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Captain Chad Malmberg, USA, Retired is a police officer working in his department's Training Unit, and has over 20 years of experience in the U.S. Army and Minnesota Army National Guard (MNARNG). Chad’s military service began as a U.S. Army Paratrooper at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he represented the 82nd Airborne Division as a boxer and was introduced to many of the empty hand combatives techniques that are being used in law enforcement today.
Chad was the first Level 4, Master Army Combatives Instructor in the MNARNG and has trained more than one thousand Soldiers in the Modern Army Combatives Program. Chad served as both a competitor and the Head Coach of the MNARNG Combatives Competition Team. Under his leadership, the MNARNG Team won several National titles and fought against some of the most elite military personnel in the world.
Chad volunteered for a deployment to Iraq in 2005, where he served as an Infantry Squad Leader and Convoy Commander. Chad led soldiers in more than 20 firefights during his tour spanning 22 months. In 2007 Governor Tim Pawlenty awarded Chad the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom. This distinction makes him the highest decorated soldier in the MNARNG since World War II.
Since commissioning as an Army Officer in 2009, Chad has served as an Infantry Platoon leader, Executive Officer, and Reconnaissance Platoon Leader. Chad has completed a 2 year assignment as Company Commander of a Mechanized Infantry Unit in a Combined Arms Battalion. During this time, Chad was responsible for training and leading more than 200 soldiers in preparation for combat operations around the world. Prior to his retirement in 2018, Chad supervised and mentored a platoon of Army Officer Candidates at the Regional Training Institute at Camp Ripley, MN.
Chad has been a Police Officer for more than 10 years. He is now permanently assigned to his department's Training Unit where he has revolutionized the department's defensive tactics program. Additionally, Chad is a S.W.A.T. Operator, Master Taser Instructor, Lead Use of Force Instructor, Firearms Instructor, and Field Training Officer.
Chad continues to train and compete as a combat sports athlete and mixed martial artist. He has represented his police department as the co-main event at the annual Unite and Fight boxing exhibition two years in a row. Chad currently holds the rank of purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Pedro Sauer Black Belt, Tom Schmitz.
Officer Terry Erdman, retired is a law enforcement consultant with over 29 years of service as a police officer with the St. Paul Police Department. Terry’s most recent assignment was with the SPPD Training Unit in the capacity of a Firearms/Range Instructor. He has been a training officer for over 15 years instructing police officers of all ranks and experience levels and citizen groups as well.
Terry has over two decades of experience as a Field Training Officer and Recruit Academy Instructor. He developed and implemented the SPPD emergency vehicle operations program. Terry has served as the lead instructor and department coordinator for the SPPD Taser program and as the lead instructor for the FTO program. Terry is certified as a use of force instructor, being called upon to speak as an expert on behalf of officers in controversial use of force incidents. Terry supervised, led, and scheduled the SPPD 2011-1 Academy of 25 participants.
Terry has brought his wealth of knowledge and experience to Rasmussen College, where he is currently an adjunct instructor for the law enforcement program and to Dakota County Technical College working with officers from around the state in pursuit and emergency driving.
Professor Tom Menton is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and a 12 year law enforcement veteran. Tom has approximately a decade of patrol experience, having worked in a busy city district for the majority of his career. Tom currently works in the Training Unit, is a S.W.A.T. Operator, Use of Force Instructor, Firearms Instructor, and a Field Training Officer.
Tom is an international level BJJ competitor with multiple first place tournament wins. At the rank of white belt, Tom competed in over 40 local Submission Grappling tournaments where he earned dozens of gold, silver, and bronze medals. As a blue belt, Tom consistently earned gold medals for his first place tournament wins and was rapidly promoted to the rank of purple belt. Tom then expanded his level of competition to include multiple international BJJ and Submission Grappling competitions.
Tom’s highest grappling achievements include earning the Silver Medal at the 2015 Police and Fire World Games (the largest sporting event in the world, second only to the Summer Olympics) and competing in the Fight 2 Win Professional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu event, where he holds a 1-0 professional record. Tom earned his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt from Pedro Sauer black belt, Tom Schmitz, in early 2019.
Expanding his mixed martial arts training, Tom has included Muay Thai kickboxing, Wrestling, and Judo in his regular training routine. Tom has also competed as an amateur boxer at the 2013 Unite and Fight event.
Tom has instructed self-defense courses for thousands of civilians as an instructor at a local Martial Arts Center. He has developed and instructed courses and training specifically for female officers and civilians. Tom also volunteers his time to educate and mentor youth at a local martial arts gym.
Tom is a lead instructor for his police department where he oversees the defensive tactics program. Tom’s primary duties include training recruits in the police academy, designing and implementing department in-service training, and creating and instructing courses for other agencies.
Sergeant Sean RJ Zauhar PhD. is a 19 year law enforcement veteran. Sean has been teaching police combatives training over the last 15 years. He has worked in a variety of capacities from patrol and special investigations to S.W.A.T. operations. Sean is currently a lead use of force instructor where he provides instruction in all areas of police use of force, including single and multiple officer arrest and control tactics.
Sean is the CIT Coordinator for his police department. He has created a network of prominent mental health professionals from the region to reform the process by which people in mental health crisis interact with the criminal justice system. Sean has developed an innovative approach to training and certifying officers in CIT through the use of professional actors as role-payers. Sean’s utilization of specially trained and selected actors, under the supervision of behavior health experts, has greatly enhanced the department’s overall CIT program.
Sean is also an accomplished combat sports athlete with over 20 years of amateur boxing experience as well as significant training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts, and holds a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu rank of blue belt. Sean has won several boxing titles at the local, regional, and state level including an Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Boxing title in 1997. Sean won another Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Boxing title in 2013, and has represented the Upper Midwest Region (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) at the National Golden Gloves Tournament in 1997 and 2013.
Sean is the Head Coach for his police department's boxing team. He has consistently showcased his boxing talent as the main event at the annual Unite and Fight boxing exhibition. Sean has established partnerships with local boxing gyms in support of police athletics and community outreach. Sean has used his knowledge of the “sweet science” as a means to educate and mentor inner city youth.
Outside of the ring, Sean has accumulated an impressive list of academic achievements to include a Master of Police Leadership from the University of Saint Thomas and a PhD in Criminal Justice from Walden University. Sean is currently an Adjunct Instructor at the Rasmussen College Law Enforcement program in Eagan, where he lectures and trains pre-service police recruits.
Officer Seth Snedden has been a police officer for 14 years. He has worked in patrol and plain clothes specialty units targeting high crime areas within the city. Seth received the Life Saving Award in 2011 for going above and beyond the call of duty in rescuing a person in crisis who had been seconds away from taking his own life.
Seth is a senior Field Training Officer and is currently assigned as a full time trainer in his department's Training Unit. Seth teaches Firearms, Use of Force, and has several years of experience as a Recruit Academy Instructor.
Seth has more than 12 years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts training. He has experience in competition and as an instructor at a local gym. Seth holds the rank of blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Seth made the National Dean's List while attending North Central University. In 2000, Seth earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and became the School of Education Graduate of the Year.
Prior to his career in law enforcement, Seth served 6 years as a public school teacher. He taught K-6 at Cahoon Elementary in Tampa, FL before earning a position with the Urban League Academy in Minneapolis, MN. Seth has used this educational background to improve curriculum and standards of evaluation for recruits throughout the police academy process.
Deputy Megan McDonald has been a police officer for over eight years.
She is currently working in the Patrol Division, but has also worked in the Courts and in the Lockup Unit at Regions Hospital in St Paul, MN. Megan is a member of her department’s Mobile Field Force, which is specially trained and equipped for riot and crowd control.
In April of 2018, Megan was awarded a Class C Commendation for coming to the rescue of a woman who had been trapped inside a house fire. She assisted with the evacuation and provided medical aid to the woman, who had suffered smoke inhalation. If not for the actions of Megan, and others on scene, the woman would not likely have survived the incident.
Megan has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) since May 2014 and holds the rank of blue belt under Alliance black belt Damian Hirtz. Megan has competed locally and nationally at the MNBJJF Winter Open, St. Croix Valley Grappling Games, IBJJF Chicago Spring Open and the World Masters competition in Las Vegas, NV. Megan has taken Gold and multiple Silver Medals in BJJ competitions.
Megan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Denver Colorado in 2008. She returned home to Minnesota and received a Law Enforcement Certificate from Metropolitan State University in 2010.
Officer Chris Hansen is a 14 year law enforcement veteran with patrol experience in multiple inner city districts and is currently assigned as a Code Enforcement Officer. Throughout his career, Chris has spent time as a mobile field force officer, a Bicycle Rapid Response Team member, an FTO, and is an active Use of Force instructor.
Chris has nearly 20 years of experience as a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and holds the rank of Brown Belt at Alliance Jiu Jitsu. Throughout his years training, Chris has competed and trained alongside many high level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners.