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CEOSF Certified Officer Safety Instructor (COSCI)

The Code Enforcement Officer Safety Foundation (CEOSF) is proud to announce the launch of the CEOSF Officer Safety Certified Instructor (COSCI) program to recognize and acknowledge code professionals and trainers who possess qualifications to provide officer safety and survival instruction. These individuals exhibit “best practices” in training delivery by being highly recommended by Department Directors and by maintaining their training skills through the completion of continuing professional education instructor course work. This
program is for all professional trainers to include code enforcement officers, building inspectors, fire inspectors, housing inspectors, zoning inspectors, health inspectors, animal control officers, peace officers, sheriff deputies, academic instructors, private trainers, and others interested in improving code enforcement officer safety/survival training and individual instructional skill sets.

The CEOSF Officer Safety Certified Instructor (COSCI) program recognizes and acknowledges qualified officer safety and survival instructors who provide high-quality best practices training to code professionals. The Foundation believes it is extremely important to have instructors who are qualified, vetted, and experienced to facilitate courses on officer safety/survival especially as the topic of officer safety is becoming more prevalent within the code enforcement profession. Time in position, in and of itself, is not a qualification standard to be a trainer especially relating to officer safety. It is also easy for “instructors” to facilitate officer safety classes without having the proper credentials and experience to teach on the topic. The Foundation views such practices as not only unsafe but morally and ethically wrong. By setting a certification standard based on documented instructor qualifications and experience the Foundation can recommend to the profession, with confidence, that training professionals who have the COSCI designation are qualified to facilitate training on officer safety for code professionals. All trainers who have COSCI certification have:

  • Successfully completed a general instructor certification program and provided documented proof of completion

  • More than 3 years of experience facilitating courses on officer safety/survival

  • Provided documentation of officer safety and survival training certifications and courses completed

  • Endorsements from a Code Director, POST Director, or Law Enforcement Academy Director, or three references

  • A commitment to continuing education regarding instructor development

  • An unwavering passion for officer safety


Instructors who seek to facilitate courses in partnership with the Code Enforcement Officer Safety Foundation will be required to be COSCI certified so that the Foundation ensures that it is only using qualified and vetted officer safety instructors. The Foundation has not only set the standard but we adhere to it as well.

What are the benefits of becoming a CEOSF Officer Safety Certified Instructor (COSCI)?

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  • Receive a CEOSF Officer Safety Certified Instructor certificate, suitable for framing

  • Post your picture and biographical information on our CEOSF Officer Safety Certified Instructor webpage with links back to your webpage if applicable

  • Use the COSCI Badge for emails or business cards.

  • Use the CEOSF Officer Safety Certified Instructor Program acronym COSCI on your business cards, letterhead, email signature, etc. Example: Justin Edson, CCEO, COSS, COSCI

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What are the requirements to become a CEOSF Officer Safety Certified Instructor?

The CEOSF has established these 'best practice' standards for those interested in becoming recognized and certified:

  1. Complete the CEOSF Instructor Application and endorsement references. CLICK HERE

  2. Submit a current resume outlining your specific officer safety/survival teaching and curriculum development experience indicating more than three (3) years of training experience

    • Examples of desired certificates from established institutions:

      • Faculty Skill Development Coursework

      • Staff Instructor Certification Training

      • Defensive Tactics Train the Trainer

      • Firearms Train the Trainer

      • Surefire Institute Instructor Course(s)

      • Arcuri Group - Situational Awareness Specialist Advanced Practitioner (SAS-AP)

      • Force-on-Force Simulation Safety Instructor

      • Force Protection & Terrorism Preparedness

      • Psychology of Survival

      • Active Shooter Events Train the Trainer

      • Crisis Intervention Certificates

      • Situational Awareness

      • Black Belt or similar for martial arts

  3. Submit your Code Director, POST Director, or Academy Director endorsement or THREE (3) letters of recommendation from Code Enforcement or Law Enforcement attesting to your skills and abilities as an instructor who will be contacted during a background check

  4. Submit a completion certificate from a recognized Instructor level course indicating instructor certification

  5. Officer safety/survival training certifications

  6. Submit your $150 annual COSCI Instructor Fee.

APPLICATION - CLICK HERE

After completing the application, please upload documentation and send to Justin Edson,
COSCI Project Director at justin@codeofficersafety.org

$150.00

To renew:

  • Complete renewal application.

  • Submit $100 annual renewal fee.

  • Every three years, each COSCI Instructor must complete SIX (6) hours of instructor training/development continuing education to maintain certification. These training hours can come from attending conferences or training courses related to instructional development. Certificates of attendance are required. COSCI Instructors who recertify will receive an updated CEOSF certificate (suitable for framing) and membership card.

    Who can I contact for more information?
    Read our FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about COSCI
    Justin Edson at justin@codeofficersafety.org

CEOSF Certified Officer Safety Instructors (COSCI)

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Scott Kirshner, M.Ed., COSCI, SAS-AP

Dedicated Threat Solutions, LLC

Scott Kirshner was granted COSCI status in September 2021. He is in good standing and an active instructor. He is supported by CEOSF to teach a wide array of subjects from self-defense, situational awareness, verbal de-escalation, survival, and so much more. Scott is our Lead instructor for the CEOSF Code Official Safety Specialist certification program. He has over 30 years experience being an instructor and he holds dozens of training certificates on many topics.

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Tim Sun, COSCI, CCEO

Code Enforcement Officer Safety Foundation

Tim Sun was granted COSCI status in December 2021. He is in good standing and an active instructor. He is supported by CEOSF to teach a wide array of subjects from self-defense, verbal de-escalation, field tactics, and general safety for Code Enforcement Officers. Tim has been an Officer Safety Instructor at the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers (CACEO) academies and stand alone classes. He also served as the Chair of the CACEO Officer Safety Committee. His work experience includes being a Code Enforcement Manager and Officer across several jurisdictions, and a Police Officer.

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Kirk L. Palmer, COSCI

Code Enforcement Officer Safety Foundation

Kirk L. Palmer was granted COSCI status in December 2021. He is in good standing and an active instructor. He is supported by CEOSF to teach a wide array of subjects from sovereign citizens, extremist groups, gangs, field tactics and so much more. He has over 26 years experience in law enforcement and currently serves as a Code Compliance Supervisor of a County in Georgia. Kirk is an Officer Safety Instructor for the Georgia Association of Code Enforcement (GACE). He is also an active contributor to the Officer Safety Newsletter. Kirk holds a Master’s Level Certificate from the Georgia Association of Code Enforcement Officials, POST Field Training Officer Certificate, as well as an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification from the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.

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Dean Phaneuf, COSCI, CCEA, COSS, SAS-AP

CEOSF Officer Safety Certified Instructor

Dean Phaneuf was granted COSCI status in March 2022. He is in good standing and an active instructor. He is supported by CEOSF to teach a wide array of subjects from situational awareness, mindset, verbal de-escalation, active shooter, explosives awareness, to critical incident stress debriefing. He has over 42 years experience in law enforcement and currently serves as a Senior Code Compliance Officer in Ventura County, California. Dean was a Police Sergeant, Bomb Squad Commander, SWAT member, and Detective. Dean also served as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal assigned to an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. He is an AACE Certified Code Enforcement Administrator, CACEO Certified Code Enforcement Officer, and has numerous trainings related to explosives, including the FBI Hazardous Devices School.

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Justin J. Gardiner, COSCI, CCEO, COSS, SAS-AP

CEOSF Officer Safety Certified Instructor

Justin J. Gardiner was granted COSCI status in April 2022. He is in good standing and an active instructor. He is supported by CEOSF to teach a wide array of subjects to include situational awareness, officer safety techniques and active shooter training, as well as CPR/First-Aid and Basic Life Saver courses. He has many years of experience in combat arms and law enforcement and is currently serving as a Senior Code Enforcement Officer with the County of Riverside, California. Justin was a Police Corporal, a Special Enforcement Team Supervisor (off-road), and Field Training Officer. During his time in service, Justin was an Infantry Sergeant assigned to the U.S. Army 173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team as a designated marksman. Justin is a CACEO Certified Code Enforcement Officer and sits on the CACEO Board of Directors as a Regional Representative.