Alex Cruz

Sr. Instructor

Moapa Tribal Police Department, Moapa, NV
Police Sergeant, Police Officer, April 2020 – Present

Silver State Law Enforcement Academy, Las Vegas, NV
Sr. Academy Instructor, September 2018 – Present

Team Zebra Solutions, Las Vegas, NV
Investigations, Surveillance and Executive Protection, January 2020 – Present

MGM Corporate Security, Las Vegas, NV
Protective Services Supervisor, September 2018 – January 2020

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas, NV
Detective, Task Force Officer, Motor Officer, Police Officer, March 1992 – March 2017

San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Diego, California
Reserve Deputy, 1988 – 1991

United States Marine Corp’s
Corporal, Division Military Police, Special Enforcement Branch, 1987-1991.

Deputy David Devaney


Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
11-21-90 until 12-15-2015

Field Training Officer 1996-2002
Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) 1997-2002

·       Basic Course 1997

·       Advanced Course 1997

·       Special Weapons Course 1997

Defensive Tactics Instructor 1997-Present
Expandable Straight Baton Instructors Course 1998
Close Quarter Tactics Instructor 1998
Ground Tactics and Defensive Instructor Course 1998
Interview and Interrogation Certified 2000
Life Saving Award 2001
Alternatives to Incarceration Eligibility Coordinator 2002-2013
Instructor Development 2004
Felony DUI Court Liaison 2004-2012
Misdemeanor DUI Court Liaison 2004-2012
Fugitive Liaison Officer 2013-2015
Las Vegas Township Constables Office
Deputy Constable April 2016-Present
Silver State Law Enforcement Academy
May 2016 - Present

Richard Henry

Academy Lieutenant

Lt. Chris Carroll

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (retired)

Recently concluded a 25 year career in law enforcement. Commander of several units, including Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Missing Persons. He has also supervised undercover vice squads, working in an investigative and enforcement capacity. He is a certified instructor whose teaching experience includes the LVMPD Academy, advanced police officer training, and multiple community groups. He has been a guest lecturer at several colleges and universities. Chris helped create and develop Domestic Violence programs that have since been adopted by multiple law enforcement agencies across the country.  He has served as a board member for the State of Nevada Domestic Violence Board. His unique experience includes the investigation and supervision of multiple cases involving celebrities, elected officials, and professional athletes.


Our faculty has over 250 years of combined law enforcement experience. Real World - life values and guidance is the underlying theme of the education you will receive. At Silver State Law Enforcement Academy you will not simply find teachers, but veteran Law Enforcement Officers.

Our Instructors are chosen from the best of the best.  Active Law Enforcement personnel, Retired Law Enforcement, Active and Reserve Military and Professional PSD personal security detail operators are amongst our cadre of staff members.            

Serving the Training Needs of Working Officers

Ray Reyes


Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Law Enforcement Professional for 26 years and recently retired from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department as a Sergeant in the Patrol Division.  During 23 years of service, I have worked in a multitude of sections with the agency to include Homeland Security, Mobile Crime Saturation Team, Gangs, Narcotics, Community Policing, Field Training and Evaluation Program and as a Police Academy Instructor

Barry Lagan


LVMPD (Retired)

Corrections Officer
SERT Team Officer
Field Training Officer
Alternatives to Incarceration Officer
Academy Staff
FTTU Officer
AOST Officer
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Las Vegas, NV 1996 – 2021

• NRA Firearms Instructor multiple disciplines
• FBI Certified Firearms Instructor
• FLETC Firearms Instructor (select fire)
• Nevada CCW Instructor
• Less Lethal Munitions Instructor
• LVMPD TASER Instructor
• Advanced Defensive Tactics Instructor
• Expandable Straight Baton Instructor
• MACTAC Instructor
• Special Emergency Response Team (Team Leader/Instructor)
• Advanced Officer Skills Instructor
• Nevada POST Advanced Officer Certificate
• AHA CPR Instructor and Training Center Coordinator for LVMPD
• NV POST PPFT Instructor
• Interview and Interrogation (basic and advanced certifications)

Sergeant John Kern

Senior Range Master

Corporal - Laughlin Constables' Office - Deputy

Federal Agent - Food & Drug Administration - Credentialed Agent

Range Master - Laughlin Constables' Office

Sr. Range Master - Silver State Law Enforcement Academy

Master Instructor Development Graduate - International Assoc. of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors

Category I Peace Officer P.O.S.T Certification
Category II Peace Officer P.O.S.T. Certification

NRA Certified Law Enforcement Handgun Instructor
NRA Certified Law Enforcement Shotgun Instructor

LLIM - Less Lethal Impact Munitions Instructor

Private Investigators Licensing Board - State of Nevada - Certified Firearms Instructor

NRA Certified Handgun Instructor
NRA Certified Home Defense Instructor
NRA Certified Rifle Instructor
NRA Certified Shotgun Instructor
NRA Certified Range Safety Officer

State of Nevada - Certified CCW Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor

Taser Certified Instructor

ASP AIC Certified Handcuff Instructor

ASP AIC Certified Baton Instructor

ASP AIC Certified Flashlight Instructor

Certified Glock Armorer