Played high school football at Reseda High School in Los Angeles. Dennis was first team all-Los Angeles City Football in 1964 and 1965. Played one year at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California and then went in the Army. After two years in the Army with a tour in Vietnam he attended CalWestern. Dennis played three years at linebacker (1968), and tackle (1969 and 1970). Dennis was selected as first team NAIA in 1970 as an offensive tackle. Dennis played in San Diego's "Cop'er Bowl" for 8 years.
USIU vs. University of Hawaii 1970
Captain Cole has extensive experience in the domestic and international law enforcement field in special operations, education and training. He has served with Pacific International in various executive management capacities, including Universal Guardian, a publicly traded risk mitigation company, and Shield Defense, a non-lethal weapons company. Prior to joining Pacific International in 2001, he served in several leadership roles in his 31 year law enforcement career. His law enforcement assignments include, San Diego County fireboat captain, contracted Chief of Police for the City of Vista, California, Director of the San Diego Regional Public Safety Training Institute at Miramar College, Commander of the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail. He spent 17 years in special weapons and tactics (SWAT), where he developed many the techniques used today.
Captain Cole is a recognized leader, lecturer and associate professor in law enforcement instruction from the departmental level, special operations training, and college level. He is also recognized subject matter expert in public safety, chemical agents, law enforcement special operations, and crisis management. He has worked with several government agencies to develop special tactics for crisis resolution including the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Transportation Safeguards Division of the Department of Energy, Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, National Institute of Justice, and many others.
Captain Cole served in the United States Army from 1966-1968 in the United States and Southeast Asia.
He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy Class 186. Captain Cole has been granted two U.S. Patents for non-lethal personal protection devices. He is on the Board of Directors and president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and The Association of Special Enforcement, a fraternal organization of special operations personnel.