Sergeant Paul R. Bastean became a police officer after graduating from the police academy in June 1998. He currently serves as a Reserve Sergeant over the Special Operations Division for a local St. Louis Police Department.

While serving in law enforcement, he saw a severe lack of self-defense training available to the general public, so he created Ultimate Defense Firing Range & Training Center with the specific mission of giving people the knowledge, tools and experience to protect themselves and the people they care about.

Paul’s commitment to empowering clients to be their own “first responder” and to accept the responsibility for their own safety has resulted in Ultimate Defense gaining a national reputation, and Paul has acted as a consultant to numerous other facilities across the nation.

His program and vision resulted in The Missouri House of Representatives issuing a Proclamation recognizing Paul’s contributions and commitment to both law enforcement and the Citizens of the State of Missouri.

The following is a brief description of Paul’s training background, qualifications and achievements:

  • NSSF Range Advisory Board Member
  • Court Certified Expert Witness – Use of Force, Firearms Operation, Tactics, Range Procedures
  • Lindenwood University Bachelor of Arts – Summa Cum Laude
  • Awarded IALEFI Master Grade Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Certificate
  • Certified National Rifle Association Police Firearms Instructor,
  • Certified National Rifle Association Law Enforcement Rifle Instructor
  • Certified National Rifle Association Pistol Instructor
  • Certified National Rifle Association Home Firearm Safety Instructor
  • Certified National Rifle Association Personal Protection in the Home Instructor
  • Certified National Rifle Association Shotgun Instructor
  • Graduate Eastern Missouri Law Enforcement Training Academy
  • Graduate of St. Louis County Police Certified Firearms Instructor Program
  • Factory Certified Glock Pistol Instructor
  • International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Member
  • Member – National Tactical Officer Association
  • Life Member of the National Rifle Association
  • Certified Live Fire Shoot House Instructor
  • Factory Certified Simunition® Training Scenario Instructor
  • Police Trainer for Active Shooter Incidents
  • Firearm Training System Graduate – (FATS)
  • Advanced Patrol Tactics Instructor
  • Ohio Advanced Law Enforcement Training Center Graduate
  • Tactical Officer Survival Skills Graduate
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Expandable Baton Instructor
  • Mace / Incapacitants Instructor
  • Less Lethal Force Training Instructor (Projectile Weapons)
  • Certified electronic disruption device Instructor (TASER)
  • Civilian Defensive Tactics Instructor
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