ROBERT H. BLACK has been a career law enforcement officer for over 41 years. Retired from the Valparaiso Police Department as Assistant Chief after twenty (20) years of service, he worked for sixteen (16) years as a patrol officer, eighteen (18) years as a training officer, trained and commanded the tactical unit, and developed many departmental programs during his career.
Upon retirement, the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy brought him on staff to take over physical tactics training. He has received numerous awards for distinguished service and was appointed the Indiana Assistant Director for the Justice System Training Association. Now a certified Master Instructor, Lt. Black holds fifteen (15) different instructor certifications in the law enforcement use of force arena, and has provided specialized training to private and public sector organizations, universities, law enforcement and the military in the areas of physical tactics, firearms and physical fitness. Lt. Black has also served as a law enforcement use of force expert in the courts and police department internal matters. Lt. Black has studied various martial arts for over three decades and holds various designations, including a Yondan in Isshinryu karatedo. He is currently the Director of Physical Tactics with the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy at Plainfield, Indiana.