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John van Houte

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John van Houte  

John began his career in law enforcement  at the age of 19 as a Cadet Officer.  Once he turned 21 he became a Reserve Police Officer with the same agency, and remained with the same agency for almost 10 years.  During this time he became a Patrol Mt. Bike Operations Instructor and Defensive Tactics Instructor for that agency.

In 1995 he worked in retail loss prevention, and advanced his way into a management position with that company.  Even during this time he continued to volunteer his time as a Reserve Police Offcer in order to prepare for his eventual career in law enforcement.

In 1999 John was hired as a Deputy and is currently a Field Training Officer, Hostage Negotiator, and Instructor with over 40 instructor and/or Master Instructor certifications (primarily in officer survival skills).  He has also served as an expert witness for Use of Force, and related topics.

Recently he completed an assignment with the Training Unit where he was responsible for ensuring the delivery of training to approximately 700 sworn members of the agency in both the Corrections and Enforcement Divisions.  He was the Rangemaster for the entire sheriff's office, and was responsible for developing (and certifying) all firearms training, supervising 30 Firearms Instructors, training and certifying agency Firearms Instructors, and overall supervision of the firearms training program. 

Additionally, he has been an instructor for the State of Oregon’s Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and a Master Instructor for TASER International.

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John at Thunder Ranch
John at Thunder Ranch

John, Roger & Dan at Thunder Ranch
John, Roger & Dan

Basic Firearms Training
Basic Firearms Training

TASER Master Inst. course
TASER M.I. 2005

Patrol Mt. Bike Training



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