Peaceful Warrior

Peaceful Warrior Training Group (PWTG) is made up of numerous Instructors/First Responders WHO HAVE MULTIPLE REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE RESPONDING TO ACTUAL ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENTS. These Instructors have studied, researched and trained across the country with active shooter experts, victims and academic researchers to formulate the PW Active Shooter preventative techniques, incident response and tactics along with active shooter first care methods that have been battle field tested for saving lives. PW Training Group classes are a complete active shooter all you need to know – prevention, response and minimizing the aftermath effects.

Peaceful Warrior Training Group (PWTG) offers training for any type of company or group. Explore below to learn about the type of training that may apply to you. We can customize a program targeted to your unique needs.

***Please contact us at or 800-955-8489 to get started.***


Expertise and Experience

PWTG has the expertise and experience to teach how to prepare for, prevent, and respond to an active shooter situation:

- Preventative Planning: Hear Something, Say Something. What to do when an employee or student hears planning of an act of violence.
- Active Shooter: Prepare and Respond. How to prepare for an incident and how best to respond during shooter violence.
- When Run and Hide Are Not Options. Learn powerful techniques and tools to act when necessary.
- Total Self Defense Tactics. Fear management strategies and how to respond to a variety of physically violent scenarios.
- Active Shooter First Care/Aid Trauma Treatment Course. How to effectively treat yourself and others before professionals arrive.

Worship Sites, Enteretainment Venues, Malls/Retail

For Your Congregation, Customers and Employees 

Violence in our places of worship, where we shop and enjoy our free time violates our basic freedoms. Our action against perpetrators and their horrific acts must be smart and effective. PWTG partners with leaders, managers, staff and other stakeholders to prevent, prepare for, and respond to incidents. Most importantly, PWTG will work with you to alleviate risk and potential tragedies.

Peaceful Warrior Training for worships sites, entertainment venues and retail businesses is adaptable:

- All size congregations
- Multiplex movie theaters
- Live performance venues, indoor and outdoor
- Large malls to standalone retailers


We can customize a program targeted to your unique needs.


Schools and Universities

Proactive Protection for Your Students, Teachers and Staff 

Violence in schools puts our most vulnerable citizens in harm’s way. Our action against perpetrators and their horrific acts must be smart and effective. Peaceful Warrior Training Group partners with administrators, teachers and staff to prevent, prepare for and respond to incidents. Most importantly, PWTG will work with you to alleviate risk and potential tragedies.

Peaceful Warrior Training for schools is adaptable to all ages and grades:

- Childcare centers
- Kindergarten through 5th or 8th grade
- Middle schools
- High schools
- Colleges and universities

We can customize a program targeted to the unique needs of your school and staff.


Hospitals/Medical Facilities, Professional Offices, City/State Government Sites

Proactive Training for your Employees, Patients and Visitors

Violence that strikes our workplaces, hospitals and essential service providers assaults the foundation of our civil society. Our action against perpetrators and their horrific acts must be smart and effective. Peaceful Warrior Training Group (PWTG) partners with administrators, staff and other stakeholders to prevent, prepare for, and respond to incidents. Most importantly, PWTG will work with you to alleviate risk and potential tragedies.

Peaceful Warrior Training for hospitals/medical facilities, professional offices, and city/state government sites includes training for:

- Hospitals, clinics, surgery centers, mental health offices/complexes, and other medical facilities
- Professional office buildings, suites, floors and departments
- Government public service providers that are small and contained or expansive


Why Train with Peaceful Warrior Training Group?

Peaceful Warrior Training Group supports and recognizes many national active shooter training organizations as well as local law enforcement. What makes Peaceful Warrior unique is its three tier approach to active shooter events (A.S.E.). First, Peaceful Warrior Training Group provide preventative measures in an attempt to stop future attacks. Next we provide a comprehensive and in-depth break down of the lifesaving techniques one needs to help survive an A.S.E. Peaceful Warrior then couples its unparalleled approach to A.S.E.s with Active Shooter First Care Trauma Treatment to prepare those caught in an A.S.E. with crucial lifesaving skills.

Peaceful Warrior Training Group breaks down active shooter responses and teaches specific, practical tactics like no one else to empower those who we train. We don’t just tell you to Run, Hide, Fight, we show you how and when to “Move with a Purpose.” Your “purpose” will be identified through the context of your situation allowing you to move from one option to another as well as combining options and tactics. We reinforce decision making through practical exercises and scenarios that enhance ones ability to identify and enact an appropriate response.

In a world where targeted acts of violence are growing and evolving, Peaceful Warrior’s Training is a highly valued addition to any organization’s emergency preparedness, crisis planning and training. Whether its your staff’s personal safety, or preparing to meet the challenge of a violent extremist’s/terrorist based complex coordinated attack, Peaceful Warrior will strengthen both your organizations preparedness and response while empowering each individual staff members ability to prevent and respond to these tragic events. No matter if your a learning institution, day care, manufacturing/retail organization, healthcare facility meeting current CMS Preparedness Rules, a chemical facility working on its Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) or any entity in between Peaceful Warrior Training can assist your organization.

PW Training Group will show you what to do, to be the difference.


Training Classes 

Active Shooter Preparedness and Response - Tier 1 - 

This training class is the first in a series that lays the foundation for active shooter prevention, preparedness, and response. Tier 1 will cover the history of active shooters, lessons learned from those events, and response strategies/tactics. 

 Training Objectives: 
- Active shooter prevention
- Organizational security
- Lessons learned from past active shooter incidents
- Response strategies 

Instructional Methods: 
- PowerPoint
- Video instruction
- Demonstration 

Active Shooter for Friends and Family Course

Interested in active shooter training but your work place or school doesn’t offer it? We offer the Tier 1 Active Shooter course at your home or in a convenient conference location for you and your loved ones to ensure the training that will help protect them. Contact us for details.


Active Shooter Preparedness and Response - Tier 2 - 

This training is hands-on and will allow students who have completed Tier 1 to apply learned tactics and techniques. Tier 2 training allows instructors to work one-on-one with students in a variety of active shooter simulations/scenarios giving participants specialized instruction, confidence, and experience applying active shooter response tactics.

Training Objectives:
- Empower students to apply Tier 1 Concepts
- Instill confidence
- Participants will gain a practical understanding of active shooter responses and tactics through practical exercises

Instructional Methods:
- Hands-on
- Scenario based

Active Shooter First Care/Aid and Trauma Treatment Training - 

This training will instruct students in how to treat the injuries normally suffered during an active shooter incident. This course goes well beyond any first aid course and brings proven battlefield lifesaving techniques to your organization.

Training Objectives:
- Empower students to apply Rapid Trauma Care
- Use First-Care Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Techniques
Instructional Methods:
- Presentation/Video Introduction
- Hands-on Application


Active Shooter Preparedness and Response for the Security Professional - 
This unique class is focused on the security professional’s role during an active shooter incident. A security professional that is well trained in an active shooter response can quickly respond and make a difference. Through coordination and facilitation, a security officer can protect bystanders and save lives.

Training Objectives
- Quick and effective active shooter response for the security professional.
- Personal protection/Client protection.
- Active shooter incident coordination.

Instructional Methods:
- Presentation/Lecture
- Hands-on application


Managing Aggressive Behavior/Self-Defense and Awareness - 

This course gives students numerous verbal de-escalation tactics to assist them in managing aggressive behaviors.

Training Objectives:
- Learn and apply verbal de-escalation techniques.
- Incorporate verbal de-escalation tactics with self-defense tactics.
- Apply self-defense techniques during training simulations.

Instructional Methods:
- Lecture
- Hands-on


Rescue Task Force Training - 

This course is intended for public sector police and fire services. Instruction centers on the development of an active shooter response through a collaborative approach. Instructors will share lessons learned through real life experiences. Working together, police and fire quickly provide care to those victimized by active shooter incidents.

Training Objectives:
- Establish police and fire department roles.
- Reinforce a unified approach to the rescue task force concept.
- Quickly treat injuries and reduce hemorrhagic deaths.
- Policy Development and Guidelines.
Instructional Methods:
- Lecture and PowerPoint
- Video demonstration
- Optional Hands-on/Walk through


Security Professionals Training - 

- Use of Force Theory / Reasonable Application of Force Training
- Professional Communication / Verbal De-escalation Training
- Defensive Tactics Training
- Use of Force Report Writing

Organizational Security and personal Safety Course - 

- Protect your organization's security through individual staff safety and preparation
- Contextual / Situational Awareness
- Danger Avoidance
- Personal / Team Prevention and Response to Active Threat Situations
- 4 hour, 8 hour, or custom courses available

Site Evaluation and Policy Review and Consultation 


Meet the Peaceful Warrior Training Group

Captain Mike Bolender - A 23-year veteran with the Oak Creek Police Depatment (OCPD). Captain Bolender has been involved in two active shooter incidents and has extensive SWAT team experience. He Commands the OCPD’s patrol division, emergency communications and use-of-force training.

Brian Murphy - Retired Oak Creek Police Lieutenant Brian Murphy is a highly-decorated 23-year law enforcement professional. He is a former SWAT team leader with active shooter experience, including one high-profile incident that he actively engaged. Murphy provides training and technical assistance to the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, among his current law enforcement related activities.

Steve Harlow - Recently retired from the Glendale, Wisconsin Police Department following a 31-year career, Harlow teaches current and future police officers as a Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College. He also serves as a security consultant for area businesses and hospitals.
Battalion Chief Joseph Pulvermacher - With more than 25 years as a career firefighter, Oak Creek Batallion Chief Joe Pulvermacher has expertise in tactical emergency medical support. He also brings experience in two active shooter incidents.

~ Valerie Milne, SPHR
Senior Generalist, Human Resources, Park Bank

“I had the opportunity to attend a presentation by Mike Bolender at the School Resource Officers’ Conference in Appleton, Wisconsin. Outstanding and informative are the words that immediately resonated with me in describing his presentation. Michael’s passion for his work and his vast knowledge was quite evident throughout his presentation. The information he presented gave administrators and school resource officers pertinent information to develop emergency plans for their schools. After the tragedy at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, there were many lessons learned, one important lesson is that schools need emergency plans and staff members need training in the event that an emergency should occur. On Any Given Day the unthinkable can occur and we must be prepared. We owe it to our children!”

~ Frank DeAngelis
Principal Columbine High School 1996-2014

“The school district I work with made the right choice in choosing this group and its professionals. The training they provide is relevant, tailored to educators and conducted in a way I feel maximizes mental and muscle memory.  While observing the training the impact started to hit home with me on not only a professional but a personal level. Some of the training included physically confronting a trainer in a red man suit. I would overhear some teachers say things like ‘he is huge, how am I going to stop him’. Shortly after I would observe the same small frame teachers use the skills they learned to not only confront the trainer but attack and attempt to disarm in an effort to allow for the students to evacuate. I would see the teachers flush with confidence. It hit home with me as I have children that are school age. Everyday I drop off my children and there is an implied message between me, the parent and the teacher, that message is; educate my child, encourage the joy of learning, but above all return my most precious possession to me at the end of the day SAFE. It was emotional to know these educators may need to step into harms way to keep my children safe in the event it is needed. These teachers now have some tools and more importantly the mindset to face this danger. I hope it never happens but I’m confident the Peaceful Warrior Training Group is saving lives.”

~ Aaron Hackett
School Resource Officer

“I have attended many conferences and seminars in regards to Active Shooter.  It’s not an easy topic to listen to, and even harder to present on because of the sensitive nature of it.  The Peaceful Warriors approach was very informative and told it like it was.  They didn’t talk about the usual ‘run, hide, fight’ best case scenario that so many other company presenters try to teach by.  They dove in depth into all aspects of an Active Shooter, and really cover everything from common misconceptions of incidents to the actions you can take in any scenario.  This was by far the most in depth training I’ve ever received on the topic, and truly left me feeling more confident than I ever have been.  Active shooter is not pretty, and will most likely never be a ‘best case scenario’ situation.  This is actually another aspect where Peaceful Warrior stands far higher than any other presenter or group.  They mix in a perfect amount of humor in the way they present and state facts.  It may seem small to some, but this delicate balance is incredible in which they keep it serious enough for people to stay engaged, but have enough humor interjected at appropriate times that lifts the mood when things can get heavy, which they can easily do and participants can get overwhelmed by.  These guys know their stuff, and I would recommend then to anybody without a second thought or hesitation.”

~ Paul Bisciglia
Uline Security Coordinator

“We know schools are some of the safest places in American and yet acts of violence in schools are a reality to include shootings. Bullying prevention and hardening are great strategies to prevent/mitigate the potential of a shooting event.  But what to do if it does happen, if they do get inside.  We partner with Peaceful Warrior because their expertise, their skills, their training is helping us to train our staff on what they could encounter and how to they can respond.

“That training and skills can be used across all our safety plans as Peaceful Warrior help staff understand how stress can affect them and how they can work through it.  We partner with Captain Bolender and his team at Peaceful Warrior who have responded to unimaginable violent acts.  From those experiences grew a yearning to help people to build safer better prepared communities.  A school is often the hub of small community like ours and a violent act at one would resonant like a great earthquake.

“Because a safety plan is designed with the intent to protect the most important resource in our buildings; the people, we partner with Peaceful Warrior that each of us can better protect our community.”

~ Robert Ellis
Director of Buildings/Grounds and Safety Coordinator
East Troy School District

“Today I was prepared to learn about violence in the workplace. What I wasn’t prepared for was the brutal reality of real life stories. I met an individual who not only knows how to teach people to respond and survive horrific events but he also has lived through events that plague our world today….acts of terror. His passion for empowering people to act on instinct is inspiring. He has seen the horror and the aftermath and Because of this terribly sad life experience, this man, this organization is making a huge impact on changing the way we think, act, react, and protect our families, friends, and communities.

“I left this training wishing everyone I know and love could learn what I did today. Every school, every business, and every person that values human life should learn how to protect themselves and the ones around them. The unfortunate reality is that this type of training in necessary.

“Thank you for sharing your stories, your experience, your heart, and soul. When you experience Peaceful Warrior training you experience incredibly brave people who want one thing…..for you to be empowered by knowledge.”

~ Twila Hurst

“Comprehensive training that was provided in a measured, non-sensationalized way. Capt. Bolender and his team balanced the fine line of helping staff to understand the reality of active shooter situations without causing unnecessary worry or anxiousness. I came away with a much better understanding of what unfolds in these situations and how to respond appropriately.”

~ John Marzion
Math Interventionist

“It was powerful to hear the weapons being discharged right outside the classroom. It’s very realistic and I am better prepared if the situation ever occurs in my school. This active shooter training was the most realistic that I have ever been through in all my years in the classroom. The students and staff were left with a better sense of how this scary situation might sound and feel.”

~ Don Petre
High School Math Teacher

“I have to say that I really appreciate the active shooter training that Capt. Bolender has come up with. You often think that it will never happen to you, but you can’t bury your head in the sand and pretend bad things don’t happen in the world. No one wants to think about it. In the past, shootings at schools did not happen with the frequency that they are today. Capt. Bolender uses common sense and a realistic approach to active shooter training. He made it interesting and while he spoke I could picture situations and thought about what I would do in these situations. What I appreciated most was that he did not talk down to us “non-law enforcement” people. Capt. Bolender was open to any questions and you could see how passionate it was for him. He is a father and you could see that he created this program from the heart. I left the training feeling more confident that if something would happen I have at least thought of different scenarios and would try to do the right thing. I would definitely like to take anything else he offers. Sadly, in our society today we need more programs such as this.”

~ Pat Roemer

“Extremely relevant, powerful and empowering training opportunity. The knowledge and skills provided through this workshop are not only necessary to safeguard our students and staff but also increase the collaboration and respect between our school district and our police department.”

~ Marcia Riopelle
School psychologist

“Mike and his staff provided expert, real life training and demonstrations on how to handle an active shooter. This training is second to none and has provided me with the knowledge and skill to prepare myself for an active shooter event, which in the end is to keep the students and staff safe. I would highly recommend it to any school district or business.”

~ Paul Bastian
Middle School Physical education teacher

“The Hear Something, Say Something program and our school district active shooter training brings school safety to the fore front of everyone’s mind. This program has offered teachers and administration hands on training in the case of an emergency while also changing the mind set to “when” not “if” to be sure that everyone is best prepared when faced with safety issues. As an administrator, I have seen the anxieties that this training has relieved in staff as they learn they are not helpless, but rather the first that can make a difference. We are in education to make a difference in people’s lives, when teachers hear they can be the difference whether someone lives or dies, they want to step up. This training has given everyone logical and precise advice and hands on practice to prepare for that moment. It is imperative that school districts realize the importance of school safety and take steps to ensure each student is safe everyday they walk through the schools doors.”

~ Annalee Bennin
Principal Oak Creek East Middle School  



Contact Info


Phone: 800-955-8489

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