Committed to professional development
Tony retired in 2009 as the Chief of Public Safety for the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, where he was responsible for directing and managing all security and law enforcement operations. It was here, managing peace within this “city within a city,” that he became firmly committed to the universal principles of Verbal Defense and Influence.
Tony Pinelle was an employee of the State of Colorado for more than 33 years. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Instructor Development Course and the Colorado Department of Human Services Professional Instructor Program. He completed psychiatric technician training at the Colorado State Home and Training School and was licensed as a Psychiatric Technician with a developmental disabilities option. He worked seven years as a Licensed Psychiatric Technician before pursuing a career in law enforcement.
In addition to his experience at the Mental Health Institute, he has been an active Reserve Deputy Sheriff in Pueblo County since 1984 and has provided security and law enforcement services to the Colorado State Fair. He is an established Instructor at the Pueblo Area Law Enforcement Academy at the Pueblo Community College and has trained thousands of police officers, correctional officers, business professionals, educators and psychiatric caregivers in Verbal Defense and Influence techniques.