Protective Services Training Academy Launches Thought Leadership Site to Bring Best Practices to Protective Services Providers and Officer Candidates

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Located near Washington DC, the PSTA is recognized as the Standard Setter for Protective Service and Law Enforcement Training Excellence and Career Advancement

The information the team will provide in our blogs and podcasts will help protective services firms more effectively manage to the bottom line by being able to focus on their core business.

The Protective Services Training Academy (PSTA) launched a thought leadership site today focusing on best practices and training development insights for companies that provide protective services. The site will also provide career advancement ideas and strategies for military veterans and law enforcement officers looking to make a career switch into protective services. The PSTA, known in the Mid-Atlantic region simply as “The Academy”, invented the concept of outsourced training for protective services companies and operates as the training ground for hundreds of new protective services officers (PSO) every year.

The PSTA is unlike any other protective services training facility in the nation, combining a world-class firearms training range with protective services training capabilities not offered at any other facility. The PSTA also houses a retail store featuring the area’s largest selection of 5.11 tactical apparel and gear.


Leaders at the PSTA have developed vast experience training thousands of PSOs, including many who have made career shifts from the military or law enforcement. On the new site, some of these subject matter experts will share ideas, best practices, and thoughts on trends in the protective services industry. The PSTA thought leaders have a wide range of expertise on the protective services industry.

Steve Morris: Steve Morris, President of the PSTA, is well-known in the security industry as a dynamic, confident thought leader with exceptional insights into protective service officer (PSO) training, management, and development. Steve runs the PSTA which provides all aspects of protective services training for over 5,000 security, law enforcement, and military professionals annually. On this blog, Morris will discuss trends in protective services training and management strategies to optimize the company bottom line.

Amy Skyles: Amy Skyles is a sought-after expert on protective services officer (PSO) career development having worked with thousands of military veterans, law enforcement officers, and PSOs to help them learn about and understand career opportunities in protective services. She has counseled many military professionals looking for second careers once their military service has completed, including many vets who have returned from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. On this blog, she’ll be writing about the opportunities military veterans, law enforcement, and PSOs can achieve from a career as a PSO.

Jerry Immler: Jerry Immler is a recognized expert on protective services equipment, gear, and supplies. Jerry has reviewed thousands of new, interesting, and state-of-the-art product offerings including weapons and ammunition, clothing, accessories, and training supplies. On this blog, he’ll share those opinions, offer product reviews, and provide valuable insight for protective services officers as they try to determine the best products and supplies to purchase and use.

“We look forward to offering tips and ideas on security company management, PSO career advancement, and product selection insights for protective service professionals,” said Morris. “The protective services industry is changing rapidly as terrorist threats continue and the industry and professionals in it need to be more efficient, prepared, and diligent about their critical role in protecting our citizens.”

Morris continued, “The information the team will provide in our blogs and podcasts will help protective services firms more effectively manage to the bottom line by being able to focus on their core business. Our career expert, Amy Skyles, has tremendous insight on how military veterans can be successful shifting to a career as a PSO, having worked with thousands of PSOs over the years.”

“I’m also excited by the content Jerry Immler’s going to contribute to the site. Jerry’s evaluated thousands of products over his career and has the most knowledge of PSO gear that I’ve ever seen,” said Morris.

Protective Service Leadership Insights can be found here.


The Protective Services Training Academy (PSTA) is the premier training venue in the Mid-Atlantic region for the protective services community. The PSTA is “Where the Region’s Top Protective Service Organizations and Professionals Come to Train.” Known around the region as simply “The Academy,” the PSTA offers state of the art features not found at other facilities, including a full array of protective service training capabilities. The PSTA is located in Prince Georges County, Maryland adjacent to Andrews Air Force Base, and approximately 11 miles from the Capitol. It features a retail store on premises fully stocked with high-quality firearms, ammunition, and other equipment and supplies, in addition to the area's largest selection of 5.11 Tactical apparel and gear. Visit The PSTA at

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