Law Enforcement Sniper Symposium | Spear Tactical

Instructor Bios

Law Enforcement Sniper Symposium | BENNIE W. COOLEY JR. | Spear Tactical


June 15–18, 2020

Bennie Cooley has extensive experience in SWAT training and has cross-trained and trained with various tactical organizations to include specialized units within our military, federal, state and county law enforcement organizations. Bennie has served on the board of directors for the Mountain States Tactical Officers Association, and received their Excellence Award in recognition for winning back-to-back National SWAT Team Championship in Gainesville Georgia. Bennie has also received two World Class Quality Improvement Awards for his leadership and training of personnel where he is recognized for his outstanding ability to instruct and develop individuals in CQB Shooting, Long Range Engagements, Active Shooter and Hostage Rescue Operations.

Shooting Experience

7-time Winner – International Tactical Long-Range Rifle Championships, Gillette, Wyoming
5-time Winner – USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals, Las Vegas, Nevada
4-time Winner – SOF 3-Gun World Championships Law Enforcement Team Champions
3-time Winner – SOF 3-Gun World Championships, Las Vegas, Nevada
2-time Winner – Team Leader National Championship of SWAT, Gainesville, Georgia
1-time Winner – World Sniper Championships, Camp Atterbury, Indiana
1-time Winner – Sniper Challenge, Stephenville, Texas, Match Winner

Dan Barber

Capital City Municipal Police Department

Dan Barber is employed as a police officer for a Capital City Municipal police department since 1994. He has been a member of the SWAT team since 1998 and is currently assigned as the Sniper Team Leader. He is a certified Sniper Instructor and has taught for a Delta based training company as well as Long Range Shooting Schools and Law Enforcement Training with Cross Hairs.

Dan has competed extensively throughout the United States and Europe in police/military sniper competitions. In 2000, Dan and his teammate, Mike Perkins, won the European Super Sniper Shootout in Allentsteig Austria. Dan was crowned Top Shooter along with First Place Team. The event was attended by 114 snipers from 15 countries. In 2007, Dan was the first American to ever compete in a Russian Special Forces Competition in Krasnodar, Russia. He and his teammate finished highly in several events during this grueling 3 week competition. Recently, while competing for Eberlestock, Dan and his teammate finished 2nd overall in the Vortex Extreme Challenge in Tremonton, Utah. He also competes in local and regional PRS matches and enjoys shooting bolt guns as well as gas guns in the AR-10 category. Dan loves instructing in both Law Enforcement/Military as well as long range hunting schools. “The shooting community is full of great people from both the enlisted and civilian sides and I have made great friends from all over the world because of shooting sports.”

Col. Steven Randy Watt

Ogden Utah Police Department

Steven R. Watt (Randy) is the Chief of Police of the Ogden, Utah, Police Department. He retired as an Assistant Chief of Police in October of 2011, then was asked by City Administration to return as Chief in January of 2017. At the time of his retirement, he had served for 32 years in various assignments within the Department, including 12 years with the Ogden/Metro SWAT Team. He received numerous awards and medals for his police service, including being twice awarded the Department’s Medal of Valor. He is an internationally recognized trainer and speaker in Leadership, Special Operations and Terrorism, and has authored numerous articles in those subject areas. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Science from Weber State College, a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Phoenix, and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Randy is a graduate of Session 191 of the FBI National Academy.

Randy is a retired Colonel, Utah Army National Guard and is a former Commander of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), commanding 2200 special operations soldiers across 9 states. He retired with 34 years active duty and reserve service, including multiple combat tours of Afghanistan and Iraq in the War on Terrorism. He commanded at all levels of Special Forces, including ODA, Company, Battalion and Group. He has received numerous medals and awards for his service, including the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star for Valor in combat, and 3 Bronze Stars for Meritorious Service in combat. He is a Master Parachutist and is Military Freefall qualified.

Randy and his wife of 37 years, Terri, reside in Morgan County, Utah. They have 4 children and 12 grand children.

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