Javier Diaz began his career in law enforcement in 1996 along the US and Mexican border as a police officer. Since then he has had the opportunity to work for several different agencies in several different roles. From patrol officer to command staff, detective to internal affairs investigator, SWAT officer to being an international trainer. Javier has learned that a common sense approach to a incident is always the best approach to solve the problem.
From 2013-2015 Javier was a trainer for the US State Department, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau. From Mexico to Western Africa, courses that he instructed in were officer survival, convoy escort, counter ambush, SWAT tactics, firearms, defensive tactics, public order management, riot control, criminal investigations, human trafficking.
In 2019 Javier left working for the state of New Mexico as a defense investigator and open Las Cruces Investigations & Security Advisors. He brought together a strong group of investigators, trainers, and staff to the security filed.
Throughout his career he as worked cases ranging from homicide to thefts and everything in between for both the prosecution and defense.
As a 40 – year law enforcement veteran, Jaime Chavez served as the Police Chief of New Mexico State University until his retirement in 2012. During his tenure he served seven years as the police of Chief and nine years as the Uniform Division Commander. He attended the FBI National Academy and the Southwest Command College in 1999. Jaime was appointed to the New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission by Governor Susana Martinez in April 2014, serving until 2018.
Currently serving as a Fugitive Investigator for the Department of Corrections for the State of New Mexico, he is responsible for the apprehension of wanted dangerous felons. He additionally serves as a Use of Force Trainer and Firearms instructor for the Fugitive Unit.
As the owner of a progressive business, he has operated Innovative Defense Strategies (IDS) for over 15 years. IDS serves as a delivery for cutting edge training in the areas of Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Use of Force, Risk Assessments, and Expert Witness Consultation.
With an extensive background in law enforcement he has a substantive concentration in the appropriate measures for Use of Force. Jaime is certified as an instructor trainer in numerous firearms, defensive tactics, less lethal/chemical agents and arrest tactics.
While he has made presentations at national law enforcement conferences, he is qualified as an expert in New Mexico Courts in the areas of Firearms Safety and Use, Police Use of Firearms, and currently serves as a Use of Force expert, providing consultation in these subject matters, while writing opinions and testifying in court.
As part of his extensive career, he has provided training in Use of Force, Firearms, Less Lethal and Best Practices to a variety of police officers and departments located domestically and abroad; to include, Honduras, Panama, and Mexico.
"Kat" is an active duty special warfare member currently deployed to parts unknown. Kat has extensive knowledge and experience in the planning and implementation of surveillance measures used in combat and covert missions. As a member of the US military she has drive and determination to make the situation work. She will soon be retiring from the service and returning to Southern New Mexico.