James Minninger

Corporate Security Specialist, Viridis Security Group

Jim is a former sergeant from a municipal police department located approximately 35 miles northwest of Philadelphia, PA.  Affiliated with the department since 1991, starting as an auxiliary officer, Jim worked his way through the ranks retiring from police work in June of 2013.  His responsibilities included director of patrol operations and all training; including firearms instruction, use of force, less lethal munitions and techniques, active shooter, Taser and PepperBall.

He was an operator on SWAT, lead tactical firearms instructor and less lethal munitions operator.  He is certified in basic and advanced SWAT Operations, Hostage Rescue, basic and advanced WMD Tactical Operations and Hostage Negotiations.  Once retiring from active SWAT operations, Jim was paramount in setting up large scale practical training scenarios combining Incident Command, TEMS (Tactical EMS), SWAT Operations, Patrol and Hostage Negotiations.

A graduate of Delaware Valley College with a Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture and a minor in Criminal Justice, Jim has volunteered and served with his local volunteer fire department as a firefighter, water rescue diver and QRS medical response.  Jim also volunteers as an assistant coordinator for his  Emergency Management Office at the local level.  He has also worked for the county emergency training center as a ‘victim’ coordinator, setting up role players for mass casualty, training and testing scenarios.

Jim has developed and provided training on School Violence, Workplace Violence, Bullying, Bicycle Safety for School Children, Active Shooter-School and Business, Bomb Threat Response and Search,  Medical Marijuana Regulatory Compliance Issues, Chemical/Soda Pressure Bombs, Chemical Suicide Recognition and Post-Incident Mitigation, WMD/Clandestine Laboratory Decontamination, Scene Safety for First Responders and EMS, Scene Safety for Fire Fighters and Fire Police, Policy and Procedure Development and Training, Use of Force, Tactical Decision Making, Priority of Life Training and Decision Making, Dementia Patient Elopement Procedures, Senior Adult Fraud Education (S.A.F.E. Training), Evacuation vs. Shelter-in-place Decision Making, Barricaded Subject Tabletop and Practical Scenarios, Hostage Rescue Tabletop and Practical Scenarios, and Firearms Safety and Handling for Adult Probation Officers.

He has authored several articles on active shooter, facility lockdown and creating a security master plan for your organization.  Jim has completed his Master’s degree in the Science of Administration of Justice and Security.