Marvin Tahmahkera entered the law enforcement profession when he became a police cadet and desk officer for the City of Palos Hills, Illinois Police Department in 1987. In 1988, Mr. Tahmahkera graduated with an Associates of Applied Sciences degree in Criminal Justice for the Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois. From 1989 to 1991, he worked in the private security industry for various companies in Illinois and Arizona.
In 1991, Mr. Tahmahkera joined the Arizona State University Police Department in Tempe, Arizona as a police officer. In 1996, Mr. Tahmahkera was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He held positions as: Patrol sergeant, Field Training Program sergeant and was the police department’s Training Coordinator. In 2013, Mr. Tahmahkera retired from the Arizona State University Police Department and is currently working as a police officer with the Maricopa County Community College District Police Department.
Mr. Tahmahkera has taught classes and provided instruction at the Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy, the Glendale Community College Police Academy, the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy and the Mesa Police Academy. He is a subject matter expert in Patrol Procedures and Operations through the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AZPOST) Board. Mr. Tahmahkera was a member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers until the organization disbanded in 2006. In 2005 and 2006, Mr. Tahmahkera was a contract instructor for the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas teaching “Field Training for the 21st Century”. In 2013, Mr. Tahmahkera became an adjunct instructor for the Lamar Institute of Technology Regional Police Academy in Beaumont, Texas. During 2015, Mr. Tahmahkera, was hired as a combatives instructor with Phoenix based police/military training company, Rally Point Alpha.
Mr. Tahmahkera holds AZPOST specialty instructor certificates in high risk vehicle stops, defensive tactics, impact weapons and chemical agents. He specializes in officer safety and survival training. Mr. Tahmahkera has also been recognized as an instructor in mobile field force and crowd control response tactics. Mr. Tahmahkera also conducts training on the topics of building searches, low light survival, high risk entry and active shooter response.
Mr. Tahmahkera holds provider certifications in Basic Life Support, Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support. He currently holds the position of Training Manager with TEMSOPS International.
Mr. Tahmahkera is currently a member of the Arizona Tactical Officers Association and the National Tactical Officer’s Association.