PMI Defensive Lead Instructor

Andrew Roberto

PMI Defensive Instructor

Andrew is a career law enforcement professional who retired from the Albuquerque Police Department in 2014. Prior to joining APD, he served with the Buncombe County North Carolina Sheriff’s Department. His full-spectrum law enforcement career included service as a uniformed patrol officer/deputy; undercover detective/case agent with a regional inter-agency drug enforcement group, tactical duty as a SWAT/Emergency Response Team officer, a Recruiting and Selection officer, a Crisis Intervention and Field Training Officer, and finally, a career that culminated with duty as a permanent staff instructor at the Albuquerque Police Academy until his retirement.

Post-retirement, Andrew continues to give back to the law enforcement community as a general instructor/trainer, background investigator, and firearms instructor for various law enforcement agencies throughout New Mexico and across the country. He was hand-selected as an independent contractor/instructor to facilitate mandated use of force training for the Albuquerque Police Department and is an independent professional/instructor providing critical decision making instruction for law enforcement agencies locally and across the country. Andrew has chosen to devote the majority of his spare time as an adjunct firearms instructor to the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, fulfilling duties as range master, lead and assistant firearms instructor as necessary.

Andrew also completed a career with the United States Marine Corps. His 34 years of service in both the active and reserve components include peacetime and combat duty over two enlistments where he attained the rank of sergeant and the balance as a commissioned officer, attaining the rank of colonel. He enlisted in 1982 and served as a Reconnaissance Man after completing recruit and infantry training. He is also a graduate of the Amphibious Reconnaissance Course, US Navy SCUBA School, US Army Airborne Course, US Army Ranger School, and the US Army Parachute Rigger and Air Delivery Specialist Course. Upon commissioning, he served initially as an artillery officer, leading and commanding Marines on multiple deployments in the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and the Far East as well as combat duty during Operation Desert Storm.

After leaving active duty, he returned to the infantry, continuing to lead and command Marines in various infantry, reconnaissance, and civil affairs units. Notably, his service has been marked by three combat tours of duty in Iraq, one combat tour of duty in Afghanistan – of which his greatest pride is in having lead and commanded Marines in combat. Worldwide deployments, professional military education, strategic planning staff positions in support of Africa plans and policy and service during crisis and contingency operations in Libya during 2011 and 2012 capped his career prior to retirement.

In addition to being certified as an instructor in general police subject matter, Andrew was additionally certified as a firearms, intermediate force/defensive tactics, ground control, and use of force instructor. He is additionally certified as a Smith and Wesson M&P, Glock, and AR-15/M16 armorer.