A visionary entrepreneur with over 25 years of combined education, leadership, training and operational experience in emergency and disaster management, homeland security and law enforcement roles at the federal, state, and private sectors. Ricardo has a Dual-Masters Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management and Homeland Security, a Bachelors Degree in Management, and an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. Ricardo is also a training professional with over two decades of experience training members of the community and personnel for various government agencies, the private sector, and non-profit organizations.
Ricardo has extensive training and operational experience in crisis response, disaster management, emergency management, and operational planning. His law enforcement background includes improving community relations through community policing, conducting criminal investigations, gathering and analyzing intelligence, suppressing criminal activity in high-crime areas, conducting hostage rescue operations, riot control, active shooter response, counter-narcotics, anti-terrorism, aviation security, and force protection work in the United States and abroad. In addition to providing health and safety training to corporate clients and members of to community, Ricardo has provided training to healthcare professionals, search & rescue teams, tactical officers within state and federal law enforcement agencies, security professionals, Personal Protection Specialists, and Force Protection Personnel.
Ricardo’s law enforcement experience includes force protection work in the United States and overseas, dignitary and witness protection work, border security and aviation security. Additional experience includes extensive work as a tactical team leader, designated marksman, and as a team medic in Special Operations Units working in intensive criminal activity areas at one of the busiest regions in Puerto Rico. With such an array of specialized training and experience, SSG leadership counts with an extensive knowledge-base in homeland security, emergency & disaster management, law enforcement, and in the security and protective services industry.
Prior employers include the Federal Air Marshal Service, the Federal Aviation Administration, the US Border Patrol, and the Puerto Rico Police Department. As a tactical officer, Ricardo has provided tactical support to various state and federal agencies, including specialized units from the FBI and US Customs, and participated on special inter-agency projects with agencies such as the Immigration and Naturalization Services, legacy U.S. Customs, the USDA and US Fish and Wildlife along the US-Mexico Border.
Having served as an instructor for various law enforcement agencies, local and national training organizations since the early 1990s, our founder has been responsible for developing various basic and advanced training programs in addition to training, developing and retaining personnel. At a local level, our founder has volunteered for various community causes; including leadership and training roles with organizations such as the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, The Boy Scouts of America, and the Puerto Rico Civil Defense Search & Rescue school.
Past accomplishments of our founder include commendations from the US Border Patrol, the Immigration and Naturalization Services, the USDA; the Puerto Rico Police Department Special Operations Unit, the PR Police Department Counter-Narcotics Division and the PR Police Academy Medical Services Unit were he served as a Police Medic, police instructor, and shift supervisor, providing medical support and leading teams during police raids, sporting events, and other special events throughout Puerto Rico.