Bio: Robert C. Willis


Robert C. Willis
PoliceOne Expert Witness


Curriculum Vitae


Robert C. Willis has been a patrol officer, "SWAT" team member, field training officer, departmental training officer, defensive tactics coordinator, a recruit academy and in-service academy instructor, a professional officer survival instructor and lecturer and a litigation consultant. He still currently works on patrol, part-time in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area and is a sworn Deputy Sheriff in Brown County (Green Bay, Wisconsin). Mr. Willis is also a full-time instructor and trainer at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) Tactical Training Complex. He is responsible for the co-ordination and training of Law Enforcement personnel, Corrections, Probation & Parole, "special response" teams and instructor development programs at a multi-million dollar facility located on the NWTC campus. He also teaches academic courses in the Law Enforcement Associate Degree and Recruit Academy program.

The instructional career of Mr. Willis has spanned over 25 years in which he has trained federal, state and local agencies and officers and the United States Military as well as professional private security agents, public service employees and private citizens.

This blend of educational and occupational background as well as instructional experience provides the foundation for expertise. Based upon this combination, Mr. Willis has been called upon to serve as a litigation consultant and "expert witness" and he has testified in Federal, State and Municipal Courts, Grand Jury Hearings, Coroner’s Inquests as well as Police Administrative and Disciplinary Hearings to explain and critique the actions of officers. He also is a co-author and master instructor of the "Defensive and Arrest Tactics" (DAAT) program of the State of Wisconsin and he is responsible for training and updating instructors for Police and Sheriff's agencies throughout the State of Wisconsin. He also instructs and trains for the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections/ Division of Community Corrections and has trained and certified defensive tactics instructors for the Division of Probation and Parole.

For more than a decade Mr. Willis has traveled the United States and Canada with the Calibre Press, Inc. "Street Survival" Seminar and trained in excess of 10,000 officers per year. His continued relationship in active law enforcement and "hands-on" instruction keeps Mr. Willis contemporary with the needs of current Law Enforcement agencies and their officers.

Mr. Willis authored the State of Wisconsin's Defensive and Arrest Tactics Manual and has contributed articles to national publications. Mr. Willis creates and provides academic and realistic "hands on" training programs that allow officers to translate training into their duty assignments by using state of the art training methodology and equipment. He is able to communicate to officers and to the public and articulate the complex issues facing law enforcement in today's environment. He is often consulted and interviewed by the media after critical events.

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