What was once disarming a gunman has evolved into disarming an IED. Law enforcement’s call of duty is to keep innocent citizens safe and that can only be done with the latest technology and equipment. Active shooters, domestic terrorism, the proliferation of drones, and the home manufacturing of illicit drugs are a few examples of why the role of a first responder is even more dangerous than just a few years ago. In this brief lecture followed by a Q&A panel, attendees will learn how this landscape is predicted to change even more in the coming years and how to best equip their teams for the unexpected.
David Grotkin joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1991 and worked Newton Division. While assigned to Newton, David worked patrol and VICE. After five years with the department, David pursued a desire of becoming a military Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialist. Shortly after training, David left the Los Angeles Police Department for a full-time career with the United States Army. While in the Army, David held every leadership position within EOD and was assigned to various EOD assignments. David has multiple combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, all supporting Special Operations. After a successful 20-year military career, David retired and transitioned into ADS Inc. as a Business Development Manager working with Federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security to help develop equipment solutions. David started to work with State and Local law enforcement shortly after due to his background in law enforcement and as a bomb technician. Today, David is in charge of ADS’ Department of Defense Counter Improvised Explosive Device accounts working with program managers to develop new life-saving equipment solutions.