David Brown

  Owner, Triad Defense





Upcoming Classes:

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Upcoming Schedule: Any type of training offered by Triad Defense may be scheduled independently of the pre-scheduled monthly classes that are listed on the calendar of events. Urban Awareness Self-Defense Training is tailored to the individual requirements and may be scheduled on a private/semi-private basis. Exigent corporate, or private client requirements, for CCW requalification, or advanced security guard training, may be accommodated based on the individual’s schedule. Triad Defense has access to firearm ranges and classroom facilities, seven days a week. Corporate discounts are available.

To register for training please click on this link to view calendar, select the first date of the course you want and follow the instructions to register. Please call (505) 814-4128 with any questions.

CCW and Level 2 and 3 Security Guard Certification training may be scheduled based on agency and private requirements. Please call to schedule a class.

Additional Career Skills Training

Triad Defense offers standardized training for the 3 levels of security guard certification.  Our curricula have been approved by the State of New Mexico Private Investigations Licensing Board (NMPILB). All of our training is based on real life practical application and experience as opposed to theoretical academic concepts. Principles behind our instructional approach are fundamentally based on 25 years of actual and diverse law enforcement experience.


Why Triad Defense?

Triad Defense is in a unique position to provide the progressive, comprehensive, and sustainable training needed to enhance your current and future missions. All courses may be tailored to your agencies requirements, provided the modifications fall within the NMPILB standards. Our training curricula are designed around the most progressive law enforcement-based principles, personal on-the-job experience, as well as current and evolving case law. The comprehensive nature of these courses is based on Triad founder David P. Brown's career and background as a retired law enforcement officer and martial artist. Sustainability of services is achieved by providing what we believe to be the most comprehensive and effective training available on the market.

Our fundamental approach is to provide each student with solid, no-nonsense, workable skills that can be immediately applied to their profession. Emphasis is placed, not only on subject matter, but on career progression and professionalism as a way of life. Triad Defense instructors are held to a high degree of strict uniform standards and personal conduct that reflect pride in appearance as well as enthusiasm and commitment to their profession. We are personally as passionate about wearing a uniform and helping to set the bar, as we are about Report Writing and Firearms Training. It is our experience that when we are successful in infusing "pride in profession" and enthusiasm into the most mundane topic, we establish a mindset that is not only conducive to learning, but also provide foundation for a professional and sustainable workforce.


Triad Defense offers the following training courses:

  1. Basic Level 1 Security Guard (8 -12 hrs)
  2. NM Security Guard Level 2 (20 hr)
  3. NM Security Guard Level 3 (20 hr)
  4. Written Communications / Report Writing (4 hrs)
  5. Verbal Diplomacy: Critical Communication assessments [enhanced verbal judo] (2-8 hrs)
  6. Chemical Agents (4 hrs)
  7. Firearms Training (16-20 hours)
  8. Defensive Impact Tools (8 hrs)
  9. Restraint and Control Devices (8 hrs)

Modified / condensed versions of all courses are also available in order to satisfy refresher requirements or to enhance current levels of proficiency.


About the Training

Report Writing for any requirement

This course can be tailored to meet the needs of the security guard or police officer patrolman with a high school-level writing proficiency, as well as the investigator or college grad with a solid command of composition. We stress that every written correspondence an officer generates may end up in a court of law or follow them for the rest of their lives. Depending on the requirements, we can tailor this training for everything from interagency memos to watch reporting, tactical plans, criminal and/or internal affairs investigations. Regardless of the requirements, solid report writing must be viewed as another tool in a professional’s jump bag.


Verbal Diplomacy: Critical Communication Assessments (VDCCA),

This is a course which develops fundamental skills that, not only strengthen the officer’s ability to de-escalate a situation, but enhance their ability to professionally communicate with the public.  This class has just as much to offer the first-line supervisor, who has regular contact with staff, as it does the front line employee interfacing with the public.

VDCCA History: The principles of VDCCA are derived from extensive research conducted by the originator, David P. Brown, during the course of his career as a homicide and violent crimes detective, narcotics agent, fugitive apprehension officer, and martial arts expert.  Mr. Brown has conducted hundreds of interrogations, formal interviews, and field contacts, as well as countless field calls, as a uniformed officer and certified probation parole officer. He is also formally trained in Neuro-Linguistics Programming, Verbal Judo, and Moral Reconation Training for which he is a certified facilitator.

Mr. Browns' experience as an undercover narcotics agent provided him with a profound working appreciation for the fact that officers often find themselves in positions where surveillance units or back-up may be minutes away or unavailable, and they are alone with single or multiple offenders.  The critical nature of these situations showcases the need for development of strong, effective communication techniques beyond what is traditionally taught in a police academy and through Verbal Judo.  Inspired by the traditional concepts of Verbal Judo, developed by the late Dr. George Thompson, VDCCA brings the principles of critical communication to a higher level of understanding and effectiveness by helping the practitioner to understand humanistic principles innate to everyone – through understanding why we say what we say, and what we mean when we say it, and thereby how best to approach, assess and neutralize a situation.

VDCCA was created as a means for an unarmed Probation Parole Officer (90% of New Mexico PPOs are armed only as Level II security guards) to rapidly evaluate a probationer’s intentions during a field call and to effectively de-escalate and gain compliance during critical street contact situations, without resorting to an elevated level of force. This course was regularly presented at the New Mexico Probation Parole (PP) Academy to incoming Probation Parole Officers.  Modified versions of the eight hour course were taught on numerous occasions during staff meetings and mandated periodic training blocks throughout PP District II from 2007 until 2009. VDCCA was presented as a special seminar during the NM Department of Corrections 2009, two- day Annual Retreat in Angel Fire, NM. VDCCA is also taught as part of an 18 hour State of NM approved Concealed Carry Curriculum also presented by Triad Defense. This course has been approved by the NMPILB.

Defensive Tactics (DT)

Defensive Tactics instruction at any level is presented in a practical, no nonsense manner, emphasizing effectiveness, safety, and legality. All DT intermediate use of force principles (OC spray, baton, cuffing, hand-to-hand) may be taught as a combined course or presented individually. Officers will learn streamlined, effective, and legally sound principles for all of the required skills of Level II certification. Our fundamental approach to training DT is to keep it simple.  First-hand, working street experience dictates that officers assigned to potentially dynamic positions require an immediate working skill- set of techniques. This has led us to develop a systematic approach to training DT based on a limited number of tried-and- true primary principles, as opposed to the "shotgun principle" of teaching an overwhelming number of techniques in one session.

Experience has shown that when officers are forced to learn technique after technique, they quickly reach a point of diminishing returns due to physical confusion. This results in little, if any, skill proficiency and potentially no confidence in ability. Consequently, when confronted with a use of force situation, a state of mental and physical paralysis ensues that leaves the average professional mentally and physically ineffective. The resulting mission failure can lead to physical injury of the officer and catastrophic civil liability, as well as potential criminal charges. The bottom line is that when we build confidence by developing strong, but simple, skilled ability reflexes, we free the conscious mind to objectively evaluate a situation and make better real-time judgment calls. This is critical at all levels of decision making, but none more apparent than in the use of deadly force.

Firearms Training

Firearms Training at Triad Defense isbased on state-of­-the-art principles that are currently taught at the NM Department of Public Safety Law Enforcement Academy, as well as the NRA Law Enforcement Division. The didactic aspect of Triad's Firearms training is geared heavily toward scenario-based, shoot-don't-shoot exposure, as well as modern firearms tactics. Building clearing and protection of client assets is also taught. Students will learn effective positional deployment based on field scenarios, such as deployment from a vehicle as well as from both a seated or standing post. They will also be taught effective techniques for management of any weapon malfunction and weapon retention principles. We are also available to provide remedial firearms training or qualifications on an individual basis.


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