Sergeant Grant Whitus is a 26-year veteran of a Colorado sheriff’s office. He served 17 years on SWAT, the last seven as the Team Leader.
Grant is a certified Explosive Breacher and a Colorado P.O.S.T. Certified Instructor for the Law Enforcement Training Academy. He teaches Officer Survival, Building Searches, Rapid and Immediate Deployment (RAID), Single Officer Response (Lone Wolf), SWAT, Responding to In-Progress Calls, Law Enforcement Driving, Precision Immobilization Technique, Building Searches, Close Combat Techniques, Traffic Stops, and Civil Law for the Patrol Officer, as well as many other disciplines.
Grant was the Lead SWAT Team member during the Columbine High School shooting. He gave aid to the teacher who was shot and then was the first to enter the library and locate the shooters. Grant was also the Team Leader during the Bulldozer Incident in Granby, CO. Additionally, he was the Team Leader who devised and executed the explosive tactical plan for the Hostage Rescue at Platte Canyon High School in September 2006, the only one of its kind. Most recently, Grant was the Team Leader during an Officer Rescue where over thirty rounds were fired. The officer was rescued without injury while the suspect was shot by SWAT. Grant’s story has most recently been told in the upcoming autobiography, Bullet Riddled: The First S.W.A.T. Officer Inside Columbine… and Beyond.
Grant has received 16 Medals, including five Medals for Valor, and is the most decorated employee the a sheriff’s office. In 2002, Grant and his SWAT Team were honored as “Police Officer of the Year.” Grant attended Arapahoe and Red Rocks Community Colleges.
Professor Joaquin Baca is the Director of Training at BOSS High Level Protection. He brings over twenty years of Arrest Control, Defensive Tactics and Martial Arts instructor experience to the team.
Professor Baca earned his B.A. in Kinesiology, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. While attending college he was employed as a certified personal trainer and earned certification as a level 1 CrossFit trainer.
Professor Baca began his martial arts training while in college and earned a black belt in Kung Fu San Soo under master Brynn Stephens and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, under Professor J.J. Pugsley, Professor Baca currently coordinates the Jiu-Jitsu program for the UFC Gyms of Colorado.
Professor Baca has, successfully, competed in several gi and no-gi grappling tournaments and amateur MMA bouts and also trains several amateur and professional MMA fighters.
Professor Baca was employed as a police Agent for the city of Lakewood CO from 1996 to 2013. During this time he was a member of the S.W.A.T. tactical team, the traffic team, and was a patrol officer.
Professor Baca is a CO. P.O.S.T. certified instructor and has been an arrest control instructor since 1998. He has instructed police recruits and sworn personnel in all areas of arrest control, ground fighting, baton techniques, and defensive tactics. In addition to being a certified LPD arrest control instructor Professor Baca is also a certified FBI defensive tactics instructor, and a former member of the CO. P.O.S.T. arrest control subject matter expert committee. Professor Baca created the only Law Enforcement Ground Fighting Instructor course that is approved for CO P.O.S.T. credit.