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Arnie Lipson is the founder of the C.A.P.S. program, Combatives, Awareness, Personal Security, a personal safety and security company that provides security and self-defense training
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A rnie L ipson, age 45founder of C.A.P.S.--Combatives, Awareness, Personal Security--a Stafford-based safety company that specializes in crime prevention seminars, and training citizens, security personnel and law enforcement to prevent and survive violent confrontations and high risk encounters.
EDUCATION: Bachelors of Arts in biology from Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., with a minor in social sciences.
CAREER HISTORY: Fairfax County Police Department on street patrol; Fairfax County Sheriff's Office as a state certified advanced defensive tactics instructor and academy instructor.
Provided protective services for Fairfax County judges. Team leader for Sheriff's Emergency Response Team. Instructor for a major company that trains American law enforcement officers.
HOW DID YOU END UP FORMING THE C.A.P.S. PROGRAM? I have a 31-year martial arts background and I spent the last 10 years studying reality-based combatives and high-risk environment survival. I also have spent 20 years in law enforcement. I felt it was time to start my own business--not only to train law enforcement and security personnel for high-risk confrontations, but to teach crime prevention and violent crime survival to the community.
WHAT ASPECT OF YOUR BUSINESS IS CHANGING THE MOST? I think more people are increasingly fed up with violent crime and are prepared to do whatever it takes to prevent themselves and their loved ones from becoming victims.
WHAT WAS YOUR MOST DIFFICULT SITUATION FACED ON THE JOB? I had to fight a violent man who was under the influence of alcohol and PCP.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT YOUR JOB? I would like to be able to train people to concentrate solely on personal safety without having to include liability issues. That is, however, a reality in our society. The fear of lawsuits or being charged criminally inhibits the ability of many people to effectively protect themselves from violence.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB NOW? I enjoy the feedback I get from those who I have trained. When someone survives a high-risk situation and tells me that something that I had taught them had saved their lives, it makes everything I do worthwhile.