brian completed his POST Basic Law Enforcement Academy in California in 1980.  He served as a law enforcement officer in Wyoming with assignments in Arizona and Utah.  His assignments included patrol, narcotics investigations, FTO, and training.  His experience in narcotics investigations includes an imbedded assignment under an assumed identity with a multi-agency joint task force operating in several states.

Brian has been an instructor for 30 years and has instructed simulation-based incident command for public safety operations since 1990. 

Brian’s areas of focus include evidence based best practices in behavioral-based assessment and selection, performance training, supervision and leadership, incident command, patrol operations, officer safety, and firearms. He led the firearms training program for a 100 officer organization for 12 years, including the agency transition from revolvers to semi-auto pistols, and the implementation of patrol rifles.  He has completed tactics, firearms and firearms instructor training from the FBI, NRA, SIGARMS, PFT, ASAA, LAPD Metro Division, D Platoon, and Gunsite (250, Expert, 1911, 1988).  Brian has served as an armorer since 1984, completing 8 weeks of armorer schools with Colt(ARs), Smith and Wesson, Ruger, Ithaca, SIGARMS, and, for 1911s, Trinidad Gunsmithing School in Colorado, and the Colt 1911 Armorer’s School. Brian has taught incident command and critical incident management using a multi discipline unified command approach focused on the safety of the public and responding officers and the return of normalcy to communities. Brian’s education includes a Doctorate degree from Montana State University, graduating in 2004.  His coursework and research focused on adult learning and leadership, and studying how incident commanders learn.  His masters and bachelor degrees are in industrial education.  Brian has held teaching faculty positions at Montana State University. For the past 25 years, Brian has been an invited presenter at local, state, and national conferences in 25 states and 3 Canadian provinces.