Nir has a professional background that spans twenty years of service in the fields of Military, Policing/Law Enforcement, and Security Operations between Canada, the United States, and Israel.
He served in the Israeli Special Forces Counter-Terror Unit and Counter-Terror School. During his service he held several positions including Commander of the Counter-Terror School’s International Joint Forces Training Section where he was responsible for developing and delivering specialized Counter-Terror Warfare, Hostage Rescue, and Krav Maga training to Special Operations Units from various countries around the world (including the US Special Operations Command) that would attend the IDF Special Forces Counter-Terror School in preparation for high risk deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
He held the position of Lead Instructor of the Counter-Terror School’s Hostage Rescue Section, where he was responsible for training the IDF’s Hostage Rescue Units in all areas of Counter-Terror warfare and Hostage Rescue including Hostage Rescue Operations in domestic and foreign/hostile environments, Close-Quarters-Combat, Aircraft, Ship, Train, and Bus Interdiction, Suicide Bomber recognition and engagement, Urban Warfare, Clandestine/Stealth operations, Tactical Shooting, Escape and Evasion, and Krav Maga.
In conjunction with his other duties, Nir was also assigned to the Counter Terror School’s Chief Instruction and Research and Development Section where he was responsible for enhancing and developing operational Counter Terror tactical methodologies that are currently deployed by all Israeli Special Forces Units. Some of the methodologies he developed or enhanced for the Counter Terror School include: Active Shooter Intervention in open terrain, Fighting in Built Up/Urban areas, and Deployment of the Ballistic Shield in Urban Warfare. His duties in this section also included training the School’s instructors. Nir was also appointed as the Counter Terror School’s Subject Matter Expert for Active Terror Attack/Shooter Intervention.
He was an Operational Team Leader on the Counter-Terror Unit during high-risk deployments, which included Active Shooter/Terror Attack Interventions, Arrests of high threat terrorists, and high-risk entries and searches throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip regions. During War Time Designation Nir was additionally tasked as the Unit’s M72 66mm Light Anti-Tank Weapon Operator.
In April 2009, Nir was decorated with the Distinguished Service Award by the Israeli Defense Force Ground Forces Command and the Israeli Defense Force Special Qualifications Command for his exemplary service and accomplishments.
In Canada, Nir served on a Nuclear Tactical Response Unit, as a Patrol Constable with a Transit Authority, a Police Constable, Use of Force and Tactical Instructor for a major Police Academy, and a Use of Force Instructor for Canada’s Immigration Enforcement Service. He is currently a sworn Peace Officer and the appointed Managing Director of the Canadian Tactical Officers Association.
In the United States, Nir was a Sworn Police Officer appointed as a Deputy Commander of a Tactical Unit and he is currently a Sworn Reserve Deputy Sheriff.
Nir appears regularly on National news segments providing expert insight on global events related to terrorism, Police response and training.
For over 20 years, Nir has also worked in the Security operations field in various capacities including planning and commanding the Close Protection details for Government officials (including Diplomats from the Israeli Government), corporate figures, and celebrities.
Nir was appointed as the Lead Security Advisor to the Jewish community of the Greater Toronto Area where he was responsible for developing security and emergency response protocols for community stake-holders as well as conducting Threat Risk Assessments for the Jewish community schools, community centers, synagogues, and for planning the security and emergency protocols for sensitive and large-scale community events.
One of Nir’s subject matter areas of expertise is Hostage Rescue. He has been commissioned on several projects tasked with deploying rescue operations for incidents related to kidnappings and hostile terror oriented take-overs around the world. Some of these rescue projects included the rescue of commercial ships and their crews that were seized and held captive by maritime pirates in the horn of Africa, and a rescue of a young Canadian female that was abducted and forcibly confined to a reform institution in a Middle-Eastern country.
Nir has a Martial Arts background of 40 years with Black Belts/Instructor certifications in Krav Maga (3rd Degree black belt), Tae Kwon Do (2nd Degree black belt), Hap Ki Do (1st Degree black belt), and Jeet Kune Do/FMA.
He is a certified Police Use of Force Instructor and Tactical/SWAT Operator in both the United States and Canada.
To date, Nir has trained thousands of Special Forces Soldiers, Police Tactical/SWAT Officers, Police Patrol Officers, Customs and Immigration Enforcement Officers, Tactical and Armed Security Officers, Close Protection Agents/Bodyguards, and Instructors in all those fields from various Countries around the world including Canada, the United States, Israel, and others.
Nir’s Subject Matter areas of expertise/proficiency include:
- Single and Multi-Officer Active Shooter Intervention for terror and criminal oriented threats,
- Hostage Rescue operations (in permissive and non-permissive environments),
- Counter Terror response and intervention operations,
- Suicide Bomber and IED/explosives recognition and engagement/response,
- SWAT/Tactical Operations, including: High-Risk Warrant Service, High-Risk
- Environment Entry, Search, and Secure, and High-Risk Arrest,
- Counter Ambush
- Close Protection operations
- Security operations and Target Hardening, including: Emergency response protocols,
- Recognizing and engaging a terror attack planning operation, Detecting hostile surveillance,
- Krav Maga (Unarmed Close Quarters Combat)s