Erik Schmidt is a former US Marine and a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. (Gulf War 1991)
He served as a Federal Narcotics Detection K9 Officer for two years before becoming a local policeman in the Seattle area from 1999 to 2007.
While serving in his law enforcement capacity his specialties included:
-Police Mountain Bike
-Firearms Instructor (Pistol, Submachine Gun, Patrol Rifle)
-Defensive Tactics Instructor
-Undercover Narcotics Interdiction Investigator (Operation Jetway)
-Civil Disturbance Cadre (Deployed during the WTO, N30 and Mardi Gras 2001 riots)
He also provided uniformed and plain clothes protection details for foreign and domestic dignitaries, entertainment figures and high dollar value persons.
Today, Erik operates in the private sector as a firearms instructor, personal safety consultant, private investigator, executive protection specialist and as a weapons/tactics consultant on several video game projects, as well as teach defensive tactics/ martial arts to the public through the Koei Kan Dojo in Bellevue, Washington.
He has been trained and certified to operate as part of an Anti-Piracy Security team through the International Maritime Security Network for anti-piracy/ counter terror operations off the Horn of Africa.
He has been trained and certified in the TTOS Level 1 (Visual Tracking Teams for Law Enforcement) by Tactical Tracking Operations School and received his “Tracker” tab.
Erik has a long term, proven commitment to personal safety and takes great enjoyment in empowering others to do the same. His students and student co-workers find him to be a dynamic personality that can inject fun into a learning environment while still retaining a focus toward skill development.
Erik conducts his investigations and executive protection duties with courtesy, professionalism and with a focus on meeting and exceeding his due diligence regarding his cases.