2023 PALI/NJLPIA Joint Investigators Conference
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Dennis L. Eberly
Topic: The Armed Active Assailant: Response Guidelines for the Private Investigator
Having instructed hundreds of law enforcement officers and civilians in responding to Active Shooters, Dennis Eberly will offer response suggestions for both, unarmed and armed private investigators. As PI’s go about their daily duties, they never know when they will find themselves thrust into the middle of the carnage the Armed Active Assailant has the capacity to create. Having a sound tactical plan may save the life of the PI and of other innocent people caught in the path of this deadly behavior.
Biography: Dennis L. Eberly is the owner of On Target Investigation & Consulting, LLC, which was established in 2016. He is a licensed private investigator in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Eberly also provides security consulting services, to include Armed Active Assailant preparation and response.
Eberly served five years in the United States Air Force Security Police. Next, Eberly served 33 years with the East Hempfield Township Police (Lancaster Co., PA). He was a patrol officer, criminal investigator, patrol supervisor (Sgt.), Staff Services Supervisor (Lt.), and Operations Supervisor (Lt.). He retired as a Lieutenant in 2014. His additional special assignments included: Lancaster Co. SERT Negotiator Supervisor and EHTPD Active Shooter Instructor. He also served as an MPOETC-certified In-Service Instructor for 17 years and Academy Instructor for 8 years.
Eberly earned an A.A.S. degree in Police Science from the Community College of the Air Force, B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from York College of Pennsylvania, M.S. degree in Human Organization Science (Criminal Justice Administration) from Villanova University, and 78 credits toward a D.Ed. degree in Adult Education from Penn State University.
Eberly was certified by NTOA as an Active Shooter Instructor in 2001 and by the ALICE Training Institute as an ALICE Instructor in 2013. From 2001 to 2004, he was a member of an instructor cadre for Harrisburg Area Community College’s Practical Response Course for Active Shooters, which provided scenario-based instruction to police across various areas of Pennsylvania.
In Spring 2003, he published an article in the NTOA Journal, The Tactical Edge, entitled, “CATT: Teaching the Critical Elements of Rapid Deployment.”
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