About Instructor

Mark WilsonHe was one of the original Concealed Handgun Instructors receiving his state certification the first year they were available from the Department of Public Safety. Mark Wilson has been a Fort Worth Police Officer for over 23 years and is currently the supervisor of Advanced Training which includes use of force training. Prior to coming back to the academy, Sergeant Wilson was the field supervisor and team leader for the Auto Theft Unit and the Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force. He led a team of officers and detectives in combating offenses relating to vehicles and burglary. He was the original sergeant supervisor of the "bait cars" and was involved numerous arrests of auto theft and automobile burglary. In 2009, Governor Rick Perry appointed Sergeant Wilson to be on the Board of Directors for the Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority in Austin.

Sergeant Wilson has been involved in all phases of police training since 1993. He is certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education as a Firearms Instructor and also as a classroom instructor. Sergeant Wilson has taught numerous subjects in law enforcement such as Intermediate Use of Force, Defensive Tactics, Penal Code, and Firearms Instruction, all of which are used in teaching the Concealed Handgun License course for the State of Texas. He is also certified by the National Rifle Association as a Police Handgun and Shotgun Instructor.

Sergeant Wilson is an Armed Forces veteran serving in the United States Air Force in active duty from 1972 to 1975 and the Air National Guard from 1975 to 1979. He was trained as an Explosives Ordinance Technician and later transferred to become a Firearms Range instructor and received an Honorable Discharge in 1979.

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