Meet Joe

  • Retired Police Officer and Trainer with more than 36 years of experience
  • Certified Instructor - Nationally and Internationally Recognized
  • NRA Instructor
  • Consultant/Trainer for Unifi, formerly Delta Airlines Global Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Airlines Inc. 
  • Staff Instructor for ILEETA (International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association)
  • Adjunct Master Instructor for Safariland Training Group
  • Published Author

Joe Follendorf is retired after serving 26 years with a Western New York Police Agency. Mr. Follendorf has over 36 years' experience as a defensive tactics and firearms instructor.  During his law enforcement career he stood as his department's Senior Firearms Training Officer, Physical Force Instructor, Assistant SWAT Team Commander and adjunct academy instructor.  Joe is continuing with his law enforcement career as a sworn uniformed peace officer with the Erie County (NY) Sheriff's Office Scientific Reserve Staff as he carries his training and experience into this specialized staff, consisting of local academic, medical, legal, and business professionals, assisting the Office of the Sheriff with matters specific to their field.

Joe is a published author in his field and has become an internationally recognized instructor teaching officers around the world. Joe is an active staff member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA). As an accepted international police trainer, Joe has devoted many hours and accumulated a long list of certifications in use of force disciplines from subject management, defensive tactics, handcuffing, police baton, electronic control devices, chemical agents and other impact weapons to various firearm platforms.  As a contract instructor for a variety of law enforcement industry leaders and for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Joe continues to teach and train law enforcement officers and security personnel around the world.

Joe has taken his training and experience to a new level being a consultant and trainer for Unifi, formally Delta Airlines Global Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Airlines Inc.

Mr. Follendorf continues on with his passion to educate and train law enforcement officers and security personnel by delivering intense dynamic training to the private citizen through the creation of Incident Defense, LLC.

Mr. Follendorf and his staff of NRA Instructors, law enforcement trainers and legal professionals can provide awareness, education and application of recognized self-defense courses,  pistol permit safety courses, firearms, basic through advanced levels of proficiency, judgmental and decision making skills, along with a host of other survival skills courses.

The vision of Incident Defense is nothing less than realizing that safety and security comes in the form of education and training.  Delivering to individuals, responsible gun owners and law enforcement officers the knowledge and skills necessary to protect themselves from predators is the primary corporate goal. From awareness to firearms proficiency and beyond, Incident Defense wants YOU to be prepared.  Whether beginner or expert it's all about... Advancing Knowledge and Training to WIN!

Joe can be reached at or by calling 716.308.1015.

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