Derek Cecil 

I have always had a strong belief in responsible personal defense and personal protection and have always strived to commit myself to safe, sound and reliable training which affords myself, friends and family the same.  I continue to look for challenging and reliable techniques to learn and teach others so they can safely and reliably protect themselves and those around them.   Teaching has been a constant in my adult life and I have been fortunate enough to attend and successfully complete a variety of Instructor courses.  Not only have I successfully completed each Instructor Course I have attended, but I have taught each discipline for multiple years, putting into practice the skills I have learned.

I am a former member of the Nevada Army National Guard and U.S. Army, serving as a Combat Medic and a Flight Medic.  I enlisted in the NV. Army National Guard in 1986 completing Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training in Ft. Bliss, TX. and Ft. Sam Houston, TX., respectively.  While serving in the 717th Air Ambulance Unit of the NV. Army National Guard I was the primary Firearms Instructor for the unit, responsible for training and Range Qualifications from 1998 through 2002. 

I retired from the Reno Police Department after serving 26.5 years.  As a police officer I worked various assignments, finishing my career in the Traffic Division as a Detective. 


2015- current RENO GUNS & RANGE

  • I.C.E. Training Defensive Firearms Coach Instructor Development
  • I.C.E. Training Combat Focus Shooting Instructor Development
  • I.C.E. Training Reality Based Instructor
  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Certified Personal Protection Inside/Outside the Home Instructor


  • Traffic Detective
  • Patrol Officer
  • Traffic Officer  (Motor)
  • Honor Guard Member
  • Police Training Officer / Field Training Officer
  • Law Enforcement Bicycle Association Instructor
  • Reno Police Academy Staff Instructor
  • Reno Police Department Citizen’s Academy Instructor
  • T.M.C.C. High Sierra Police Academy Instructor
  • Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Academy Instructor
  • Nevada P.O.S.T. Law Enforcement Academy Instructor
  • Nevada P.O.S.T. Instructor Development – certified

1986-2002  US ARMY

  • Combat Medic (91A10)
  • Flight Medic (91B10 / 91W10)