“Our team of consultants are professional instructors and risk mitigation specialists with various levels of experience as public safety professionals.”
CEO & Co-Founder
Troy brings over 30 years of public safety experience and a variety of academic knowledge, training and a specialized skillset to ACG. Troy’s training and experience derives from public safety, law enforcement, private security along with Church Safety & Security positions. Troy’s experience consists of working in the areas of counter terrorism, tactical response, aviation security, emergency preparation, surveillance detection, developing and implementing training programs and conducting threat/risk assessments.
Troy’s career started in the Fire Service then migrated into law enforcement. After 9/11, Troy transitioned from local law enforcement to the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) where he helped pioneer the FAMS Surveillance Detection and Reporting system. Troy also conducted domestic and international missions along with instructing at the FAMS Training Academy.
In 2006, Troy took a position as a special agent within U.S. Homeland Security that combats criminal organizations illegally exploiting America’s travel, trade, and financial systems. Troy has conducted multiple diverse investigations and held collateral duties such as Team Leader for the Special Response Team, Senior Firearms Instructor and Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Troy currently serves as Safety & Security Director for a refreshing covenant, upbeat, bible-based church in Western Wisconsin.
Troy holds degrees in Criminal Justice and Fire Protection, Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and attended the University of Wisconsin Stout Graduate School while pursuing his master’s degree in Training and Organizational Development.
President & Co-Founder
Dave has actively served within the public and private sectors for over 33 years. As a military veteran, retired law enforcement officer and public sector security director, Dave’s experience drew him to create and found Applied Countermeasures Group (ACG). In 2015, Dave and ACG Co-Founder Troy Szotkowski began their mission to serve as professional security consultants and trainers in the areas of emergency preparedness and response.
Dave’s background includes serving the USAF, City of Great Falls, MT Police Department, The United Nations in Kosovo, Montana Gambling Investigation Bureau, Federal Air Marshal Service and as Director of Security Operations for a private sector client.
Dave’s experience includes; conducting criminal and civil investigations, operating on tactical teams, training law enforcement and private sector security officers, conducting physical security risk assessments, leading teams and managing operations.
Dave’s background has prepared him to lead ACG operations as they focus on working closely with places of worship, educational facilities, and private sector businesses to assess risk, identify mitigation solutions, draft emergency action plans and train others in areas of emergency preparedness and response.
Criminal behaviors are escalating, thus creating concern and awareness for greater security measures. Dave and his team at ACG are here to answer that call and proactively do all they can to serve, train and protect their clients from harm’s way.