Fidelity Investigative Training Academy

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About Our Instructors ...

In General....

     All permanent instructors at the Academy are fully NIMS (National Incident Management System) certified, and have completed related coursework through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

 


Mr. Andre J. W. Queen, Sr. LPD, LSC, LFI

Executive Director

          Fidelity Academy is led by Mr. Andre J.W. Queen, Sr.  Mr. Queen has been a licensed private detective and licensed security contractor for over a decade, and his thirty years in private security and private investigations includes both public and private sector work. His investigative casework has included everything from homicides to auto theft, and includes civil as well as criminal investigative work. Mr. Queen, a retired auxiliary Deputy Chief of Police Services, has testified in court proceedings in Illinois regarding firearms as an expert witness. Mr. Queen is a graduate of the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Firearms Examiner Course”.

          Among Mr. Queen's accomplishments include being a certified TASER CEW Instructor, a Force-on-Force Safety Instructor, a certified Smith & Wesson Academy Handcuff Instructor, a certified Sabre OC Defensive Spray Instructor, a certified High Efficiency Low Profile Police Tactical Baton Instructor, a certified MILO Instructor, and a certified Weapons Retention Instructor. Mr. Queen is a martial arts instructor, and holds black belts in several martial arts disciplines. He is a member in good standing of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), the National Association of Investigative Specialists (NAIS), as well as other professional organizations and associations. 

      Mr. Queen is certified by the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a Law Enforcement Firearm Instructor, an NRA Civilian Firearm Instructor, an NRA Advanced Defensive Pistol Instructor, and an NRA Chief Range Safety Officer. Mr. Queen is an Affiliate Instructor with the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA).

     Mr. Queen is licensed by the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation, as a Firearms Instructor, the Illinois State Police as a Concealed Carry Firearm Instructor, by the State of Wisconsin, as a licensed Firearm Certifier, by the State of Utah as a Concealed Carry Firearms Instructor, by the State of New Mexico as a Level 3 Firearms Instructor, by the State of Arizona as a Security Guard Firearms Instructor,  by the State of Louisiana as a Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun Instructor, by the State of California, Department of Justice as a Handgun Safety Instructor, and by the State of Maryland as a Qualified Handgun Instructor.

     Mr. Queen is a frequent guest consultant locally and nationally on the FOX Television Network, and serves as a firearms consultant to the Chicago Tribune. Mr. Queen has served as a speaker for Illinois Carry across northeastern Illinois, and has been an invited guest speaker across Chicago relating to firearms training and laws. Mr. Queen as served as a guest lecturer on firearms and constitutional law at the prestigious Chicago-Kent College of Law.

 


Mrs. Maria E. Queen, LFI

Associate Director

          Mrs. Queen’s security and investigative experience span over twenty years. Mrs. Queen has conducted both security and investigative work, having worked both contract security and in-house investigations. Investigating crimes from trespassing and theft, to complicated financial fraud and identity theft cases, her cases have provided her a depth and breadth of experience across Illinois.

          Among Mrs. Queen's accomplishments include being a certified Smith & Wesson Academy Handcuff Instructor, a certified Sabre OC Defensive Spray Instructor, a certified High Efficiency Low Profile Police Tactical Baton Instructor, a certified MILO Instructor, a certified Weapons Retention Instructor and a certified Counter-Terrorism Law Enforcement Instructor. She is a member in good standing of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), as well as other professional organizations and associations.

       Mrs. Queen is certified by the National Rifle Association (NRA) as an NRA Civilian Firearm Instructor, and an NRA “Refuse to be a Victim” Instructor, and is licensed by the Illinois State Police as a Concealed Carry Firearm Instructor.

 


Mr. Anibal Contreras, LFI

Senior Instructor

          Mr. Contreras’ security and investigative experience span over twenty years. Mr. Contreras’ has conducted both security and investigative work, and has worked as an Auxiliary Police Officer in several police departments across the State of Illinois.

          Among Mr. Contreras’ accomplishments include being a certified Sabre OC Defensive Spray Instructor, and a certified Police Defensive Tactics Instructor. Mr. Contreras’ is a martial arts instructor and holds black belts in several martial arts disciplines. He is a member in good standing of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), as well as other professional organizations and associations.

Mr. Contreras is certified by the National Rifle Association (NRA) as an NRA Civilian Firearm Instructor, and is licensed by the Illinois State Police as a Concealed Carry Firearm Instructor. Mr. Contreras is a credentialed security and investigative professional in multiple states.

 

 


Other Instructors

 

     The Academy hosts many different types of courses and has guest instructors from other training organizations, members of the legal profession, and professionals from the fields of security, investigations and public law enforcement.