“We do not rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training…”
Archilochus, Greek Soldier, Poet, c. 650 BC

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Bio

Guillermo Cantu has been an active San Antonio police officer in San Antonio, TX for the past 26 yrs. while spending 17 yrs. of it assigned to the Special Weapons & Tactics unit. During this time with the S.W.A.T. team, “Willie” served as an entry team member in various positions of the lineup and eventually becoming one of the “team leaders”. As a “team leader”, Willie was responsible for reconnaissance and planning of numerous high risk warrants and critical incidents.

The last years of Willie’s S.W.A.T. assignment was that of the team’s “training coordinator” and he was responsible for overseeing the San Antonio S.W.A.T. unit’s weekly training which included documentation, planning and instructing different aspects of the training curriculum. As an instructor, Willie trained the unit in firearms, chemical agents, less-lethal munitions, distraction devices, raid planning & entry training to name a few topics.

Willie’s experience as a trainer has allowed him the privilege to be a regional training coordinator for the Texas Tactical Police Officers Association and board member. As an adjunct instructor for C.A.T.I. (Center for Advanced Tactical Immobilization), Willie has traveled to numerous parts of Brasil to train the countries’ civil, municipal, state and federal police. The State Department contracted Willie to travel to various parts of Mexico and train the countries’ civil, municipal, state & federal police departments. He was also tasked with coordinating and training detectives of the S.A.P.D.’s R.O.P. and Narcotics units, as well as officers of T.R.U. and S.A.F.F.E. units. Because of these numerous contacts, Willie and Off. Joe Obregon of the S.W.A.T. unit held courses for the Secret Service task force of San Antonio, Baytown P.D. & Fair Oaks Ranch P.D. Currently, Willie is assigned to the Repeat Offenders Program “R.O.P.”, is an instructor for the San Antonio College Basic Peace Officer Academy – Phase III tactics, and is contracted by the S. TX H.I.D.T.A. group for training H.I.D.T.A. task forces in TX.

The aforementioned accomplishments have only reinforced Willie’s passion for training law enforcement officers and it has come to the creation of “Street Sense Tactical Training”. The goal of the company is to provide quality training of various topics of tactics at an affordable rate that allow officers to fit into their budget. The tactics taught are tailored from past training courses attended as a student, experiences training other students of all levels, operational experience and historical warfare.

Tactics courses can be tailored for any department’s goals with an aim to make each course as realistic as possible and targeting “real life” experiences.

Experience

San Antonio Police Department (1989-Present)

 S.W.A.T. Training Coordinator (2007 – 2009)

  • Responsible for coordinating, planning, and implementing weekly training for 30-member double shift unit.
  • Develop lesson plans, course curriculums, and course evaluations pertaining to weekly and special training sessions for other units within and outside of the San Antonio Police Department to include:
    — Repeat Offenders Project Unit (R.O.P.)
    — Narcotics Unit
    — Tactical Response Units (T.R.U.) daylight and evening shifts
    — U.S. Secret Service Task Force
    — Fair Oaks Ranch P.D. S.W.A.T. Unit
    — Bandera P.D.
    — U.S.A.A. Security Force
    — Bay City P.D. Multi-jurisdictional S.W.A.T. team
  • Act as contact and coordinator for site evaluations and security consultation with San Antonio local universities, large corporations, and public schools.

 SAPD Instructor Special Operations/S.W.A.T. Patrol Officer (1992 – 2009)
Second in seniority on a team of 26 officers who patrol “high crime” neighborhoods, participate in special events, and generate on-sight activity to deter the problems that required the S.W.A.T. team presence.  Additionally, execute “high risk” arrests, narcotics warrants deemed too “high risk” for regular patrol officers, and participate in call outs that involve attempted suicides, robberies or homicides in progress.

Key functions as a Certified Instructor involve maintaining the team’s proficiency in specialties that include:

  • Chemical Agents
  • Distraction Devices
  • Rappelling
  • Firearms
  • Less Lethal Munitions
  • Submachine Gun
  • Team Movement Tactics

Special Assignments

  • “Violent Crimes Task Forces” and several “warrant roundup” task forces concentrating on violent gang activity, narcotics, property crimes, sex crimes, and municipal courts warrants.
  • Security details for the President of the United States George W. Bush, George Bush, and Bill Clinton; Vice-President Al Gore, and the Governor of Texas.
  • Crowd control of various events such as NBA Championship Celebrations, Ku Klux Klan rallies, abortion protests, San Antonio International Airport security, and security for various federal buildings during high states of alert based on terrorist activities.
  • Instructor-Basic and Advanced S.W.A.T. courses, Guadalajara, MX Police Dept. – ’02, ‘03

 SAPD Patrol Officer (1989 – 1992)
Assigned to a “South Side District” and handled calls from the smallest information report to securing the integrity of an important crime scene.  I initiated personal “on-site” activity between calls that netted several arrests for crimes committed in plain view.

Training / Accreditations

Certifications

•TCLEOSE Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Masters Law Enforcement License

 Training / Accreditations

  • US Dept. of Homeland Security – Police Tactical Ops. – CBRNE, San Antonio, TX ‘06
  • T.F.T.T. (Tactical Firearms Training Team) – Two-Man Team Tactics, San Marcos, TX ‘05
  • T.T.P.O.A. – Rappel Master Course, Adjunct Instructor – Austin, TX 2005
  • Homeland Security – WMD Law Enforcement Protective Measures Course, Anniston, AL ‘05
  • Homeland Security – WMD Hands-on-Training Course, Anniston, AL, 2005
  • Armor Holdings, Inc. Basic Inst. Cert.-OC, Spec. Imp. Mun., Dist. Dev., Chem. Mun., 2004
  • S.A.P.D. Executive Dignitary Protection (67hrs.), 2004
  • SWAT Round-Up Educational Program, FL SWAT Round-up Intl., 2003
  • Basic SWAT Course, Adjunct Instructor, Austin, TX, 2003
  • Sage International, Ltd. – L3AOS Master Instructor Course, 2003
  • T.P.O.A, Sub Machine Gun Instructors Course, 2003
  • T.T.P.O.A. Annual S.W.A.T. Conference, 2001,2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
  • Advanced Pistol Techniques – Safeshot, Ltd., 2003
  • Progressive Enforcement Options Seminar – Diamondback Tactical, 2003
  • Rapid Response to Active Shooter, 2003
  • Combat Shooting & Tactics, Advanced HRT, 2002
  • Sage SL-6 (less lethal) Instructors Course, 2000
  • T.N.O.A., Felony Vehicle Assaults & Raid Entry Training, 2000
  • Glock Armorers Course, 2000
  • Armor Holdings, Inc. Ballistic Shield Operators Course, 2000
  • T.T.P.O.A., S.W.A.T. Competition & Symposium, 1999
  • Rapid Deployment Training, 1999
  • Tactical Armored Vehicles Operators Course, 1999
  • Tactical Vehicle Assault Training, 1999
  • Sage SL-6 (less lethal) End User Certification Course, 1999
  • Tactical Training Intl., Tactical Team Trainer Course, 1998
  • AN/PVS Night vision Training, 1998
  • Graffiti Recognition Course, 1998
  • MP-5 (Sub-Machine Gun) Course, 1998
  • S.A.P.D., Advanced Crisis Negotiations Course, 1998
  • LAOS (less lethal munitions) Training, 1998
  • T.T.P.O.A., High Risk Warrant Development & Execution, 1998
  • T.T.P.O.A., Chemical Agent Instructors Course, 1998
  • Singleton Intl., MP-5 (Sub-Machine Gun) Building Assault Course, 1997
  • Handgun Munitions Course, 1997
  • Riot Control Training, 1997
  • D.A.R.C. Tactical Team Leaders Course, 1997
  • Def-Tech, Chem. agents, Dist. Devices, & Less Lethal Munitions Inst. Cert. Course, ’96, ’09 (re-cert)
  • A.A.C.O.G., Intermediate Crime Scene Investigations Course, 1996
  • T.T.P.O.A., Tactical Practicum Attendance State S.W.A.T. Competition, 1996
  • Crowd Control Training, 1996
  • The Practical Shooting Academy, Advanced Handgun Skills Course, 1996
  • Basic Firearms Instructor Course (F. B. I.), 1995
  • A.G.T.X.-Counter Drug Task Force, Rappel Master Course, 1995
  • Tactical Firearms #1 Training, 1994
  • T.E.E.X., Advanced S.W.A.T. Tactics Course, 1994
  • T.E.E.X., Utilization of Distraction Devices Course, 1994, re-certification 2009
  • A.A.C.O.G., Basic Police Instructor Course, 1994
  • Caliber Press, The Tactical Edge “Street Survival `94” Seminar, 1994
  • A.A.C.O.G., Tactical Raid Planning Course, 1994
  • Crowd Control Tactics, 1993
  • Collapsible Baton – A.S.P. Tactics, 1993
  • S.A.P.D., Basic Hostage Negotiations Course, 1993
  • MP-5 (sub-machine gun) Operators Course, 1993
  • Intermediate and Basic S.W.A.T. Tactics Course, 1992

Why I love what I do

Willie has a passion for training law enforcement officers and it has come to the creation of “Street Sense Tactical Training”. The goal of the company is to provide quality training of various topics of tactics at an affordable rate that allow officers to fit into their budget. The tactics taught are tailored from past training courses attended as a student, experiences training other students of all levels, operational experience and historical warfare.

Tactics courses can be tailored for any department’s goals with an aim to make each course as realistic as possible and targeting “real life” experiences.

 

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