Sara Ahrens is a retired sergeant from the Rockford Police Department. She served nearly 2 decades in assignments to include Patrol, Community Service, Bike Patrol, Undercover Vice, Training and Recruiting. Some of her ancillary assignments included positions in SWAT, Hostage Negotiations, Honor Guard, Firearms Instructor, Armorer, Range Master, Field Training Officer, Police Trainer, and Translator. She served 11 years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves as a Russian and Spanish Translator.
Since retirement she has taught firearms and tactics for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), and assisted with LouKa Tactical. Sara has a training company (Apocalyptic Defense Development or ADD LLC.) that she and her former SWAT partner, Matt Krantz, formed to teach locally. They volunteer with the NRA, Women In the Outdoors, and through local colleges and also teach civilians in the areas of Firearms (NRA and Non-NRA), Tactics, Concealed Carry, and personal/self-defense. Sara writes for a variety of publications online and in print and is especially excited to begin as a contract instructor for Fred Pryor Seminars/CareerTrack and hopes to teach in the areas of Leadership, Human Resources, and Writing.
Sara is excited to be back, after a brief hiatus, and writing for The WON, teaching what she has learned as a police officer, and is grateful for the opportunity to represent Crossbreed Holsters, in her column, OffBeat.