“The people who are habitually prepared to defend themselves, rarely have to.”

A 34-year veteran of the Nashville Police, 21-year SWAT team instructor and lead instructor of firearms and defensive tactics for Metro’s Police Academy, Nashville native Bob Allen is a seasoned instructor. FBI Firearms Instructor School, ATF Officer Survival School, NRA Firearms Instructor School, Snipercraft, Force Science Institute—these are just a few of the courses he’s completed. The list of courses he’s taught is even longer. But what excites him most is teaching everyday people how to be safe and secure in their everyday lives. “I’ve been a teacher all my adult life,” he says. “It’s a real honor to be able to pass on what I’ve received as a student, to see that light bulb come on.” Bob and his wife have two grown daughters, one grandson and live in Middle Tennessee.

Bob Allen's credentials

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department 1981 - 2015

Metropolitan Police Training Academy 1991 - 2014

Head Instructor of Firearms and Defensive Tactics 1993 - 2014

Responsibilities include developing lesson plans and teaching recruits, in-service personnel, Davidson County Court Officers and Metro Police Facility Guards. Topics include Officer Survival, Mechanics of Arrest, Use of Force, Dynamic Confrontation, Police Baton, Chemical Weapons, Taser, Pressure Point Tactics, Firearms, Defensive Driving and Police Pursuits. Also gives presentations on personal and office safety to corporate organizations and universities. Additional responsibilities are testifying in State and Federal Courts as a fact witness or an expert witness. Developing and instructing defensive tactics and firearms training to the SWAT team.

Professional Schools

Action Target shooting School 2004

ALERT Active Shooter Response Class 2016

AR-15 Instructor School 2004

Army Sniper School 2003

ASLET Training Seminar 1996 - 1998

ASP Tactical Baton Instructor School 1994

ATF Officer Survival School 1999

Bill Rogers Tactical Shooting School 2002

Caliber Press Seminar 1999

Chemical Weapons Instructor School 2000

Colt M-16 Armorer School 2000

Combat Point Shooting 2002

Controlled Force Instructor 1998

Dynamic Confrontation Instructor School 1993

Emergency Response to Terrorism 2002

FBI Firearms Instructor School 1995

FBI Pursuit Seminar for Middle Managers 2008

FBI Sniper School 2009

Force Science Institute 2013

Gracie Retention and Control for Immediate Enforcement 2003

Glock Armorer’s Course 2000 - 2012

Glock Firearms Instructor School 2000 - 2012

Gunsite - Pistol, Shotgun and Rifle School 2009

International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (Instructor)

International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (Student)

International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers (Instructor)

International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers (Student)

Jeet Kune Do - 10 years

Jiu Jitsu - 5 years

Kyle Lamb Advanced Pistol Class 2014

LAPD Arrest and Control Instructor School 1999

LETC Advanced Law Enforcement Training Camp 2006

M26 Taser instructor School 2004

Metro Nashville Advanced SWAT School 1992

Metro Nashville Basic SWAT School 1991

NRA Firearms Instructor School 1993

NTOA Active Shooter Instructor Class 2008

Personal Responsibility Inc. Handgun School 1996

Police Firearms Instructor School 1994

Pressure Point Control Tactics Instructor School 1994-1998

PRI Tactical Rifle 2003

Snipercraft 2005

State Certified Handgun Instructor 1996

State Certified Force On Force Instructor 2013

Strategic Self-Defense and Grappling Tactics 2003

Strategos - Strategies of Low Light Engagements 2004

SWAT Tactical Leadership Course 2010

Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds 2009

Tae Kwon Do - 12 years

Tennessee Law Enforcement Instructors Conference (Instructor)

Tennessee Law Enforcement Instructors Conference (Student)

Range Master Instructor School 2010

RIPP Restraint, Sudden Custody Death Syndrome 1997

X26 Taser instructor School 2004 - 2008