Instructors

Preserve Academy Instructors
Robert Cardente

Robert Cardente

Robert is a retired law enforcement officer with over 20 years of law enforcement experience to date. He is a former member of the Special Response Team (SWAT) and has a wealth of tactical training, active shooter training and raiding experience. He is also an FBI Certified Pistol and Shotgun Instructor, Glock Certified Firearms Instructor, Sig Sauer Active Shooter Instructor, Sig Sauer Shoothouse Instructor, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Active Shooter Threat Instructor, Safariland Certified Rifle Instructor, L.O.C.K.U.P. Certified Use of Force/Handcuff Instructor, and a Glock, Colt and Remington Certified Armorer.

Robert has many years experience training police officers and police recruits handgun, shotgun and rifle skills, use of force techniques, handcuffing procedures and baton/asp methods.  He has taught many of these skills to police officers across the state of Rhode Island as well as being an instructor at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy.

On the civilian end, Robert holds 10 NRA instructor certifications in Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Home Firearm Safety, Chief Range Safety Officer, Personal Protection in the Home, Personal Protection outside the Home, Refuse to be a Victim, Metallic Cartridge Reloading and Shotgun Shell Reloading. He is also an NRA Training Counselor who can create instructors in those NRA disciplines. Finally, he is a Utah Certified Concealed Carry Instructor and Massachusetts Approved Firearms instructor.

NRA Certified Training Counselor
NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer
NRA Certified Instructor

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William Lopatka

William Lopatka

In February 2000, Billy joined the US Army as an Infantryman and went to basic training at Ft. Benning, GA. In 2001, he was deployed to Kosovo as part of a NATO peacekeeping mission and in 2003, he was deployed to Iraq as part of Task Force Viking in Operation Iraqi Freedom. While assigned to 2-14th Infantry, he served as an assistant gunner for the M240 machine gun team, a M240 gunner and a fire team leader.

In 2004, he left active duty and joined the MA National Guard and was assigned to the 772nd Military Police Co. as a MP team leader.  In 2008, he deployed for a second time to Iraq and in 2010, he was assigned to the 51st Troop Command (TC) as the Physical Security Non Commissioned Officer where he was responsible for maintaining the Physical Security Program for a Brigade. In 2016, he was assigned to the 101st Regional Training Institute (RTI) as the Army Basic Instructor Course (ABIC) and Non Commissioned Officer Education System (NCOES) Instructor.

Billy has completed the Combat Life Savers (CLS) course, Warrior Leader Course (WLC), Army Physical Security Inspector Course, Army Basic Instructor Course and Small Group Instructor Course. During his 18 years in the military, he has executed and assisted in running hundreds of firing ranges as well as live fire exercises.

In 2007, he began his career in law enforcement and during that time, has attended Verbal Judo training, Field Training Officer (FTO) Certification School and Patrol Rifle School.

Glenn Cipalone

Glenn Cipalone

Glenn is a Cranston Police Officer with over 28 years of experience. He is currently assigned to the training division where he is the lead firearms instructor for the department. He was a former member of the Special Response Team (SRT) and has numerous trainings in the areas of tactical training, active shooter, and firearms.

Glenn is a certified FBI & NRA pistol instructor, as well as, a center mass certified patrol rifle instructor. He is also certified as an A.L.I.C.E and active shooter instructor and is currently the senior instructor at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy, where he has taught for over 18 years.

Daniel Ashworth

Daniel Ashworth

Daniel is a Sergeant with the City of Pawtucket and has over 18 years of law enforcement experience to date. He is a proud member of the Community Police Unit (CPU) and has spent several years training police officers and civilians in numerous areas. Daniel holds instructor certifications in active shooter response, A.L.I.C.E, training, L.O.C.K.U.P police combat, baton, oleoresin capsicum (OC), and handcuffing techniques. He is also an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and NRA Range Safety Officer.

Daniel is a former owner and operator of one of the largest security companies in the New England Area. He has provided executive protection for numerous celebrities, athletes and politicians and has provided security/risk assessments for businesses, schools and homeowners. Daniel is a specialist in the area of executive protection and has a wealth of knowledge and training to ensure his clients safety.

Sherry Pratt

Sherry Pratt

Sherry is an avid shooter and strongly believes in the rights of law-abiding citizens to bear arms for lawful self-defense. She is an NRA Certified Pistol, Rifle, and Chief Range Safety Officer.

Sherry also holds a Rhode Island concealed carry permit and a Utah non-resident concealed carry permit. When she is not at the range honing her shooting skills, she is tending to her two beautiful horses and riding on the trials.

Robert Shields

Robert Shields

Bob has been involved with the fire service since 1985, teaching EMT courses since 1988, a Nationally Registered Paramedic since 1989, and has been a Water Team Rescue Coordinator since 2000. Bob has over 30 years’ experience providing medical aid, responding to emergency situations, and providing life-saving measures to countless individuals.

He is also an author, lecturer, and contributor for a variety of EMS, water rescue, and advanced rescue techniques. Finally, Bob, an Eagle Scout, volunteers his time with the Boy Scouts of America and is a Boy Scout Troop Assistant Scoutmaster and Merit Badge Councilor.

Derek Brodeur

Derek Brodeur

What started as a hobby of pheasant hunting over 10 years ago with his Brittany Spaniel has turned into a passion for firearms. Derek has always believed in the Second Amendment, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, and is committed to guiding others by providing crucial training.

Derek is a member of the NRA, a certified NRA Pistol Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer, and NRA Chief Range Safety Officer. He has completed Stop Bleed training and several defensive handgun classes, including Intuitive Defensive Shooting. He currently holds concealed carry permits in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Utah. Derek also belongs to the Wallum Lake Rod and Gun Club in Harrisville, RI, where he teaches defensive handgun classes.

You will often find him at the RI State House with other firearms advocates fighting for our Second Amendment rights and against gun control legislation.

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Tom is an active law enforcement officer and commander on a metropolitan area police department in State of Rhode Island. Tom has over 21 years of law enforcement experience, including special operations, tactical training, and high risk warrant services, including narcotics raids. Tom has served in the military, US Army National Guard, Military Police Corps, and US Air National Guard, Security Forces group and LRS group. Tom is 2nd in command of his police department’s patrol rifle operator’s team. Tom is 2nd in command and currently the lead Firearms Instructor/Armor with his police department.

Tom is a certified Sig Sauer Pistol Instructor, Sig Sauer Armor, Sig Sauer Low-Light Instructor, Colt Carbine Patrol Rifle Instructor, NRA Pistol Instructor, Simmuntions “force-on-force” Instructor, Rhode Island Tactical Officer’s Association Active Shooter Instructor, an A.L.IC.E “train- the- trainer” Instructor, and a Police Officer’s Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) certified, Building Search and Robbery Response Instructor.
Tom has trained many police officers during his career as a Field Training Officer and instructor at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy.

Tom also taught building search and robbery response at the police academy and was a founding member of the Simmunitions program at the police academy, where he and other highly trained tactical officers around the state taught tactics and developed scenario based training for the new recruits.

William Lapierre

William Lapierre

William (Bill) LaPierre has been in law enforcement and emergency services for 25 years. He has served the State of Rhode Island as a Deputy Sheriff and Constable. He also served as a Fire Fighter for the town of Warren Rhode Island and their Rescue EMS Service. He has served in college security and law enforcement departments and is a licensed emergency medical technician.

Bill is a use of force instructor and is also certified to teach the L.O.C.K.U.P. Police Combat System. He has numerous certifications, including active shooter and officer down rescue. Bill is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor who is passionate about teaching and sharing his knowledge of guns and gun safety.

Dan Bradley

Dan Bradley

Dan has been an avid firearms enthusiast for nearly 50 years. Growing up with a father in law enforcement, responsible firearms ownership and firearm safety are in his DNA. Dan started competitive shooting at the age of 12 with a program sponsored through the YMCA.

Dan is a benefactor member of the NRA and is a certified NRA instructor for pistol, rifle, and he is a Chief Range Safety Officer. Dan is also certified to teach NRA Refuse to be a Victim, Home Firearm Safety, and Personal Protection inside the Home courses. He is also a PADI certified Rescue Diver/EFR with over 1000 dives.

Dan continues the family tradition of teaching his children and grandchildren the importance of our right to bear arms, but also the responsibility that right implies. And of course, teaching here at Preserve Academy.

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