Ares Tactical and Emergency Management Solutions Testimonials

The College Bound Checklist

July 12, 2015

As a parent of a child going off to college for the first time, (a female child), I wasn’t as afraid of where she was going but actually the fear was due to where she is from. We are lucky enough to live in a lovely small town, a wonderful suburb- its’ name ending in “VILLE”- of course. I wouldn’t have wanted any better life for my daughter until I realized… She was completely unaware of and ill-prepared for the world outside our little bubble. And she is not the only one.

My worry led to a conversation with a retired policeman and he validated my fears. During multiple discussions he offered to speak with my daughter and her great group of “BUBBLE” classmates. When I brought the idea to the group’s parents they admitted all the same concerns and we felt hearing the facts and truths from someone other than their parents would have a greater impact on them.

The team at ARES Tactics had a plan, to get the group thinking- really thinking. To help them understand the critical importance of listening to their instincts and how to be much more aware of their surroundings. They encouraged changes in the very typical behaviors of young people today (like having their faces buried in the cell phone- for example).

The training also included physical measures to fight off predators- NONE of the students in our group had ever put a hand on someone in defense or anger in their lives!


Think about it- we want them to be able to BUT do we ever teach them? Actually prepare them to do it?

The experience was a gift, an eye-opener, a conversation starter. It let the girls know how much they mean to us and IT PUT THEM IN CHARGE OF THEIR OWN SAFETY.

I highly recommend this course, I feel it was the absolute most important step in the preparations we took before sending her out into the world.


Margaret DiCarlo

Pat Morena

“We have developed an important professional relationship with Ares Tactical and Emergency Management Solutions, LLC over the course of the last several years. Their trainers have conducted seminars ranging over subjects from the Active Shooter phenomenon to street operational defensive tactics for the security personnel of CCNY. Our officers invariably leave these seminars better prepared, more knowledgeable and more confident. Russell, Danny and Eddie are in every way subject matter experts and, just as importantly, they take pride in how material is presented. They all have an extraordinary capacity to connect with an audience. This facilitates the learning process in a powerful way.

The trainers of Ares have a unique and leading edge approach to developing an effective mindset for security and work and their knowledge of how to shape practical strategies that work under the stress of real world interactions is invaluable.

We hope to continue to work with them in the future and recommend them to any organization looking to prepare for the kind of high stakes, perilous situations that are part and parcel of law enforcement and security work.”

Pat Morena
Executive Director of Public Safety
City College of New York

William F. McClellan

“Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town employs over forty NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services certified Peace Officers. In our last three Peace Officer Academy Training classes, I have had the privilege of using Ares Tactical and Emergency Management Solutions as our defensive tactics and emergency management trainers. The experience and professionalism of the Ares group cannot be surpassed. Ares trainers engaged each of the cadets in critical thinking scenarios that empowered their confidence and professionalism. I would highly recommend the Ares group for any of your tactical or emergency management solution needs.”

William F. McClellan
Chief of Public Safety
Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town

Daniel O’Keefe

“I want to express my sincere thanks for all that you and your presentation team did for Cardinal Spellman High School. We are truly blessed to have received the training and insights provided by Ares.

Here are some comments on the presentation:

-A comprehensive overview on dealing with the threat of an active killer in our school.

-The presenters were experienced and knowledgeable in the field. They were able to handle an intense subject matter in a way that brought a clearer understanding of practical procedures to our teachers.

-The team from Ares "demystified" the active killer.

-A valuable workshop for any school that wishes to be prepared for a worst case scenario.

-An extremely helpful workshop on preparing our faculty and staff for emergencies.”

Daniel O’Keefe
Cardinal Spellman High School