RAIMONDO “RAY” DECUNTO
Raimondo “Ray” DeCunto began his career with the Madeira Beach, Florida Police Department in 1981, and in 1985 he was hired by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. As a deputy sheriff, Ray served in such assignments as patrol, field training, traffic enforcement, major accident investigation, training, and narcotics. He was assigned to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. team for 13 years, nine of those as a Team Leader. Ray spent a total of 14 years in the Narcotics Division and the last nine years of his career as a sergeant within the Narcotics Division. His responsibilities included supervising and directing covert & overt drug operations as well as daily operations. Additionally, he coordinated the tactical training for the Narcotics Division as it relates to undercover investigations, the execution of search warrants, agent rescues and buy-bust operations.
Ray retired from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in June of 2009 after completing 28 years of service in law enforcement. Ray has been a police trainer since 1990 and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree through Tampa College, Florida. Ray has focused on officer survival training since 1991 both in the classroom and practical scenario based training. Ray was a Calibre Press Street Survival Instructor from 2003 to 2013, where he taught Survival seminars to law enforcement officers nationally. Ray is a state certified firearms instructor as well as an NRA pistol instructor and range safety officer. Additionally, he is a certified instructor for scenario-based training, ASP expandable baton and chemical (pepper spray) agents. Ray has been involved in the development and instruction of courses involving basic and advanced, tactical patrol, tactical drug operations, tactical maritime activities, and SWAT operations. From 1992 to 2009 Ray was an instructor with the Multi-jurisdictional Counter Drug Task Force Training Program funded by the National Guard.
In 2010, Ray established RAD Training Inc. to expand training to specific areas in law enforcement and the private sector. In addition to courses for public and private officers, Ray has added tactical survival courses for law enforcement, correctional and court assigned deputies/officers as well as parole and probation officers.
Ray currently conducts live fire range and survival training in the civilian sector. His training includes concealed weapon and firearms certification, basic and advanced pistol, rifle, and shotgun training. In addition to the live fire training, Ray also teaches scenario-based self-defense training for civilians involving less lethal and lethal options.